ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Evan Longoria is off to a strong start in his rookie season.
Longoria homered twice and had six RBIs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 on Saturday night.
It was Longoria's first career multihomer game. The third baseman hit a three-run shot during a four-run first, and had a two-run drive in a five-run second. He also hit a fourth-inning sacrifice fly.
"This is just flashes of what he's capable of doing," Rays first baseman Carlos Pena said.
Longoria leads the Rays in home runs with seven since his making his major-league debut on April 12.
"I've been feeling good in the (batters) box whether or not I've been getting results," said Longoria, who is hitting .241 with 26 RBIs in 39 games.
Pena added three RBIs for the Rays, who are 21-9 since April 22, and improved to a franchise best nine games over .500 at 29-20. Tampa Bay has won 14 of its last 15 games at home. Edwin Jackson (3-3) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings for the victory. The right-hander struggled with his control, walking five, including four of his first six batters, and striking out two.
YANKEES 12, MARINERS 6: At New York, Mike Mussina survived five shaky innings before turning it over to Joba Chamberlain and New York's reshaped bullpen, and the Yankees pummeled Seattle for their first four-game winning streak of the season. Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Bobby Abreu added a two-run shot for the Yankees, who have outscored Baltimore and Seattle 35-9 during the winning streak. Abreu finished with four RBIs, and Robinson Cano went 4-for-4 and matched a career-high with three doubles as the Yankees improved to 5-0 against the Mariners this season.
BLUE JAYS 6, ROYALS 0: At Toronto, Jesse Litsch pitched a seven-hitter for his first career complete game, Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam and the Blue Jays extended the Royals' losing streak to six. Litsch (6-1) struck out three, walked one and won his fourth straight decision. Making his 29th career start, he extended his streak of innings without a walk to 38 2-3, three more than Jimmy Key's previous Toronto record in 1990. The streak ended with a base on balls to Mark Teahen with two outs in the ninth.
Kansas City was shut out for the sixth time this season tied for second in the major leagues behind Detroit's seven. The Royals have lost seven of eight, including a no-hitter by Boston's Jon Lester on Monday.
Rookie Luke Hochevar (3-4), beaten by Lester in the no-hitter, lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
ANGELS 2, WHITE SOX 0: At Chicago, Jered Weaver pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and Vladimir Guerrero hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth to lead the Angels over the White Sox. Weaver (4-5) struck out six, walked two and improved to 3-0 with an 0.34 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 21st save in 22 changes.
INDIANS 5, RANGERS 2: At Cleveland, Cliff Lee bounced back from his only poor outing this season and Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer to help Cleveland snap its seven-game losing streak with a win over Texas. Francisco, robbed of a three-run homer by an umpire's blown call Friday night, left nothing to chance by hitting a 2-2 pitch from Scott Feldman (1-2) well over the wall in left for his second homer to put Cleveland ahead 4-2 in the third inning. TIGERS 19, TWINS 3: At Detroit, Magglio Ordonez homered twice and drove in six runs to help the Tigers rout the Twins. Ordonez hit a pair of two-run homers and a two-run double to match his career high for RBIs. Nate Robertson (2-5) struck out four in 6 1/3 innings and won for the first time since May 1.
ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 0: At Oakland, Calif., Justin Duchscherer carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, Ryan Sweeney homered and the Athletics beat the Red Sox for their first series win in their past five. Duchscherer (4-3) outdueled Josh Beckett (5-4). David Ortiz broke up the no-hit bid with a single with one out in the seventh.
METS 9, ROCKIES 2: At Denver, with manager Willie Randolph under pressure, the New York Mets finally ended their five-game skid. David Wright hit his ninth homer of the season, and Carlos Beltran had a three-run double as part of a five-run first. Nick Evans, making his major league debut, had three doubles and two RBIs and Claudio Vargas pitched seven solid innings.
BRAVES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Atlanta, Jeff Francoeur hit a game-ending, two-run homer off Chad Qualls in the ninth inning, and the Braves overcame a 10-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson to beat Arizona.
Johnson reached double-digits in strikeouts for the first time since May 20 last year against Pittsburgh and the 210th time overall, five behind Nolan Ryan's record for games with 10 or more strikeouts. The Big Unit allowed one run, five hits and no walks in six innings. With 4,663 strikeouts, Johnson needs nine to tie Roger Clemens for second place behind Ryan (5,714).
BREWERS 5, NATIONALS 2: At Washington, Seth McClung was victorious in his first start in almost two years and Corey Hart and Mike Cameron homered to help the Brewers beat the Nationals. McClung (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits over five innings.
ASTROS 4, PHILLIES 3: At Houston, Carlos Lee drove in three runs and the Astros turned a dramatic double play to secure a victory over the Phillies. The Phillies loaded the bases off Doug Brocail with one out in the ninth inning. Shane Victorino flew out to Darin Erstad in left, and Erstad threw a perfect throw to catcher Brad Ausmus, who tagged out Pedro Feliz at the plate to end the game.
PIRATES 5, CUBS 4 (14 INNINGS): At Pittsburgh, Jason Bay hit a two-run homer and the game-winning single in the 14th inning against a drawn-in outfield to help the Pirates beat the Cubs. John Grabow (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the victory.
CARDINALS 4, DODGERS 0: At Los Angeles, Kyle Lohse won for the first time in almost a month, pitching six scoreless innings for St. Louis. Lohse (4-2) scattered six hits, struck out five and walked none to record his first victory since April 27 against Houston. Dodgers' starter Brad Penny (5-5) gave up four runs and four hits over seven innings on his 30th birthday, striking out five and walking two. The loss gave the two-time All-Star one more than he had all of last season when he tied a personal high with 16 victories and finished with a career-best 3.03 ERA. He is 0-3 with a 9.13 ERA in four starts since his last win on May 2 at Colorado.