Zach Plesac tossed six strong innings and the Cleveland Indians broke out of a scoring drought with a six-run fourth in a 7-1 victory over the host Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
The Indians had been blanked for 13 innings before Franmil Reyes and Jordan Luplow each hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Luplow was 0-for-21 with a walk this season before homering.
"It felt like the entire world just came off my shoulders," Luplow said of his feelings rounding the bases. "It was nice seeing the smiles in the dugout. They were so happy for me."
First base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who is filling in as manager while Terry Francona deals with health issues, said he stuck with Luplow because many of his at-bats were good.
"Sometimes you just want that first one to be a blooper, but I'll take a homer," Alomar said.
Domingo Santana added a solo homer in the eighth for Cleveland.
Plesac gave up five hits and struck out seven in lowering his ERA to 1.29 this year. The Cleveland pitching staff has given up four runs or fewer in all 16 games this season.
Yoan Moncada homered in the eighth for Chicago.
Oakland 3, Houston 1: Marcus Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win 15 hours earlier, and the host Athletics earned their eighth consecutive victory. The three-time reigning division champion Astros lost their fourth in a row, and the past three defeats have been by a total of four runs.
New York 8-3, Tampa Bay 4-5: Gerrit Cole came within one strike of earning his 20th consecutive regular-season victory before getting pulled, and the Yankees opened a doubleheader in St. Petersburg, Fla., with an 8-4 victory. Austin Meadows hit a two-run single, and the Rays held on to win the second game 5-3.
Texas 2, Los Angeles 0: Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer, and six pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the host Rangers, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season, dropping the Angels to 5-10 under new manager Joe Maddon.
Toronto 2, Boston 1: Five pitchers held the host Red Sox to four hits, and the Blue Jays rallied late. Bo Bichette tied it with a two-out RBI double in the seventh inning, and Rowdy Tellez drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout in the eighth.
New York 8, Miami 4: J.D. Davis homered and drove in four runs, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto also connected and the Mets finally slowed down the Marlins.
Rookie lefthander David Peterson gave up two runs over five innings to win his first home start for New York, which won for only the third time in 10 games.
Conforto and Alonso each ripped a two-run homer off Daniel Castano, the latest starter to make his major league debut for the depleted Marlins.
Despite a coronavirus outbreak that saw 18 players test positive, Miami (7-2) had won six in a row during a streak that began July 26, including 5-0 after returning to the field following an eight-day layoff.
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 0: Jake Arrieta tossed six shutout innings for his first victory in more than a year and Jay Bruce and J.T. Realmuto each homered to lead the host Phillies past the Braves. Arrieta tossed three-hit ball and struck out six for his first win since June 30, 2019.
Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 1: Anthony DeSclafani gave up two singles over six scoreless innings for the Reds and Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer after some shoddy defense by the host Brewers.
Detroit 11, Pittsburgh 5: Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer Candelario hit home first-inning homers as the Tigers drilled the host Pirates. Detroit sent four of Derek Holland's first 11 pitches over the fence, a day after a 17-13 Tigers victory in 11 innings.
Baltimore 5, Washington 3: Pat Valaika, Pedro Severino and Anthony Santander homered during a five-run rally in the eighth inning as the Orioles roughed up the host Nationals. Washington starter Austin Voth pitched five sharp innings, and Baltimore went into eighth inning with only two hits and trailing 3-0.