Indians, Royals mix it up
Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Royals, 11-9, Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo., in a testy affair with three ejections and a pair of bench-clearings.
The Royals rallied from a seven-run hole to force extra innings before Choo pounded a pitch from Greg Holland (0-1) to center field. Jarrod Dyson nearly caught it at the top of the wall, but the ball popped loose.
Choo started jawing at starter Jonathan Sanchez after he was plunked on the knee in the third inning; Sanchez broke Choo’s thumb last season by hitting him with a pitch and sent him to the disabled list for nearly two months. Umpires restored order after the teams rushed the field.
Tempers were still simmering in the bottom half when Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez hit Mike Moustakas leading off the inning. Plate umpire Gary Darling immediately tossed Gomez, Indians manager Manny Acta, and third baseman Jack Hannahan.
Royals manager Ned Yost was in the middle of the scrap, losing his hat as he got into Hannahan’s face.
Angels 7, Yankees 1 - C.J. Wilson beat the Yankees for the first time in his career, Albert Pujols and his teammates teed off, and Los Angeles romped past host New York.
Howie Kendrick, Chris Iannetta, and Vernon Wells homered, and Pujols had two hard hits and an RBI.
Rangers 6, Twins 2 - Yu Darvish wriggled out of trouble in five-plus innings and Josh Hamilton homered among his three hits as Texas beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Darvish allowed two runs - one earned - on nine hits, striking out four and walking four.
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4 - Nolan Reimold hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning as Baltimore won in Toronto.
Wilson Betemit tied it at 4 with a solo shot to right off Casey Janssen in the eighth.
Astros 5, Marlins 4 - Carlos Lee drove in the tying run with a two-out single in the ninth inning, and an error by left fielder Logan Morrison allowed the go-ahead run to score as visiting Houston rallied to beat closer Heath Bell and Miami.
Bell took the mound with a 4-1 lead to start the ninth, but had a shaky performance for the third time in as many outings. The Astros had four hits and Miami committed three errors in the inning.
Mets 5, Phillies 0 - Jonathon Niese and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, David Wright homered on the first pitch he saw since missing three games with a broken pinky, and New York beat host Philadelphia.
Nationals 4, Reds 1 - Edwin Jackson threw a two-hitter and Adam LaRoche had a tiebreaking two-run double, helping host Washington win its fifth straight.
Braves 2, Brewers 1 - Mike Minor pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning to give Atlanta’s rotation a lift and the Braves survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Shaun Marcum and visiting Milwaukee for their fourth straight victory.
Mariners 4, Athletics 0 - Jesus Montero finally made the splash Seattle’s been waiting for with a solo home run and a two-run double, Hector Noesi threw eight shutout innings, and host Seattle beat Oakland.
Giants 4, Pirates 3 - Emmanuel Burriss scored on a throwing error by shortstop Clint Barmes with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to give host San Francisco the win.
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 7 - Todd Helton hit a two-run homer off closer J.J. Putz in the bottom of the ninth inning as host Colorado rallied for a rain-soaked win over Arizona.
Dodgers 6, Padres 1 - Ted Lilly pitched seven innings of two-hit ball coming off the disabled list, Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers and Andre Ethier also went deep, pacing host Los Angeles.
White Sox 5, Tigers 1 - Gavin Floyd overcame control problems (three walks and three hit batters) to pitch six scoreless innings and Alexei Ramirez homered as host Chicago beat Detroit.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 1 - Lance Lynn pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs, leading host St. Louis past Chicago.