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  • Guthrie, Royals stymie Yankees

  • NEW YORK — Ashland native Jeremy Guthrie was on a roll — against the Yankees, no less. Neither hail nor sun shower was going to stop him. No way.
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  • NEW YORK — Ashland native Jeremy Guthrie was on a roll — against the Yankees, no less. Neither hail nor sun shower was going to stop him. No way.
    Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a 59-minute delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat New York 5-1 Monday night.
    "Tremendous competitor," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said of Guthrie. "He showed it today — to endure an hour rain delay and go out and throw at the level that he threw."
    All-Star Alex Gordon, David Lough and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar added a run-scoring triple to help the Royals end a five-game skid against New York.
    "It's been tough every year I've been here to come in and get a win," Butler said. "It means a lot."
    Guthrie (8-6) gave up three hits over six innings, albeit to a Yankees lineup that had only four players that were with the team on opening day.
    Leading 5-1, closer Greg Holland was needed in the ninth when Lyle Overbay walked and Luis Cruz singled to start the inning against Luke Hochevar. Holland gave up a hit to Chris Stewart to load the bases. But Holland struck out Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte to end it for his 21st save.
    "Holly's been lights out for us," Yost said.
    Guthrie twice struck out the newest member in pinstripes, Travis Ishikawa, before Overbay homered pinch hitting for the first baseman who was claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday. Overbay's 10th of the year was New York's first long ball in six games.
    "Not an easy lineup to pitch, too," he said. "Obviously they have their injuries now and are missing a lot of keys so you go out there and try to attack them as best as you can."
    Entering 4-9 with a 5.15 ERA against the Yankees in 17 appearances — 15 starts — Guthrie left with runners on first and third and two outs in the seventh. Tim Collins relieved and struck out pinch-hitter Nunez to protect a 3-1 lead.
    Rangers 8, Orioles 5
    At Baltimore, Ian Kinsler capped a six-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded double, and Texas beat Baltimore in a rematch of last year's AL wild-card game.
    The victory thrust the Rangers 15 games over .500 (52-37) for the first time since May 25. It also improved their road record to 25-18, best in franchise history after 43 games.
    Tigers 4, Indians 2
    At Cleveland, Max Scherzer remained unbeaten and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as the Tigers extended their lead in the AL Central with a win over the second-place Indians.
    Martinez doubled off Matt Albers (2-1) as the Tigers won three of four in the series and moved 31/2; games ahead in the division.
    Rays 7, Twins 4
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Rays beat the Twins.
    Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot.
    Mariners 11, Red Sox 4
    At Seattle, Felix Hernandez held the Red Sox to two runs and six hits over seven innings and Raul Ibanez hit his 22nd home run in leading the Mariners to a victory over Boston.
    Hernandez (9-4) walked two and struck out six, maintaining his 2.69 ERA, second lowest in the American League behind teammate Hisashi Iwakuma's 2.60.
    National League
    Phillies 3, Nationals 2
    At Philadelphia, John Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight innings against his former team, Ben Revere had three hits and Philadelphia topped Washington.
    Lannan (2-3) had four strikeouts in his longest outing in four years. The lefty registered 12 groundouts to beat the team he played for his first six seasons in the majors.
    Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 1
    At Phoenix, Zack Greinke gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings in his first game against Arizona since last month's bench-clearing brawl, and Los Angeles snapped the Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak.
    Greinke (7-2) struck out seven and walked two in his fourth straight win. He also had a career-high three hits.
    Brewers 4, Reds 3
    At Milwaukee, center fielder Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch in the ninth inning, saving Milwaukee's victory over Cincinnati.
    Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for the last-place Brewers. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey (5-7) in the right-hander's first start since his second no-hitter in 10 months.
    Braves 7, Marlins 1, 14 innings
    At Miami, Justin Upton broke a tie by driving in two runs when he doubled in a six-run 14th inning for Atlanta's first hit since the sixth against Miami.
    Five Miami relievers combined to retire 24 consecutive batters before Reed Johnson walked to start the 14th against Chris Hatcher (0-1). Jason Heyward walked with one out, and Upton's double scored both runners.
    Rockies 4, Padres 2
    At San Diego, Tyler Chatwood took a shutout into the seventh inning and Colorado handed skidding San Diego its 10th consecutive defeat.
    Wilin Rosario hit a two-run double to help the Rockies end a three-game slide with their second victory in eight games. They have won nine of 11 against San Diego this season.
    Interleague
    Athletics 2, Pirates 1
    At Pittsburgh, Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings and the Athletics won for the ninth time in their past 12 games, beating the Pirates.
    The 40-year-old Colon (12-3) shook off a tough-luck 3-1 defeat in his previous start to win for the ninth time in his last 10 outings. He outdueled Jeff Locke, who had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped.
    Cubs 8, White Sox 2
    At Chicago, Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and scored four runs, and the Cubs pulled away late to beat the White Sox.
    Dave Sappelt had a career-high four hits, while Soriano had three. Luis Valbuena drove in three runs, hitting the tiebreaking two-run double and scoring during a five-run eighth.
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