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MLB Roundup: Royals score 7 in 9th to beat White Sox 8-7; Perez hurt

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brett Eibner capped Kansas City’s seven-run ninth inning with a game-ending RBI single, lifting the Royals to a stunning 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Jarrod Dyson was walked intentionally before Eibner drove a full-count pitch from Tommy Kahnle (0-1) off first baseman Jose Abreu and into right field. Drew Butera, who replaced Salvador Perez after the All-Star catcher got hurt in a collision, scampered home as Eibner was mobbed by his jubilant teammates near first.

Chien-Ming Wang (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. White Sox closer David Robertson began the ninth inning, but was pulled with two outs and charged with six runs and four hits.

Perez was injured in the ninth when third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert slid with a forearm and elbow into the left thigh of the All-Star catcher. Perez immediately raised his right arm, signaling for assistance. Two minutes later, Perez hobbled off the field with his arms draped over the shoulders of manager Ned Yost and an athletic trainer.

DODGERS 9, METS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Utley hit a grand slam and a solo homer after Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 mph fastball behind his back, and Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in routing New York.

In a scene that seemed inevitable since October, Syndergaard was immediately ejected following the third-inning pitch — almost certainly his shot at retaliation against Utley for the late takeout slide that broke the right leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs.

Plate umpire Adam Hamari tossed Syndergaard, sending Mets manager Terry Collins into a rage and his own ejection, but no trouble ensued between the teams.

Kenta Maeda (4-3) shook off an early line drive that appeared to hit him in the pitching hand and threw five shutout innings for the win.

Logan Verrett (3-2) relieved Syndergaard and gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings for the loss.

CARDINALS 9, NATIONALS 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven gritty innings and made an ample contribution at the plate, hitting a two-run double to help St. Louis defeat Washington.

Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who took control with a four-run second inning highlighted by Wainwright’s fifth extra-base hit of the season.

With two on, two outs and a run in, Wainwright lined the first pitch from Gio Gonzalez (3-3) into the left-center gap. Matt Carpenter, activated from the paternity list before the game, followed with an RBI double for a 4-0 lead. That started Wainwright (5-3) on a path to his fifth straight win. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits — including a career-record tying three home runs. He struck out five and walked none.

RANGERS 5, PIRATES 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out seven in five strong innings in his first start in the majors in almost 22 months, and Texas beat Pittsburgh.

The Japanese right-hander allowed three singles with a walk in his return from last year’s Tommy John surgery, ending Pittsburgh’s five-game winning streak.

Adrian Beltre had a two-run homer in the first inning off Juan Nicasio (3-3) to become the fourth third baseman with at least 1,500 RBIs, finishing with 1,501.

Mitch Moreland snapped a 1-for-27 skid with a solo home run in the fourth.

The “Yuuu” calls from a sellout crowd started early for Darvish, who last pitched in the big leagues on Aug. 9, 2014.

GIANTS 10, ROCKIES 5

DENVER (AP) — Buster Posey hit a pair of three-run homers, including a tiebreaking drive as part of a six-run eighth inning, and San Francisco rallied for the win.

The Rockies were limited to one run over six innings by Madison Bumgarner, but broke out in the seventh against five relievers for a 5-4 lead.

San Francisco responded with six runs in the eighth. Posey led the charge with a towering homer to right-center off Carlos Estevez (1-2).

Cory Gearrin (1-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win since May 28, 2013.

BLUE JAYS 10, RED SOX 9

TORONTO (AP) — Devon Travis drove in Russell Martin with a game-ending RBI single, helping Toronto rally for the win.

David Ortiz hit a tiebreaking homer for the Red Sox in the ninth, but the Blue Jays responded with two runs in the bottom half. After Boston closer Craig Kimbrel (0-2) retired Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak singled on a line drive to center and Martin drove in pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera with a tying double.

After Martin advanced on a wild pitch, Travis forced third baseman Travis Shaw to stretch to corral a shot, and though he tried to throw Travis out at first, his throw was dropped by Hanley Ramirez and Martin scored.

Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games with a homer off the top of the left-center-field wall in the fourth inning.

Gavin Floyd (2-3) pitched an inning for the win.

RAYS 9, YANKEES 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria homered and drove in four runs, powering Tampa Bay to the victory.

Longoria had a sacrifice fly during a three-run first, boosted the lead to 5-0 with a two-run homer in the second and chased Michael Pineda with an RBI single in the fourth that made it 6-1.

Pineda (2-6) allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. His 6.92 ERA is the highest among 104 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues.

Matt Moore (2-3), winless in his six previous starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Rays won for the second time in eight games. New York lost for the third time in 10 games.

Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer off Moore in the fourth for his 2,500th hit.

REDS 7, BREWERS 6

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run in the ninth after an inning-ending double play was overturned, and Cincinnati snapped its 11-game losing streak.

The Reds completed their comeback from a 6-1 deficit when umpires ruled after the review that infielder Scooter Gennett didn’t have his foot on second while trying to turn a double play on Adam Duvall’s bouncer.

The review came after manager Bryan Price, who was out of challenges, spoke to crew chief Jim Joyce. Cincinnati scratched its way for the go-ahead run off typically tough reliever Jeremy Jeffress (1-1).

Blake Wood (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings for the win. Tony Cingrani gave up a two-out walk to Chris Carter in the ninth, but struck out pinch hitter Martin Maldonado to secure his fourth save.

CUBS 4, PHILLIES 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched a five-hitter for his second career complete game, leading the Cubs to their fourth straight win.

Hendricks (3-4) struck out seven and walked none. He was in line for his second career shutout before giving up a run in the ninth.

Dexter Fowler sparked a two-run first against Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) with his sixth home run.

Jason Heyward had two doubles for Chicago. Ben Zobrist had two hits, including an RBI double, to extend his streak to 14 games.

The Phillies lost for the sixth time in eight games.

ATHLETICS 12, TIGERS 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Butler, Khris Davis and Danny Valencia homered, and Oakland stopped a three-game losing streak.

Coco Crisp and Jake Smolinski each drove in two runs as the A’s reached double figures in scoring for the first time this season.

Jesse Hahn (2-2) pitched six innings, giving up three runs to remain undefeated against the Tigers in three starts. He walked four and struck out five.

Warwick Saupold (1-1) got the loss. The Tigers had won nine of 11.

INDIANS 11, ORIOLES 4

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes drove in three runs and Danny Salazar allowed two runs in six innings, leading the Indians to the victory.

Gomes’ two-run single highlighted a four-run first, and he added an RBI single in the fifth. Mike Napoli drove in two runs for the Indians, who had 13 hits and moved into first place in the AL Central.

Salazar (5-3) struck out five and walked two while rebounding from his worst start of the season.

Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6) was charged with six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez’s error in the first made three of the runs unearned.

BRAVES 7, MARLINS 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer, Nick Markakis drove in two runs and Atlanta secured its first home series win of the season.

The Braves improved to a still-dismal 4-20 at Turner Field by winning the first two games of the three-game set. Atlanta rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second straight day.

The Braves are 5-0 against the Marlins and 9-34 against all other teams. Atlanta swept a three-game series at Miami on April 15-17.

Atlanta took the lead by scoring three runs in the sixth off Jose Urena (1-1). Beckham hit his homer off Edwin Jackson after Jackson walked two batters in the seventh.

The Marlins committed three errors, including two by center fielder Marcell Ozuna.

Eric O’Flaherty (1-3) got the win.

ASTROS 4, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel pitched seven innings to snap a personal five-game losing streak and Jason Castro hit a go-ahead two-run homer to lift the Houston Astros over the Los Angeles Angels.

Keuchel (3-6) retired the final 18 batters he faced. He had not won a game since April 15 and entered this one with a 5.92 ERA. After giving up back-to-back solo home runs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning, Keuchel found his groove, allowing only one other hit. Luke Gregerson got his 11th save.

Jered Weaver (4-4) allowed four runs in six innings.

TWINS 6, MARINERS 5

SEATTLE (AP) — Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh and the Minnesota Twins won their third straight.

Kevin Jepsen pitched the ninth for his fifth save despite Seattle having the tying run at third base with no outs. Jepsen got a shallow popout from Dae-Ho Lee that was not deep enough to score Shawn O’Malley from third. Seattle then ran itself into a game-ending double play with O’Malley getting caught off third base and Kyle Seager tagged out trying to advance to second.

Ryan Pressly (2-3) won in relief, while Nick Vincent (2-2) took the loss.

Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer both hit their fifth home runs for the Twins. Nori Aoki and Luis Sardinas each hit solo homers for Seattle.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, PADRES 7

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered during a five-run second inning, Michael Bourn had three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres to end a four-game skid.

Goldschmidt also doubled and scored twice, and Bourn had a triple, a stolen base and two RBIs. Arizona knocked starter Cesar Vargas (0-3) out of the game in the second.

Zack Greinke (6-3) gave up a solo home run to Matt Kemp in the first, then held the Padres scoreless until the sixth. He allowed four runs on six hits and won for the fourth time in five starts, improving to 7-1 in 14 career starts against San Diego.

San Diego rallied for three runs off Brad Ziegler in the ninth, but Ziegler got a double play from Alexi Amarista to end it.

MLB Roundup: Bumgarner throws gem, gets RBI in Giants’ 1-0 win over Cubs

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants aren’t lighting up the scoreboard, but they’re doing enough to keep piling up the wins.

Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and doubled in a run in the fifth to lift the Giants to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

The Giants won for the 11th time in 12 games and took two of three from a Cubs team with the best record in baseball.

Bumgarner (6-2) struck out six and allowed three hits and two walks while winning his fifth straight decision. The Giants have won each of the left-hander’s last six starts.

“It’s not a bad day for Bum to pitch like that, shut them out and knock in the only run,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s a pretty good day.”

San Francisco hasn’t scored more than five runs in 15 straight games. Going into Sunday, the averaged 2.7 runs in their previous 14 games, batting .220 over that stretch.

The Cubs began the day with their best record in franchise history through 41 games since 1918.

“It’s a fun series,” Bumgarner said. “It was a little bit of the playoff atmosphere I guess with all the hype and the talk leading up to these games. You’ve got to look past that, but it is fun.”

The Giants won despite a persistent problem hitting with runners in scoring position. They were 0 for 7 in that department and have 16 hits in their last 98 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Bumgarner’s run-scoring double to left off Kyle Hendricks (2-4) followed Gregor Blanco’s leadoff walk.

Giants closer Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

Hendricks allowed one run on three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

“We had to play our best ball because we’re having a tough time offensively and their kid (Hendriks) was throwing the ball very well,” Bochy said.

Bumgarner loaded the bases with two outs in a 28-pitch inning in the top of the first on a hit batter, a walk, and a Ben Zobrist single. He struck out Addison Russell on a 3-2 fastball to end the threat.

“He comes from a funky angle, an angle you don’t see that much,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. “It crosses his body, and he was able to mix in that cutter. He got out of that big jam in the first with the bases loaded, made a big pitch at 3-2 to Russell, and from there he kind of just settled in.

“He had the game out of control.”

Bumgarner became the first winning Giants pitcher to drive in the only run in a 1-0 game since Russ Ortiz on Aug. 8, 2000, against the Brewers.

Bochy summoned Cory Gearrin to face Kris Bryant after Bumgarner gave up a two-out walk to Anthony Rizzo in the top of the eighth. Bumgarner had retired 19 of the previous 20 batters.

Gearrin got Bryant to line out to shortstop Brandon Crawford on the first pitch.

DODGERS 9, PADRES 5, 17 INNINGS

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with the bases loaded and one out in the 17th inning and Los Angeles beat San Diego to snap a four-game losing streak.

The game started in afternoon sunshine and ended at dusk, taking 5 hours, 47 minutes.

The Dodgers started the four-run rally off rookie Luis Perdomo when Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff double that bounced over the wall in right-center field. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked and reliever Ross Stripling advanced them with a groundout. Joc Pederson was intentionally walked to load the bases, and then Puig singled up the middle. Pederson scored on a wild pitch and Carl Crawford hit an RBI grounder.

Stripling (2-3) pitched three innings for the win. Perdomo (1-1) was the hard-luck loser after pitching five innings.

RED SOX 5, INDIANS 2

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz went 4 for 4 with a solo home run and a double that sent a fan flying, Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games and Boston beat Cleveland for its 10th win in 14 games.

Bradley singled in the fifth inning and has the longest hitting streak in the majors since a 28-gamer by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado in 2014.

Ortiz drove in three runs. His RBI double in the second put the Red Sox ahead 3-2, and when the ball bounced over Boston’s bullpen, a fan came charging from his seat and fell into a fence trying to retrieve the souvenir. Ortiz was a triple short of a cycle when another ground-rule double bounced into the bullpen near the center-field triangle.

Rick Porcello (7-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 12th save. Danny Salazar (4-3) gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

TIGERS 9, RAYS 4

DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann (7-2) left with a strained right groin after allowing two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, which has won six of seven. Cabrera also left early. with a left knee bruise after being hit by a pitch in the seventh.

Chris Archer (3-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in three innings.

BLUE JAYS 3, TWINS 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson started the game with back-to-back home runs in a three-run first inning against Phil Hughes (1-7), who leads in the major leagues in losses.

Marcus Stroman (5-1) allowed one run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings, one start after giving up career-highs of seven runs and 13 hits in a loss to Tampa Bay. Roberto Osuna got four straight outs for his ninth save.

A day after Donaldson was ejected by umpire Toby Basner in the first inning, John Gibbons got the early exit from crew chief Joe West in the fifth — the fourth ejection of the year for the Toronto manager.

METS 3, BREWERS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard (5-2) struck out 11 in seven overpowering innings, allowing an unearned run and six hits.

Michael Conforto homered in the third off Chase Anderson (2-6) as New York completed a three-game sweep.

Asdrubal Cabrera broke a fourth-inning tie with a two-run single that sent the Mets to their 12th victory in the last 16 home games.

Alex Presley grounded into a game-ending double play against Jeurys Familia, who pitched for the third day in a row and earned his 15th save.

NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 2

MIAMI (AP) — Max Scherzer (5-3) struck out eight while giving up two runs and six hits in eight innings with no walks. He has 38 strikeouts in his past three starts, including a record-tying 20 against Detroit.

Justin Bour ended Scherzer’s shutout bid with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Washington won the three-game series and took a 7-6 edge in the season series. The NL East foes don’t meet again until Sept. 19.

Adam Conley (3-3) allowed six runs and walked seven, three intentionally, in 5 1/3 innings.

MARINERS 5, REDS 4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Leonys Martin got four hits, Robinson Cano drove in two runs and Seattle completed a three-game sweep that extended Cincinnati’s losing streak to seven.

Wade Miley (5-2) shook off a rocky first to allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He is 5-0 over his last six starts, all Seattle victories. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Alfredo Simon (1-5) gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings.

PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jerad Eickhoff (2-6) pitched five-hit ball over seven innings for his first win since April 13, and Philadelphia avoided a three-game sweep. He had lost his previous five decisions.

Cameron Rupp homered for the Phillies, and Maikel Franco had two RBIs.

Casey Kelly (0-1) allowed three runs over five innings in his first start this season for Atlanta, an NL-worst 12-31.

WHITE SOX 3, ROYALS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier tied for the AL lead with his 13th home run, Melky Cabrera drove in two runs and Chicago avoided what would have been the first sweep against the White Sox this season.

Carlos Rodon (2-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings for his first victory since April 13. David Robertson got three outs for his 11th save, helping the AL Central leaders win for just the third time in 11 games.

Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando had two hits apiece for the World Series champions, who had won six of their previous eight.

Yordano Ventura (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

RANGERS 9, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Cole Hamels (5-0) won his career-best 12th straight decision. He fanned a season-high 11 in eight innings, allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits as the Rangers completed a three-game sweep.

Texas has won six straight from Houston and 14 of 16. The Astros have lost four straight overall.

Dallas Keuchel (2-6) gave up seven runs and nine hits in six innings, losing his fifth straight decision.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, CARDINALS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Zack Greinke (5-3) won for the fifth time in six starts, allowing one run and five hits in eight innings.

Paul Goldschmidt drove in a pair of runs and Michael Bourn had three hits as Arizona won a series in St. Louis for the first time since April 18-20, 2003.

Jaime Garcia (3-4) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

ANGELS 10, ORIOLES 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver (4-3) took a shutout into the seventh inning to win for the first time since April 26, and Carlos Perez homered, had three hits and drove in a career-high five runs.

Weaver allowed five hits in seven innings and struck out a season-high six, giving up Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer in the seventh.

Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

YANKEES 5, ATHLETICS 4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Michael Pineda (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to win for the first time since his opening start this season, Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking, two-out single in the sixth off Jesse Hahn (1-2) and New York extended a winning streak to five for the first time since winning seven straight from last June 1-9.

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury homered for the Yankees (21-22), who swept the four-game series.

Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman pitched an inning each to complete a six-hitter, with Chapman getting three straight outs for his sixth save.

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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 22, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

MLB Roundup: Wood wins, drives in go-ahead run, Cubs beat Brewers 2-1

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DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters, including the 2,000th of his career, to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Wednesday.

The Tigers have won four straight, equaling a season high, after losing 11 of 12 games.

Verlander (3-4) allowed six hits and three runs over 7 1/3 innings while matching his season high in strikeouts. He joined Mickey Lolich as the two pitchers in franchise history with 2,000 career strikeouts, and became the 76th in baseball history to reach the milestone.

Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up nine hits and four runs over five innings.

The Twins have lost 11 of 13, dropping to 10-29 for the worst record in the majors.

CUBS 2, BREWERS 1, 13 INNINGS

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pitcher Travis Wood drove in the go-ahead run when he walked with the bases loaded in the 13th inning after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th to lead Chicago over Milwaukee.

With the Cubs out of position players, manager Joe Maddon had Wood hit with two outs after the Brewers intentionally walked Miguel Montero to load the bases. Wood drew the walk when Carlos Torres (0-1) missed on a 3-1 cutter, forcing Ben Zobrist home with the go-ahead run.

Wood (2-0) allowed a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar in the bottom of the 13th, and the Brewers later put runners on the corners with one out.

The Cubs’ last eligible player, left-hander Clayton Richard came on in relief to get the last out, retiring lefty-hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a groundout for his first career save.

NATIONALS 7, METS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy drove in two runs against his former team to back Gio Gonzalez in his latest win at Citi Field, sending patient Washington past New York.

Anthony Rendon snapped a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single for the Nationals, who stopped a three-game skid and held onto first place in the NL East. They took advantage of uncharacteristic wildness by Bartolo Colon (3-3) and the Mets, drawing 11 walks and getting hit by pitches twice in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 42 minutes.

Gonzalez (3-1) carried a two-hitter into the seventh before three singles loaded the bases with one out. Felipe Rivero relieved and escaped the jam unscathed, retiring Kevin Plawecki and pinch-hitter Michael Conforto to protect a four-run lead.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his 13th home run for the Mets, who have lost five of six.

GIANTS 2, PADRES 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Johnny Cueto threw a four-hitter and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, leading San Francisco to its seventh straight win with a victory over San Diego.

Cueto (6-1) struck out eight and walked two while allowing one run in his second complete game of the season — both coming against the Padres. He improved to 4-1 in his career vs. San Diego, including a shutout on April 26.

The Giants, whose have won six straight on the road, also improved to 5-0 against San Diego this season, and have won 13 of the last 16 contests between the teams.

Buster Posey led off the fourth with a walk from Drew Pomeranz (4-4), who hadn’t allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings, and Pence followed with a homer that just cleared the right field wall.

ROYALS 3, RED SOX 2, GAME 1; RED SOX 5, ROYALS 2, GAME 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts homered to back a strong start by David Price, and Boston beat Kansas City to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.

The Royals won the opener 3-2 behind a strong performance by Ian Kennedy and their bullpen. Kennedy allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine, before Brian Flynn — who earned his first career win — and Luke Hochevar combined to strike out four consecutive batters.

It was Price (6-1) who shined in the nightcap, allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel handled a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

The Red Sox were clinging to a 2-1 lead when they loaded the bases off Edinson Volquez (4-4) with two outs in the sixth inning. Christian Vazquez dribbled a single up the middle to score two runs, giving the Red Sox plenty of cushion the way their left-hander was pitching.

In the first game, Boston’s Steven Wright (3-4) surrendered five hits without a walk in a complete game loss.

CARDINALS 2, ROCKIES 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright threw six-hit ball into the seventh inning in his best start of the season and Matt Holliday had a two-run double and St. Louis ended the Colorado Rockies’ five-game winning streak.

Stephen Piscotty had three hits and scored a run for the Cardinals, who had lost three of four.

Chris Rusin (1-2) allowed two runs in six innings for the Rockies.

Wainwright (4-3) worked a season-high 6 2/3 innings, a third of an inning longer than his previous best, and lowered his ERA 88 points to a still-unsightly 5.92. He’s 8-1 with a 1.31 ERA for his career against Colorado.

ANGELS 8, DODGERS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout homered and the Angels broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning to beat the Dodgers in the Freeway Series.

C.J. Cron’s bases-loaded infield single put the Angels ahead 2-1 and opened the floodgates. Mike Bolsinger (0-1) began the inning by giving up a single to Yunel Escobar and issuing a one-out walk to Trout. Louis Coleman relieved and immediately loaded the bases by walking Albert Pujols.

Cron scored on Howie Kendrick’s error that made Johnny Giavotella safe at first. Rafael Ortega’s double dropped in front of charging left fielder Trayce Thompson, leading to two more runs. Carlos Perez’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 6-1.

Nick Tropeano (2-2) tossed four-hit ball into the seventh inning in his longest start of the season for the Angels.

ASTROS 5, WHITE SOX 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Altuve had three hits and two runs batted in, Colby Rasmus and Jason Castro each had a solo home run and Houston beat Chicago despite the White Sox turning their second triple play of the season.

Altuve went 3 for 4 with a walk and Castro went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Chicago, which has dropped a season-high four straight and six of seven overall.

Doug Fister (4-3) allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to get the win. Luke Gregerson, who had blown three of his last four save chances, got the final three outs for his ninth save.

Mat Latos (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season.

The White Sox turned a 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play in the eighth inning.

INDIANS 8, REDS 7, 12 INNINGS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Francisco Lindor led off the 12th with another homer, powering Cleveland to a victory.

The Indians won the first two games of the interleague series 15-6 and 13-1 in Cleveland, then made the 250-mile trip south and pulled out another.

Lindor connected off Keyvius Sampson (0-1) for Cleveland’s 10th win in 15 games. The Indians (20-17) moved a season-high three games over .500.

Cody Allen (1-3) pitched two hitless innings. Dan Otero gave up a single and a walk in the 12th but retired Brandon Phillips on a routine fly to right, earning his first save since 2014.

Jay Bruce hit two solo homers, and Eugenio Suarez had a three-run shot that allowed the Reds to take a 7-5 lead into the ninth. A beleaguered bullpen couldn’t hold on.

YANKEES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2

PHOENIX (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi retired the 18 batters he faced after allowing a freak leadoff base hit and New York salvaged the final game of a three-game series in Arizona.

Jean Segura’s ground ball to start the first inning bounced off the bag at second and dribbled into the outfield for a double. After that, only two balls even reached the outfield off the Yankees right-hander, who hit 100 mph on the Chase Field radar gun while improving to 4-0 in his last five starts.

Eovaldi (4-2) gave up one run and struck out five with no walks.

Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with an RBI single for New York. Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save since being reinstated on May 9.

Shelby Miller (1-5) scattered 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs.

BRAVES 3, PIRATES 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Julio Teheran allowed five hits in 7 2/3 crisp innings and Atlanta gave Brian Snitker his first victory as interim manager.

Teheran (1-4) struck out three without a walk to end six weeks of frustration. Tyler Flowers hit a home run to the bushes in center field and finished with three hits for the Braves, who won for just the third time in their last 13 games.

Arodys Vizcaino gave up a ninth-inning home run to Jung Ho Kang but got the final four outs for his fourth save.

Francisco Liriano (3-3) pitched seven strong innings but the Pirates lost for the first time in Liriano’s last 14 starts at PNC Park.

ORIOLES 5, MARINERS 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Tillman won his fifth straight start with another solid performance against his former team and Baltimore beat Seattle.

Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers for the Orioles, whose 17-7 record at Camden Yards is the best home mark in the major leagues.

Tillman (6-1) allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Closer Zach Britton relieved Brach Brach and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Britton got his 11th save by recording five outs.

Taijuan Walker (2-3) allowed four runs on five hits over five innings.

RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer, Logan Morrison and Desmond Jennings each had solo shots and Tampa Bay beat slumping Toronto to complete a three-game sweep.

Morrison had three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who outscored the Blue Jays 31-7 over the series.

Edwin Encarnacion, Jimmy Paredes and Michael Saunders hit solo homers, but Toronto lost its season-high fifth straight.

Jake Odorizzi (1-2) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings to win for the first time in nine starts this season. Alex Colome got the final four outs for his 10th save.

All three Tampa Bay homers came off R.A. Dickey (2-5), who allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.

ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in two games, Danny Valencia drove in two and Oakland completed a three-game sweep of Texas.

Rich Hill (6-3) won for the first time at home, and his third straight, after giving up a run on three hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Davis hit a solo home run in the sixth, a day after hitting three homers, including a walk-off grand slam. He leads the majors with nine home runs and 20 RBIs in May.

Martin Perez (1-4) gave up four runs on eight hits over seven innings.

PHILLIES 4, MARLINS 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyler Goeddel hit his first career homer, Jeremy Hellickson pitched six sharp innings and Philadelphia beat Miami.

Hellickson (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four. He retired 11 in a row at one point and pitched well after a shaky start. Jeanmar Gomez tossed a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 tries.

The Phillies won two of three for their seventh series win in the past eight, improving to 24-13 since an 0-4 start.

Marlins starter Tom Koehler (2-4) gave up three runs — two earned — and seven hits in seven innings.

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Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Carlos Torres sands on the mound as Chicago Cubs’ Travis Wood walks to first during the 13th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Milwaukee. Wood walked with bases loaded. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MLB Roundup: Simmering Toronto-Texas feud erupts in Rangers’ 7-6 win

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor’s powerful punch to Jose Bautista’s jaw will be remembered for a long time.

Perhaps it’s a good thing the Rangers and Blue Jays have played for the final time this regular season. As for the playoffs, well, that would be interesting.

A feud simmering since Bautista’s bat flip in last year’s AL Division Series boiled over into a wild brawl that ultimately triggered six of the eight ejections in the Rangers’ 7-6 victory on Sunday.

“As far as what happened inside the scrum out on the field, there was a lot of things going on,” said Texas manager Jeff Banister, who was making emotional gestures toward nobody in particularly even after the roughly 10 minutes it took for umpires to restore order.

“We could sit here for the next hour and talk about that. But I don’t have that time. I’ve got a bird to catch.”

The Rangers were headed to Oakland, and the Blue Jays back home to Toronto, the site of last year’s emotional meeting in the playoffs. That’s when Bautista capped a wild seventh inning with a clutch three-run homer and the monumental bat flip that angered Texas.

This time, Bautista was upset by getting hit by an eighth-inning pitch from 30-year-old Texas rookie Matt Bush, who got his first major league win two days after his debut — and 12 years after he was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Moments later, Bautista slid hard into Odor on a potential double play and they ended up in a fistfight behind the bag after Odor shoved him.

 

Players from both teams rushed the field as Odor landed a punch to Bautista’s face, staggering the Toronto slugger and knocking off his batting helmet and sunglasses.

“I was pretty surprised,” Bautista said. “I mean, obviously, that’s the only reason that he got me and he got me pretty good, so I have to give him that. It takes a little bit bigger man to knock me down.”

Odor wasn’t available to reporters after the game.

Bautista, who was kept out of most of the melee by a bear hug from Texas veteran Adrian Beltre, was ejected as a result of the brawl. Same for Odor, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson and Texas bench coach Steve Buechele.

After the field was finally cleared, Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder with the next pitch when the game resumed. He was ejected automatically because of the warning issued after Bush hit Bautista.

Blue Jays bench coach Demarlo Hale also was tossed because of Chavez’s pitch because he was filling in for John Gibbons. The manager was ejected in the third inning during an argument, but returned to the field during the brawl.

Crew chief Dale Scott told a pool reporter that Gibbons’ return “will be in the report and Major League Baseball will take care of it.”

“I didn’t want to sit here and drink too much wine,” Gibbons said. “Ya got to go out there. I’m sure the league will say something about that but it’s kind of the manager’s responsibility.”

Toronto first base coach Tim Leiper was ejected in the third inning in a separate dispute before Gibbons was tossed.

“I think it was just two hard-nosed baseball teams that play the game hard,” Banister said. “They like their club. We like our club. I take offense to everybody that thinks this is a game that shouldn’t be played hard, that it shouldn’t be played with emotion and intensity.”

Ian Desmond greeted Chavez (0-1) with a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh, giving Texas a 7-6 lead with a drive to the seats above the tall wall in left field.

Bush (1-0), whose career was derailed by several alcohol-related incidents, was released from prison in October after serving 3 1/2 years in a drunken-driving case that seriously injured a 72-year-old man on a motorcycle. He pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Bautista’s brawl-triggering slide forced Odor to throw wildly to first on an attempted double play on a grounder by Justin Smoak, but Texas was awarded an inning-ending double play on the Chase Utley rule.

Sam Dyson, who gave up Bautista’s memorable homer in last year’s playoffs, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Gibbons suggested the Rangers were finally retaliating for Bautista’s bat flip in the eighth inning of the last of seven games between the teams this season. Texas beat Toronto in a series for the first time since 2012, but the Blue Jays had a 4-3 edge for the season.

“It was ugly and unfortunate,” Gibbons said. “To me, it was gutless. The other 29 teams, they come at you right away, but to wait until the end, it just sort of tells you something. Everybody is going to say, ‘Oh, it was a one-run game. The ball got away.’ That ain’t going to fly.”

Bautista gave Toronto a 5-2 lead with a three-run double in the sixth. Troy Tulowitzki had three hits and scored two runs.

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RED SOX 10, ASTROS 9

BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer and Ryan Hanigan had three singles and drove in four to lead Boston.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the Red Sox, and completed a 6-1 homestand in which they score 73 runs.

Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. had a single to extend his majors’ longest hitting streak this season to 21 games.

Luis Valbuena had a three-run homer and five RBIs for the Astros, and Carlos Correa added a solo homer.

Heath Hembree (2-0) pitched two innings of relief for the win. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 10th save.

Scott Feldman (2-3) took the loss.

PIRATES 2, CUBS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Starling Marte singled with one out in the seventh inning to end Jon Lester’s no-hit bid, then scored on Jung Ho Kang’s double to put Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh ahead to stay.

Kang added an eighth-inning home run to help the Pirates beat the major league-leading Cubs for the first time in six tries this season.

Cole (4-3) allowed three hits in eight shutout innings. Mark Melancon gave up a run in a shaky ninth but held on for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Lester (4-2), who threw a no-hitter with Boston in 2008, had permitted only two walks and retired 16 straight batters before Marte’s opposite-field liner to right on a changeup.

Marte stole second and scored on Kang’s drive to the gap in right-center, chasing Lester after 109 pitches. He struck out nine.

CARDINALS 5, DODGERS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Carpenter homered for the fifth time in eight games, Yadier Molina had a tiebreaking two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and St. Louis beat Los Angeles to avoid being swept in the three-game series.

Molina pinch hit for starting pitcher Mike Leake and put the Cardinals up 3-1 when he lined reliever Joe Blanton’s pitch into the left field corner with two outs.

Leake (2-3) pitched six innings to win his second straight start, and Trevor Rosenthal got his seventh save.

Corey Seager homered twice for the Dodgers, the first multihomer game of his career.

J.P. Howell (1-1) took the loss after allowing a one-out single to Jeremy Hazelbaker, who scored on Molina’s double.

YANKEES 7, WHITE SOX 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chase Headley lined a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, Carlos Beltran launched his 400th career home run and New York wrapped up a successful homestand.

The Yankees finished 7-3 against the White Sox, Kansas City and Boston, a much-needed boost for the last-place team.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have dropped four of five overall, and lost for the 13th time in their last 15 games at Yankee Stadium.

A day after striking out all four batters he faced, Dellin Betances (1-2) was wobbly. He took over in the seventh with a 5-4 lead, but Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier greeted him with singles and Melky Cabrera hit a tying double. Betances recovered to retire the next three batters.

Aroldis Chapman closed for his third save. Matt Albers (1-2) took the loss.

MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Fernandez struck out 11 over seven innings and drove in two runs during a three-run sixth to help Miami defeat Washington.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 11th home run as Miami salvaged a four-game split. He also survived an outfield collision with Marcell Ozuna that led to Ryan Zimmerman’s inside-the-park home run for Washington.

Fernandez (5-2) threw a career-high 117 pitches while allowing the one run on four hits and three walks.

A.J. Ramos came on in the ninth for his 11th save.

Nationals starter Joe Ross (3-3) allowed five runs — three earned — over 5 2/3 innings.

GIANTS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1

PHOENIX (AP) — Manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged to get a game-ending double play after Brandon Crawford singled in a run in the ninth inning and San Francisco completed a four-game sweep.

Bochy challenged that Rickie Weeks was safe at first base on what turned out to be a 4-6-3 double play. If the call had stood, the tying run would have scored from third. .

Santiago Casilla escaped the trouble for his ninth save.

The Giants had just one hit — Trevor Brown’s home run — through eight innings. But they opened the ninth with three singles off Brad Ziegler (1-2).

Hunter Strickland (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory.

ROCKIES 4, METS 3

DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn came through with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that carried Colorado past New York for a three-game sweep.

Tyler Chatwood (5-3) pitched seven solid innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies, who swept the Mets for the first time since April 2013.

Yoenis Cespedes homered but it wasn’t enough for the Mets, who wasted a strong start by Jacob deGrom and finished 4-7 on their NL West road trip.

DeGrom allowed just three hits until Gonzalez went deep with two outs in the sixth. DJ LeMahieu led off the seventh with a 12-pitch walk against deGrom, who left one out later.

Jim Henderson (0-2) came on and Raburn hit a 2-2 pitch into the Rockies’ bullpen.

That took away a potential win from deGrom, who yielded three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 5

BALTIMORE (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning, and Detroit ended Baltimore’s seven-game winning streak.

The home runs came against Darren O’Day, who fanned the first two batters in the eighth with Baltimore up 5-4. O’Day (2-1) thought he struck out the side when Martinez checked his swing with two strikes, but first base umpire Mark Wegner ruled the batter did not go around.

Martinez hit the sidearmer’s next pitch over the center-field wall, and Cabrera followed with a drive to left.

Manny Machado homered for the Orioles.

Warwick Saupold (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings of two-hit relief. Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his ninth save.

ANGELS 3, MARINERS 0

SEATTLE (AP) — Hector Santiago pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and Daniel Nava’s two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning gave Los Angeles the cushion it needed to complete a three-game sweep.

Santiago was dominant, outpitching Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (3-3). Santiago allowed just two hits overall, the first not coming until the sixth inning when Shawn O’Malley led off with a bunt single that Santiago mishandled on the transfer. Chris Iannetta had Seattle’s only other hit with a line drive single in the seventh.

Santiago (3-2) struck out five, allowed only one base runner to reach second base and matched a career high in innings pitched.

Joe Smith pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

REDS 9, PHILLIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer, Jay Bruce went 3 for 3 and Cincinnati rebounded from a difficult loss.

Dan Straily (2-1) pitched five scoreless innings as last-place Cincinnati won for the third time in 16 road games this season.

The Phillies hung on for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night when Suarez was cut down at the plate on the final play of the game.

Odubel Herrera had two hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which had won six of seven.

Philadelphia left-hander Adam Morgan (1-1) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. He allowed seven runs and eight hits.

ROYALS 4, BRAVES 2, 13 INNINGS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a walk-off two-run homer with two out in the 13th inning and Kansas City overcame a rare blown save by Wade Davis to defeat Atlanta.

Alcides Escobar, who had four hits to match his career high, singled before Morales’ blast off Jason Grilli.

The Royals used nine pitchers, tying a club record for one game, with Chien-Ming Wang (2-0) picking up the victory. Lefthander Eric O’Flaherty (0-3), the sixth of seven Braves pitchers, took the loss.

The Braves rallied to tie it with two runs in the ninth off Davis, who blew his first save since July 12 against Toronto.

ATHLETICS 7, RAYS 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Danny Valencia hit three home runs, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning that lifted Oakland to a win.

Valencia’s final homer — his fifth of the season, all in the three-game weekend series — came on the first pitch from Steve Geltz (0-2), Tampa Bay’s fifth pitcher.

John Axford (3-1) pitched an inning for the win and Ryan Madson got three outs on four pitches for his 10th save.

Brandon Guyer went deep twice for the Rays in a game that featured seven home runs. Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria also connected for his seventh homer.

BREWERS 3, PADRES 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit a towering solo homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, breaking out of a long slump and leading Milwaukee to a victory.

Carter was mired in an 0-for-23 slide before he belted a 443-foot homer off the scoreboard in center field in the third. Carter, who finished with three hits, doubled home the winning run against Kevin Quackenbush (1-2) in the seventh.

Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which salvaged a split of the four-game series. Blaine Boyer (1-0) got two outs for the win and Jeremy Jeffress worked the ninth for his 10th save.

Brett Wallace homered for San Diego.

TWINS 5, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyler Duffey pitched seven scoreless innings, Eddie Rosario drove in three runs and Minnesota won its first road series of the season.

Duffey (1-2) allowed six hits and struck out six, giving the Twins back-to-back wins for only the third time this year. Minnesota broke an eight-game losing streak Saturday and has won four of six against Cleveland this season.

Jorge Polanco hit his first major league home run in the seventh.

Minnesota hadn’t won a road series since Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 last season in Cleveland.

Trevor Bauer (3-1) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which has lost four of six.

MLB Roundup: Harper, Perez set up Heisey’s HR in 16th, Nats sweep Twins

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper tied it with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning, pitcher Oliver Perez put down a bunt in the 15th that kept things going and Chris Heisey homered in the 16th to give the Washington Nationals a wild 6-5 win Sunday over the Minnesota Twins.

At 5 hours, 56 minutes, it was the longest regular-season game in Nationals’ history. By far one of the craziest, too.

Harper was supposed to have a day off, but stepped up to lead off the ninth with Washington trailing 4-3 and connected for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

The Nationals were down 5-4 in the 15th when Danny Espinosa drew a two-out walk and stole second. With no one else left to hit, Perez (1-0) batted for the first time since 2010 and bunted down the third base line. Catcher John Ryan Murphy picked up the ball but threw it wildly past first, allowing Espinosa to score.

Heisey then homered off Michael Tonkin (1-1) to complete a three-game sweep.

PIRATES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 10, 13 INNINGS

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona pitcher Shelby Miller played left field and chased after a go-ahead double by Pittsburgh’s Sean Rodriguez in the 13th inning before striking out to end the game.

Miller went into the outfield after shortstop Nick Ahmed was ejected in the 12th. Miller became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to play a position — the previous major league pitcher to play the outfield since Colorado’s Jason Gurka last Sept. 15, STATS said.

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, including a tying, two-run shot in the Arizona ninth.

Neftali Feliz (1-0) wound with the win. Rodriguez lined his double off the wall in left against Evan Marshall (0-1).

RED SOX 7, ASTROS 5, 12 INNINGS

HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. lined a tie-breaking RBI single in the 12th inning after Houston’s Colby Rasmus hit a tying two-run homer off closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth, and Boston beat the Astros.

Bradley singled with the bases loaded off Ken Giles (0-2). It was the first run the Red Sox had scored since Bradley belted the second of back-to-back RBI doubles with Ryan Hanigan in the third. Hanigan preceded Bradley’s 12th-inning hit with a 13-pitch walk.

Mookie Betts grounded into a force at home, and then Giles uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Hanigan to score.

Heath Hembree (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings and struck out Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez with two on to end it.

Rasmus hit a 98 mph 0-1 fastball from Kimbrel out to right-center field to tie it 5-5. Rasmus had a tie-breaking grand slam in Houston’s 8-3 win over Boston on Saturday.

CUBS 9, REDS 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in four runs, Jason Hammel pitched six sharp innings and Chicago routed Cincinnati.

The Cubs improved to 14-5 for the first time in 47 years.

Tommy La Stella homered and doubled twice and Jason Heyward had four hits and three RBIs.

Hammel (3-0) allowed three hits. Alfredo Simon (0-2 gave up nine hits and eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

METS 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom made a successful return to the mound after tending to his ill infant son and an injury, pitching New York to a three-game sweep. Atlanta has lost five in a row.

Back in the rotation after healing from a sore right lat muscle and seeing his son recover from a health concern, deGrom (2-0) gave up one run and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Jeurys Familia held on for his fifth save.

Aaron Blair (0-1) allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut.

DODGERS 12, ROCKIES 10

DENVER (AP) — Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run with a double during Los Angeles’ five-run ninth to rally at Colorado.

Trailing 10-7, the Dodgers lit up Rockies closer Jake McGee (0-1).

Joe Blanton (2-1) earned the win by getting two outs in the eighth. Kenley Jansen struck out Trevor Story to pick up his ninth save.

MARLINS 5, GIANTS 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — J.T. Realmuto matched his career high with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning as Miami avoided a three-game sweep.

Giancarlo Stanton also homered and reached base four times for the Marlins.

Realmuto homered off San Francisco reliever Josh Osich (0-1).

Kyle Barraclough (1-0) got the win and A.J. Ramos worked the ninth for his third save.

CARDINALS 8, PADRES 5

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko homered, tripled and singled, and rookie Aledmys Diaz had a homer among his three hits as St. Louis rallied.

Gyorko, traded from San Diego to the Cardinals in December, had two chances to complete the cycle but flied out and grounded out.

Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush allowed consecutive homers to Gyorko and Diaz in the sixth to tie it. Brandon Maurer (0-1) gave up three runs in the eighth.

Kevin Siegrest (3-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

BREWERS 8, PHILLIES 5

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Scooter Gennett and Alex Presley homered in a six-run sixth inning, backing an encouraging outing by struggling starter Wily Peralta as Milwaukee beat Philadelphia.

The Brewers also hit four doubles in the sixth, when they chased Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (1-3).

Peralta (1-3) allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six inning. The Brewers’ opening day starter entered the game with an 8.35 ERA.

Closer Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

RAYS 8, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. homered twice on his 27th birthday and Tampa Bay went deep five times in all, finally giving Drew Smyly some run support.

New York star Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and later exited with stiffness on his left side. An MRI on his oblique were negative.

Souza and Corey Dickerson each hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning against Michael Pineda (1-2). Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe added solo shots.

Smyly (1-2) went seven innings in his third consecutive strong start.

INDIANS 6, TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Francisco Lindor got three hits and Cleveland overcame an early injury to starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

The Indians completed a three-game sweep. Detroit has lost four in a row.

Carrasco and Tigers starter Shane Greene (1-2) both left the game with injuries. Carrasco hurt his right hamstring on an awkward play while covering first base and Greene broke open a blister on his pitching hand.

Trevor Bauer (1-0) got the win and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

BLUE JAYS 6, ATHLETICS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot and Toronto beat Oakland.

Chris Coghlan, Khris Davis, and Josh Reddick each hit solo home runs for the Athletics.

Recalled from Triple-A to make a spot start as Toronto gave its rotation an extra day of rest, Drew Hutchison (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. Roberto Osuna closed for his sixth save.

Eric Surkamp (0-2) allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings.

ROYALS 8, ORIOLES 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura settled down after a shaky first inning, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered and Kansas City beat Baltimore.

Ventura (2-0) allowed his lone run and two of his three hits in the first inning. He wound up going seven.

Mike Wright (1-2) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.

MARINERS 9, ANGELS 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Wade Miley overcame a shaky first inning that included a home by slumping Albert Pujols to post his first victory in a Seattle uniform.

Kyle Seager, Leonys Martin and Seth Smith hit home runs for the Mariners.

Pujols ended a career-worst 0-for-26 skid with his 563rd career homer, tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place all-time.

Miley (1-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Matt Shoemaker (1-3) gave up with seven runs in three-plus innings for Los Angeles.

WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Mat Latos pitched six solid innings for his fourth consecutive win and Chicago swept Texas.

Latos (4-0), who signed a $3 million, one-year deal with Chicago in February, was charged with one run and seven hits. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 24 1/3 innings while matching his win total from all of last year.

David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save.

Derek Holland (2-1) allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings.

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Washington Nationals’ Chris Heisey tosses his helmet as he heads home after he hit a walk off home run during the 16th inning of an interleague baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-5 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

MLB Roundup: Rizzo homers again, Lester tough as Cubs beat Reds 8-1

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered for the third consecutive game on Friday night, and Jon Lester gave a fitting follow-up to Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter by going seven innings and leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs improved to 13-4, the best record in the majors and one of the best starts in the last 100 years. They also opened 13-4 in 1908 — the last time they won the World Series — and in 1970. The 1907 team went 14-3 on its way to a Series title.

Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter in the series opener on Thursday night, a 16-0 win. Lester (2-1) limited the Reds to five hits, including Zack Cozart’s solo homer, and one walk.

Rizzo hit a solo shot — his team-high sixth — off Jon Moscot (0-1).

WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago pulled off its first triple play in nearly 10 years to secure Jose Quintana’s scoreless outing and beat Texas.

Quintana retired 11 straight through six innings until he loaded the bases on Prince Fielder’s double, Adrian Beltre’s single and a walk. Mitch Moreland drilled a ball down the right field line that Adam Eaton caught on the run as the runners took off.

Eaton threw to first to get Ian Desmond, and the White Sox eventually got Fielder in a rundown between third and home to finish the play. It was the first time Texas got caught in a triple play since 1991 and the first one the White Sox turned since Sept. 18, 2006, against Detroit.

Quintana (2-1) allowed just four hits over seven innings to help snap the Rangers’ four-game winning streak. Brett Lawrie had a two-run double in a three-run sixth off Rangers starter Martin Perez (0-2).

ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 5

DENVER (AP) — Brandon Barnes hit a tie-breaking two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting Colorado past Los Angeles.

Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn homered for the Rockies, who have won their last four against the Dodgers.

Adrian Gonzalez homered and singled to drive in three runs and Corey Seager hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning for the Dodgers.

Trailing 5-4, the Rockies evened the score on D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Arenado drew a one-out walk in the eighth off Chris Hatcher (2-2) and Mark Reynolds singled up the middle. One out later, Barnes, who entered in the eighth as a defensive replacement for Raburn, tripled off the wall in right-centerfield to drive in his first runs of the season.

Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake McGee got three outs for his fourth save in as many opportunities.

RED SOX 6, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Steven Wright pitched into the seventh inning, and Mookie Betts finished a home run shy of the cycle for Boston.

Betts tripled in the first and ninth innings, scoring both times. He had an RBI double in the second and singled and scored in the fourth. He flied out in the sixth.

Wright (1-2) had his third straight good start to begin the season, allowing one run — no earned — and four hits with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He did walk five, with Carlos Gomez scoring on a passed ball in the seventh.

The knuckleballer has gone at least six innings in each of his starts and has allowed two runs or less in each of his starts this season.

Craig Kimbrel got Carlos Correa to end the game for his fifth save.

PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7

PHOENIX (AP) — Sean Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer homered and Pittsburgh held on to beat Arizona and snap its five-game winning streak.

All three home runs came off Patrick Corbin (1-2), who allowed five runs in six innings.

Arizona’s Welington Castillo homered twice and has four in his last four games. David Peralta also hit a home run for the Diamondbacks in the opener of their 10-game homestand.

Jonathon Niese (3-0) got the win despite surrendering four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Mark Melancon allowed three straight singles with two outs in the eighth but pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

NATIONALS 8, TWINS 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a home run and robbed one in left field and Gio Gonzalez pitched six-plus innings for Washington.

Jose Lobaton drove in three runs with a triple and a single, and National League batting leader Daniel Murphy had two more hits for first-place Washington, which has won six straight at home.

Gonzalez (1-0) enjoyed offensive support for the first time in three starts while allowing three runs – two earned – on six hits.

In the third, Byron Buxton’s high fly gave Werth time to get back to the fence. He timed his jump perfectly, getting his glove just above the wall and bringing Buxton’s drive down with him.

In the fifth, Werth hit a solo shot to left center, his third.

Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (0-3) lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits.

METS 6, BRAVES 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Curtis Granderson homered twice, including a grand slam, to drive in five runs and Matt Harvey got his first win of the season for New York.

Granderson’s sixth career grand slam was a line-drive shot he pulled into the right-field seats off Bud Norris (1-3) in the second inning. Granderson had three hits, including another homer off Norris in the fourth, giving him four on the season.

New York has 21 homers in its last seven games — the most in a seven-game span in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Harvey (1-3) ended a streak of four straight losing decisions, including his first three starts this year. He needed 101 pitches to make it through five innings as he allowed two runs and seven hits and one walk.

Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Young struck out 10 in six innings, Mike Moustakas homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs for Kansas City.

Young (1-3), who came in with a 7.90 ERA and had allowed 20 hits in 13 2/3 innings, baffled the Orioles. Young recorded his sixth career double-figure strikeout game and his first since April 24, 2008, when he struck out 10 against San Francisco while with San Diego.

Young gave up two runs and four hits, including a sixth inning leadoff home run to Manny Machado, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.

Wade Davis pitched a spotless ninth to log his seventh save in as many chances.

Moustakas hit his sixth home run on Yovani Gallardo’s second pitch with Alcides Escobar aboard. Moustakas had a two-out, RBI double in the second off Gallardo (1-1).

PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco homered twice and Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings as Philadelphia defeated Milwaukee.

The Phillies snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Brewers.

Franco hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. He blasted a solo shot over the Brewers bullpen in left in the seventh to stake the Phillies to a four-run lead.

Nola (1-2) allowed four hits and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point and 16 of 17 to close out his outing.

Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (0-2) surrendered four runs and nine hits over six innings.

YANKEES 6, RAYS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury stole home, a daring dash that seemed to startle most everyone at Yankee Stadium and helped New York rush past Tampa Bay.

Ellsbury became the first Yankees player to pull off a straight steal of home since Derek Jeter in 2001. And Ellsbury’s timing in the fifth inning was really surprising: He took off with two outs on a full-count pitch to Brett Gardner, who let it go high for ball four.

Ellsbury added a two-run double in eighth. Brian McCann hit an early two-run homer, then sliced a tiebreaking single in the sixth as the Yankees ended a three-game losing skid.

Ivan Nova (1-0) won in relief of CC Sabathia. Dellin Betances struck all three batters in the eighth and Andrew Miller closed for his fourth save as a light sprinkle fell.

ATHLETICS 8, BLUE JAYS 5

TORONTO (AP) — Chris Coghlan hit a three-run home run, Stephen Vogt had three hits and Oakland won its sixth straight.

The Athletics snapped a six-game skid at Rogers Centre and set season-highs in runs and hits (14).

Sonny Gray (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as Oakland improved to 7-0 on the road, its best start since opening 8-0 away from home in 1990.

Kevin Pillar’s two-run single off Sean Doolittle pulled Toronto to 6-5 in the eighth. Khris Davis replied with an RBI single in the ninth and a second run scored as the ball skipped past left fielder Ezequiel Carrera for an error and rolled to the wall.

Ryan Madson finished for his AL-leading seventh save.

Aaron Sanchez (1-1) allowed a career-worst six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays lost their third straight.

INDIANS 2, TIGERS 1

DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Santana and Marlon Byrd homered off Justin Verlander, lifting Cleveland to a victory.

Josh Tomlin (2-0) allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Zach McAllister and Bryan Shaw followed with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Cody Allen pitched the ninth, getting Miguel Cabrera to pop up in foul territory for the first out, and earned his fifth save in as many chances.

Verlander (1-2) gave up four hits, but two were costly because they went over the fence in right field. He walked two and struck out 10.

Cleveland had lost three of four. Detroit has dropped four of its last five games.

MARINERS 5, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez came through with a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning and Nelson Cruz added a two-run homer for Seattle.

No. 9 hitter Ketel Marte greeted Jose Alvarez (0-1) with a leadoff single, advanced on a sacrifice by Norichika Aoki and scored when Gutierrez lined a 1-0 pitch to center field. Cruz then lined his third homer of the season just over the short fence in the left field corner on a full count.

Joel Peralta (1-0) got the victory with a perfect inning of relief.

Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 10th for his fourth save in four chances. The seven-year veteran right-hander is back to being a full-time closer, two seasons after posting a career-high 36 saves for the Miami Marlins.

GIANTS 8, MARLINS 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija struck out five over 7 2-3 innings and drove in a career-high three runs with a double to win in a memorable home debut as San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak.

Miami hitting coach Barry Bonds made his return to AT&T Park.

Samardzija (2-1), who signed a $90 million, five-year contract, left to a standing ovation when he walked off in the eighth. He allowed one run and six hits and didn’t walk a batter in the 117-pitch gem.

Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan and Denard Span had RBI singles, while Matt Duffy had a sacrifice fly and Brandon Crawford drove in a run on a groundout for the Giants, who had gone 3 for 35 with runners in scoring position during their skid.

Samardzija hit a two-run double in the sixth and RBI single in the fifth.

Marlins starter Jarred Cosart (0-1) walked six batters over 4 1-3 innings for his second straight start allowing six free passes. He has 15 walks over 14 2-3 innings in his initial three starts. Cosart allowed six runs and eight hits.

PADRES 4, CARDINALS 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers had a solo homer among his three hits and drove in three runs, and Andrew Cashner threw six strong innings for San Diego.

The Padres have won four of six games.

Myers’ homer to right-center off Adam Wainwright with one out in the first was estimated at 418 feet. It was his fourth.

Myers hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Cashner, who beat out a leadoff bunt single and advanced to third on Jon Jay’s single to right. Myers’ third hit was an RBI double in the seventh.

Adam Rosales hit an RBI double for the Padres in the fourth.

Cashner (1-1) allowed Randal Grichuk’s homer to left-center with two outs in the fourth, his third. He gave up one run and three hits while striking out four and walking one.

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Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, center, celebrates in the dugout with Jason Heyward (22) after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jon Moscot during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

MLB Roundup: Price, Bogaerts carry Red Sox past Blue Jays 4-2

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Max Scherzer threw seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double, Bryce Harper hit another homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Saturday night.

The Nationals are off to a 9-1 start, best in franchise history.

Scherzer (2-0) allowed one run and five hits, striking out seven.

Harper connected in the fifth, sending a deep drive out to right for his fifth homer. The reigning NL MVP has gone deep in his last five games in Philadelphia, dating to last year.

Aaron Nola (0-2) was the second Phillies starter roughed up by the Nationals in two games. He gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

TIGERS 5, ASTROS 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and Detroit rallied for a win over Houston.

Detroit trailed 3-0 after George Springer and Tyler White both homered off Justin Verlander (1-1) in the first inning. Detroit scored a run in the second and cut the lead to 1 in the fifth when White was charged with an error after a throw busted through the webbing of his glove, allowing another run to score.

There was one out in the sixth when Saltalamacchia connected against Collin McHugh (1-2), launching his two-strike shot off the foul pole in right field to make it 4-3. Victor Martinez added an insurance run with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland’s go-ahead double off the right-field fence and Rougned Odor’s two-run single highlighted a six-run seventh inning, leading Texas to a victory over Baltimore.

Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara each had three hits for the Rangers. Mazara, promoted from Triple-A Round Rock last week, has two three-hit games in seven starts.

Keone Kela (1-0), who turned 23 on Saturday, worked a scoreless seventh inning in relief, striking out two and walking one.

The Rangers’ big seventh inning helped them overcome solo home runs by Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, who increased the Orioles’ major league-leading homer total to 23.

A.J. McFarland (0-1) took the loss after retiring only one of the four batters he faced in relief of starter Yovani Gallardo.

CUBS 6, ROCKIES 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings and Chicago hit three home runs to beat Colorado.

Arrieta (3-0), the reigning NL Cy Young winner, struck out eight and allowed five hits in his home debut. He has not allowed a run in his last 48 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field.

Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back shots in the fourth.

The Cubs have won nine of 11 for their best start since they went 10-1 in 1969.

The Rockies saw their three-game winning streak end. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his fourth, off Travis Wood in the ninth.

Christian Bergman (0-2) matched a career high of seven strikeouts and allowed two runs in five innings in his first start of the season.

PIRATES 5, BREWERS 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season and Jon Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Pittsburgh blanked Milwaukee to end its four-game losing streak.

McCutchen’s solo shot off Taylor Jungmann in the fifth inning increased the Pirates’ lead to 4-0 after they scored three runs in the fourth.

The drive to left field came in the star center fielder’s 54th plate appearance. McCutchen was so happy that he stopped in front of dugout after rounding the bases, broke into a big smile and raised his hands skyward.

Niese (2-1) won his second straight start, giving up all three hits while walking three and striking out three in seven innings.

Jungmann (0-2) had his road woes continue as he allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Markakis drove in three runs with three hits and Atlanta won for the second consecutive night after losing their first nine games, beating Miami.

The Braves came to Miami mired in their worst start since 1988, but they’re now 27-12 at Marlins Park and will try for a three-game sweep Sunday.

Miami fell to 0-4 at home under first-year manager Don Mattingly.

Markakis put the Braves ahead to stay in the fourth when he drove in a run with his eighth double, most in the majors. He led off the game with a single and hit a two-out, two-run single in the second.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Bour each hit his first homer off Bud Norris (1-2), who allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Tom Koehler (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits and six runs.

RAYS 7, WHITE SOX 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Guyer homered to end Tampa Bay’s scoreless drought, Brad Miller added a two-run shot and the Rays stopped Chicago’s five-game winning streak.

Desmond Jennings also hit his first home run of the year for Tampa Bay, and Erasmo Ramirez pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings. In his first start of the season, Ramirez (2-0) gave up three hits and no walks while striking out four, becoming the first Rays starter to win in 2016.

Guyer’s home run off Chicago starter John Danks in the third halted Tampa Bay’s streak of 21 scoreless innings.

Miller’s two-run drive in the fourth gave the Rays a 4-0 lead after an RBI single by Steven Souza Jr. Evan Longoria singled home a run in the seventh.

INDIANS 7, METS 5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis and Cleveland handed New York’s Matt Harvey his third straight loss to begin the season.

Josh Tomlin pitched five solid innings for Cleveland after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced this season. Kipnis had an RBI double off Harvey and scored twice, and Mike Napoli drove in two runs.

Harvey (0-3) retired his first 13 batters before Cleveland scored twice in the fifth. The Indians added three runs in the sixth, and Harvey was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Jose Ramirez tied the game with a double and scored on Juan Uribe’s RBI single. Kipnis’ run-scoring double and RBI singles by Napoli and Yan Gomes in the sixth finished Harvey.

REDS 9, CARDINALS 8

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce had two RBIs apiece for Cincinnati, which erased an early four-run deficit against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in a victory.

Stephen Piscotty had four RBIs for St. Louis, and his three-run homer made it 4-0 in the second.

J.J. Hoover allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss before finishing for his first save.

Wainwright (0-2) retired his first eight before Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (1-0) singled with two outs in the third. The two-time 20-game winner was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and has struggled mightily with an 8.27 ERA after missing most of 2015 with a torn left Achilles.

MARINERS 3, YANKEES 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Hernandez looked uncomfortable all afternoon but overcame a career high-tying six walks, and Seattle held off New York for a third straight win.

The Yankees lost their fourth in a row when Chase Headley grounded out with runners on second and third to end it, leaving them 0 for 24 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series. Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and the 40-year-old heard boos as his hitless slump reached 19 at-bats.

Hernandez (1-1) tied Randy Johnson’s team record for career strikeouts, but seemed out of sorts throughout his five innings. The ace constantly pawed the rubber, scuffed the mound and tugged his jersey.

TWINS 6, ANGELS 4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oswaldo Arcia and Byung Ho Park homered in the eighth inning to lift Minnesota over Los Angeles for its second consecutive comeback victory after opening the season with nine straight losses.

Arcia broke a 4-all tie with his first home run of the season. It came off reliever Joe Smith (0-1) and was Minnesota’s first hit since the fifth inning. One batter later, Park — who had the decisive hit Friday night — added his own solo shot to give the Twins some insurance.

Trevor Plouffe had three hits and also homered for Minnesota.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the win in relief of starter Ricky Nolasco. Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.

RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 2

BOSTON (AP) — David Price rebounded from a rough start in Boston’s home opener with seven solid innings, Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home run and the Red Sox beat Toronto.

It was Boston’s third straight win. The Red Sox have defeated the defending AL East champs four times in five meetings.

Price (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits, struck out nine and didn’t allow a walk. He finished by striking out the side.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Signed to a $217 million, seven-year deal during free agency, the left-hander had his best start for Boston. In his Fenway Park debut with the Red Sox on Monday, he gave up five runs in five innings after allowing two in six at Cleveland on opening day.

ATHLETICS 5, ROYALS 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt homered to back Sonny Gray’s solid effort, and Oakland ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Kansas City.

Gray (2-1) pitched through trouble, lasting six innings to earn his first victory against the Royals in four starts, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only AL team he has not yet beaten.

Gray gave up two runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out six. He stranded six runners, four in scoring position.

Reddick, who hit the ball hard in every at bat, erased the Royals’ early lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first off Chris Young (0-3), who failed to get through five innings for the second straight start.

PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 14th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first victory in five home games this season.

Upton drove the first pitch he saw from Ruby De La Rosa (0-3) over the center-field fence. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates after ending the game that lasted 5 hours, 25 minutes.

Luis Perdomo (1-0) got the win.

GIANTS 4, DODGERS 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings and the San Francisco Giants got run-scoring hits from Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cueto (3-0) helped manager Bruce Bochy celebrate his 61st birthday, allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts.

Javier Lopez gave up Corey Seager’s two-run homer in the eighth on a full count, but Santiago Casilla got the last three outs for his third save in four chances.

Scott Kazmir (1-1) was charged with four runs, seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

MLB Roundup: Twins stop 9-game skid with 5-4 win over Angels

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins became the last team in the major leagues to win this season, after Byung Ho Park drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Angels.

Both Minnesota and Atlanta stopped nine-game losing streaks Friday. The Braves beat Miami earlier in the night. That left the 2002 Detroit Tigers with the dishonor of being the last team to start a season 0-10 or worse.

Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun homered for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe hit consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth off Angels starter Garrett Richards, the third multi-run inning for the Twins this season. This was the first time they topped three runs in a game, but they’re still last in the majors with 19 runs.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 3

MIAMI (AP) — Adonis Garcia drove in three runs in the final three innings and the Atlanta Braves rallied for their first victory of the year after nine consecutive losses, beating Miami.

The Braves managed just one hit in the first six innings, trailed 3-0 in the seventh and appeared on the verge of falling to 0-10, which would have matched the worst start in franchise history in 1988.

Their comeback began with three consecutive hits in the seventh, including a double by Garcia to drive in the first Atlanta run. Nick Markakis’ RBI single in the eighth made it 3-all, and Garcia’s two-run double put the Braves ahead.

WHITE SOX 1, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sale tossed a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera singled in Jimmy Rollins in the ninth and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.

Sale (3-0), from nearby Lakeland, struck out nine for his best start to a season since going 5-0 in 2014. He retired 16 straight between singles by Desmond Jennings in the second and Steve Pearce in the seventh.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes after the seventh so a woman struck by a foul ball in the bottom of the inning could get treatment.

The fan, sitting in box seats next to the Tampa Bay dugout on the first-base side, was taken off on a stretcher. The ball came off the bat of Rays designated hitter Steven Souza Jr.

METS 6, INDIANS 5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning, and New York held off Cleveland.

Michael Conforto and Alejandro De Aza also went deep for the Mets, who entered with 20 runs and a major league-low two homers in their first eight games.

De Aza had a leadoff homer in the fifth and finished with three hits from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. Cespedes also had three of New York’s 14 hits.

Cleveland scored three times in the ninth before Jeurys Familia retired Jose Ramirez with two on for his third save.

Bartolo Colon (1-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and earned his 219th win, tying Pedro Martinez for second-most by a Dominican-born pitcher behind Juan Marichal (243).

ASTROS 1, TIGERS 0

HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched eight scoreless innings, Colby Rasmus provided the offense with an RBI single and Houston snapped a three-game skid with a win over Detroit.

Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth to complete the shutout and earn his third save.

Keuchel (2-1), who was last year’s American League Cy Young winner, has won a franchise-record 17 straight regular season games at home. He hasn’t lost in Houston since Aug. 10, 2014.

On Friday he allowed five hits and struck out four with one walk for his second win this season.

Mike Pelfrey (0-2) allowed five hits, one run and tied a career-high with six walks in six innings for his second straight loss to start the season.

ROCKIES 6, CUBS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Chad Bettis pitched six scoreless innings, Ben Paulsen had an RBI single and threw out a runner at the plate, and Colorado took advantage of Chicago’s shaky defense for a victory.

The Cubs, who had won eight of nine in their best start in 47 years, managed only four singles and made four errors. Third baseman Kris Bryant committed two of the errors, including a wild throw on a bunt that scored a run in the seventh.

Bettis (2-0) was sharp in first career start against the Cubs. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three.

Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1) was charged with four runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. The Cubs had won five in a row.

MARINERS 7, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano got two more hits to celebrate his special connection to Jackie Robinson Day as Seattle sent New York to its third straight loss.

Cano’s father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great. Cano improved to 14 for 38 (.368) on the day all major leaguers honor the late Hall of Famer by wearing his No. 42.

Cano was 1 for 19 when he hit an early RBI single. The former Yankees star began the season on a home run binge, but had cooled off.

Chris Iannetta homered, singled twice and drove in three runs. The Mariners opened a nine-game trip by boosting their road record to 3-1. They are 1-5 at Safeco Field.

RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3

BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and Travis Shaw hit a two-run double to lead Boston to a victory over Toronto.

David Ortiz added a run-scoring double for Boston, moving him one RBI behind Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1,652) for 26th all time. Big Papi also stole a base, joining Ted Williams, Cy Young and Rickey Henderson as the only four Red Sox players with a steal at 40-years-old.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his first two homers of the season, drove in all three Toronto runs and had all of three of the Blue Jays’ hits.

Porcello (2-0) gave up three runs and two hits, striking out eight and walking one. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his third save.

R. A. Dickey (1-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

NATIONALS 9, PHILLIES 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs, and Joe Ross allowed three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings to help Washington to its best start in club history.

Jayson Werth added two doubles and three RBIs, and Michael Taylor also went deep for Washington, which improved to 8-1 to mark the best nine-game beginning since the franchise was born in 1969 as the Montreal Expos.

Ross (2-0) struck out five and walked two. The 22-year-old, facing the Phillies for the first time, retired 12 straight before Freddy Galvis’ two-out single in the eighth ended his night.

BREWERS 8, PIRATES 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun hit two long two-run home runs and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning as Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.

Braun had a 460-foot shot off the batter’s eye in center field off Kyle Lobstein in the sixth to put the Brewers ahead 5-0. After the Pirates drew within a run, Braun hit a 415-foot shot to dead center in the eighth off Neftali Feliz for his third of the season to make it 7-4.

It was Braun’s 23rd career multi-homer game.

Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, his first, to chase Nelson (2-1) with none out in the seventh. The Pirates cut the gap to 5-4 later in the inning on back-to-back doubles by David Freese and Starling Marte with two outs.

Jeff Locke (0-1) gave up three runs, five hits and walked seven in 4 2/3 innings.

ORIOLES 11, RANGERS 5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit two of Baltimore’s four home runs in a nine-run seventh inning and the Orioles beat Texas.

The Orioles were still down 5-3 after Trumbo’s two-run homer chased Martin Perez with no outs in the seventh. They went ahead to stay when Jonathan Schoop and Nolan Reimold hit back-to-back homers off Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1), and Trumbo added a three-run shot off a second reliever later in the inning.

Trumbo is the first Baltimore batter ever with two homers in the same inning, and first in the majors since Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion against Houston on July 26, 2013, according to STATS.

Schoop homered again in the eighth, a solo shot that was his third of the season and gave him his third career game with multiple homers.

CARDINALS 14, REDS 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday had two of St. Louis’ six home runs in a rout of Cincinnati.

Aledmys Diaz and Brandon Moss each added three-run homers to help the Cardinals to their sixth win in the last seven games. They have scored seven or more runs in all six wins and hit double-digits four times.

Moss and Matt Adams also homered. Adams’ pinch-hit homer was the second of the game and sixth of the season. That surpasses the Cardinals total of four from pinch hitters last season.

Holliday drove in four runs and reached base four times in recording the 20th multi-homer game of his career.

Carlos Martinez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings.

Starter Tim Melville (0-1) gave up seven runs in three innings.

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Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano, left, gets a high-five from manager Paul Molitor and Byung Ho Park after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2016, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

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Source Horse Racing