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A's rook blanks Royals in debut

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dan Straily was surrounded by trouble in the second inning when pitching coach Curt Young made a visit to the mound.

Straily went on to earn his first major league victory as Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Straily (1-0), a 24th-round draft pick in 2009, held the Royals to three singles over 6 1/3 innings in his third major league start. Straily, who walked two and struck out two, pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning.

The Royals loaded the bases on a single by Salvador Perez and walks to Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. After the walk to Hosmer, Young went out to talk to Straily.

"He just came out and said, 'Hey, what's going on guys,'" Straily said. "We just needed to talk about it real quick. It was all right, make pitches and get out of this and he turned around and jogged away. I made a couple of pitches and got out of it.

"From there I found a rhythm and was able to kind of cruise through the next couple of innings."

Chris Getz grounded out to first baseman Chris Carter to end the inning and strand the runners.

Rangers 10, Yankees 6

At New York, Craig Gentry, starting for the first time in two weeks, hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that put Texas ahead in a victory over New York.

Adrian Beltre had three RBIs while Josh Hamilton doubled twice and scored three times for the Rangers, who avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

At Baltimore, Clay Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn his 11th win, Dustin Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, and Boston beat Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.

Adrian Gonzalez had two RBIs, and Cody Ross chipped in with three hits to help Boston to its third win in nine games. Serving as designated hitter for the first time this season, Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 to end his 38-game hitting streak against Baltimore.

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 2

At Toronto, Alex Rios hit a three-run homer against his former team, and Francisco Liriano earned his first victory as the Chicago White Sox topped Toronto.

Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez and Dewayne Wise all hit solo home runs as the White Sox matched a season high by going deep five times. Chicago has hit 28 home runs in 13 games, and the power surge helped the White Sox win their first series in Toronto since 2006.

Rays 7, Angels 0

At Anaheim, Calif., David Price pitched three-hit ball over seven innings for his AL-leading 16th victory, and Tampa Bay got home runs from Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist in a win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Burke Badenhop and Wade Davis each worked one inning in the Rays' third straight shutout against the Angels. Los Angeles has gone 32 consecutive innings without scoring against a staff that leads the AL in ERA, opponents' batting average and strikeouts.

Price (16-4) struck out eight, walked two and lowered his ERA to 2.39, third in the AL. The left-hander allowed only two runners to third base. Price is 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA over his last nine road starts, and 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last 11 starts overall.

Pirates 10, Dodgers 6

At Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones hit two three-run homers, A.J. Burnett became the first pitcher with 15 wins in 13 years for Pittsburgh, which avoided a four-game sweep with a win over Los Angeles.

Jones had a career-high six RBIs, and Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates, who had lost six of seven.

The Dodgers had a four-game winning streak snapped. James Loney and Hanley Ramirez homered for Los Angeles.

Alvarez hit his 22nd homer and Clint Barmes had three RBIs for the Pirates.

Mets 8, Reds 4

At Cincinnati, rookie Matt Harvey drove in one more run than he allowed in the longest outing of his short major league career, and New York snapped Cincinnati's five-game winning streak.

Harvey (2-3), who had lost three straight starts after winning in his major league debut, allowed one run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter. Harvey doubled in two runs in New York's three-run fourth inning.

Braves 6, Padres 0

At Atlanta, Chipper Jones homered twice on a night when a big crowd turned out to get his bobblehead, and Atlanta won its 15th straight game with Kris Medlen as a starter.

Seizing the moment before a weeknight turnout of 33,157 — more than the previous two nights combined — Jones hit a two-run homer in the first, then added a towering solo shot over the wall in center field in the fifth.

Brewers 7, Phillies 4

At Milwaukee, Corey Hart's grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning led Milwaukee and prevented Philadelphia's Cliff Lee from getting a rare win.

Livan Hernandez (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Jim Henderson recorded the final two outs for his third save in four chances, getting Erik Kratz to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Rockies 5, Marlins 3

At Denver, Michael Cuddyer homered and DJ LeMahieu had two hits for streaking Colorado.

Eric Young Jr. and Josh Rutledge had a hit and an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who won their fourth straight game.

Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 1

At St. Louis, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young homered on consecutive pitches from Jason Motte with one out in the ninth inning for Arizona.

With St. Louis ahead 1-0 on Allen Craig's RBI single in the fifth, Motte (4-4) struck out Miguel Montero leading off the ninth. Goldschmidt fouled off three full-count pitches, then drove a pitch to center for his 18th home run of the season.