Seattle relief pitcher Diego Castillo shakes hands with catcher Cal Raleigh after closing out the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night at St. Petersburg, Fla. Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yusei Kikuchi went six effective innings, Abraham Toro and Jarred Kelenic homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Kikuchi (7-6) allowed two runs and six hits. The lefty had gone 0-3 in his previous four starts.

Diego Castillo, the third Mariners reliever, worked the ninth to get his first Seattle save and 15th overall. The right-hander was acquired from Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Seattle has won the first two games of the three-game series and is 6-0 overall against the defending AL champion Rays this season.

Randy Arozarena homered for the Rays.

After Cal Raleigh had a second-inning sacrifice fly, Toro and Kelenic connected on solo shots during the fourth off Luis Patino (2-3) that put the Mariners ahead 3-1.

Toro has three homers and reached base safely in seven consecutive games since being acquired from Houston on July 27.

Seattle took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as Toro scored from third when second baseman Brandon Lowe dropped a throw from shortstop Wander Franco on a potential inning-ending double play.

YANKEES 13, ORIOLES 1: Luis Gil pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in four runs, and New York routed visiting Baltimore.

Gil (1-0) started in place of All-Star ace Gerrit Cole, who was put on the COVID-19 injured list before the game after testing positive for the virus Monday.

The 23-year-old right-hander did a good impression of the Yankees’ ace, allowing just four singles. He struck out six and walked only one.

BLUE JAYS 7, INDIANS 2: Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings in his first start for Toronto on Canadian soil, George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez homered and the Blue Jays beat Cleveland.

Ryu waited more than a year and a half to take the mound as a home player in Toronto after signing an $80 million, four-year contract in December 2019. He started once at Rogers Centre as a rookie with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.

The Korean left-hander didn’t disappoint the crowd of 14,270, retiring the first six batters and striking out eight to help the Blue Jays win for the fifth time in six games since moving back north of the border last Friday.

Ryu (11-5) allowed two runs and seven hits, and walked none.


PHILLIES 5, NATIONALS 4: Bryce Harper’s solo home run in the eighth inning against his former team was the difference in Philadelphia’s win at Washington.

Harper hit a 430-foot home run to left-center off Javy Guerra, his 17th, for a 5-2 lead.

The Phils held on for their third consecutive victory to push their record back above .500 at 54-53.

MARLINS 5, METS 4: Newly acquired Alex Jackson hit his first career home run, Nick Neidert earned his first big league win and host Miami beat NL East-leading New York.

Isan Diaz also homered, Bryan De La Cruz had three hits and Lewis Brinson had two hits and scored twice for the last-place Marlins, who have won the first two of the four-game series.

Home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater ejected New York Manager Luis Rojas before the bottom of the seventh. The Mets have lost 5 of 6 and are 8-11 since the All-Star break.

The Mets were limited to five hits by Neidert (1-1) and four relievers.

BRAVES 6, CARDINALS 1: Freddie Freeman and the Braves hammered Jon Lester in his first start for the Cardinals, scoring five runs in the first inning and cruising to a a win at St. Louis.

The 37-year-old Lester (3-6), acquired from Washington last week, allowed the first seven hitters to reach and did not record an out until his 27th pitch.


TWINS 7, REDS 5: Jorge Polanco delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting Minnesota to a win at Cincinnati.

Heath Hembree (2-6) walked the first two Minnesota batters before striking out Brent Rooker. Polanco fouled off four two-strike pitches before connecting on a liner just inside the foul pole in right field.

Mitch Garver had a three-run homer in the fifth for the Twins, who had lost four of their previous five games.


YANKEES: Left-hander Jordan Montgomery tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, a day after fellow starter Gerrit Cole was sidelined by the virus.

General Manager Brian Cashman revealed Montgomery’s positive test during a radio interview before Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

The All-Star ace Cole was expected to start Tuesday, but Manager Aaron Boone revealed the right-hander’s positive test after Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Orioles. Cole was replaced by top prospect Luis Gil, who is set for his major league debut.

Montgomery and Cole, who share the team lead with 21 starts apiece, will be out at least 10 days unless they draw two negative test results. Montgomery’s most recent start was Sunday, when he had a no-decision in a 3-1 win over Miami.

The positive tests came after the Yankees returned from a weeklong trip to Florida, which is among the states experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

At least 85% of New York’s players are vaccinated. Boone says he believes it’s up to the players to decide whether they want the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I think the right thing to do is to be vaccinated,” Boone said. “I’ve said that a number of times, but in the end it’s up to individuals.”

All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge, infielder Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka have tested positive since the All-Star break, as have pitchers Wandy Peralta and Jonathan Loisaga.

RAYS: Ace Tyler Glasnow will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday that will sideline him the rest of this year and possibly all of next season as well.

Glasnow has been on the injured list since June 15. The 27-year-old right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts.

Glasnow visited Dr. Keith Meister last Saturday, at which time Rays Manager Kevin Cash said surgery was the likely outcome.

The decision was finalized after a follow-up examination Tuesday.

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