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Starter Michael Pineda suffers broken finger in Tigers’ win over Orioles

Michael Pineda lasted into the second inning before having to leave the Tigers' win Saturday after being hit on the hand by a line drive.Raj Mehta/Associated Press

Tigers starter Michael Pineda exited early after a line drive broke a finger on his pitching hand and the Detroit bullpen dominated the rest of the way, teaming on a four-hitter to beat the visiting Orioles, 3-0, Saturday.

Pineda retired all four hitters he faced, but had to leave after Ramon Urias’s liner broke the middle finger on his right hand in the second inning.

“We don’t know yet if he will need surgery, but he’s going to be out for a while,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t have everyone available in the bullpen today, but everyone got in line and did what we needed them to do.”


Wily Peralta replaced him, with the game delayed to give him time to warm up.

“I’ve never had to warm up on the mound in my career, and I didn’t really get a chance to figure out what was working,” he said. “I had a couple good fastballs at the end, so I started out throwing those and worked from there.”

Peralta (1-0) set down eight batters and four more relievers finished. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Eric Haase and Willi Castro homered for the Tigers, who clinched their first series win at home this season. The Detroit defense also contributed, turning four double plays.

“It’s nice to hit some balls out, because that’s something we haven’t done much early on,” Hinch said. “I think one difference is that it has been 80 (degrees) the last couple days, not 30 like it was in April.”

Bruce Zimmermann (2-2) allowed two earned runs in six-plus innings.

“Bruce threw the ball extremely well — we just didn’t score,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We struggled against what ended up being a bullpen game. Our starters are doing an amazing job, but we’ve got to score some more runs.”


Blue Jays beat Rays, end five-game losing streak

Teoscar Hernandez and Danny Jansen homered in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays beat the Rays, 5-1, in St. Petersburg, Fla., to end a five-game skid.

Hernandez, who missed three weeks with a sore left oblique, hit his second homer of the season. Jansen was activated Saturday after being sidelined for more than a month with a strained left oblique and hit his third homer in only his ninth at-bat this year.

Both homers came off Ryan Thompson (1-2), who also gave up singles to Santiago Espinal and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the decisive four-run inning.

Tim Mayza (2-0) got the win in relief after striking out two of his three batters in the seventh.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled in the first inning off Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, and scored on Espinal’s sacrifice fly.

Yandy Diaz led off the Rays first with an opposite-field home run off left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, his third of the season.

Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena had two hits each for Tampa Bay. Margot stretched his career-high hitting streak to 11 games, during which he is hitting .486.

Ryu, pitching for the first time since April 16 due to an inflamed left forearm, gave up one run on four hits in 4⅔ innings, striking out three.

Nationals halt Astros’ streak at 11

Yadiel Hernandez and Maikel Franco homered and the Nationals ended the Astros’ 11-game winning streak, romping 13-6 in Washington.

Manager Dusty Baker and the Astros fell one game short of matching the franchise-record 12-game winning string achieved in 1999, 2004 and 2018.


The Houston staff fashioned a 0.91 ERA during this recent run, but Nelson Cruz and the Nationals collected 14 hits and five walks against five pitchers. Starter Cristian Javier (2-1) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits over 3⅔ innings — the Astros had allowed a total of four runs over their past five games.

Jose Siri had a homer, triple and a single for Houston. Yuli Gurriel also had three hits.

Cruz had a three-run double, two singles and a walk for the Nationals — who improved to 5-14 at home. Juan Soto doubled, walked twice and scored three runs.

Josh Rogers (2-2) worked one inning for the win. Washington starter Erick Fedde was lifted after Siri’s leadoff homer in the fifth made it 7-3.

White Sox walk it off, end Yankees streak at five

Luis Robert singled off Aroldis Chapman to drive home the winning run in the ninth inning and the White Sox edged the Yankees, 3-2, in Chicago, stopping New York’s five-game winning streak.

The Yankees, with the best record in the majors, had slugged away for a total of 25 runs in taking the first two games of the series. They rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning, but a baserunning mistake cost them a chance to score more.

With one out in the Chicago ninth, Tim Anderson singled and Yoán Moncada walked against Chapman (0-1). Robert followed with his big hit to right, setting off a lively celebration on the field.


Moncada homered and Dallas Keuchel threw five shutout innings for the White Sox, who have won 8 of 11.

New York had won 19 of 22.

Anderson finished with three hits and Moncada and Robert added two apiece for the White Sox, who improved to just 2-9 against the Yankees since June 15, 2019.

Cardinals stop Giants’ win streak

Dakota Hudson and a quartet of relievers combined to help the Cardinals stop San Francisco’s six-game winning streak, blanking the Giants, 4-0, in St. Louis. The Cardinals pitched their sixth shutout of the season. The Angels began the day with a major league-leading seven shutouts. Yadier Molina doubled, singled and scored a run. He opened the second with a double off the top of the right-center field wall for his 2,128th career hit, moving him past Mike Piazza for sixth most among catchers. St. Louis led 1-0 in the fifth when the Giants put runners at first and third with two outs. Molina threw out Joc Pederson trying to steal second to end the inning. Tommy Edman homered as the Cardinals won for the second time in seven games. St. Louis has homered in 10 straight games. Hudson (3-2) worked around five hits and two walks in five innings. Génesis Cabrera, Andre Pallante, Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos teamed up to pitch the final four innings. Jakob Junis (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out three in 5⅔ innings in his second start of the season. San Francisco has lost nine of its last 12 games in St. Louis . . . Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Riley hit a tiebreaking double during a four-run rally in the eighth inning that lifted the Braves to a 6-5 victory over the Padres in Atlanta. The Braves tagged reliever Steven Wilson (3-1) for Ozzie Albies’s RBI single, Ozuna’s two-run homer and Riley’s go-ahead hit. Braves right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. missed his third straight game with a sore groin. Manager Brian Snitker said Acuña was expected to play, but he reported feeling uncomfortable when he arrived at the ballpark. The Braves had him undergo an MRI, the results of which were negative. Snitker added that Acuña likely will be held out Sunday, too . . . Luis Barrera hit a walkoff, three-run shot for his first career home run and the Athletics snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Angels in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. The A’s trailed 3-1 with two outs in the ninth before rallying against closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1). Ramon Laureano doubled and Christian Bethancourt walked before Barrera launched the drive into the right-field seats in his 17th career at-bat. Barrera had made an error in left field that allowed the Angels to score their third run and was double off first on a fly out to right field in the seventh . . . Zach Thompson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Daniel Vogelbach homered to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Reds in Pittsburgh. Brandon Drury broke up the no-hit bid by lining a clean single to right field with two outs. That was the only hit allowed by Thompson (2-3) in six innings. He had three walks and three strikeouts while throwing 76 pitches and combining with Wil Crowe, Chris Stratton and David Bednar on a four-hitter that ended the Reds’ three-game winning streak. Thompson entered with a 7.08 ERA in six games, including five starts, but ran his scoreless innings streak to 12. Last Sunday, he pitched five shutout innings at Cincinnati but did not get a decision.


Giants send Dubon to Astros

The Astros acquired utilityman Mauricio Dubón in a trade with the Giants. The 27-year-old Dubón is batting .239 with two homers and eight RBIs in 21 games this season. He has big league experience at second base, third base, shortstop and center field. San Francisco also recalled infielder Donovan Walton from Sacramento before the Giants’ game at St. Louis . . . Mariners reliever Erik Swanson was placed on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, leaving the team without one of its top arms in the bullpen. Swanson has a 1.29 ERA over 13 appearances, with 21 strikeouts and only one walk in 14 innings — by far the most success he’s enjoyed in four major league seasons, all with Seattle. To fill his spot, the Mariners recalled lefthander Danny Young from Triple A Tacoma before Saturday night’s game against the New York Mets. Young had just been optioned to Tacoma in a flurry of eight roster moves made by Seattle ahead of the series opener Friday. In another transaction Saturday, the Mariners acquired infielder Alex Blandino and cash from the Giants for outfielder Stuart Fairchild, who was optioned to Tacoma and designated for assignment Friday.