Francisco Arcia doubled twice, homered and drove in six runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif.
It was just Arcia’s second major league game after spending the past 11 years in the minor leagues. In his major league debut on Thursday, the 28-year-old catcher went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, but he topped that performance on Saturday.
Arcia set a major league record with 10 RBIs in his first two major league games.
The Angels had plenty of offense to go around, totaling 13 hits, including Mike Trout’s 29th home run of the season off Felix Hernandez in the first inning.
Royals 10, Yankees 5 (Game 1)
Lucas Duda hit a towering two-run homer off Luis Severino as Kansas City cruised past New York in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.
Duda ended Severino’s fourth straight rough outing by hitting a high fly ball that carried 345 feet over the right field fence to give the Royals a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Severino (14-4) continued his recent struggles and was unable to get his 15th win on his third attempt. In a season-low 4 1/3 innings, he allowed six runs on eight hits.
Yankees 5, Royals 4 (Game 2)
Aaron Hicks lofted the tiebreaking sacrifice fly to cap an eighth-inning comeback for New York, which salvaged a split of the doubleheader with visiting Kansas City.
The Royals put themselves in position to earn a sweep by scoring single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-3 lead. But Greg Bird tied the game with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth against Brian Flynn (2-2), who then gave up a double to Neil Walker.
Glenn Sparkman entered and allowed a bunt single to Austin Romine before walking pinch hitter Gleyber Torres to load the bases. Walker then scored easily on Hicks’ fly ball to left field.
Red Sox 10, Twins 4
J.D. Martinez hit his major-league-leading 32nd home run of the season and Eduardo Nunez tripled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead a 14-hit attack as host Boston crushed Minnesota.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had a two-run triple, and five batters each had two hits for Boston, which improved to 12-2 in its last 14 games at Fenway Park and 36-14 at home overall this season.
Rick Porcello (13-4) picked up the victory despite giving up four runs on five hits in just 5 2/3 innings. Rafael Devers left the game in the eighth inning with a hamstring injury and is expected to be placed on the disabled list by the Red Sox for the second time this month.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 2
Miles Mikolas pitched six strong innings and Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam as St. Louis defeated visiting Chicago.
Ozuna homered in a six-run first inning for the Cardinals, who have won the first two games of the series and improved to 9-6 this season against the National League Central leaders.
Javier Baez homered for the second consecutive day for the Cubs, who will attempt to avoid a three-game sweep Sunday night.
Tigers 2, Indians 1
JaCoby Jones hit a two-run home run, and four Detroit pitchers held visiting Cleveland to a combined five singles in a tight win.
Jones, the No. 9 hitter, ripped his eighth homer of the season in the third inning to make a winner of starter Blaine Hardy (4-3). Jones left the game after six innings with lower back tightness.
The Tigers defeated the Indians for just the fourth time in 15 meetings this season. Michael Brantley (2-for-4) was the only Cleveland player to get more than one hit.
Reds 6, Phillies 2
Joey Votto drove in two runs with a pair of late singles, and the Cincinnati bullpen pitched four shutout innings to help defeat visiting Philadelphia.
Votto’s sixth-inning RBI single broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Reds the lead for good en route to their second straight win over the Phillies after a 9-4 drubbing in the series opener on Thursday.
The loss spoiled the Phillies debut of Asdrubal Cabrera, acquired Friday in a rare trade with the New York Mets. Cabrera started at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Pirates 5, Mets 0
Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout, and Pittsburgh downed visiting New York for the second straight night.
Colin Moran drove in two runs, and David Freese, Adam Frazier and Francisco Cervelli each added an RBI for the Pirates, who have won 15 of their past 18 games.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom (5-6) gave up a season-high eight hits and allowed three runs in seven innings, with five strikeouts and no walks. DeGrom, who leads the majors with a 1.82 ERA, has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 18 straight starts but has not notched a win since June 18.
Orioles 11, Rays 2
Joey Rickard homered and drove in five runs and Trey Mancini also hit a homer as host Baltimore routed Tampa Bay.
Mancini and Rickard hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches in a three-run second inning. Rickard added a three-run bloop double to right in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth.
Mancini, Rickard and Caleb Joseph — the Nos. 7-9 batters — drove in nine of the Orioles’ runs.
Dodgers 5, Braves 1
Alex Wood earned his sixth straight win and Yasiel Puig returned from the disabled list to hit a homer and drive in three, helping Los Angeles claim victory at Atlanta.
Wood (7-5) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and gave up only one hit, walked four and struck out five. He has not suffered a loss since June 9.
Puig, out since July 9 with a right oblique strain, went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored two runs. He plated the first run for the Dodgers with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, then ripped a two-run homer to left in the sixth inning.
Rangers 7, Astros 3
Rougned Odor recorded his ninth career multi-homer game as visiting Texas thumped scuffling Houston.
Odor (5-for-5) put Texas ahead to stay with an inside-the-park home run off Astros starter Justin Verlander (10-6) in the fifth inning. Odor led off the seventh inning with a conventional dinger, blasting his ninth of the season to right off debuting Astros right-hander Ryan Pressly for a 3-1 lead.
After the game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters star second baseman Jose Altuve had been placed on the 10-day disabled list for the first time in his eight-year career with right knee soreness.
White Sox 9, Blue Jays 5
Pinch hitter Daniel Palka hit a two-run, go-ahead single in a six-run bottom of the eighth, and Chicago came back to defeat visiting Toronto.
Leury Garcia had four RBIs — including a three-run triple in the eighth — and Yolmer Sanchez and Nicky Delmonico hit solo home runs for the White Sox, as the teams have split the first two games of a three-game series.
Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 2-for-5 with two RBIs to give him a club-record 10th straight multi-hit game.
Marlins 2, Nationals 1 (10 innings)
J.T. Realmuto hit a walk-off single down the right field line in the 10th inning as host Miami edged Washington.
The Marlins started the winning rally against reliever Kelvin Herrera (2-2) with a perfect bunt hit by Magneuris Sierra, who dragged the ball down the first base side. Miguel Rojas reached on catcher interference against Spencer Kieboom.
After a bloop hit by Brian Anderson loaded the bases with no outs, Washington put right fielder Bryce Harper at first base, employing a five-man infield. Realmuto foiled the strategy with his hit.
Rockies 4, Athletics 1
Nolan Arenado homered for the second straight game, Pat Valaika also went deep and Colorado beat Oakland in Denver.
Carlos Gonzalez had three hits, and Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 29th save for Colorado. The Rockies have won 10 of their last 12 and improved to 15-5 in July.
Nick Martini had two hits and scored once, and Matt Chapman and Josh Phegley also had two hits for Oakland, which lost for the second straight night after a six-game winning streak.
Diamondbacks 9, Padres 4
Jon Jay pulled a tiebreaking, two-run double into right field in the eighth inning to lead Arizona to victory at San Diego.
The win was Arizona’s second straight over the Padres, who have lost four straight and 11 of their last 13, and kept the Diamondbacks 1 1/2 games behind the leading Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Daniel Descalso opened the eighth with a single and move to second on a sacrifice bunt. After pinch hitter Chris Owings drew a walk, Padres reliever Phil Maton (0-1) was replaced by Kirby Yates, who immediately gave up the double to Jay. Paul Goldschmidt then singled home Jay.
Brewers 7, Giants 1
Jhoulys Chacin continued his brilliant month of July with seven innings of three-hit pitching, leading Milwaukee to a third straight win at San Francisco.
Eric Thames singled, doubled and scored three times, and Lorenzo Cain collected four of Milwaukee’s 14 hits. Christian Yelich homered and drove in three runs, and Mike Moustakas went 1-for-5 with a strikeout in his Brewers debut.
Chacin (10-3) no-hit the Giants for five innings before allowing a leadoff homer to Nick Hundley in the sixth, though the Brewers had already built a 6-0 lead by then. The right-hander allowed three or fewer hits for the fourth time in five starts in July, improving to 4-0 in the month.
—Field Level Media