Iwakuma continues to dominate on road


Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless with one minor blemish.

Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings to stay unbeaten in road games since last July, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Iwakuma (9-5) improved to 9-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. The Japanese right-hander is 5-0 outside Seattle this season.

“I didn’t even know that,” Iwakuma, speaking through a translator, said of his road perfection. “I don’t what the secret is.”

Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle’s four-run fourth against Trevor Bauer (4-6). Mike Zunino homered in the fifth for the Mariners, one of six teams scrapping for the AL’s second wild-card spot.

Iwakuma allowed two runs and six hits, and only walked one — his first free pass in six starts. The right-hander has walked just nine all season.

“I’m a little disappointed he walked a batter,” joked Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. “He’s pretty good. He did a nice job for us.”

Iwakuma went 35⅔ innings and 139 consecutive batters without giving up a walk before he put Michael Brantley on with four consecutive balls in the first.

McClendon laughed about Iwakuma’s stunning loss of control.

“He doesn’t mess around,” McClendon cracked. “He gets it done and gets it out of the way.”

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his league-leading 29th save.

Orioles 7, Angels 6

In Baltimore, Manny Machado homered off Cory Rasmus leading off the 12th inning.

Yankees 12, Rangers 11

In Arlington, Texas, Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and New York overcame J.P. Arencibia’s seven RBIs for Texas.

Arencibia homered twice, including a grand slam.

Athletics 7, Astros 4

In Houston, slumping Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead single during a six-run rally in the ninth inning to lift Oakland past the Astros.

Josh Reddick homered for the AL West-leading A’s and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits, including two doubles.

Twins 2, Royals 1

In Kansas City, Kyle Gibson bounced back for a rocky start to shut down the Royals, and Minnesota held on through a shaky ninth to beat James Shields.

Norichika Aoki finished 1-for-4 for Kansas City.

White Sox 11, Tigers 4

In Detroit, Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs during a seven-run seventh inning.

The White Sox sent 12 hitters to the plate in the seventh and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2

In Boston, Marcus Stroman had his second solid start against Boston in five days and Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer to lead Toronto.

Munenori Kawasaki finished 1-for-2 for the Blue Jays.


Rays 5, Brewers 1

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Alex Cobb struck out 12 and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs to help Tampa Bay gets its 11th win in 12 games.