In an eerily quiet Oriole Park at Camden Yards, just a few miles from civil unrest only two nights ago, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in the first inning and starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven strong innings as the Orioles won their third straight.
The gates were closed to the public over apparent safety concerns.
First baseman James Loney singled with two outs in the top of the 13th inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees, the first win by the Rays in six meetings against the Yankees this year.
Loney’s hit continued his dominance at Yankee Stadium, where he has a .418 average (41-for-98).
Miguel Cabrera had three hits, including two home runs, to help the Detroit Tigers erase a four-run deficit and beat the Minnesota Twins 10-7.
Cabrera hit a solo homer in the sixth inning before launching a two-run shot over the center field fence in the ninth. He also came within a few feet of hitting another homer in the fourth, settling for an RBI double instead.
Ryan Braun homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and first baseman Adam Lind and left fielder Khris Davis added solo shots, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Milwaukee (5-17) hit three homers off Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who made his major league debut.
Colby Rasmus slugged a two-run homer in the fourth inning as the Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 to complete a three-game sweep of their opponents, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.
It was the sixth straight win for the Astros (14-7), who are 10-2 on the road this season — a franchise record for the first 12 games.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole improved to 4-0 on the season with a strong six-inning effort as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 8-1 and salvaged the finale of a three-game series.
Cole, now 8-0 since September 7, gave up one unearned run on three hits and one walk while striking out eight.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs and the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 7-3 to take two of the three-game series.
But the Mets (15-7) still lead the National League East. The loss went to Bartolo Colon (4-1), who nonetheless extended his streak of not allowing a walk to 26 2/3 innings.
Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven effective innings and produced a momentum-changing three-run single to spark the Washington Nationals to a 13-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Zimmermann (2-2) pitched seven innings, his longest stint of the year, and allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits and one walk. He had a season-high seven strikeouts.
Right-hander Rick Porcello ended a terrible run by his team’s pitching staff, allowed a run on two hits over seven innings, and left fielder Hanley Ramirez tied a club record with his 10th home run before May 1, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Porcello walked two, hit a batter and struck out six to help the Red Sox edge the three-game series. His effort came after Boston (12-10) surrendered 34 runs over the previous three games.
Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez belted home runs and Danny Salazar pitched six solid innings as the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Kansas City Royals 7-5.
A four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
After rapping out 15 hits and scoring a season-high 11 runs in their previous game, the Cardinals (14-6) did most of their damage in one inning, enabling Carlos Martinez (3-0) to win his third straight start.
First baseman Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 with a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth as the Seattle Mariners completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 5-2 triumph.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez (4-0) earned the victory and became the Mariners’ all-time leader in innings pitched. Hernandez eclipsed the former mark of 2,093 innings logged by lefty Jamie Moyer over 11 seasons.
Josh Collmenter pitched eight strong innings and Jordan Pacheco homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Colorado Rockies 9-1 to edge the three-game series.