Honours shared in double-header

Chris Davis hit a third homer in two games as the White Sox took the opener 3-2, but six different Orioles hit an RBI in the second clash for a 6-3 win.

A three-run homer from Jung Ho Kang was the stand-out moment as the Pittsburgh Pirates won a seventh straight game, beating the San Diego Padres 11-5, while Chris Iannetta posted a fourth career grand slam as the Los Angeles Angels crushed the Detroit Tigers 12-2.

Two hits and two RBIs from Jason Kipnis helped the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 success over the Seattle Mariners, while in Oakland Ben Zobrist teed-up a loaded walk from David Carpenter to break a tie and help the As beat the New York Yankees 5-4.

Elsewhere on Thursday the Boston Red Sox were 5-1 winners against the Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves were routed 7-0 by defending champions the San Francisco Giants – their fourth straight victory.