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05/12/2015 01:07 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT
BALTIMORE - Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit first-inning homers, Ubaldo Jimenez had a season-high nine strikeouts over seven sharp innings, and the Orioles celebrated their return to Baltimore with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who had lost five of six to fall into last place in the AL East.

Because of rioting and violence in the city, the Orioles last played in front of their home fans on April 26. Enjoying the comfort of familiar surroundings and fueled by a spirited crowd of 20,468, Baltimore took a quick 3-0 lead and cruised to the finish behind Jimenez (3-2).

In their previous game at Camden Yards, the Orioles won on April 29 behind closed doors, a decision made for fan safety. Although the atmosphere in the city remains tense, the fans appeared delighted to turn their attention toward baseball.

Wearing "Baltimore" on their home white jerseys instead of the customary "Orioles," the home team provided many a feel-good moment.

Zach Britton got three outs for his seventh save.

Marco Estrada (1-2) took the loss.

YANKEES 11, RAYS 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a year and Alex Rodriguez hit one of five New York homers against Tampa Bay.

Sabathia (1-5) allowed four runs in seven innings to stop a nine-start winless streak since a victory over Boston on April 24, 2014. The lefty missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Rodriguez put the Yankees up 1-0 on his eighth homer this season and 662nd overall, a long drive to left field in the first.

A-Rod was hit on the arm by Erasmo Ramirez's pitch in the ninth and scored when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer. Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who have won all four games this season at Tropicana Field and are 6-1 overall against the Rays.

Logan Forsythe homered and drove in three runs for the Rays.

Headley and Gardner each had a three-run shot off Alex Colome (2-1).

DODGERS 5, MARLINS 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Van Slyke hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Los Angeles a victory over Miami.

Two innings after throwing out a runner at home plate to complete a double play, Van Slyke connected off struggling closer Steve Cishek.

Christian Yelich gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer off rookie Yimi Garcia before Cishek (1-3) allowed a one-out walk to Yasmani Grandal and a single by Andre Ethier.

Van Slyke handed Cishek his fourth blown save in seven opportunities.

J.P. Howell (2-1) got the win after retiring former Dodger Dee Gordon with the bases loaded.

Zack Greinke went seven innings for the Dodgers, lowering his ERA to 1.52. He has not lost in 15 starts since Aug. 9, 2014, against Milwaukee.

Marcell Ozuna also homered for Miami.

RED SOX 5, ATHLETICS 4, 11 INNINGS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Sandoval homered leading off the 11th inning for Boston in his return to the Bay Area, where he won three championships with the San Francisco Giants.

Sandoval just cleared the fence in right on an 0-2 pitch from Angel Castro (0-1) for his fourth homer of the year and second in two days, helping the Red Sox win consecutive games for the first time since April 20-21.

Matt Barnes (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.

Oakland lost its sixth straight and fell to a major league-worst 0-6 in extra innings this season. The A's are 1-11 in one-run games. They have their longest skid since dropping nine in a row in 2012.

Sandoval received his latest World Series ring from Giants manager Bruce Bochy on Sunday night at the Red Sox team hotel.

PIRATES 4, PHILLIES 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched seven effective innings, Starling Marte hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia.

Cole (5-1) allowed two runs and six hits, shaking off his first loss in 10 starts with another good outing. The right-hander had won four straight before Wednesday's 3-0 home loss to Cincinnati.

Making his first start at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, Cole improved 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA in his last seven road outings. The Pirates have won four of five overall, and seven of eight against the Phillies dating to last season.

Odubel Herrera hit his first major league homer in the ninth off Mark Melancon, who held on for his eighth save. Philadelphia (11-22) has dropped 10 of 13.

Jerome Williams (2-3) lasted five innings, giving up three runs and four hits.

BREWERS 10, WHITE SOX 7

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Elian Herrera and pinch-hitter Khris Davis homered in the eighth inning to help Milwaukee hold off Chicago.

Herrera, filling in at third base for injured Aramis Ramirez, homered for the second straight night. His two-run shot off reliever Zach Duke (1-2) broke a 7-all tie.

The Brewers squandered a 6-0 lead. Adam Eaton's two-out RBI single off Jonathan Broxton (1-0) tied the score at 7 in the eighth inning.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his seventh save.

Carlos Gomez homered and tripled for Milwaukee in his first game this season as the cleanup hitter.

White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija was tagged for eight hits and seven runs — five earned — in six innings.

RANGERS 8, ROYALS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit his 399th home run, newcomer Thomas Field hit his first and the Texas Rangers beat weary Kansas City.

Prince Fielder also homered for the Rangers to back Colby Lewis (3-2), who beat the Royals for the first time since 2003 by limiting them to one run and three hits over seven innings.

The defending AL champions didn't arrive in Texas until about 5:45 a.m. Monday after their 10-inning, rain-delayed victory at Detroit that ended after midnight.

Danny Duffy (2-2), who travelled ahead of his teammates, matched his career high with six walks while pitching only 3 2-3 innings. He gave up six runs and five hits.

Beltre homered for the second time in two days. His two-run shot tied him with Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 52nd place on the career list.

CUBS 4, METS 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered on consecutive pitches in the first inning, leading Jon Lester and Chicago over New York.

Lester (3-2) allowed three runs in six innings, and three relievers from Chicago's struggling bullpen closed it out. Hector Rondon finished for his seventh save.

The Cubs opened the bleachers in left and centre for the first time this season at Wrigley Field, and Bryant provided a stirring welcome with a two-run shot for the prized rookie's first homer at the cozy neighbourhood ballpark.

Rizzo followed with a drive to right against Jacob deGrom (3-4), who was charged with four runs in five innings.

The outfield seating had been closed to the public while work continued on renovations for the aging facility.

Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores hit consecutive homers for New York.

BRAVES 2, REDS 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin singled off Aroldis Chapman to open the ninth, stole a base and scored on the closer's 103 mph wild pitch, rallying Atlanta past Cincinnati.

The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak and sent Cincinnati's best reliever to his second loss in two days.

Chapman (1-2) also gave up a ninth-inning run during a 4-3 loss to the White Sox on Sunday — the first run he had allowed all season.

Luis Avilan (1-0) retired all three batters in the eighth. Jim Johnson got his second save.

Andrelton Simmons ended Mike Leake's scoreless streak at 19 innings when he led off the fourth with a homer.

NATIONALS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 1

PHOENIX (AP) — Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman homered in the first inning, and Washington rolled to its fifth victory in a row with a rout of Arizona.

The Nationals scored 10 runs in the first two innings, nine off starter Josh Collmenter (3-4). Yunel Escobar had his second career five-hit game, both in the past week.

Max Scherzer (3-3) shut out the Diamondbacks before giving up a home run to Jordan Pacheco in the sixth. The former Arizona first-round draft pick allowed five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and even had two of the Nationals' 15 hits.

Washington has scored a combined two runs in Scherzer's three losses, and 25 in his three wins.

Wilson Ramos hit a three-run double in a six-run second.

After his torrid week, Nationals slugger Bruce Harper was relatively quiet, going 1 for 4 with an RBI single.

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