AROUND THE HORN
Wednesday’s other games
Royals 3, Tigers 2
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping Kansas City overcome Justin Verlander’s seven scoreless innings. Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Royals.
Red Sox 2, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Alfredo Aceves threw six solid innings while Daniel Nava homered for East-leading Boston. Aceves (3-1), recalled before the game from Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed one run, four hits and four walks. This is the right-hander’s third stint with the Red Sox this season.
Angels 9, Orioles 5
Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning, helping Los Angeles stop a four-game losing streak. Los Angeles trailed 4-2 before getting five hits — three for extra bases — and two walks in the seventh against three pitchers.
Mets 5, Cardinals 1
Dillon Gee had his third straight stellar start, Lucas Duda hit one of three Mets homers and New York scored the most runs allowed by Shelby Miller. David Wright and Marlon Byrd also connected for the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid.
Reds 2, Cubs 1
Mike Leake combined with Aroldis Chapman on a three-hitter and Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning against Travis Wood, leading Cincinnati to a record 12th straight win at Wrigley Field. Leake (6-3) won for the fourth time in five decisions, allowing Nate Schierholtz’s second-inning home run into the right-field bleachers, his eighth of the season. Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.
Brewers 10, Marlins 1
Carlos Gomez had four hits, including two triples, and Jonathan Lucroy drove in four runs to lead Milwaukee. Gomez also drove in three runs and scored three runs. Jean Segura homered for the Brewers, who have won five of six. Alfredo Figaro (1-0) pitched seven scoreless innings to earn his first victory since Sept. 26, 2009 at the Chicago White Sox. He retired 16 in a row at one point and struck out four. Both Gomez and Lucroy had bases-clearing triples as the two combined to go 12 for 24 with 12 RBIs in the three-game series. Miami starter Kevin Slowey (2-6) allowed six runs — five earned — and nine hits in five innings. He was on three days’ rest after he pitched seven scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory in Saturday’s 2-1, 20-inning win over the Mets.
Padres 5, Braves 3
Edinson Volquez struck out a season-high nine in seven innings as he rebounded from the worst start of his career and led San Diego to a three-game sweep. Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who have won six of eight. They swept the Braves in San Diego for the first time since May 19-21, 2005. The Braves, who’ve lost five of seven, were swept for just the second time this season. The first was at Detroit April 26-28. Denorfia homered to left field with one out in the fifth off Paul Maholm, his third. Everth Cabrera was on second after hitting a single and stealing his 30th base, tops in the majors.
Twins 4, Phillies 3
Clete Thomas had a career-high four hits for Minnesota and came home on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to stick the Phillies with their fifth straight loss. Thomas went 4 for 4 with two RBI doubles. He drove in Oswaldo Arcia both times, including in the eighth when his drive off the tall wall in right field against Antonio Bastardo (2-2) tied the game.