Romero leads Twins past Cardinals 6-0 for 4th straight win
Last year’s World Series MVP doubled and scored in the first inning, hit a three-run homer in the second and then singled and scored in the fourth. Needing a triple for the cycle, he reached on infield singles in the fifth and seventh before adding a fourth single up the middle in the ninth.
Springer’s batting average jumped from .264 to .292. He became the second player in team history to go 6 for 6 and the first to do it in a nine-inning game.
Oakland lefty Brett Anderson (0-1) failed to make it out of the fourth in his first start at the Coliseum in an A’s uniform since Sept. 22, 2013. Anderson allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Fernando Romero struck out nine in six innings in his second straight scoreless start to begin his major league career, leading Minnesota to its season-high fourth straight win.
The Twins have won 13 of their last 16 games against National League opponents dating to last year.
St. Louis had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped, one night after finishing a weekend sweep of the rival Cubs at nearly 1 a.m.
Romero (2-0) permitted just three hits while throwing 97 pitches. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut last week, a win over Toronto.
Romero got a lift from left fielder Eddie Rosario, who reached over the wall in the first inning to catch a possible two-run homer for St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler.
The Mets hit the road after getting swept during a six-game homestand that included three shutout losses and 11 runs total by New York’s offense. Michael Conforto got it going with a leadoff homer against Homer Bailey (0-5), and Bruce had a two-run shot off his former teammate in the third for a 4-0 lead.
Gonzalez had a pair of solo shots as the Mets set a season high with four homers.
CHICAGO (AP) – Ian Happ homered from both sides of the plate, helping the Cubs stop a five-game slide.
Kyle Hendricks (3-2) also provided a lift for Chicago by pitching eight innings of two-run ball. The only downer for the Cubs was an early exit for Baez, who departed in the sixth with right groin tightness.
Cameron Maybin had two hits and drove in a run for Miami, which had won six of eight.
Turner, San Diego’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft who never played for the Padres, drove a 1-1 pitch from Ross an estimated 396 feet into the home bullpen in center field with one out in the first inning.
Strasburg (4-3) improved to 7-2 in nine career starts against the Padres. He allowed three runs in seven innings.
Jose Pirela had three hits and drove in a run for San Diego. Ross (2-3) allowed five runs in six innings.
Eflin (1-0) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and walked three.
Buster Posey had two of San Francisco’s six hits.
Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo both scored from first in the seventh. DeShields reached on a two-out error and then raced around the bases when Choo singled on a grounder that trickled off the outstretched glove of second baseman Dixon Machado. Profar followed with his big hit.
Detroit blew a 5-1 lead, and then jumped in front again with an unearned run in the top of the seventh after a replay review.
First base umpire Bill Miller ruled a foul ball, but manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the call and the replay showed Mazara was clearly in fair territory. Jones was awarded home to make it 6-5.
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