ARLINGTON, Texas – Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April and the Texas Rangers backed him with plenty of big hits Tuesday night in a 10-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Darvish (5-1) struck out nine in six innings, but the game was tied when he threw the last of his 108 pitches.
Texas scored six times in the sixth to break it open. Mitch Moreland, who had three hits, delivered a go-ahead double and Adrian Beltre capped the burst with a two-run homer. The bases were loaded when Beltre got to the plate before two wild pitches by Nate Jones allowed two runs.
TIGERS 6, TWINS 1: In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit a two-run homer and Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings for Detroit’s fifth straight victory.
Verlander (3-2) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Vance Worley (0-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Worley was acquired by the Twins in an offseason trade with Philadelphia and started Minnesota’s season opener, but the right-hander has a 7.22 ERA.
BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 7: In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit an upper-deck homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a go-ahead home run in the seventh as Toronto ended a four-game losing streak and avoided the first 18-loss April in club history.
David Ortiz homered, doubled and drove in four runs for Boston.
Steve Delabar (2-1) got two outs for the win.
YANKEES 7, ASTROS 4: In New York, Hiroki Kuroda settled in after a rocky start to pitch four-hit ball through seven innings, Travis Hafner had three RBI singles and the New York used small ball to beat Houston.
Kuroda (4-1) threw 67 pitches in the first three innings, putting at least two runners on in each one. But just as he did in his previous start, he got into a better rhythm and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.
ROYALS 8, RAYS 2: In Kansas City, Mo., James Shields made a stellar first start against his former team, and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer to spur Kansas City to a win.
Shields (2-2) allowed a two-run homer to Matt Joyce in the first inning, but only allowed three more hits over the next six. He struck out seven in the kind of dominant performance that the Royals were hoping for when they acquired him in December.
INDIANS 14, PHILLIES 2: In Cleveland, Ryan Raburn homered twice for the second straight game and Cleveland hit seven home runs in all.
The Indians set a major-league high this season for homers in a game. Cleveland has won three in a row, outscoring opponents 33-5 in that span.
Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs also connected.