BOSTON — Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Wednesday night.
The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda’s neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.
John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.
Mike Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Rangers 3, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. — Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and Texas wrapped up a three-game sweep of Oakland.
Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers. Perez (3-1) outpitched Sonny Gray (3-1) in a heralded matchup of emerging stars, allowing just three hits and two walks.
Mariners 5, Astros 3
SEATTLE — Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Seattle rallied for a win over Houston to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Seager homered for his second straight at-bat after being mired in a slump for most of the season. Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Houston starter Jarred Cosart, then added the winning shot on the first pitch from Josh Fields (0-1) in the ninth. The five RBIs were a career high for Seager.
White Sox 6, Tigers 4
DETROIT — Marcus Semien’s seventh-inning grand slam lifted Chicago over Detroit. Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien’s first career slam that turned around the game.
Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed (0-1) gave up two singles and a walk, and Ian Krol allowed the home run to Semien. Andre Rienzo (1-0) gave up four runs in the fourth inning but kept the Tigers quiet otherwise in his first start this season.
Indians 5, Royals 3
CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending Cleveland to a 3 win over Kansas City.
Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera (0-1) into the gap in right-center, deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s bloop RBI single.
Orioles 10, Blue Jays 8
TORONTO — Nelson Cruz hit two of Baltimore’s season-high four home runs, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters also connected in the Orioles win over Toronto.
Cruz hit a solo homer off Dustin McGowan in the third and a grand slam off Todd Redmond (0-2) in the fifth, giving him six homers this season and 11 career multihomer games. The slam was his seventh.