ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MLB
Red Sox 0
The Boston Red Sox haven’t lost eight straight games since Bobby Valentine was their manager.
That wasn’t all that long ago, just 2012, though it was surely a time the Red Sox would like to forget.
Boston’s losing streak reached eight when pinch hitter Cole Figueroa hit an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning off Burke Badenhop to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 victory Friday night and drop the defending champions into last place in the AL East.
They have scored only 16 runs during their losing streak.
“We put guys on base and were not able to cash in once again,” said manager John Farrell.
“If we hadn’t had the last week that we had, we’d say that was a pretty good game,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “I thought we played well. We just didn’t get that hit that we needed. Tomorrow we’re going to have to find a way to win a game.”
White Sox 6, Yankees 5
In Chicago, Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer off David Robertson in the ninth inning.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-2 for New York. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs — two earned — in 4⅔ innings.
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 2
In Toronto, Liam Hendriks won his season debut and Steve Tolleson hit a two-run home run.
Tigers 7, Rangers 2
In Detroit, Anibal Sanchez gave the Tigers a much-needed quality start as the home team ended its four-game losing streak.
Angels 6, Royals 1
In Anaheim, Mike Trout homered and threw out a runner at third base and Chris Iannetta also went deep.
Norichika Aoki finished 3-for-4 for Kansas City.
Orioles 8, Indians 4
In Baltimore, Chris Davis homered and had four RBIs and Adam Jones had three hits and scored three runs.
Mariners 6, Astros 1
In Seattle, Felix Hernandez struck out nine over eight strong frames for his third straight win.
Dodgers 2, Phillies 0
In Philadelphia, Clayton Kershaw limited the Phillies to two hits in six innings.
Brewers 9, Marlins 5
In Miami, Mark Reynolds hit a pair of two-run homers.
Reds 5, Cardinals 3
In Cincinnati, Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer off Shelby Miller and Devin Mesoraco added a solo shot.
Pirates 4, Nationals 3
In Pittsburgh, Charlie Morton worked into the sixth inning to end a lengthy losing streak.
Braves, Rockies 2
In Atlanta, Gerald Laird drove in two runs with two hits, including a tiebreaking single.
Padres 11, Cubs 1
In San Diego, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal homered.
Diamondbacks at Mets — ppd.
Giants 6, Twins 2
In San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Hicks homered to back a wild Tim Lincecum.