PITTSBURGH - Looking for a spark to get his offense going, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a change to the top of his batting order by stacking outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the first three spots for the first time this season.
The move paid off quickly, as the trio scored five of Pittsburgh’s six runs in the first two innings in a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.
Polanco hit a two-run double in the first inning as the Pirates started the game with four straight hits, and he added a two-run home run in the second.
Polanco’s summer has turned around in a hurry. In the 19 games since his batting average bottomed out at .200 on June 16, he’s hitting .358 with four home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs.
“He put the work in,” Hurlde said. “He’s gotten to a convicted place in the box.”
Orioles 5, Yankees 4 (1st)
Yankees 10, Orioles 2 (2nd)
In Baltimore, Brett Gardner had four hits, homered and drove in three runs to help New York rout the Orioles for a doubleheader split.
In the opener, Danny Valencia snapped an 0-for-25 skid with a three-run homer off CC Sabathia.
Red Sox 5, Rangers 0
In Boston, J.D. Martinez belted his major league-leading 28th home run, Steve Pearce added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5⅔ innings for the Red Sox, who won their seventh straight.
Dodgers 8, Padres 2
In San Diego, Clayton Kershaw pitched six shutout innings and Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner each had three hits for Los Angeles.
Giants 2, Cubs 1 (11)
In San Diego, Pablo Sandoval singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 11th a day after driving in five runs.
Reds 7, Indians 5
In Cleveland, Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run in seven innings and Scott Schebler was 4-for-5 with a homer for Cincinnati.
Rays 10, Tigers 9 (10)
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Daniel Robertson hit an RBI single in the 10th for Tampa Bay.
Twins 3, Royals 1
In Minneapolis, Eduardo Escobar had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh to support Jose Berrios’ strong outing.
Athletics 2, Astros 0
In Houston, Frankie Montas and two relievers combined for a five-hitter.
Marlins 4, Brewers 3 (10)
In Miami, backup catcher Bryan Holaday stroked a walk-off RBI single with one out in the 10th and the Marlins beat Milwaukee.
Mets 4, Phillies 3 (10) (1st)
Phillies 3, Mets 1 (2nd)
In New York, Aaron Nola allowed one hit in seven shutout innings and lashed a three-run double that sent Philadelphia past the Mets 3-1 for a split of their twinight doubleheader.
In the opener, Wilmer Flores connected for a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 10th.