Rays use two big innings to pound Twins

Tampa Bay left fielder Austin Meadows had a three-run double during a six-run third inning and an RBI single in a five-run fourth to help the host Rays pound Minnesota 14-3 on Thursday night.

“That was big, to set the tone like that and get those three runs on the board early,” Meadows said. “I was definitely excited. It was a lot of fun to be a part of.”

In addition to multiple hits in five consecutive games, Meadows has three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs during a season-best six-game winning streak that has second-place Tampa Bay a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Tampa Bay starter Charlie Morton (6-0) limited the Twins to two runs and four hits in seven innings. The 35-year-old right-hander, who won 15 games for Houston last season after helping the Astros win the 2017 World Series, has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his 12 starts for Tampa Bay.

The Twins, who have the majors’ top record (37-18) and who lead the majors in homers, runs and slugging percentage, had little success against Morton. He struck out six and didn’t issue a walk.

“I felt pretty good. I thought I had all my pitches working,” Morton said. “The guys swung the bat awesome. They played awesome defense behind me. It was a great game all around.”

Minnesota starter Martin Perez (7-2) allowed a season-high six runs and six hits over 2 ⅔ innings.

“One of the bad outings,” Perez said. “It’s going to happen. We’re not perfect.”

Dodgers 2, Mets 0: Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-1) limited New York to four hits in 7 ⅔ innings while lowering his majors-best ERA to 1.48.as host Los Angeles won for the sixth time in seven games. Chris Taylor tripled off Jason Vargas to start the bottom of the first and scored when Max Muncy followed with a double. Kiké Hernandez singled home an insurance run with two outs in the eighth.

Rockies 11, D’backs 10: Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single in the 10th inning as host Colorado completed a four-game sweep to extend its winning streak to five games. Colorado’s wins in the series came on walk-off hits by four different players. “It’s been really remarkable. It’s been a testament to this team,” Murphy said. “It’s as resilient a group I’ve ever been a part of.” Eduardo Escobar, Christian Walker and pitcher Taylor Clarke hit home runs for Arizona.

Cardinals 5, Phillies 3: Dakota Hudson held Philadelphia to one run and four hits in six innings and Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer for visiting St. Louis. Marcell Ozuna, Matt Wieters and Matt Carpenter also went deep for the Cardinals.

Brewers 11, Pirates 5: Mike Moustakas had two home runs among his four hits and Yasmani Grandal also homered and had four hits as visiting Milwaukee won for the third time in four games. Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell pushed his hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning double. He has 24 extra-base hits in May, tying the Pirates’ record for the most in any month.

Royals 4, Rangers 2: Jorge Soler and Adalberto Mondesi homered and Jakob Junis allowed two runs in six innings as visiting Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak. Ian Kennedy worked a perfect ninth inning for his third save, the first for the Royals since May 1.

White Sox 10, Indians 4: Yonder Alonso and José Abreu each hit a two-run homer and Eloy Jimenez added three hits and two RBIs as host Chicago extended its winning streak to four games.

Angels 9, Mariners 3: Kole Calhoun and Cesar Puello homered, Mike Trout had three RBIs and visiting Los Angeles hammered Yusei Kikuchi for six early runs in its victory. Kikuchi failed to strike out a batter for the first time in 13 big-league starts.

Red Sox-Yankees, postponed: The game in New York was postponed because of rain. It was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Aug. 3.

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