Edwin Jackson became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made his Toronto Blue Jays debut and pitched five innings Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The 35-year-old right-hander allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in five innings. He struck out two, walked one, hit a batter and left after 77 pitches with the score 3-3.
Brandon Crawford hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth off Ryan Tepera (0-2).
Mark Melancon (1-0) pitched out of a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the sixth for the win. Will Smith struck out the side in the ninth to remain perfect in 11 save chances.
Toronto acquired Jackson from Oakland on Saturday for $30,000. He began his tenure with his new team by throwing an 88 mph cutter that Joe Panik took for a called strike.
Jackson had been tied with Octavio Dotel for most teams. Jackson agreed last month to a minor league contract with the A’s and was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three minor league starts.
In addition to the Blue Jays and Athletics, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Baltimore.
YANKEES 5, ORIOLES 3, 1ST GAME
YANKEES 3, ORIOLES 1, 2ND GAME
NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit three home runs during a doubleheader sweep, including a solo shot in the nightcap, and Domingo Germán became the majors’ first eight-game winner as New York topped Baltimore twice.
Torres hit two of New York’s four homers during a 5-3 win in the first game. The 2018 All-Star has eight homers this season, and six have come against the Orioles.
The Yankees announced during the second game that third baseman Miguel Andújar, last year’s runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year, will have season-ending surgery to repair a small labrum tear in his right shoulder Monday.
New York has won 20 of 27 games to move a season-high 10 games over .500 at 26-16 despite currently having 13 players on the injured list.
Aroldis Chapman closed out both games, giving him 11 saves in 12 chances.
Germán (8-1) struck out eight over seven innings of one-run ball. Andrew Cashner (4-2) pitched six innings of two-run ball, striking out seven.
In the opener, Gary Sánchez and Cameron Maybin also went deep, and Orioles starter David Hess (1-5) set a career high with four homers allowed.
Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (3-3) was pulled after 5 1/3 innings and 64 pitches. He allowed three runs and five hits, including solo homers to Trey Mancini and Renato Nuñez.
TWINS 8, ANGELS 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —Reliever Mike Morin hit former teammate Mike Trout with a bases-loaded pitch that forced in a run in the ninth inning before retiring Shohei Ohtani to end the game on a groundout and preserve Minnesota’s win over Los Angeles.
Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI double and David Fletcher drove in a run with a single against Trevor Hildenberger in the three-run ninth, before the Twins turned to Morin for the final two outs and his first save this season. Morin gave up two of the season-high 18 hits by the Angels and plunked Trout on the shoulder.
Byron Buxton and Jason Castro each hit two-run homers and Ehire Adrianza added a two-run double for the Twins, who took the three-game set from the Angels and improved their series record this season to 8-4-2. They’ve won 10 of their last 15 games.
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (6-2) had his scoreless streak stopped at 22 innings. He gave up nine hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Angels starter Trevor Cahill (2-4) allowed six hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He failed to finish the fifth for the fifth time in his last six turns.
The Angels went 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position, leaving 14 men on base.
ASTROS 5, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed two hits in seven impressive innings against his former team, and Houston beat Detroit for its eighth straight win.
Verlander (7-1) struck out nine in his second start at Comerica Park since his 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. JaCoby Jones homered off him in the third for the Tigers’ only run.
Alex Bregman hit his 14th homer of the season, a solo shot off Gregory Soto (0-2) to open the scoring.
Jake Marisnick hit an RBI single for Houston in the second, and Robinson Chirinos added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Detroit made two errors in the sixth, helping the Astros score another run. Marisnick hit a run-scoring triple in the eighth to make it 5-1.
Ryan Pressly pitched the eighth for Houston, which has won 11 of 12.
NATIONALS 5, METS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin struck out 11 in eight strong innings and Victor Robles homered in Washington’s win over New York.
Anthony Rendon had three hits for Washington (17-25), which had lost seven of 10. He had two doubles and a single, scored twice and drove in a run.
Corbin (4-1) allowed one run and four hits to win his second consecutive start. He retired 15 of 16 batters from the third into the eighth inning.
Wilmer Font (1-1) gave up five runs and six hits — including a homer and three long doubles — in 2 1/3 innings.
J.D. Davis had an RBI double for the Mets, who had won three straight.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, PIRATES 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and Arizona routed Chris Archer and Pittsburgh.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Greinke would get an MRI on Friday.
Greinke (6-1) allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings, then walked off the mound with a trainer with a 2-2 count on the Pirates’ Cole Tucker. Greinke struck out five, walked none.
Blake Swihart hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth, and Eduardo Escobar and Adam Jones also homered for the Diamondbacks, who went 6-1 against the Pirates this season. Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored three runs and stole two bases.
Melky Cabrera drove in the Pirates’ run with a two-out single in the ninth.
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer walked the bases loaded in the first inning, and all three runners scored. Archer (1-3) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits with four walks and a wild pitch.
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