Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber allowed two hits, struck out 10 and walked one in eight innings as New York beat Detroit 2-0 in New York. Seth Wenig/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Corey Kluber handcuffed Detroit batters to gain his 100th career win with his most dominant performance since 2018, and the New York Yankees beat the Tigers 2-0 Sunday to complete their first series sweep this season and get back to .500.

Kluber (2-2) looked like the pitcher who won AL Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 2014 and 2017, before injuries wrecked his 2018 and ’19 seasons.

The 35-year-old right-hander allowed two hits in eight innings, walked one and struck out 10 to reach double digits for the 47th time, but first since Sept. 24, 2018.

He induced 18 swinging strikes – 13 alone on change-ups that flummoxed an opponent whose season batting average dropped to a major league-worst .195.

In addition to the strikeouts, Kluber got 11 outs on grounders, two on infield popups and one on a lineout to second baseman Rougned Odor in short right field. Detroit did not have a single flyout against him.

Kluber retired his final eight batters, reaching the Yankees’ season high for innings, and lowered his ERA to 3.03 – down from 6.10 after his third start this season. Nicknamed Klubot for his robot-like demeanor, he even smiled when congratulated in the dugout after his final inning.

RAYS 5, ASTROS 4: Austin Meadows hit a three-run homer and later scored the go-ahead run on Manuel Margot’s pinch-hit single in the seventh inning as Tampa Bay won in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Rays avoided a three-game sweep in the series between the last two American League champions.

Meadows homered in the fifth to make it 3-all. With the score tied at 4 in the seventh, Meadows was hit by a pitch from Brooks Raley (0-1) and later scored when Margot punched a hit through the right side.

Jeffrey Springs (2-0) got the win in relief. Diego Castillo pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine tries.

TWINS 13, ROYALS 4: Andrelton Simmons and Mitch Garver homered in a seven-run third inning, and rookie Alex Kirillof went deep for the fourth time in three games as Minnesota won at home.

José Berríos (3-2) took advantage of Minnesota’s tear at the plate to win for the first time in four starts. Berríos gave up four runs on six hits and struck out nine in six innings.

The Twins have won three of four and scored 35 runs during that stretch.

Kansas City starter Brad Keller was undone by the long ball and his own defense. Keller (2-3) gave up all seven runs in the third, but only two were earned after a pair of errors by third baseman Hunter Dozier.

INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 0: José Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez homered, Amed Rosario had three hits and Cleveland won in Chicago.

Zach Plesac and three relievers combined to limit the White Sox to four hits as Cleveland took two of three in a series between AL Central foes who both made the playoffs last year. The Indians have won five of their last seven.

Andrew Vaughn had two hits for the White Sox, who had won seven of nine.

ATHLETICS 7, ORIOLES 5: Ramón Laureano robbed the Orioles of the likely go-ahead run in the eighth inning and then hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom half, sending Oakland past Baltimore to avoid a sweep in Oakland, California.

A fist-pumping, ecstatic Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) waited in front of the dugout for Laureano to run in from center field so he could congratulate the outfielder for a terrific leaping catch at the wall to steal an extra-base hit from DJ Stewart and strand a runner on second.

Trey Mancini hit a tying, two-run single in the fifth and put Baltimore ahead two innings later with an RBI single as the Orioles capitalized on another A’s mistake in this series – but Oakland rediscovered some of its late-inning magic.

MARINERS 2, ANGELS 0: Justus Sheffield shook off early control problems to allow just two hits over six innings, leading Seattle to a win over visiting Los Angeles.

Sheffield and four relievers combined on a five-hitter to take two of three in the series. Sheffield was shaky early, letting two baserunners reach in each of the first three innings. But the Angels never got the hit they needed to capitalize.

Seattle didn’t manage much offense, scoring three runs or fewer for the fifth time in the last eight games. Dylan Moore’s two-out RBI single in the fourth gave the Mariners the lead, and Mitch Haniger added a sacrifice fly an inning later.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

DODGERS 16, BREWERS 4: A.J. Pollock drove in eight runs and Matt Beatty drove in seven, with both players hitting early grand slams in a startling power show that sent Los Angeles to a win in Milwaukee.

Pollock homered twice and doubled while Beaty went 4 of 6 and scored three times. Their slams came against Alec Bettinger, who gave up 11 runs in his big league debut after never pitching above Double-A.

This was the first time in franchise history that the Dodgers had two players with at least seven RBI in the same game. The last time it happened for any MLB team was on Aug. 22, 2007, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez each had seven RBI for the Texas Rangers in a 30-3 blowout of the Baltimore Orioles.

NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 1: Max Scherzer tossed a five-hitter, Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and Washington defeated Miami in Washington.

Scherzer (2-2) carried a shutout into the ninth inning before Isan Diaz led off with a home run.

The right-hander struck out nine without a walk and hit a batter. It was the 12th career complete game for Scherzer, who got loud applause from the approximately 8,500 fans at Nationals Park when he came out to start the ninth.

Yan Gomes added two hits for Washington, which improved to .500 with its fourth straight win.

The 36-year-old Zimmerman, who opted to sit out the 2020 season, is hitting .319 with four home runs and 10 RBI in limited action. He’s hit safely in eight of his 10 starts.

The Marlins finished 3-7 on their road trip.

CARDINALS 3, PIRATES 0: Carlos Martínez pitched eight marvelous innings, Harrison Bader hit an early three-run homer and St. Louis blanked host Pittsburgh for a three-game sweep.

St. Louis has won seven straight against the Pirates and is 20-6 versus Pittsburgh since the start of the 2019 season. The sweep was the second in three series for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 overall.

Bader’s home run came with one out in the second inning. Paul DeJong walked, Tyler O’Neill singled, and after Andrew Knizner’s fielder’s choice, Bader drilled a 1-1 slider left up in the zone by rookie Wil Crowe (0-1).

REDS 13, CUBS 12: Nick Castellanos hit an RBI single in the 10th inning, lifting Cincinnati to a wild victory at home against Chicago.

Jesse Winker began the Cincinnati 10th on second and advanced on Willson Contreras’ passed ball. Castellanos then poked a liner into center field against Craig Kimbrel (0-1).

Castellanos finished with five hits and four RBI, including two of the Reds’ five homers. Mike Moustakas, Eugenio Suárez and Tucker Barnhart also connected, and Ryan Hendrix (2-0) got the win – fanning pinch-hitting pitcher Jake Arrieta to end the Cubs’ 10th.

Chicago also went deep five times, but lost for the seventh time in nine games. Kris Bryant homered twice, and Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez and Ian Happ also homered.

GIANTS 7, PADRES 1: Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings and scored twice, Mike Tauchman homered and drove in four runs, and San Francisco won in San Diego to prevent a three-game sweep.

Tauchman hit a three-run shot in the third off Joe Musgrove to help the Giants remain atop the NL West.

Gausman (2-0) kept the Padres off balance, giving up six hits and striking out six. He also reached base on a single and an error to help the offense.

Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in the first inning for San Diego.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, ROCKIES 4: Stephen Vogt hit a go-ahead two-run triple, Josh Rojas and Daulton Varsho added RBI doubles and Arizona rallied for a win in Phoenix.

The game was tied at 4 when Josh VanMeter led off the eighth with a walk. David Peralta singled with one out and Vogt followed with a drive down the right-field line that rattled around the corner, allowing both runners to score easily.

Rojas and Varsho added with run-scoring doubles, and the once tight game was suddenly a comfortable win. The Diamondbacks improved to 15-13 and have won 10 of 13 since a 5-10 start.

METS 8, PHILLIES 7: Pete Alonso capped New York’s six-run eighth inning with a three-run double, and the visiting Mets won with the help of a defensive meltdown by Philadelphia and a replay reversal.

Michael Conforto snapped a tie with a bases-loaded walk against José Alvarado, driving in Jose Peraza, and Alonso followed with a liner off David Hale that split the gap in right-center and went all the way to the wall for an 8-4 lead.

Philadelphia got a run back in the ninth on Roman Quinn’s RBI triple. After a Matt Joyce walk, Rhys Hoskins hit an opposite-field drive off Edwin Díaz that was initially ruled a tying three-run homer by first-base umpire Jose Navas.

A replay review showed the ball hit the top railing of the fence on the out-of-town scoreboard in right, never clearing the wall. Hoskins was placed at second with a two-run double.

Díaz then departed because of an injury and Jeurys Familia struck out Bryce Harper on a high fastball, earning his first save.

INTERLEAGUE

BLUE JAYS 7, BRAVES 2: Marcus Semien homered and drove in four runs as Toronto finished off a three-game sweep with a win in Dunedin, Florida, after Blue Jays newcomer George Springer exited early.

There was no immediate announcement on why Joe Panik pinch-hit for Springer in the sixth inning.

Springer was the designated hitter for the fourth consecutive game since making his Toronto debut Wednesday. The World Series MVP when Houston won its first title in 2017 signed a team-record $150 million six-year deal with the Blue Jays this offseason but missed time because of a strained oblique and later because of a right quadriceps strain.

Semien hit a two-run homer during a three-run eighth to help Toronto win for the seventh time in nine games.

NOTES

DODGERS: Right-hander Dustin May was placed on the 10-day injured list because of an arm ailment, the latest setback for the pitching staff of the World Series champions.

May threw just 27 pitches Saturday before leaving a game the Dodgers eventually lost 6-5 to Milwaukee in 11 innings. After his final pitch, May reacted with obvious pain, took a few steps and called for attention.

After the game, Manager Dave Roberts said May felt “kind of a shooting sensation” through his arm on a curveball he threw.

Roberts said the 23-year-old May would get an MRI when the team arrives in Chicago on Monday to begin a series against the Cubs.

The Dodgers purchased the contract of left-hander Mike Kickham and transferred right-handed reliever Corey Knebel to the 60-day injured list.

BRAVES: Atlanta put catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Alex Jackson on the injured list.

D’Arnaud was placed on the 60-day IL because of a left thumb sprain after getting hurt on a tag play at the plate in the sixth inning of Saturday night’s game against Toronto.

Jackson, who replaced d’Arnaud, went on the 10-day IL because of a strained left hamstring.

Catcher William Contreras was recalled from the Braves’ alternate site and started Sunday against the Blue Jays. Catcher Jeff Mathis had his contract purchased from the alternate site.

BREWERS: Milwaukee boosted its depleted catching situation by reacquiring Jacob Nottingham from the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle claimed Nottingham off waivers from Milwaukee last week but then designated him for assignment. The Brewers announced they acquired him for cash.

ATHLETICS: Left-hander Jesús Luzardo will be off the mound for a while – and maybe off video games, too.

Luzardo is out indefinitely after breaking the pinkie finger on his pitching hand when he thumped a table while playing a video game before his start Saturday.

An X-ray after a loss to Baltimore showed a hairline fracture and Luzardo was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said he didn’t know how much time Luzardo would miss or whether he would require a cast or splint on the finger. Melvin was hopeful the pitcher could still keep his arm in shape, given the location of the break.

PHILLIES: Reliever José Alvarado was suspended three games by Major League Baseball for inciting a bench-clearing dustup with the New York Mets.

Alvarado also was fined an undisclosed amount, as were Mets outfielder Dominic Smith and pitcher Miguel Castro for their roles in two heated exchanges Friday night in Philadelphia.


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