Mous­takas’ 30th HR lifts Roy­als over Red Sox for 9th straight win

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Sal­vador Perez and Mike Mous­takas home­red off emer­gency starter Rick Por­cello, who took over when David Price went back on the dis­abled list with left el­bow in­flam­ma­tion, and the Kansas City Roy­als beat Bos­ton 4-2 Fri­day night for their sea­son-high ninth straight win. The Red Sox have lost five of six and nine of 14, drop­ping out of the AL East lead for the first time since June 29 and fall­ing a half-game be­hind the New York Yan­kees. Price be­gan the sea­son on the DL and didn’t make his first start un­til May 29. The 31-year-old lefty, win­ner of the 2012 AL Cy Young Award, is 53 with a 3.82 ERA. Por­cello (4-14), who had been sched­uled to pitch Satur­day, leads the ma­jor leagues in losses, a year af­ter win­ning the AL Cy Young. He al­lowed four runs and six hits in seven in­nings. Ja­son Var­gas (13-4) gave up one run and five hits in six in­nings. Kelvin Her­rera pitched a one-hit ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.


Adrian Bel­tre had two RBI sin­gles to in­crease his hit to­tal to 2,998, Elvis An­drus home­red and Texas beat Bal­ti­more. Bel­tre, the 38-year-old third base­man in his 20th ma­jor league sea­son, is on the brink of be­com­ing only the 31st player in the 3,000hit club. No­mar Mazara hit three dou­bles for the Rangers. An­drew Cash­ner (6-8) al­lowed only a solo homer by Jonathan Schoop in seven in­nings. Chris Till­man (1-6) al­lowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 in­nings.


Ari­zona starter Rob­bie Ray was hit in the head by a line drive and driven off the field in a cart dur­ing the Diamondbacks’ loss to St. Louis. Ray was struck in the sec­ond in­ning by a liner off the bat of rookie Luke Voit. The ball car­omed in the air into foul ter­ri­tory where third base­man Daniel Descalso caught it for the out. Ray lay prone on the mound for sev­eral min­utes be­fore sit­ting up with his team­mates sur­round­ing him. He was taken off to be ex­am­ined. Michael Wacha pitched six in­nings and Jedd Gy­orko drove in the lone run with one of his three hits. Wacha (8-4) al­lowed three hits. He has won five of his last six starts and im­proved to 7-1 in 12 starts at Busch Sta­dium this sea­son. Trevor Rosen­thal, the third re­liever for St. Louis, earned his fifth save with two in­nings. T.J. McFar­land (4-3) took the loss.


Josh Red­dick hit a three-run homer in the eighth in­ning, lift­ing the Hous­ton Astros over Detroit. The Astros trailed 5-3 when the Tigers brought in re­liever Bruce Ron­don (12) to start the eighth. He al­lowed sin­gles to Derek Fisher and Jose Al­tuve be­fore Red­dick’s drive sailed well be­yond the wall in right field. Red­dick drove in five runs, and the Astros won de­spite get­ting only three in­nings from starter Dal­las Keuchel in the left-han­der’s re­turn from a neck in­jury. Keuchel, who hadn’t pitched since June 2, al­lowed three runs and six hits in three in­nings, walk­ing three and strik­ing out three. Man­ager A.J. Hinch in­di­cated be­fore the game that he would be on a pitch count, and he was pulled af­ter throw­ing 79. Brad Pea­cock (9-1) al­lowed two runs in four in­nings of re­lief, then Chris Deven­ski pitched the eighth and Ken Giles fin­ished for his 22nd save in 24 chances. Al­tuve had three hits, ex­tend­ing his hit­ting streak to 19 games and rais­ing his av­er­age to .369.


Ja­pan’s Masahiro Tanaka took a per­fect game into the sixth in­ning and struck out a ca­reer-high 14, pitch­ing the New York Yan­kees past Tampa Bay for their fifth straight win. Brett Gard­ner hit a lead­off home run, Aaron Judge lined his AL-lead­ing 33rd homer and Clint Fra­zier added a three­run shot to boost Tanaka (8-9). Tanaka struck out the first five bat­ters, all swing­ing. He set down 17 in a row be­fore Adeiny Hechavar­ria grounded a sharp, two-out sin­gle up the mid­dle. Tanaka al­lowed two hits and walked none, and fin­ished up by strik­ing out the side in the eighth. Lu­cas Duda home­red in the sev­enth, a day af­ter Tampa Bay got him a trade with the Mets. Austin Pruitt (5-2), called up from Triple-A to take the turn of in­jured Jake Odorizzi, gave up all three homers. The Rays have lost seven of nine and are 0-5 in the Bronx this year.


Brent Suter tossed seven score­less in­nings and Mil­wau­kee edged Chicago, mov­ing within a half-game of the NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Cubs. Suter (2-1) lim­ited the Cubs to four hits. He struck out five and walked one in a ca­reer-long out­ing. Corey Knebel notched his 18th save in 23 at­tempts, strik­ing out pinch-hit­ter Kyle Sch­war­ber with the ty­ing run on third. Jose Quin­tana (6-9) gave up four hits and two runs in six in­nings.


J.T. Real­muto had three hits, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing home run, to spark a four-run sev­enth in­ning and help Mi­ami top Cincin­nati. Mike Aviles added a pinch-hit two-run homer and Tyler Moore had an RBI dou­ble in the sev­enth for the Marlins, who have won six of eight. Dustin McGowan (61) pitched an in­ning in re­lief for the vic­tory. Real­muto’s home run to left field off Wandy Per­alta (3-2) was his 12th of the sea­son, a new ca­reer-high, and his sixth game with at least three hits. Cincin­nati has dropped five straight and has lost 13 of 15 since the Al­lS­tar break.


Aaron Altherr home­red twice and Jake Thomp­son pitched five score­less in­nings in an emer­gency start to lead Philadel­phia over At­lanta. Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp also home­red and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies, who have scored 19 runs on seven homers and 14 ex­tra-base hits while win­ning the last two. Thomp­son (1-0) re­placed Jeremy Hel­lick­son, who was scratched an hour be­fore the game. Hel­lick­son is thought to be among the play­ers the Phillies are likely to move be­fore Mon­day’s non-waiver trad­ing dead­line. Thomp­son, who the Phillies ac­quired from Texas in the 2015 trade that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers, gave up five hits while strik­ing out five and walk­ing two. He was mak­ing his fourth ap­pear­ance this sea­son but first start since last Septem­ber. Julio Te­heran (7-9) al­lowed eight runs in 4 2/3 in­nings.


Parker Brid­well pitched a ca­reer-high 7 1/3 in­nings to win his third straight de­ci­sion, C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and Los Angeles beat Toronto. Mike Trout had two RBIs and Yunel Es­co­bar had two dou­bles and an RBI for the Angels. Toronto’s Justin Smoak hit a solo homer off Cam Be­drosian in the ninth, his 29th. Brid­well (5-1) al­lowed one run and three hits. J.A. Happ (3-8) al­lowed three runs in six in­nings and is 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA over his past four starts.


Jose Ramirez had four hits, in­clud­ing a homer, and Car­los San­tana and Michael Brant­ley also went deep as Cleve­land ex­tended its win­ning streak to eight and sent Chicago to its 13th loss in 14 games. Danny Salazar (4-5) al­lowed two runs and three hits in six-plus in­nings to win his sec­ond straight start since be­ing ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list. Derek Hol­land (5-10) al­lowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 in­nings and has given up five or more runs in five of his last seven starts.


Jaime Gar­cia (1-0) struck out seven over 6 2/3 in­nings in his de­but for Min­nesota de­but, which ac­quired him Mon­day from At­lanta, and the Twins stopped a four-game los­ing streak. Ja­son Cas­tro hit RBI dou­bles in con­sec­u­tive in­nings, and Ehire Adri­anza and Miguel Sano added run-scor­ing sin­gles. Bran­don Kint­zler got three outs for his 28th save as the Twins won for just the third time in their last 17 games at the Coli­seum. Daniel Gos­sett (2-6) was chased af­ter just 3 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing five runs - four earned - and nine hits.


Michael Con­forto re­turned to his home­town and hit a pair of solo home runs, Neil Walker and Cur­tis Gran­der­son had two-out RBI sin­gles off David Phelps (2-5) to cap a three-run eighth in­ning and New York ral­lied af­ter wast­ing a 4-0 lead. Play­ing his first pro­fes­sional game at Safeco Field, Con­forto ex­cited the 30 or so friends and fam­ily he left tickets for with the fourth multi-homer game of his big league ca­reer. Con­forto grew up in nearby Red­mond. Jerry Blevins (5-0) worked 1 1/3 in­nings, and Ad­di­son Reed pitched the ninth for his 19th save. New York at­tempted to so­lid­ify its bullpen by ac­quir­ing closer A.J. Ramos from Mi­ami for a pair of prospects


Travis Wood (1-0), mak­ing his Padres de­but af­ter be­ing ac­quired Mon­day from Kansas City, struck out seven over six in­nings and al­lowed two runs and two hits. Three re­liev­ers fin­ished a three-hit­ter, with Brad Hand get­ting his sixth save. Cory Span­gen­berg tripled in the ty­ing run in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on a ball four wild pitch by Daniel Hud­son (2-5).


Corey Sea­ger hit two home runs, in­clud­ing a go-ahead, two-run drive in the sev­enth as Los Angeles over­came a 4-2 deficit. The Dodgers have won six straight games and 37 of their last 43. Sea­ger home­red lead­ing off the first off Matt Moore and capped a four-run sev­enth with a drive over the right-field wall against Josh Osich. Alex Wood (12-1) gave up four runs and eight hits in seven in­nings, and Ken­ley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 26th save. — AP

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