MLB roundup: Grudge match goes to the Rays

Warnings were issued after the Tigers plunked the Rays’ Ben Zobrist in the first, likely payback for an incident Saturday.
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Warnings were issued after the Tigers plunked the Rays’ Ben Zobrist in the first, likely payback for an incident Saturday.

An early warning from the plate umpire stopped any more trouble on the field between the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers. It didn’t seem to put an end to the ill will, though.

Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Rays beat Detroit, 3-1, Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla., in a game that got off to a tense start.

Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit’s Rick Porcello hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first inning. Both dugouts stayed calm and nothing developed.


Rays manager Joe Maddon didn’t particularly like seeing Zobrist get plunked.

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‘‘I thought it was absolutely uncalled for, and hopefully the league will take a look at it,’’ Maddon said.

The Rays did not retaliate Sunday, but Maddon added ‘‘there’s many more opportunities to play good, hard baseball, and we will.’’

A day earlier, Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out in the 10th inning. Fernando Rodney had thrown a high-and-tight fastball before fanning the Tigers star.

‘‘I don’t debate, this guy is outstanding,’’ Maddon said of Cabrera. ‘‘He’s wonderful. I just wish he wouldn’t cry so much.’’


Before Sunday’s game, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said, ‘‘That’s history’’ when asked about the Cabrera incident.

‘‘History repeated itself in the first inning,’’ Maddon said afterward.

Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run over six-plus innings.

Cabrera hit his 25th homer this season for the Tigers, sending a shot into a fish tank beyond the wall, just the second ever to drop into the home to a group of cownose rays.

Indians 4, White Sox 0 — Justin Masterson (10-6) registered his major league-leading third shutout of the season and Cleveland turned four double plays while completing its first four-game sweep in Chicago since 1948.


Masterson (10-6) gave up six hits, walked one, and struck out eight, including the side in the ninth. The win moved the Indians into a virtual tie with Detroit atop the AL Central.

Orioles 4, Yankees 2 — Chris Davis set a franchise record by hitting his 31st homer before the All-Star break, and Manny Machado and Nate McLouth also went deep as Baltimore wrapped up a three-game home sweep of New York.

Davis’s second-inning solo shot off Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) gave Chris Tillman a 2-1 lead. Tillman (10-2) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

Pirates 2, Brewers 1 — Pinch hitter Russell Martin singled home the winning run in the 14th, giving host Pittsburgh its ninth victory in a row. It’s the Pirates’ longest win streak since taking 10 straight in 2004.

Gaby Sanchez led off the 14th with an infield single and stole second. After a walk, Martin hit a soft liner to center off Francisco Rodriguez (1-1). Sanchez chugged around third and slid home ahead of the throw by Carlos Gomez.

Nationals 13, Mets 2 — Washington roughed up prized rookie starter Zack Wheeler and finished with four homers at Citi Field. Ian Desmond’s two-run shot in the ninth came off New York’s backup catcher, Anthony Recker.

Dodgers 6, Phillies 1 Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig recorded his first four-hit game and Stephen Fife (3-2) tossed seven scoreless innings as host Los Angeles made it eight wins in nine games.

Braves 6, Diamondbacks 2 — Freddie Freeman (three-run), Dan Uggla (two-run), and Brian McCann (solo) homered as host Atlanta closed out a three-game sweep against a fellow division leader.

Angels 3, Astros 1 — Josh Hamilton doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth and scored on an error as visiting Los Angeles extended its win streak to six games.

Athletics 7, Cardinals 5 — Third baseman Josh Donaldson homered, reached base four times, and made a pair of stellar defensive plays to help preserve Oakland’s series-clinching win over visiting St. Louis.

Rangers 3, Reds 2 — Yu Darvish (8-3) won for the first time in eight starts and host Texas scored twice on a squeeze bunt in the fifth, the second run scoring on pitcher Mat Latos’s throwing error.

Giants 5, Rockies 2 — At Denver, Madison Bumgarner (8-5) scattered four hits over seven innings and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer as San Francisco ended its longest skid in three years (six games).

Marlins 6, Padres 2 — Jeff Mathis, batting .129 on the season, belted a walkoff grand slam with one out in the ninth in Miami.

Royals 9, Twins 8 — David Lough hit three doubles, then launched a tiebreaking homer in the eighth that helped Kansas City prevail in Minneapolis.

Cubs 7, Mariners 6 — Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and Chicago built a six-run lead before holding on in Seattle.