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Royals 10, Tigers 6
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Lucas Duda had three hits and drove in four, the Royals pounded a trio of homers and Kansas City beat the Detroit Tigers to open their four-game series. Salvador Perez, Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon each went deep for the Royals. Kansas City pounded out 13 hits in all against Mike Fiers and the Tigers bullpen. Reliever Chad Bell (0-1) allowed five runs and five hits in 12/3 innings. Eric Skoglund wasn’t much better on the mound for Kansas City, but Kyle McCarthy (3-0) wiggled out of a key sixth-inning jam before pitching a clean seventh to earn the victory in relief. Nick Castellanos homered and had three hits for Detroit, while slugging DH Miguel Cabrera left with a strained hamstring in the sixth inning.
Yankees 6, Astros 5
Aroldis Chapman struck out AL MVP Jose Altuve on three straight 101 mph fastballs with two on to end the game, and the New York Yankees got a key hit from rookie Gleyber Torres during a three-run rally in the ninth inning to seesaw past the Houston Astros. New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, trailed 5-3 going into the ninth and let a bounced third strike give the Astros their final chance. Pinch hitter Evan Gattis fanned but reached on Chapman’s two-out wild pitch that catcher Gary Sanchez couldn’t find near the plate, and George Springer followed with a single. Altuve went down swinging, giving Chapman his seventh save. The Yankees quickly loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Will Harris (1-2) on a walk and singles by Miguel Andujar and pinch hitter Aaron Hicks. Torres, who finished with three RBIs, hit a two-single to left that made it 5-all. With one out, Aaron Judge chopped a grounder that third baseman Alex Bregman charged — instead of trying to get Hicks at the plate, Bregman threw to second, hoping to start an inning-ending double play. Altuve caught the ball for the forceout, but dropped it as Torres slid in. Hicks scored on the play for a 6-5 lead.
White Sox 6, Twins 5
Trayce Thompson homered with two out in the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox stopped a four-game slide by topping the Minnesota Twins. Thompson connected against former White Sox reliever Addison Reed (0-2), driving a 3-1 pitch 403 feet to left. It was Thompson’s third homer in 43 at-bats this season and third game-ending shot of his career. Chicago trailed 5-1 in the fourth inning. Nate Jones (3-0) got the win, retiring his only batter. Logan Morrison, who attracted little interest on the free-agent market over the winter despite hitting a career-high 38 homers for Tampa Bay last season, went deep in his first three-hit game for the Twins.
Rangers 11, Red Sox 5
Nomar Mazara drove in five runs while homering in his third straight game and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox. Mazara had a two-run double off David Price (2-4) in the third and an inning later hit a towering three-run homer as the first batter after the Red Sox lefty was pulled from the game. Mazara’s sixth homer gave Texas a 10-3 lead.Texas scored at least 10 runs for the first time this season. The 11 runs are the most allowed by the Red Sox.
Braves 11, Mets 0
Julio Teheran took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his second big league home run and Atlanta routed the New York Mets. Kurt Suzuki, Acuna and Nick Markakis homered as Atlanta built a 6-0 lead against Jason Vargas (0-2), and 21-year-old Ozzie Albies went deep off an equally shaky Matt Harvey. Teheran (2-1) was virtually untouchable until Asdrubal Cabrera doubled down the right field line with two outs in the seventh. Michael Conforto then walked and Adrian Gonzalez had an infield that loaded the bases, but Amed Rosario popped up. Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked two. Teheran also had two hits and a sacrifice fly.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 2
Arizona reliever Jorge De La Rosa threw a pair of run-scoring wild pitches during an eighth-inning rally that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers scored four times in the eighth and handed Arizona its first two-game losing streak this year. Ketel Marte’s RBI single put the Diamondbacks up 2-1 in the sixth, but the Arizona bullpen faltered in the eighth. Fernando Salas (3-2) walked Chris Taylor and gave up singles to pinch hitter Chase Utley and Matt Kemp to load the bases with no outs. Cody Bellinger’s sacrifice fly tied it. A balk by De La Rosa moved the runners up and Austin Barnes — who earlier homered off Patrick Corbin — was walked intentionally to load the bases. With Kyle Farmer at the plate, De La Rosa threw two wild pitches, one of them deflecting off the catcher all the way to the third baseman, and each allowed a run to score. Farmer’s RBI single boosted the lead to 5-2. J.T. Chargois (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Kenley Jansen earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth.