Pedro Alvarez belted a tying two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning and Starling Marte followed with a solo shot with two outs, sending the Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Marte knew the ball was gone as soon as he hit it.
‘‘That’s what I want,’’ said Marte, who batted in the sixth spot despite being the leadoff hitter for much of the year. ‘‘No matter what spot I hit in.’’
Toronto’s Sergio Santos entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer of the season. Pinch hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.
After converting his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games.
‘‘We played such a great game today and it stinks to blow it,’’ Santos said.
Rays 10, Yankees 5 — Wil Myers’s RBI single in the top of the 14th opened the flood gates for visiting Tampa Bay, which scored four more times in the inning to put away New York.
Derek Jeter submitted the worst hitting performance of his career, going 0 for 7 for the first time and grounding out with the bases loaded to finish the 13th.
Orioles 3, Twins 0— Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 over seven-plus innings for his first win for Baltimore, and Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run to help the Orioles win in Minnesota.
Giants 2, Braves 1 — Michael Morse and Angel Pagan homered, Tim Lincecum allowed one run over six innings, and visiting San Francisco edged Atlanta.
The Giants spoiled the season debut of Braves starter Mike Minor, who missed the first month of the season with left shoulder tendinitis. Minor allowed seven hits and struck out four in six innings.
Cubs 6, Cardinals 5 — Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single in the first that ended St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright’s scoreless streak at 25 innings, and Chicago beat the visiting Cardinals. Rizzo added a solo homer in the fifth.
Nationals 5, Phillies 3 — Adam LaRoche’s tiebreaking single in the eighth inning helped Washington rally from an early deficit in Philadelphia.
The Phillies’ bullpen, which is the worst in the National League with a 5.07 ERA, gave up three runs in two innings.
Rangers 5, Angels 2 — Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo homer in the sixth, Alex Rios added a two-run shot in the same inning, and visiting Texas got past Los Angeles.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 3 — Tom Koehler gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings as Miami bested Los Angeles to extend its home winning streak to seven games.
Indians 12, White Sox 5 — Michael Brantley homered and drove in three runs, Carlos Santana also homered, and host Cleveland broke loose against Chicago.
Tigers 8, Royals 2 — Rick Porcello struck out six in seven innings and Victor Martinez had a two doubles and two RBIs as visiting Detroit roughed up Kansas City.
Astros 5, Mariners 4 — George Springer singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give host Houston a victory. The touted rookie came through after starting the night 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.
Brewers 2, Reds 0 — Wily Peralta doubled home two runs — the first RBIs of his career — and gave up three hits over eight innings to power visiting Milwaukee.
Rockies 10, Mets 3 — Troy Tulowitzki had three hits and three RBIs and Charlie Blackmon homered as host Colorado beat New York for its sixth win in seven games.
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 0 — Bronson Arroyo and two relievers held punchless San Diego to three hits, and Aaron Hill hit a two-run single to lead visiting Arizona.