Delmon Young, JJ Hardy and Chris Davis hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning as Baltimore banged out five homers to ease past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 and record a first victory in four contests.

Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce started the onslaught with back-to-back homers in the third inning.

Elsewhere, Josh Donaldson capped a three-hit night with a critical two-run double in the ninth inning of the Oakland Athletics' 8-2 win over the Houston Astros.

The Athletics (77-53) scored five runs in the ninth, extending to a comfortable margin after the Astros (55-77) pulled close in the eighth.

AJ Burnett pitched seven strong innings and struck out 12 batters to snap a personal six-game losing streak as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-2.

Other results:

Yankees 8, Royals 1

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 (10 innings)

Brewers 10, Padres 1

Rangers 2, Mariners 0

Marlins 7, Angels 1

Rockies 3, Giants 2

Cardinals 3, Pirates 2

Source: Reuters