MLB ROUNDUP: Royals take over first place
The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight game and took over the AL Central lead Monday night when Yordano Ventura outdueled Sonny Gray during a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
The victory, coupled with a loss by Detroit in Pittsburgh, gave the long-suffering Royals a division lead at the latest point in a season since 2003.
Alcides Escobar drove in a run in the second inning before delivering a two-out single off Gray (12-6) in the seventh, putting Kansas City in front.
Kelvin Herrera (3-2) took over for Ventura and tossed a spotless seventh inning.
ORIOLES 11, YANKEES 3: Chris Davis hit a two-run homer after replacing an injured Manny Machado, and AL East-leading Baltimore beat New York to drop the Yankees a season-high seven games out of first place.
After Davis put the Orioles ahead in the fifth inning, Nelson Cruz connected with a man on in the seventh and Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot in the eighth to turn the game into a rout. Cruz now has 31 homers, tied for the major league lead with rookie Jose Abreu of the White Sox.
Machado, a 2013 All-Star third baseman, sprained his right knee in the second inning while hitting a broken-bat grounder to shortstop. He dropped on his back in the batter’s box and needed help getting off the field.
Machado will be re-examined today to determine the severity of the injury and whether a stint on the disabled list is necessary.
MARINERS 11, BLUE JAYS 1: Felix Hernandez allowed one run in seven strong innings, and Robinson Cano helped provide him with a jolt of run support as Seattle romped to a victory over Toronto.
Opening the most anticipated August series in Seattle since 2007, Hernandez (13-3) made his 16th straight start of at least seven innings while allowing two earned runs or less. Hernandez needed just 96 pitches to get through seven, and his only mistake was Jose Bautista’s solo home run in the fourth.
Cano ignited a seven-run sixth inning with his 10th homer of the season for a 3-1 lead.
That was just the start. Mike Zunino followed with an RBI triple — the second triple of his career — and an RBI double by Endy Chavez ended the night for Toronto starter Drew Hutchison (8-10).
TWINS 4, ASTROS 2: Joe Mauer had two hits in his return from the disabled list, including a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning, to help Minnesota beat Houston.
A pair of walks by Josh Fields (2-5) left runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth when Mauer’s ground-ball single to left field scored Jordan Schafer. Brian Dozier also scored on the play.
Brian Duensing (3-2) got the last two outs of the eighth inning for the win.
Chris Carter and Jose Altuve hit solo homers for Houston, and Jake Marisnick had a career-high four hits.
Tommy Milone allowed eight hits and two runs in his debut with the Twins after being traded from Oakland for Sam Fuld on July 31.
RAYS 7, RANGERS 0: Drew Smyly allowed three hits in his first win since the David Price trade, Matt Joyce had a two-run single, and Tampa Bay beat Texas.
Smyly (7-10) struck out nine in a career-high 7 2-3 innings to beat the Rangers for the second time this season.
Colby Lewis (8-9) couldn’t build on the momentum of his second career shutout, giving up five runs — two earned — in five innings.
BREWERS 3, CUBS 1: Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sparkling inning,s and Khris Davis had a tiebreaking RBI double, leading Milwaukee to a victory over Chicago.
Gallardo bounced back nicely from a sluggish outing against San Francisco, allowing one run and six hits while improving to 9-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 career starts against Chicago.
Mark Reynolds connected for his 20th homer.
Coming off his worst start of the year, Jake Arrieta (6-4) gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings for the Cubs.
DODGERS 6, BRAVES 2: Kevin Correia won in his debut with the Dodgers, outpitching All-Star Julio Teheran and leading Los Angeles over slumping Atlanta.
Los Angeles has won four of six to increase its NL West lead to five games over idle San Francisco. The Braves have dropped 10 of 12 and fallen four games behind NL East-leading Washington.
Correia was tied for the major league lead in losses with a 5-13 record when he was traded from Minnesota to the Dodgers on Saturday. He excelled for Los Angeles, giving up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one.
Teheran (10-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Carl Crawford had three hits and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.
MARLINS 6, CARDINALS 5: Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs and made a spectacular diving catch in right field to help Miami beat St. Louis.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (8-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.
Steve Cishek escaped the ninth to record his 30th save in 33 chances. With two outs,
Cishek gave up an RBI triple by Kolten Wong and an RBI single by Matt Holliday, allowing the Cardinals to pull to 6-5. Cishek struck out Matt Adams to end the game.
Jon Jay hit a two-run home run, Holliday had four hits, and Shelby Miller (8-9) allowed five runs in five innings for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.
METS 5, PHILLIES 3: Slumping Anthony Recker hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer, Jonathon Niese pitched seven sharp innings, and New York beat Philadelphia.
Darin Ruf hit a two-run shot for the last-place Phillies.
Niese (6-8) gave up two runs on five hits to earn his first win since June 28.
David Buchanan (6-6) allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.
Recker was in an 0-for-18 skid when he connected off reliever Justin De Fratus.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3: Yangervis Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning, and San Diego beat last-place Colorado for its ninth win in 12 games.
Solarte’s third shot with the Padres, and ninth overall this season, came off Boone Logan (2-3) and was an inning after Colorado’s Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Nick Vincent (1-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win.