Astros win 6-5 to complete sweep of Royals
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston completed a three-game sweep of the series between the American League’s top teams by beating Kansas City 6-5 on Thursday, with Jose Altuve scoring the tiebreaking run for the Astros in the seventh inning.
The Astros have three more wins, but also three more losses, than the reigning AL champs, who are ahead on winning percentage.
The tight margins in the AL are exemplified by the East division, where the top four teams are separated by just one game, with the New York Yankees remaining second despite victory at the Los Angeles Angels.
A wasteful National League leader St. Louis was beaten at home by the Chicago White Sox in an interleague clash, and nearest rival Pittsburgh crept within seven games by downing Detroit.
The Houston-Kansas City game was tied in the seventh when Kelvin Herrera (1-2) hit Altuve on the forearm, putting him on first base. Altuve stole second and reached third on a lineout.
He put Houston on top when he beat the tag at the plate after a throw by Chris Carter. The play was reviewed and upheld.
New York’s Nathan Eovaldi pitched scoreless into the sixth inning to guide the Yankees to a 3-1 win at the Angels.
Garrett Jones homered while Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius had run-scoring singles for New York, which took the finale of a mediocre seven-game road trip.
The Angels announced the resignation of general manager Jerry Dipoto during the game, apparently quit due to conflicts with manager Mike Scioscia, who has denied any problems.
The White Sox capitalized on a wasteful Cardinals performance to win 7-1 at St. Louis, with the hosts again stranding a multitude of players in scoring position.
The Cardinals were 0 for 16 with runners on second and third over the series, including seven on Wednesday.
Melky Cabrera homered in the sixth to give the White Sox the lead while starter Jose Quintana (4-7) gave up one run in six innings with eight strikeouts.
Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third inning which powered the Pirates to a 9-3 win against Detroit.
Walker also drove in the winning run in Tuesday’s 14-inning win — a game that ended early Wednesday morning.
The Pirates finished with 21 hits, their most in a game for 11 years. Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon gave up 15 of them — the most by a Detroit starter for 17 years.
Los Angeles’ Kike Hernandez had three hits, including a triple and a double to help the Dodgers edged Arizona 4-3.
Hernandez ripped a leadoff triple to start the game and scored on Howie Kendrick’s sacrifice fly as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks for the ninth time in 10 games.
Los Angeles starter Brett Anderson (5-4) stranded six Arizona runners and allowed one run with seven strikeouts over seven innings.
Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Orioles to a 4-2 win against Texas.
All four of the Orioles’ runs came from homers.
Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen (4-4) allowed four hits and one walk over eight innings to win his third straight decision. The Taiwanese left-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA lifetime against the Rangers.
Atlanta ended a run of nine straight losses to Washington by beating the Nationals 4-1, with A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hitting back-to-back homers in a four-run fourth inning.
Rookie Matt Wisler allowed one hit in 5 1-3 scoreless innings to make up for a loss to the Nationals in his last start. Wisler also had a run-scoring single in the big fourth inning to notch his first career hit.
Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of pitching the Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981 and had to content himself with an 8-1 victory at Tampa Bay.
For the third straight night, the Indians did not allow a base-runner for the first six innings. Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before issuing a walk with one out in the seventh.
Carrasco issued two walks to start the ninth, but a groundout and a strikeout brought him within one out of a no-hitter, and he looked like completing the feat when he produced two strikes against last batter Joey Butler, but the third pitch was hit just over the reach of the second baseman to ruin Carrasco’s bid.
Toronto’s Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate as the Blue Jays beat Boston 11-0 to end the Red Sox streak at three.
Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto made his best start yet since returning from a sore elbow, allowing one run in eight innings to steer the Reds to a 4-1 win against Minnesota.
Miami’s Justin Bour hit a three-run homer in the ninth to lift the Marlins to a 6-5 victory over San Francisco, bailing out his team which committed three errors and hit into a series of double plays.
Chicago’s Starlin Castro sprinted for a run-scoring infield single in the 11th inning to give the Cubs a 2-0 win against the New York Mets.
Seattle’s Taijuan Walker pitched six scoreless innings to guide the Mariners to a 7-0 win against San Diego.
Oakland’s Billy Butler hit his first triple in nearly three years and also singled to help the Athletics beat Colorado 4-1.
Milwaukee won a fourth straight game for the first time this season, with Adam Lind hitting a homer in a 9-5 win against Philadelphia.