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Tigers edge Royals to take AL Central lead

May 9, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit scored the winning run on a wild throw in the ninth inning to beat Kansas City 6-5 on Friday and leapfrog the Royals to the top of the American League Central division.

The other AL divisional leaders had mixed fortunes, with Houston being blanked by Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver, and the New York Yankees holding on to edge Baltimore, while majors-leading St. Louis beat Pittsburgh to make it 10 wins in 11 games.

Kansas City reliever Yohan Pino, called up earlier in the day from the minor leagues, gave away the winning run by throwing wildly toward first base, allowing Anthony Gose to dash home to end the game.

Gose led off the ninth with a double on Pino’s first pitch, and on the next delivery, Ian Kinsler bunted down the third-base line. Pino (0-1) fielded the ball but his throw went astray.

Detroit won despite starter David Price allowed a career-worst 13 hits before leaving the game in the seventh inning in a bizarre accident as he injured his ankle when stepping on a discarded bat.

Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver pitched a shutout for his belated first victory of the season, guiding the Angels to a 2-0 win against Houston.

Weaver (1-4) didn’t allow a runner to reach second base during an outstanding performance. He didn’t walk a batter and retired 19 of his last 21, receiving a standing ovation.

Carlos Perez had an RBI single for the Angels.

New York catcher Brian McCann hit an early two-run homer to help the Yankees edge Baltimore 5-4.

New York (19-11) survived yet another short start by Adam Warren. Dellin Betances (4-0) retired four straight batters for the win and Andrew Miller, New York’s fifth pitcher, got three straight outs against his former team to remain perfect in save opportunities this season.

St. Louis’ Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong hit three-run homers to power the Cardinals to an 8-5 win at Pittsburgh.

Holliday sent a towering shot to left-center in the third inning and Wong put it away with a drive over right field in the seventh.

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha (5-0) produced six workmanlike innings, giving up six hits and remains unbeaten.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won 2-1 at Colorado in a game called off in the sixth inning due to rain.

L.A. starter Brett Anderson (2-1) allowed no earned runs in five innings in his first appearance against his former team. He spent last season with the Rockies but was limited to eight starts due to injury,

Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI double and threw out a baserunner at home plate.

Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard homered and drove in two runs to help the Phillies defeat the New York Mets 3-1.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels (2-3) gave up one run in seven innings, striking out eight, and outperformed Mets ace Matt Harvey (5-1), who allowed three runs in six innings for his first career loss before June and first in seven starts against Philadelphia.

The hard-throwing right-hander was 10-0 in 16 starts in April and May.

Washington’s Bryce Harper hit two home runs, giving him five in two games, to power the Nationals past Atlanta 9-2.

Harper drove in five runs with three hits. On Wednesday, he homered his first three times up and drove in five runs. Harper has 10 home runs this season, along with those 10 RBIs in his last two games.

Danny Espinosa also connected twice for the Nationals.

San Diego’s Will Venable homered and then singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lift the Padres to a 6-5 victory over Arizona.

Toronto notched the 3,000th win in Blue Jays history by defeating Boston 7-0, with Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello hitting solo home runs.

Tampa Bay’s Nathan Karns held Texas scoreless through seven innings and led the Rays to an 8-2 win.

San Francisco’s Casey McGehee hit the third grand slam of his career as the Giants beat Miami 6-0.

Minnesota’s Torii Hunter went 4 for 4, including a solo homer, and drove in four runs, leading the Twins past Cleveland 9-3.

Chicago nearly squandered a four-run lead and hung on for a 7-6 win at Milwaukee, taking victory thanks to four home runs, including one by rookie Jorge Soler.

Seattle’s Logan Morrison homered on the first pitch of the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 4-3 win against Oakland.

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