MLB roundup: Jays drop Sox; Yankees clip Royals
BLUE JAYS 12, RED SOX 4
BOSTON (AP) -- Jose Bautista hit two of Toronto’s five home runs, and the Blue Jays beat Boston to take two of three in the series.
Emilio Bonifacio, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie also homered for the Blue Jays.
Chad Jenkins (1-0) got his second major league win. Ryan Dempster (2-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings.
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino crashed into the wall in the fourth catching Colby Rasmus’ drive and fell to the ground, writhing in pain. After being attended to by team personnel, Victorino remained in the game but left after the sixth.
YANKEES 4, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Vernon Wells homered for the second straight game, Robinson Cano also connected and the New York Yankees beat Kansas City to wrap up a three-game sweep.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-2) won for the fifth time in six decisions.
The Yankees scored all their runs off Ervin Santana (3-2) and won their fifth in a row. Mariano Rivera closed to remain perfect in 15 save opportunities -- he’s converted 29 straight against the Royals since 1998, his longest active streak against any team.
ORIOLES 6, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Steve Pearce homered and the Baltimore Orioles defeated Minnesota.
Wei-Yin Chen (3-3) pitched five strong innings before leaving with a strained right oblique, and the Orioles won for the sixth time in eight games.
Scott Diamond (3-3) tied a career high by giving up six earned runs in 5 2-3 innings.
PHILLIES 4, D-BACKS 2 (10 INNINGS)
PHOENIX (AP) -- Ryan Howard looped a two-run single to right field in the 10th inning after Philadelphia scored twice in the ninth to tie it against Arizona.
Shut down by Brandon McCarthy for the first eight innings, the Phillies rallied on Delmon Young’s run-scoring double and Domonic Brown’s RBI single off fill-in Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell. Philadelphia had 15 hits to salvage a series split after losing the first two games.
Jimmy Rollins singled with one out in the 10th off Matt Reynolds (0-1), and Chase Utley followed with a double for his fourth hit. Hitless with nine strikeouts in his previous 18 at-bats, Howard floated a single over Arizona’s drawn-in infield.
Justin De Fratus (1-0) got one out for his second career victory and Jonathan Papelbon earned his seventh save.
Gerardo Parra hit a leadoff homer against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
PIRATES 3, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning against New York’s overworked bullpen, and Pittsburgh got a most fortunate bounce in beating the Mets.
Clint Barmes homered and Jeanmar Gomez left with a lead against young ace Matt Harvey in the Pirates’ third straight victory in this four-game series. Pittsburgh improved to 6-13 at Citi Field.
With runners at second and third in the eighth, Lucas Duda hit a sharp grounder that struck first base and shot straight up in the air. Pirates second baseman Brandon Inge fielded the ball and tossed to reliever Mark Melancon covering first for the final out of the inning.
Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th straight save to start the season.
Justin Wilson (3-0) got the win despite allowing Mike Baxter’s tying single in the seventh. Scott Rice (1-2) took the loss.
CUBS 2, NATIONALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a throwing error by catcher Kurt Suzuki as Chicago rallied to beat Washington.
The Cubs didn’t have a baserunner through the first five innings against Gio Gonzalez and trailed 1-0 entering the eighth before coming back in the deciding matchup of a three-game series.
Facing closer Rafael Soriano (0-1) in the ninth, Alfonso Soriano singled and went to second on a single by Julio Borbon. After Ryan Sweeney struck out, both runners took off on a double steal.
Suzuki’s throw hit Welington Castillo’s bat. The ball veered well to the left of third base and into foul ground, allowing Alfonso Soriano to scoot home.
Starlin Castro tied it in the eighth with a two-out single off Drew Storen.
James Russell (1-0) worked an inning and Kevin Gregg got three outs for his sixth save.
RANGERS 12, ASTROS 7
HOUSTON (AP) -- Adrian Beltre’s three-run homer was one of his four hits, and David Murphy and Leonys Martin also homered as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep by romping past the Houston Astros 12-7 on Sunday.
Texas set a season high for runs in winning its fourth in a row, and did it quickly. Beltre’s homer in the fifth made it 12-1.
Beltre doubled twice and drove in four runs. He homered for the second straight day, hitting a drive that was ruled a double and changed to a homer after a video review. Beltre connected off Edgar Gonzalez, signed by the Astros earlier in the day.
The Astros have lost four straight at are 10-28, the worst 38-game start in team history, STATS said.
INDIANS 4, TIGERS 3 (10 INNINGS)
DETROIT (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians downed Detroit.
Cleveland tied it in the ninth when Michael Brantley hit a two-out RBI single off closer Jose Valverde. Joe Smith (1-0) pitched the bottom of the inning, and the Indians took the lead in the 10th.
Reynolds won it with his single off Darin Downs (0-1).
Rich Hill got the first two outs of the Detroit 10th, and Cody Allen finished for his first career save.
The Indians took two of three from the defending AL champions. Cleveland has not lost any of its last seven series.
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