KC's Guthrie downs Dodgers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals had scored just eight runs during a four-game losing streak, and were preparing to face former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and the power-packed Los Angeles Dodgers.
Perfect time to end that slump, eh?
Ashland native Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the eighth inning, Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs off Greinke and the Royals held on to beat the Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night in their first meeting in nine years.
Dyson, the Royals' No. 9 hitter, went 3 for 3 and stole two bases. Salvador Perez hit a solo home run, and Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar — two of the players acquired by the Royals in the trade that sent Greinke to Milwaukee in December 2010 — drove in a run apiece.
It was an offensive outburst considering the Royals had lost three of their last four games by 2-1 scores, squandering solid pitching performances by their starting rotation.
"There was never any panic," said Guthrie, who gave up two runs and seven hits in 72/3 innings to win his third straight start. "We lost a couple of close games. We recognize a couple things go our way we would have won a couple of them."
Greg Holland served up a homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth before earning his 22nd save.
Hanley Ramirez drove in the other two runs for the Dodgers, who are visiting Kansas City for the first time since they were swept in a three-game set in 2005.
In his third start against his former team, Greinke (9-4) was battered for a season-high five runs and 11 hits in 52/3 innings. He had allowed two runs over 151/3 innings in his previous two starts against the Royals, one with the Brewers and the other with the Los Angeles Angels.
Pirates 8, Rays 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to back the pitching of Edinson Volquez as Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay.
Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 5, drove in two runs and stole two bases for the Pirates in a homecoming of sorts for the 2013 NL MVP, who grew up in nearby Fort Meade and had never played before at Tropicana Field. He also scored twice in Pittsburgh's first appearance in St. Petersburg since 2003.
Blue Jays 8, Yankees 3
At Toronto, Adam Lind hit a three-run home run in his return to the starting lineup, rookie Marcus Stroman won for the first time in three starts and Toronto derailed New York, handing the Yankees their third straight loss.
Lind drove in four runs and Dioner Navarro had two RBIs for Toronto. The AL East-leading Blue Jays scored as many runs in this game against New York as they managed over three games while being swept at Yankee Stadium last week.
Orioles 6, White Sox 4
At Baltimore, Chris Davis hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Baltimore past Chicago.
Davis was excluded from the starting lineup after batting just .130 in his previous 14 starts. Called upon by manager Buck Showalter with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth, Davis launched a 3-2 pitch from Ronald Belisario (3-4) into the seats in right field.
Davis, who led the majors in home runs and RBIs last year, started the game in the dugout with a .216 batting average and 78 strikeouts in 218 at-bats.
Mariners 12, Red Sox 3
At Seattle, Felix Hernandez threw seven strong innings to win for the first time since June 2, Logan Morrison hit two long homers, and Seattle Mariners used a six-run fourth inning to rout Boston.
Seattle won its fourth straight after a weekend sweep in Kansas City. The Mariners finally provided Hernandez (9-2) the run support lacking in his last three starts and battered right-hander John Lackey (8-5) in his shortest outing since September 2011.
Padres 6, Giants 0
At San Francisco, Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne pitched seven innings in his major league debut to lead San Diego.
Tommy Medica hit a two-run double off Matt Cain (1-6) after the umpires took away a three-run home run by Yasmani Grandal on a replay review to give the crafty Despaigne (1-0) the support he needed to get the win.
Despaigne had a 6.03 ERA in seven minor league starts in his first season as a professional after defecting from Cuba last summer.
Marlins 4, Phillies 0
At Philadelphia, Casey McGehee hit a two-run double and Nathan Eovaldi pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning to lead Miami.
Eovaldi (5-3) went 61/3 innings and got 12 of his 19 outs on flyballs. The right-hander hadn't won since May 26 and gave up 11 runs in his previous two starts.
Reds 6, Cubs 1
At Chicago, Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam with two outs in Cincinnati's five-run ninth inning.
Mesoraco went deep for the fourth straight game, driving a 1-0 pitch from Hector Rondon (1-2) into the basket in left-center for his 13th homer. It was Mesoraco's second grand slam of the season and No. 3 of his career.
Nationals 3, Brewers 0
At Milwaukee, Gio Gonzalez combined with three relievers to hold Milwaukee's potent lineup to three hits, and Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer to lead Washington.
Gonzalez (4-4) walked four and struck out five in six innings. It was the left-hander's second start following a monthlong stint on the disabled list for left shoulder inflammation.
Cardinals 8, Rockies 0
At Denver, Lance Lynn allowed three hits in eight innings and Matt Adams had two homers and a career-high six RBIs to lead St. Louis.
Lynn (8-5) struck out seven and walked none before being taken out for the ninth after throwing 108 pitches. It's the first time Colorado has been held scoreless at Coors Field since last July.
Adams' big night included a two-run single in the third, a solo shot in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh. This was the third multihomer game of his career.