Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win, 7-6 over the Baltimore Orioles Friday night.
Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career home run, a tying two-run shot in the seventh, while Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion also connected for the Blue Jays.
Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the win as Toronto evened its record at 36-36.
Facing Orioles reliever Brian Matusz (2-1), Maicer Izturis singled to begin the ninth and moved to second on Josh Thole’s sacrifice. Pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa was intentionally walked to bring up Kawasaki, who moved up both runners with a grounder.
Pedro Strop came on to face Davis, who lined a single over the head of shortstop J.J. Hardy. Davis’ teammates poured out of the dugout in celebration, mobbing him and tearing off his jersey. Chris Davis hit his major league leading 27th home run for the Orioles, who also got homers from J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty. Toronto took an early lead when Lind hit a two-run homer off Jason Hammel in the first, his 10th. Hammel has allowed 10 runs in the first inning of his 15 starts this season, the most he’s allowed in any inning.
Washington 2, Colorado 1: Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings, Ian Desmond homered in the seventh to help give the righty his first win in June and the Washington Nationals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 2-1.
Making his 14th start of the season, Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run on five hits for his first victory since May 31. After DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single in the third inning, Strasburg kept the Rockies scoreless.
Chicago Cubs 3, Houston 1: Matt Garza pitched into the ninth inning and Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since May 18 to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Houston Astros 3-1 after a rain delay that lasted more than three hours. Darwin Barney and Scott Hairston also homered for the Cubs.
N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 2: Zoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles that led the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.
Almonte started in place of slumping left fielder Vernon Wells and quickly delivered, a day after getting a pinch single for his first hit.
The 24-year-old rookie was promoted from Triple-A this week, joining an injury-ravaged team that’s had trouble scoring.
Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1: Scott Kazmir allowed one run in seven strong innings and Jason Kipnis drove in three, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.