BOSTON – Kevin Kiermaier had an inside-the-park homer for Tampa Bay, which has lost five straight after falling to the Boston Red Sox 7-1 Saturday.
The former Bishop Luers standout’s homer came when Jackie Bradley Jr. attempted a leaping grab and the ball caromed off the Green Monster, off his face and rolled away as he was down on the ground.
Kiermaier, who went 2 for 3 Satudray, was called back to Tampa Bay from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday,
Rubby De La Rosa pitched seven shutout innings in his first big league start in nearly three years,and Brock Holt hit his first career homer for Boston.
The teams kept it clean a day after having their second benches-clearing scrum in less than a week.
Holt and Bradley each hit two-run homers, and Jonathan Herrera had three singles as the Red Sox continued to rebound from a recent 10-game losing streak.
De La Rosa (1-0), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Pawtucket, made his first start for the Red Sox. He allowed four hits, striking out eight without issuing a walk in his first start since July 31, 2011, when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 25-year old right-hander was acquired in Boston’s salary-dump deal in August 2012 that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers.
ORIOLES 4, ASTROS 1: In Houston, Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 20th home run and drove in three runs to back a solid start by Chris Tillman as Baltimore snapped a four-game skid.
YANKEES 3, TWINS 1: In New York, Masahiro Tanaka shut down Joe Mauer and the other Minnesota hitters while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.06, and Brian McCann lined a go-ahead double in the eighth for New York.
BLUE JAYS 12, ROYALS 2: In Toronto, Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBI, and Marcus Stroman won his first career start to lift Toronto.
CUBS 8, BREWERS 0: In Milwaukee, Anthony Rizzo hit two two-run homers and Jason Hammel tossed seven strong innings to lead Chicago.
Rizzo’s homers were more than enough support for Hammel (6-3), who allowed just four hits while striking out a season-high eight to help Chicago snap a three-game losing streak.
CARDINALS 2, GIANTS 0: In St. Louis, Michael Wacha worked six innings of three-hit ball in his fifth rain-delayed start of the season and Oscar Taveras homered in his second career at-bat to lead St. Louis.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-3) gave up two hits in six innings for the Giants, but one of them was Taveras’ 418-foot drive in the fifth. Petit subbed for injured Matt Cain, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, for the second straight start.
DODGERS 12, PIRATES 2: In Los Angeles, Hanley Ramirez homered twice, drove in five runs and scored four times, tying career highs in all three categories, to lead Los Angeles. Rookie right-hander Brandon Cumpton (0-2) was charged with 11 runs – 10 earned – and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
BRAVES 9, MARLINS 5: In Miami, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each drove in a pair of runs to help lead Atlanta.
METS 5, PHILLIES 4: In Philadelphia, David Wright had an RBI single with two outs in the 14th inning to lift New York.
NATIONALS 10 RANGERS 2: In Washington, Anthony Rendon went 4 for 5 and hit one of four Washington home runs, and Doug Fister allowed four hits in six innings to lead the Nationals.