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Detroit’s Kerry Carpenter hits a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of Saturday’s game Detroit. Paul Sancya/Associated Press

DETROIT — Kerry Carpenter hit a two-run homer for a second straight game and the Detroit Tigers edged the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Saturday.

Reese Olson (1-5) limited the Blue Jays to one unearned run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first victory of the season. He left his previous start at Kansas City because of a right hip contusion after being struck by a line drive.

Olson, who was making his 10th start of the season, has also been dealing with a lack of run support in previous outings. His ERA dropped to 1.92 after delivering another quality start.

“Obviously, it was good to get a win, but I don’t worry about that,” he said. “I just try to do my job every time I go out there.”

He showed no ill effects from the 102-mph comebacker that knocked him from his previous start.

“Honestly, I knew the day after (he was OK) when I was able to play catch,” he said. “It’s just a little sore, but I was moving fine. I threw my bullpen fine, so it was full-go from there.”


Tyler Holton got the last three outs for his second career save and first of the season.

Carpenter also had a two-run homer in Detroit’s 6-2 win over Toronto on Friday.

TWINS 5, RANGERS 3: Alex Kirilloff hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as Minnesota beat visiting Texas.

Kirilloff, who also hit a go-ahead home run in the Twins’ series-opening victory over the World Series champions on Friday night, drove a 1-0 pitch from David Robertson (2-2) into the bullpen in left-center, helping Minnesota win its fourth straight game.

ORIOLES 5, WHITE SOX 3: Ryan O’Hearn, Anthony Santander and Jordan Westburg homered during Baltimore’s five-run eighth inning, and the Orioles won in Chicago.

Adley Rutschman walked ahead of O’Hearn’s seventh homer, a drive to right-center off Jordan Leasure. Ryan Mountcastle then singled against Michael Kopech (1-4) and Santander lifted the Orioles to a 4-3 lead with a shot to right for his ninth on the season.


After Colton Cowser struck out, Westburg tacked on his eighth homer. Baltimore had been held to just three singles before its big inning.


GIANTS 7, METS 2: Mike Yastrzemski capped a five-run 10th inning with a three-run triple, and San Francisco won at New York.

The Giants, who overcame deficits of at least four runs in winning each of their previous three games, forced extra innings this time on LaMonte Wade Jr.’s pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth against Edwin Díaz, who blew his third straight save opportunity.

Starling Marte and Brett Baty homered for the Mets, who have dropped five straight and are 9-22 since April 20.



ATHLETICS: Oakland  selected the contract of Australian native Jack O’Loughlin and recalled fellow pitcher Tyler Ferguson from Triple-A Las Vegas after placing right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling on the 15-day injured list because of a strained right elbow and designating right-handed pitcher Brandon Bielak for assignment.

O’Loughlin was a non-roster invitee with the A’s this spring after signing a minor league contract on Nov. 13. The 24-year-old will be making his big league debut when he gets into a game. He was 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA in 10 appearances, including eight starts, with Las Vegas. O’Loughlin is 16-20 with a 3.76 ERA in 98 minor-league games, including 66 starts, in six seasons in the minors.

YANKEES: Ace Gerrit Cole is pleased with his comeback progression from a right elbow injury after throwing two, 15-pitch innings in a simulated game on Saturday.

Cole faced minor league hitters on Derek Jeter Field in front of his family and a large gathering of rookie-level players at the Yankees’ player development complex in Tampa, Florida.

“We hit all our goals,” Cole said. “We did exactly what we wanted to do today. Threw a lot of strikes, so pretty good.”

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