KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:07:58 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mondesi's bunt single helps Royals beat Angels, 7-5 http://www.komu.com/news/mondesi-s-bunt-single-helps-royals-beat-angels-7-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/mondesi-s-bunt-single-helps-royals-beat-angels-7-5/ Baseball Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:55:01 PM Associated Press Mondesi's bunt single helps Royals beat Angels, 7-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Raul Mondesi had a bunt single for his first big league hit, with two runs scoring on the play on pitcher Matt Shoemaker's throwing error, as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

Shoemaker, who did not allow a base runner until the fifth inning, yielded singles to Alex Gordon and Paulo Orlando to start the seventh. Mondesi, who was called up Tuesday, put down a bunt and beat the throw to first as the throw by Shoemaker (5-11) sailed into right field.

Both runners scored and Mondesi wound up on third.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out claiming interference, and after a 6 minute, 15 second review the call on the field was not changed. Scioscia officially protested the game.

Mondesi added a RBI-infield single in a two-run eighth. The second run scored on pitcher Jose Alvarerz's throwing error.

Joakim Soria (4-4) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.


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Cardinals snap Familia's saves streak, rally past Mets 5-4 http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-snap-familia-s-saves-streak-rally-past-mets-5-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-snap-familia-s-saves-streak-rally-past-mets-5-4/ Baseball Wed, 27 Jul 2016 9:47:46 PM Associated Press Cardinals snap Familia's saves streak, rally past Mets 5-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Yadier Molina and pinch-hitter Kolten Wong each stroked an RBI double in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended Jeurys Familia's streak of 52 straight saves in rallying past the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer off Adam Wainwright to cap a three-run comeback in the seventh that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. But then Familia, who hadn't blown a regular-season save opportunity since July 30 last year, finally faltered.

Jedd Gyorko drew a one-out walk in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Randal Grichuk. Molina hit the next pitch to deep center field, and Grichuk scored standing up to tie it.

Molina was thrown out at third by Familia (2-2) on pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker's comebacker, but Hazelbaker stole second and scored when Wong lined a double just inside the left-field line.

Familia's franchise-record saves streak was the third-longest in major league history behind Tom Gordon (54) and Eric Gagne (84).

Jonathan Broxton (3-2) tossed a scoreless eighth and Seung Hwan Oh got three quick outs for his sixth save.


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Skaggs helps Angels beat Royals 13-0 http://www.komu.com/news/skaggs-helps-angels-beat-royals-13-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/skaggs-helps-angels-beat-royals-13-0/ Baseball Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:35:57 PM The Associated Press Skaggs helps Angels beat Royals 13-0

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Tyler Skaggs pitched seven innings in his first big league start in two years and Yunel Escobar went 5 for 5 to help the Los Angeles Angels pound the Kansas City Royals 13-0 on Tuesday night.

Kole Calhoun drove in four runs and Carlos Perez had four hits, including a home run. Mike Trout drove in three runs, and Johnny Giavotella had three hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs.

Escobar matched a career high for hits and the Angels collected 22 overall, equaling their season best.


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Small-ball and strong pitching lift the Mets past the Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/small-ball-and-strong-pitching-lift-the-mets-past-the-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/small-ball-and-strong-pitching-lift-the-mets-past-the-cardinals/ Baseball Tue, 26 Jul 2016 8:05:53 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Small-ball and strong pitching lift the Mets past the Cardinals

NEW YORK - The New York Mets bounced back from a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday and won game two by a score of 3-1.

The Mets' victory was spearheaded by small-ball offensive and a sparkling pitching performance from starter Bartolo Colon.

Despite falling behind the Cardinals 1-0 in the second inning on a solo home run by Jedd Gyorko, his second home run of the doubleheader, the Mets responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Asdrubal Cabrera doubled off the left field wall to bring home Alejandro De Aza from third base and tie the score at 1-1.

Then in the bottom of the 4th inning, a miscue by St. Louis' right fielder Randal Grichuk helped the Mets add their second run of the game and take the lead for good.

After a double by Wilmer Flores to leadoff the inning, Grichuk was unable to squeeze a fly ball into his glove for the 1st out of the inning. Grichuk's miscue allowed Flores to advance to third base and it allowed Neil Walker to reach first base with no one out. Flores then scored on an RBI ground out by James Loney, which put the Mets in front of St. Louis 2-1.

New York played small-ball in the bottom of the 5th inning and stretched their lead to 3-1.

De Aza was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning and Colon sacrificed him to second base. Juan Lagares then reached base on an infield single that allowed De Aza to advance to third base. Cabrera scored De Aza on a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Mets the 3-1 edge.

Colon allowed just three hits and one run, while recording eight strikeouts in seven innings on the mound to earn the win and boost his season record to 9-5.

St. Louis' starter Jaime Garcia allowed two earned runs and five hits over five innings of work. Garcia took the loss to drop his season record to 7-7.

Mets' closer Jeurys Familia, who threw a scoreless 9th inning, earned his 36th save of the season.

The final game of the Cardinals' three game series with the Mets is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:10 p.m.


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Hamels picks up 11th victory; Rangers top Royals 7-4 http://www.komu.com/news/hamels-picks-up-11th-victory-rangers-top-royals-7-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/hamels-picks-up-11th-victory-rangers-top-royals-7-4/ Baseball Sat, 23 Jul 2016 9:41:03 PM The Associated Press Hamels picks up 11th victory; Rangers top Royals 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre homered and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Saturday night.

Hamels, who is 6-1 with a 2.24 ERA in his past nine starts, limited the Royals to five hits, struck out four and walked three. Hamels (11-2) lowered his ERA to 2.87, which is tied for third in the American League.

The Rangers picked up only their fifth victory in 20 games.

Mazara homered in the fourth with Jurickson Profar, who had walked, aboard, which was the first hit off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Mazara, who tops all American League rookies with 25 games with multiple hits and 141 total bases, doubled to center in the fifth, scoring Delino DeShields.

Beltre, a career .363 hitter at Kauffman Stadium, hit a three-run homer in the Rangers' four-run seventh off Joakim Soria. Ian Desmond singled in the first run of the inning. Soria has allowed six runs in his past two outings and has a 9.72 ERA in his past nine relief appearances.

Ventura was struck in the right rib cage by a Beltre laser to end the fifth. After Ventura threw to first base, he collapsed to the ground in pain and was attended to by trainer Nick Kenney. X-rays were negative, but Ventura did not come out for the sixth. Ventura (6-8) gave up three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five.

Cheslor Cuthbert doubled with one out in the first, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games and took third on Mazara's fielding error. Cuthbert scored on Eric Hosmer's groundout for the only run off Hamels.

The Royals scored three runs in the ninth on four singles and a bases-loaded walk before Salvador Perez grounded into a double play to end the game.


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St. Louis Rams give fans 1 more chance to relive memories http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-rams-give-fans-1-more-chance-to-relive-memories/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-rams-give-fans-1-more-chance-to-relive-memories/ Baseball Sat, 23 Jul 2016 9:37:29 PM The Associated Press St. Louis Rams give fans 1 more chance to relive memories

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Six months after Stan Kroenke took away their football team, more than 40 former St. Louis Rams players and coaches took to the field Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome for a flag football game.

Former wide receiver Isaac Bruce organized the event. Proceeds benefited his foundation, which works to teach St. Louis youth the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle.

Bruce brought his former teammates together to thank the fans for their support after Kroenke moved the franchise to Los Angeles on Jan. 12 following 21 years in St. Louis.

For many of the players, it was a chance to relive memories of an era known as The Greatest Show on Turf, from 1999-2004, which saw the team make two Super Bowl appearances, winning the NFL championship in 1999.

More than 10,000 fans attended the event.

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Gonzalez homers, Turner has 2 RBIs; Dodgers beat Cards 7-2 http://www.komu.com/news/gonzalez-homers-turner-has-2-rbis-dodgers-beat-cards-7-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/gonzalez-homers-turner-has-2-rbis-dodgers-beat-cards-7-2/ Baseball Sat, 23 Jul 2016 9:25:27 PM The Associated Press Gonzalez homers, Turner has 2 RBIs; Dodgers beat Cards 7-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth home run, red-hot Justin Turner got two more RBIs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat St. Louis 7-2 on Saturday night to end the Cardinals' five-game winning streak.

Turner's two-run double capped a four-run third. He has 14 RBIs since the All-Star break.

Gonzalez's 429-foot solo blast to center sparked a three-run sixth.

Kenta Maeda (9-7) rebounded from a poor outing against Arizona on July 17, giving up two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Only one of the Cardinals' first 15 batters was able to hit the ball out of the infield against the Japanese right-hander.

Maeda helped himself with an RBI bunt single to start the third-inning rally.

Andrew Toles went 3 for 4 and scored once for the Dodgers. He has reached safely in nine of 10 games since being called up from the minors.

Mike Leake (7-8) allowed seven runs — six earned — in six innings. He was victimized by a mental error on Maeda's single when second baseman Greg Garcia failed to cover first on the bunt attempt.

Matt Adams homered for the second consecutive game. His blast to left in the fourth extended the Cardinals' streak of home runs to 14 straight games.

Aledmys Diaz reached safely for the 26th straight game with a first-inning single. Diaz's streak is the second-longest by a Cardinals rookie since Albert Pujols had streaks of 30 and 48 games in 2001.

The loss dropped St. Louis' home record to 25-29.



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Cardinals score five runs in final two innings to sweep the Padres http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-score-five-runs-in-final-two-innings-to-sweep-the-padres/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-score-five-runs-in-final-two-innings-to-sweep-the-padres/ Baseball Thu, 21 Jul 2016 7:14:25 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals score five runs in final two innings to sweep the Padres

ST. LOUIS - After a quiet first four innings offensively for both teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres combined to score 11 runs in the final five innings, including five runs by the Cardinals in the final two innings to earn a 6-5 win.

The Padres scored the first run of the game in the 5th inning on an RBI single to left field by Alexei Ramirez that scored Ryan Schimpf. San Diego added a second run in the inning on an RBI double to left field by Travis Jankowski to score Ramirez. Jankowski was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the double into a triple to end the top of the 5th inning with the Padres ahead 2-0.

Aledmys Diaz drove in St. Louis' first run of the night in the bottom of the 6th inning on a single to left field that scored Greg Garcia and trimmed San Diego's lead to 2-1.

The Padres extended their lead with two runs in the top of the 7th inning. Ramirez doubled on a ball just out of the reach of Cardinals' center fielder Randal Grichuk that brought home Schimpf and made the San Diego edge 3-1. Ramirez scored the Padres' fourth run of the night thanks to an RBI single by Alex Dickerson. Ramirez had a big night for San Diego with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Yangervis Solarte added another run for San Diego with a solo home run in the 8th inning to boost the Padres' advantage to 5-1.

But the Cardinals came surging back in the bottom of the 8th inning with four runs to tie the game at 5-5. First, an RBI single by Jedd Gyorko brought home Jeremy Hazelbaker to cut the score to 5-2 Padres.

St. Louis then brought the tying run to the plate later in the inning after a Kolten Wong pinch-hit double put runners on second and third base with one out. Stephen Piscotty stepped in the batter's box and delivered a game-tying three-run home run that just made it over the outfield wall to tie the score at 5-5.

The Cardinals' late inning magic continued in the 9th inning. Tommy Pham led off the inning with a double to left field. The Padres then elected to intentionally walk Garcia and put runners on first and second base. After a Hazelbaker sacrifice advanced Pham and Garcia to second and third base, San Diego intentionally walked Gyorko to load the bases for Diaz. Diaz served up the game-winning hit on a single to left field that scored Pham and gave the Cardinals a 6-5 victory.

Jonathan Broxton, who pitched a scoreless 9th inning, earned the win for the Cardinals to even his season record at 2-2.

Carlos Villanueva, who allowed the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 9th inning, picked up his first loss of the season to even his record at 1-1 on the year.

The Cardinals open a three game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night at Busch Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.


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Gyorko hits 2 more HRs, Cardinals beat Padres 3-2 for sweep http://www.komu.com/news/gyorko-hits-2-more-hrs-cardinals-beat-padres-3-2-for-sweep/ http://www.komu.com/news/gyorko-hits-2-more-hrs-cardinals-beat-padres-3-2-for-sweep/ Baseball Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:34:21 PM Associated Press Gyorko hits 2 more HRs, Cardinals beat Padres 3-2 for sweep

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jedd Gyorko homered for the fifth straight game off San Diego pitching, connecting twice with all three RBIs in a 3-2 victory that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a doubleheader sweep Wednesday night.

Gyorko, dealt by the Padres in the offseason for outfielder Jon Jay, is 13 for 21 (.619) against his old team with six homers and 10 RBIs. He has 11 homers and 27 RBIs on the year with 40 starts spread across the infield. He started at third base both games of the doubleheader.

He has four consecutive three-hit games against San Diego and four career multi-homer games, with both long balls in Game 2 off Paul Clemens (1-1).

Carlos Martinez (9-6) was dominant after a shaky first inning and a nosebleed in the second, and the Cardinals took the opener 4-2. Gyorko, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina homered off Colin Rea (5-4).

The Cardinals, just 23-28 at home, go for a four-game sweep Thursday night with ace Adam Wainwright facing Andrew Cashner.

Ryan Schimpf homered in both games for San Diego with his sixth and seventh of the season.

All 11 runs in the twin bill scored on homers.

Jaime Garcia (7-6) allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings in the second game and Seung Hwan Oh earned his fourth save in five chances, and second of the day.

The Padres had two on and no outs in the fifth but failed to execute on a safety squeeze when Travis Jankowski tapped back to the mound, giving Garcia time to throw to the plate for a tag.

Only 11,191 fans were in the seats for the opener, rescheduled from a rainout on Tuesday night. Paid attendance was 40,184. Attendance was 41,012 for the finale.

Martinez's nosebleed halted the opener for about 12 minutes but turned out to be just a minor issue. The right-hander was even better once trainers stopped the bleeding with cotton balls and petroleum jelly.

San Diego opened with Jankowski's double and Schimpf's two-run homer but had just two more hits off Martinez. After play resumed, he retired 11 of his next 12 batters.

Aledmys Diaz had two hits and has reached safely in 23 consecutive games, longest by a rookie this season. He is 13 for 19 against San Diego with a homer and four RBIs.

Rea had been 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA in his previous four starts. He allowed four runs in six innings in his first outing in two weeks.


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Napoli and Lindor lift the Indians past the Royals http://www.komu.com/news/napoli-and-lindor-lift-the-indians-past-the-royals/ http://www.komu.com/news/napoli-and-lindor-lift-the-indians-past-the-royals/ Baseball Tue, 19 Jul 2016 7:31:58 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Napoli and Lindor lift the Indians past the Royals

KANSAS CITY - Offense from Mike Napoli and Francisco Lindor, and a strong performance from pitcher Danny Salazar lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Tuesday night.

In the top of the 1st inning, Napoli cranked a two-run home run to deep left field to score Lindor and give the Indians an early 2-0 lead.

The Indians loaded the bases in the top of the 3rd inning and Lindor scored Erik Gonzalez on a sacrifice fly to extend Cleveland's advantage to 3-0.

Dillon Gee replaced Royals' starting pitcher Brian Flynn after Lindor's sacrifice fly with one out in the top of the 3rd inning and two Indians' runners on base. Gee worked out of trouble to preserve the score at 3-0 Indians. Gee ate up 5.1 innings for the Royals and allowed three runs on six hits.

Cleveland loaded the bases again in the top of the 5th inning with one out. Carlos Santana served a two-run single to right field to score Jason Kipnis and Lindor to push the Indians' lead to 5-0. Juan Uribe followed Santana with an RBI single to center field to score Napoli and extend the Indians' edge to 6-0.

The Royals got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th inning on a Salvador Perez RBI single to left field to score Eric Hosmer and cut the Indians' lead to 6-1. The Royals added a second run on a wild pitch by Salazar that allowed Kendrys Morales to score from third base and trim Cleveland's lead to 6-2.

The Royals' rally continued in the bottom of the 7th inning. After Kansas City got runners on first and second base, a pass ball allowed by Indians' catcher Chris Gimenez allowed the runners to advance to second and third base.

Cheslor Cuthbert capitalized on the passed ball with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Whit Merrifield as the Royals crept closer, narrowing Cleveland's advantage to 6-3.

The sacrifice fly chased Salazar from the game and he was replaced by Kyle Crockett. Crockett struck out Hosmer to close out the 7th inning and hold the Indians' lead at 6-3.

Lindor's big night continued in the 9th inning with a solo home run to right field to boost the Cleveland lead to 7-3. Lindor finished the game with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Flynn, who made his first start since 2014 and his first start with the Royals, allowed three runs in only 2.1 innings of work to take the loss, his first of the season to even his record at 1-1.

Salazar, who threw 6.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits, picked up his 11th win of the season to improve his record to 11-3.

Cody Allen, who pitched a scoreless 9th inning, earned his 20th save of the season for the Indians.

The Royals and Indians will do battle in a day game tomorrow at 1:15 p.m.

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Royals score 4 in big 1st inning, ease past Tigers 8-4 http://www.komu.com/news/royals-score-4-in-big-1st-inning-ease-past-tigers-8-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-score-4-in-big-1st-inning-ease-past-tigers-8-4/ Baseball Sat, 16 Jul 2016 9:42:16 PM The Associated Press Royals score 4 in big 1st inning, ease past Tigers 8-4

DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez singled, doubled, scored a run and drew two of Kansas City's seven walks as the Royals eased to an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Kansas City scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Pelfrey, who didn't make it out of the second. Every hitter in the Royals' lineup scored exactly once except right fielder Paulo Orlando.

Danny Duffy (5-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for Kansas City. He struck out seven and walked one.

Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, but the Tigers were facing a significant deficit before they even came up to bat for the first time. Pelfrey (2-9) allowed five runs, four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Royals closer Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation. He'd been out since June 30 with a right forearm strain.


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Wainwright throws 3-hitter, Cardinals blank Marlins 5-0 http://www.komu.com/news/wainwright-throws-3-hitter-cardinals-blank-marlins-5-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/wainwright-throws-3-hitter-cardinals-blank-marlins-5-0/ Baseball Sat, 16 Jul 2016 9:12:48 PM The Associated Press Wainwright throws 3-hitter, Cardinals blank Marlins 5-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright threw a three-hit shutout to keep rolling in July, and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Miami Marlins' four-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory Saturday night.

Jhonny Peralta homered and Stephen Piscotty had two hits, a walk and two RBIs.

Wainwright (9-5) struck out five with two walks and didn't allow a hit until Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to open the sixth. The team's longtime ace received a standing ovation in the eighth before striking out for the fourth straight time, then retired the 2-3-4 hitters in order to end it.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander is 3-0 in three starts this month, allowing one run in 22 innings. The shutout was the 10th of his career and first since Sept. 17, 2014, against the Brewers.


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Royals reinstate closer Wade Davis from disabled list http://www.komu.com/news/royals-reinstate-closer-wade-davis-from-disabled-list/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-reinstate-closer-wade-davis-from-disabled-list/ Baseball Sat, 16 Jul 2016 5:28:57 PM The Associated Press Royals reinstate closer Wade Davis from disabled list

DETROIT (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have reinstated closer Wade Davis from the 15-day disabled list.

Davis hasn't pitched since June 30 because of a strained right forearm. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 19 saves in 30 games.

Kansas City also optioned right-hander Brooks Pounders to Triple-A Omaha before Saturday night's game at Detroit.

Davis has been one of the key components to a bullpen that has led the Royals to back-to-back American League pennants and a World Series title last season. He went 8-1 with a 0.94 ERA and 17 saves in 2015. The previous year, he was 9-2 with a 1.00 ERA.


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Hosmer, Perez lift AL to 4-2 All-Star win, Series home field http://www.komu.com/news/hosmer-perez-lift-al-to-4-2-all-star-win-series-home-field/ http://www.komu.com/news/hosmer-perez-lift-al-to-4-2-all-star-win-series-home-field/ Baseball Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:52:08 PM The Associated Press Hosmer, Perez lift AL to 4-2 All-Star win, Series home field

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez made sure the Kansas City Royals will start at home, sweet, home if they get a chance to defend their World Series title.

The Royals duo homered off former Kansas City teammate Johnny Cueto during a six-pitch span in the second inning, Hosmer added an RBI single and the American League beat the Nationals 4-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win in the All-Star game.

David Ortiz found himself in the middle of the most touching moment at Petco Park, embraced by his AL teammates near first base after exiting his final All-Star Game. The popular Big Papi plans to retire at 40 after this season with Boston.

Kris Bryant of the Cubs led the parade of sparkling young talent with a first-inning home run. Dellin Betances flashed his 100 mph heat and Astros reliever Will Harris came on to throw a called third strike past Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz on a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner with the bases loaded to end the eighth.


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Perez homers, makes key pickoff to lead Royals over Mariners http://www.komu.com/news/perez-homers-makes-key-pickoff-to-lead-royals-over-mariners/ http://www.komu.com/news/perez-homers-makes-key-pickoff-to-lead-royals-over-mariners/ Baseball Sat, 9 Jul 2016 6:37:08 PM The Associated Press Perez homers, makes key pickoff to lead Royals over Mariners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez homered and made a key pickoff throw Saturday to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Marines 5-3.

Perez hit a solo home run off the foul pole in the seventh inning that gave the Royals a two-run lead.

In the eighth, the World Series MVP made the defensive play of the game. With runners at the corners and one out, the star catcher trapped Kyle Seager off first base.

The pickoff was Perez's first of the season and 18th of his career.

Edinson Volquez (8-8) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since April 10, 2013 to seal the victory.

Wade Miley (6-6) gave up 10 hits. He left after Cheslor Cuthbert's RBI single made it 4-3 in the sixth.


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Peralta homers as Cardinals beat Brewers 8-1 http://www.komu.com/news/peralta-homers-as-cardinals-beat-brewers-8-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/peralta-homers-as-cardinals-beat-brewers-8-1/ Baseball Sat, 9 Jul 2016 5:03:25 PM The Associated Press Peralta homers as Cardinals beat Brewers 8-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jhonny Peralta, Tommy Pham and Aledmys Diaz homered, helping Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 on Saturday.

Peralta hit a leadoff drive in the second off Chase Anderson (4-10). Pham connected for a solo shot and Diaz belted a three-run homer during the Cardinals' five-run ninth.

Martinez (8-6) struck out a season-high 11 in five innings in his first win since June 11. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits with four walks.

Anderson lasted just four innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an RBI single in the third for Milwaukee's only run.


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Royals walk-off on Perez double, snap four-game losing streak http://www.komu.com/news/royals-walk-off-on-perez-double-snap-four-game-losing-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-walk-off-on-perez-double-snap-four-game-losing-streak/ Baseball Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:20:49 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals walk-off on Perez double, snap four-game losing streak

KANSAS CITY - Seattle Mariners' starting pitcher James Paxton was cruising along through 7 innings, allowing only four hits and no runs.

The Mariners built a 3-0 lead over the Kansas City Royals after seven and a half innings, thanks to an RBI single by Daniel Robertson, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ketel Marte and a solo home run from Nelson Cruz.

But Paxton and Seattle ran into trouble in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Paxton allowed a two-run single to Paulo Orlando in the 8th inning that scored Salvador Perez and Cheslor Cuthbert to cut the Mariners' lead to 3-2.

Orlando's big hit was setup by a comebacker to Paxton, who decided to throw to first with runners on first and second base, rather than throw to second base to try and get an inning-ending double play. Instead, the Royals had runners on second and third base with two outs when Orlando delievered the two-run single.

The Royals' timely hitting continued in the bottom of the 9th inning, when Whit Merrifield hit a leadoff double to open the inning, and was followed by Kendrys Morales who reached base on a hit by pitch. After Eric Hosmer struck out swinging for the first out of the inning, Salvador Perez delievered a game-winning two-run double to win the game for the Royals, 4-3.

Royals' relief pitcher Brooks Pounders, who pitched a scoreless 9th inning, got his first major league win.

Mariners' reliever Steve Cishek, who came into the game looking for the save in the 9th inning, took the loss to drop his season record to 2-5.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Royals and pushed their record on the season to 44-41. The loss dropped the Mariners to 43-43.

Game two of the Royals' four-game series with the Mariners is set for 7:15 p.m. Friday night. Yordano Ventura is scheduled to start for Kansas City and Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to get the ball for Seattle.

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Cardinals defeat Pittsburgh, avoid four-game sweep http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-defeat-pittsburgh-avoid-four-game-sweep/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-defeat-pittsburgh-avoid-four-game-sweep/ Baseball Thu, 7 Jul 2016 4:14:39 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals defeat Pittsburgh, avoid four-game sweep

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals finally got the best of the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, winning game four of their series 5-1.

The Pirates had won the first three games of the series.

St. Louis got the win thanks in big part to the strongest outing from a Cardinal starter in the series. Pitcher Adam Wainwright tied a season-high with nine strikeouts while only allowing one run in seven innings of work.

Offensively, the Cards did their damage in the middle innings. After trailing 1-0, Aledmys Diaz scored on a wild pitch to tie the game in the fourth. In the fifth, Randal Grichuk gave St. Louis the lead with a solo home run to left field.

Grichuk now has nine homers on the season.

Stephen Piscotty put this one out of reach with a three-run home run in the very next inning. The shot was originally called a two-run double, but after review, the umpire overturned the call.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 44-41 on the season. St. Louis will take a road trip to Milwaukee for its next game on Friday, July 8 at 7:10 p.m.

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Kang hits key double amid investigation, Bucs beat Cards 7-5 http://www.komu.com/news/kang-hits-key-double-amid-investigation-bucs-beat-cards-7-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/kang-hits-key-double-amid-investigation-bucs-beat-cards-7-5/ Baseball Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:50:27 PM Associated Press Kang hits key double amid investigation, Bucs beat Cards 7-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jung Ho Kang drove in two key runs with a seventh-inning double a day after Chicago police said they were investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the Pirates infielder, and Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight comeback win.

Pittsburgh has won seven consecutive overall and leapfrogged St. Louis for second place in the NL Central. It got homers from David Freese and Sean Rodriguez, and Kang's double off Jonathan Broxton (1-1) put the Pirates up 6-5 after they trailed 5-1.

Kang has not been charged, and Major League Baseball said in a statement it would "respond fully as additional facts emerge."

The Pirates have won three straight series at Busch Stadium after dropping their previous seven in St. Louis.

Pirates relievers combined for five scoreless innings. A.J. Schugel (2-2) got the win and Mark Melancon picked up his 26th save.

Cardinals All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter left in the third inning with a right oblique injury after swinging awkwardly.


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Saunders leads Blue Jays to sweep with 3-2 win over Royals http://www.komu.com/news/saunders-leads-blue-jays-to-sweep-with-3-2-win-over-royals/ http://www.komu.com/news/saunders-leads-blue-jays-to-sweep-with-3-2-win-over-royals/ Baseball Wed, 6 Jul 2016 8:34:27 PM Associated Press Saunders leads Blue Jays to sweep with 3-2 win over Royals

TORONTO (AP) — Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and singled home the winning run in the eighth as the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of Kansas City, beating the Royals 3-2 on Wednesday.

Toronto won its fifth straight, while its 2015 ALCS opponent dropped its fourth in a row.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out double off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) in the eighth and scored when Saunders lined a single to center. Russell Martin followed with an RBI double.

Marcus Stroman (7-4) pitched eight innings to win for the first time in four starts. Roberto Osuna finished for his 17th save.


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