Baseball Capsules

NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Chase Headley homered during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees quickly erased the memory of a lost weekend, romping past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 Monday.

Stephen Drew added another three-run homer off a favorite foil of the Yankees, Jeremy Guthrie (4-3), before the team made an out in the second.

Slade Heathcott hit his first major league homer in the seventh as New York, coming off a sweep by Texas, snapped a six-game skid. The Yankees won for just the second time in 12 games, beating the team that began the day with the best record in the majors.

Nathan Eovaldi (4-1) pitched with runners on in all but two of his seven-plus innings. Working on five days’ rest, he allowed eight hits and a run.

CARDINALS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2, 10 INNINGS

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jhonny Peralta hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning, lifting St. Louis to a victory Arizona.

Peralta’s leadoff drive to left on a 1-2 pitch from J.C. Ramirez (1-1) was his fourth career game-winning homer. The Cardinals improved to 4-1 in five extra-inning home games in May, including a sweep against the Pirates at the beginning of the month.

Mark Trumbo hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth for Arizona, but the Diamondbacks stranded five the last two innings. The Cardinals wasted two hits to open the ninth when Ramirez struck out Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams.

Carlos Martinez matched his career high with eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings for St. Louis, which got an RBI apiece from Matt Adams and Jason Heyward. Trevor Rosenthal (1-0) retired Michael Owings and Tuffy Gosewisch with the bases loaded to end the 10th.

DODGERS 6, BRAVES 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins each homered in the eighth inning, rallying Los Angeles to a victory over Atlanta.

Ethier got things started, homering to snap a 2-all tie against Nick Masset (0-1). Ethier’s bases-loaded walk in the first drove in the Dodgers’ initial run.

Pinch-hitter Guerrero sent a 3-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, scoring A.J. Ellis, who walked, to make it 5-2. With two outs, Rollins homered for a 6-2 lead.

It was the Dodgers’ most runs scored since getting six on May 15 against Colorado. They lead the majors with 60 homers.

Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the victory, tossing 11 pitches. Kenley Jansen got three outs in the ninth for his fourth save.

ANGELS 4, PADRES 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Albert Pujols hit a two-out, broken-bat single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving Los Angeles a walk-off win over San Diego.

Kevin Quackenbush (1-1) gave up a one-out walk to Marc Krauss and No. 9 hitter Johnny Giavotella followed with a single up the middle that sent pinch-runner Collin Cowgill to third.

Closer Craig Kimbrel came in and struck out Erick Aybar. But Pujols slapped a 1-0 pitch through the left side of the infield after an intentional walk to reigning AL MVP Mike Trout.

Joe Smith (1-1) pitched two innings for the victory.

Jered Weaver was charged with a run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He was pulled by manager Mike Scioscia after 104 pitches with a 3-0 lead – which was promptly squandered by rookie Jose Alvarez.

NATIONALS 2, CUBS 1

CHICAGO (AP) – Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth, Tanner Roark pitched five effective innings and Washington beat Chicago.

Denard Span also homered for Washington, which has won eight of nine.

Making his first start of the season in place of the injured Doug Fister, Roark (1-2) allowed rookie Kris Bryant’s sixth home run and struck out three. Four relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball, with Drew Storen working the ninth for his NL-best 15th save in 16 attempts – closing out the five-hitter.

Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Justin Grimm (1-1) relieved Wada and yielded Ramos’ two-out drive to right.

GIANTS 8, BREWERS 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee won a challenge after Khris Davis was called out for missing the plate on a home run trot, but Hunter Pence and San Francisco wound up with the win.

Davis hit a pair of solo homers, including one that led to a bizarre sequence.

In the first inning, he pointed in the crowd in celebration and skipped across the plate. It appeared to both umpire Will Little and Giants catcher Andrew Susac that Davis’ right foot failed to touch down on the dish, and he was ruled out.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell contested the call and after a replay review that took several minutes, the home run counted. Davis stomped firmly in the middle of the plate after homering in the third.

Pence’s two-run double capped a seven-run rally in the sixth. Center fielder Carlos Gomez made two errors in the inning.

ORIOLES 4, ASTROS 3

BALTIMORE (AP) – Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and Baltimore dealt the left-hander his first loss in a victory over Houston.

Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went deep in the seventh.

Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.

George Springer had a season-high three hits and a homer for the Astros, who stranded seven and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Brad Brach (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Oliver Drake worked a perfect eighth before Zach Britton got three straight outs for his 11th save.

RANGERS 10, INDIANS 8

CLEVELAND (AP) – Josh Hamilton was hitless in his return to the majors, but reached on a key error that sent Texas over Cleveland for a sixth straight win.

Hamilton, slowed this season by shoulder surgery, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk, and scored a run.

The 2010 AL MVP came up with runners on first and second and two outs in the seventh inning with the score 8-all. He hit an easy tapper back to pitcher Zach McAllister, whose throw was well over the head of first baseman Carlos Santana for a two-base error.

Hamilton was traded from the Angels back to Texas in late April.

The Indians had won six in a row.

Tanner Scheppers (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the Rangers, who arrived in Cleveland at 4 a.m. after completing a three-game sweep in Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Marc Rzepczynski (1-2) also committed a throwing error in the seventh.

METS 6, PHILLIES 3

NEW YORK (AP) – Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Justin De Fratus in the sixth inning to help Bartolo Colon win a day after his 42nd birthday, and New York beat Philadelphia to stop a three-game losing streak.

With the score 3-all, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a single off Elvis Araujo (1-1), De Fratus walked Michael Cuddyer and Flores homered off the original 16-foot left-field wall, over the 8-foot blue fence erected in front of it for the 2012 season.

Colon (7-3) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, benefiting from plate umpire Larry Vanover’s seemingly wide strike zone.

TWINS 7, RED SOX 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Ricky Nolasco struck out five in 7-plus innings and Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer to lead surging Minnesota to a victory over Boston.

Nolasco (5-1) gave up two runs on seven hits to win his fifth straight start since coming off the disabled list.

The Twins got 16 hits to pick up their AL-leading 16th win in May. After a 1-6 start the Twins (26-18) are now just two games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Joe Kelly (1-4) lasted just 1 2-3 innings. He gave up seven runs on eight hits in a performance that sapped any sense of momentum the Red Sox had after picking up two straight wins over the Angels.

Mike Napoli had two hits for Boston, but his string of three straight games with a homer was snapped.

PIRATES 4, MARLINS 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Charlie Morton tossed seven strong innings in his return from hip surgery and Pittsburgh ran its winning streak to four straight with a victory over Miami.

Morton (1-0) gave up two runs on eight hits, striking out three with no walks.

The 32-year-old’s sinker produced 18 groundball outs in his first start since the end of an injury plagued 2014. Francisco Cervelli had two hits, including a three-run homer, for the Pirates. Pedro Alvarez added his ninth homer of the season for Pittsburgh, which moved back to .500 (22-22). Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 13th homer and drove in two for the Marlins while adding a spectacular catch against the wall in right field. David Phelps (2-2) surrendered four runs in six innings. The Marlins fell to 2-6 under new manager Dan Jennings.

ATHLETICS 4, TIGERS 0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and Oakland beat Detroit for its first three-game winning streak this season.

Hahn (2-4) struck out five and walked one in his stellar 112-pitch performance. The right-hander pitched around three errors, but allowed only one runner to get to scoring position. He had never gone further than seven innings.

Max Muncy and Sam Fuld hit RBI doubles in the decisive four-run sixth inning.

Yoenis Cespedes went hitless in his first trip back to Oakland since being traded to the Boston Red Sox last July 31. He joined the Tigers in another trade Dec. 11.

ROCKIES 5, REDS 4

CINCINNATI (AP) – Cincinnati Reds lost a ninth straight game as Nolan Arenado homered, had three hits and drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman that gave Colorado the victory.

This is the Reds’ longest losing streak since they dropped 11 straight in June 1998 under manager Jack McKeon.

Arenado had a pair of singles and a solo homer off Reds starter Jason Marquis. He then helped the Rockies pull it out against Chapman (2-3), who came in for the ninth.

Charlie Blackmon opened with a walk and took third on D.J. Lemahieu’s single. Blackmon scored easily on Arenado’s fly to center fielder Billy Hamilton, whose throw was off-target.

Rafael Betancourt (2-1) retired the four batters he faced. John Axford gave up a walk in the ninth while getting his seventh save in as many chances.

MARINERS 4, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Robinson Cano drove in two runs, Roenis Elias threw six solid innings and Seattle beat Tampa Bay.

Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Cano and Nelson Cruz. Cano entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats. He made it 3-1 on a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Elias (2-1) gave up one run and six hits. Mark Lowe, Carson Smith and Fernando Rodney, who pitched the ninth for his 13th save, completed an eight hitter.

Seattle went up 4-1 in the ninth on Mike Zunino’s solo homer.

Jake Odorizzi (3-5) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and Logan Forsythe homered for the Rays, who have lost three in a row.

BLUE JAY 5, WHITE SOX 0

TORONTO (AP) – Drew Hutchison pitched a four-hitter, Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered and Toronto beat Chicago.

Hutchison (4-1) allowed four singles, walked none and struck out eight while throwing just 96 pitches in his second career shutout. The other came at Texas on May 16, 2014.

Smoak hit a two-run homer in the first and Donaldson had a solo drive in the second as the Blue Jays won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from May 6-9.

The loss in the opener of a season-long, 11-game trip stopped a five-game road win streak for the White Sox. Chicago has lost six of seven overall.