Buck's 3 HRs boost Blue Jays past A's
John Buck became the first catcher in six years to hit three home runs in a game, Travis Snider added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Thursday night.
Buck led off the third inning with a drive off right-hander Justin Duchscherer into the left field bullpen. His next two homers came off left-handers. He greeted reliever Jerry Blevins with a three-run homer into the second deck in left in the fourth and connected against Craig Breslow for a solo shot in the sixth, off the center field restaurant.
Buck flied out to right in his fourth at-bat.
White Sox 7, Rangers 5: At Arlington, Texas, Paul Konerko hit two home runs after Chicago took advantage of a wild pitch, two errors and two walks to go ahead in a victory over Texas.
Rays 11, Royals 1: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Matt Garza gave up one run over six sharp innings, Jason Bartlett and Reid Brignac drove in three runs apiece and Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.
Yankees 4, Orioles 0: A.J. Burnett pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Robinson Cano homered twice, and New York won at Baltimore.
Tigers 3, Twins 0: Dontrelle Willis pitched four-hit ball over six-plus innings and Detroit beat visiting Minnesota.
Cardinals 10, Braves 4: Rookie David Freese homered, doubled and drove in six runs as St. Louis sent visiting Atlanta to its ninth straight loss.
Diamondbacks 13, Cubs 5: Ian Kennedy pitched eight strong innings for his first victory in 2 1/2 years and Adam LaRoche drove in five runs with two homers and a double as Arizona won at Chicago.
Reds 4, Astros 2: Joey Votto hit a two-run homer and Cincinnati won at Houston.
Pirates 2, Dodgers 0: Ryan Doumit got two RBIs on a play that Matt Kemp misplayed into a triple and Pittsburgh won at Los Angeles.
Padres 9, Brewers 0: San Diego tied a team record with seven straight singles during a five-run fifth inning - including pitcher Wade LeBlanc's career-high third hit of the night - and went on to beat visiting Milwaukee.