Orioles make winning return

The Orioles had been on an extended road trip due to the troubles in the city but they were back at Camden Yards on Monday and home runs from Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Adam Jones earned them the win.

The Orioles, whose last home game against the Chicago White Sox on April 29 was closed to the public due to security fears following the civil unrest in Baltimore and then played their ‘home’ series against Tampa Bay in Florida, will now have 16 of their next 19 matches in front of their own fans.

Despite the win, though, Baltimore still prop up the standings in the American League East, with the Boston Red Sox staying just clear of the Orioles with a 5-4 victory over the freefalling Oakland Athletics in a match that went to 11 innings.

The New York Yankees continue to set the pace in that division after seeing off second-placed Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 thanks to homers from Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner and an impressive showing from CC Sabathia, who struck out nine.

The Washington Nationals were also among the runs as they thrashed the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-1 – with 10 of the runs coming in the opening two innings – as they made it five wins on the trot.

That victory allowed Washington to close the gap on National League East pacesetters the New York Mets, who suffered a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

NL West leaders the LA Dodgers made it four successive wins as they downed the Miami Marlins 5-3, while the improving Milwaukee Brewers are on a three-game winning streak after edging a high-scoring encounter with the White Sox 10-7.

Elsewhere, Adrian Beltre scored the 399th home run of his career as the Texas Rangers overcame the Kansas City Royals 8-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 and the Atlanta Braves edged out the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.