Royals send A's to ninth straight loss
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Felipe Paulino kept the scuffling Athletics at bay for six innings Friday night, and the Kansas City Royals' bullpen handled the rest in a 2-0 victory that gave Oakland its season-worst ninth straight loss.
Yuniesky Betancourt came off the disabled list to provide an RBI double in the first, and Mike Moustakas added an RBI blooper to left later in the inning, helping Kansas City win for only the sixth time in 23 games at Kauffman Stadium this season.
Paulino (3-1) has emerged as the ace of the Royals' haphazard starting rotation, holding the opposition off the scoreboard through six innings for the fourth time in six starts.
He allowed three hits against Oakland while striking out five and walking three.
Both of the Royals' runs were charged to Bartolo Colon (4-6).
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2
At Toronto, David Ortiz homered, Clay Buchholz won his sixth straight start in Toronto and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, their fourth victory in five games.
Daniel Nava had three doubles and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits for the Red Sox, who have not lost consecutive games since May 8 and 9 at Kansas City.
Rays 5, Orioles 0
At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price scattered four hits over 71/3 innings, Hideki Matsui homered and the Rays beat the Orioles.
Price (7-3), who struck out five and walked two, retired his first 13 batters. He got some defensive help when right fielder Matt Joyce made a full-extension, tumbling backhanded catch on J.J. Hardy's drive to end the fourth.
Indians 7, Twins 1
At Cleveland, Derek Lowe shut down Minnesota's lineup with ease for the second time this season and Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam, leading the Indians to a win over the Twins.
The Twins had their winning streak stopped at three and fell to an AL-worst 18-33.
Yankees 9, Tigers 4
At Detroit, Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam against his former team in the second inning, and CC Sabathia made the lead hold up after a shaky start, helping the Yankees to a win over the Tigers.
Alex Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York.
White Sox 7, Mariners 4
At Chicago, Alexei Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning and the White Sox beat the Mariners for their ninth straight win.
Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
Jesse Crain (1-0) got the win. Shawn Kelly (0-2) took the loss.
Angels 4, Rangers 2
At Anaheim, Calif., Mike Trout hit an RBI triple in the sixth inning and a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh, leading the Angels to a victory over the Rangers.
Jerome Williams (5-3) allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings and struck out four against the AL West leaders.
The Angels won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Giants 4, Cubs 3
At San Francisco, Melky Cabrera remained the hottest hitter in the National League, Madison Bumgarner picked up his first win in nearly four weeks and the Giants beat the Cubs.
Cabrera had two hits to raise his average to .376, tying him with Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox for the highest mark in the majors. That comes on the heels of his outstanding May when he tied a San Francisco franchise record with 51 hits.
Ryan Theriot added three hits and scored twice while Buster Posey had two RBIs to give the Giants their fourth win in five games on the current homestand.
Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run home run in the ninth for Chicago, but the Cubs fell short and lost for the 15th time in their last 20 games.
Reds 4, Astros 1
At Houston, Jay Bruce homered and drove in two runs to back a solid performance by Mike Leake and the Reds beat the sliding Astros.
Leake (2-5) had a season-high seven strikeouts in seven innings, yielding just one run and four hits. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Pirates 8, Brewers 2
At Milwaukee, the Pirates scored six runs off Randy Wolf in the third inning, then went on to pound the Brewers.
Ryan Braun left the game with a right hip strain, after sitting out Thursday night's game because of lingering tightness in his right Achilles tendon.
Phillies 6, Marlins 4
At Philadelphia, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, Hector Luna had three RBIs and the Phillies beat the Marlins.
Pence, Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco each had three hits as the Phillies won for the seventh time in nine games. Jonathan Papelbon got five outs for his 15th save in 15 chances.
Padres 7, Diamondbacks 1
At San Diego, Jesus Guzman's pinch-hit two-run homer ignited a sixth-run eighth inning and lifted the Padres to a win over the Diamondbacks.
Guzman's shot broke a 1-all tie as San Diego sent 11 batters to the plate in the eighth off three pitchers. He connected on a 1-1 changeup off rookie Wade Miley (6-2) into the left-field stands to help the Padres snapped a six-game losing streak
Rockies 13, Dodgers 3
At Denver, Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer and the Rockies took advantage of four Dodgers errors to romp past Los Angeles for its season-high fifth straight win.
Pinch hitter Chris Nelson and Michael Cuddyer added back-to-back solo homers off reliever Josh Lindblom in the eighth inning. Colorado scored four unearned runs and sent the Dodgers to their fifth loss in a row.