With single, Orioles’ Davis ends hitless run at 54 at-bats

Baltimore’s Chris Davis ended his record 54 at-bat hitless streak by lining a two-run single, then added two doubles as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 9-5 in Boston on Saturday to stop a four-game losing streak.

The single was Davis’ first hit since Sept. 14, a dry spell that included an 0-for-33 start to this season.

“That’s a long time without getting a hit,” said Davis, who broke into a smile when his first-inning hit broke the drought. “It meant a lot to me,” he said.

Once he safely reached first, Davis tipped his cap to the Orioles dugout and many of his teammates raised their arms and hollered in support. He smiled and made a motion that he wanted to ball, which he got.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do with it,” Davis said, “but obviously something special. … Significant weight lifted off my shoulders.”

Yankees 4, White Sox 0: CC Sabathia pitched five solid innings and combined with three relievers on a one-hitter for host New York. It was Sabathia’s first start since he had a stent inserted in December after blockage was found in an artery from his heart. “I was out there the first inning, I was like, shaking,” Sabathia said. “Thinking from where I came from in December and actually being back on the mound, it’s cool. I was able to kind of harness those nerves.”

Astros 3, Mariners 1: Jose Altuve homered for the fifth straight game, Justin Verlander struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced and finished with a season-high 11, and visiting Houston won its eighth straight.

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 4: Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run homer, his fourth, and Franmil Reyes had a tie-breaking solo shot to lift visiting San Diego to its fourth straight win. Tatis, who is 20 years, 101 days old, hit his first career homer off Kelly in Arizona’s 10-3 victory in San Diego on April 1.

Brewers 4, Dodgers 1: Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia homered and visiting Milwaukee sent Los Angeles to its sixth straight loss. The Dodgers didn’t have a hit after Alex Verdugo’s leadoff single in the fifth inning. Brewers pitchers retired the final 14 batters.

Angels 6, Cubs 5: Zack Cozart broke out of a slump with three hits and Cody Allen wiggled out of a jam in the ninth inning, helping visiting Los Angeles win for the seventh time in eight games. Playing without Mike Trout once again because of a groin injury, the Angels stopped a five-game road slide. Trout is receiving treatment in Southern California and could rejoin the team during its next series in Texas.

Twins 4, Tigers 3: Michael Pineda labored through six innings and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs for host Minnesota.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 1: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to help host Toronto overcome reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell’s no-hit bid in a win over Tampa Bay, snapping the Rays’ five-game winning streak. Snell didn’t allow a hit until Luke Maile singled with one out in the sixth.

Nationals 3, Pirates 2: Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick homered on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning and host Washington rallied. Anthony Rendon doubled to break a Nationals record with at least one-extra base hit in 10 straight games. He had shared the mark with Ryan Zimmerman.

Marlins 10, Phillies 3: Newcomer Austin Dean had four hits and five RBIs, both career highs, to help host Miami break a five-game losing streak.

Reds 5, Cardinals 2: Derek Dietrich hit a tie-breaking homer off Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning and added a two-run triple as Cincinnati won its fourth straight, beating St. Louis in the raucous Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey in Mexico.

Royals 3, Indians 0: Homer Bailey pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and host Kansas City won its second straight after a 10-game skid.

Braves 11, Mets 7: Freddie Freeman hit a go-ahead RBI single in the second inning, Ronald Acuña Jr. had his fifth straight multihit game and host Atlanta snapped New York’s three-game winning streak.

Briefly: Tigers shortstop Jordy Mercer, who has a quadriceps injury, was placed on the injured list, as were Nationals right-hander Justin Miller (lower back strain) and Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (sprained right knee).

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