ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly during a two-run eighth inning that lifted the Rays to a 4-2 win against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, cutting the gap at the top of the American League East division to three games.
Elsewhere, Detroit edged Minnesota in 10 innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers routed Miami to continue their run of victories, and the Chicago Cubs pitching was too good for the New York Mets.
The Yankees scored twice in the first inning �X a meager return after loading the bases with no outs �X but the Rays overran them in the closing stages.
After tying the game in the seventh, Tampa Bay went ahead in the eighth. Kevin Kiermaier drew a one-out walk and went to third on Steven Souza Jr.’s single. Dellin Betances was brought in from the Yankees bullpen but gave up Longoria’s sacrifice fly and then threw a wild pitch that allowed Souza to score another run.
Detroit’s Ian Kinsler drove in the 10th inning winner to give the Tigers a 2-1 victory over Minnesota.
Anthony Gose hit a one-out double off Ryan Pressly (1-1), and Kinsler followed with a single that dropped into shallow center field.
Detroit starter Alfredo Simon allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking only one.
Los Angeles’ Andre Ethier went 5 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs to power the Dodgers to an 11-1 victory over Miami.
The two-time defending NL West champions pounded out a season-high 21 hits and improved to 15-2 at home with their fifth-straight victory overall. Every starting position player for the Dodgers had a hit by the sixth inning.
The lone highlight for the Marlins was a mammoth home run by Giancarlo Stanton that left the stadium.
The Cubs beat the Mets 6-1, led by a sparkling pitching performance from Jake Arrieta.
Arrieta (4-3) had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed one run in eight innings.
Kris Bryant had three hits, including a homer and his first major league triple. The rookie hit a leadoff shot in the eighth.
San Francisco’s Chris Heston pitched his first career complete game, striking out 10 and giving up just one run to steer the Giants to an 8-1 win at Houston.
The rookie Heston (3-3) retired the last 22 batters and has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his seven starts this season.
Matt Duffy had three hits and drove in five runs for the Giants. It was the most RBIs by a Giants rookie since Buster Posey in 2010. Duffy, had a 3-run double in the second inning and added a 2-run single as part of a 5-run fifth that helped San Francisco to its highest score of the season.
Kansas City’s Alex Gordon homered on the first pitch of the 10th inning to give the Royals a 7-6 win at Texas.