Mets hold off Mar­lins 7-6 for 8th straight win

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Matt Har­vey won his third straight start to begin his come­back sea­son as the New York Mets held off the Miami Mar­lins 7-6 Sun­day for their eighth con­sec­u­tive victory, de­spite los­ing two im­por­tant play­ers to in­juries.

Ruben Te­jada had a three-run dou­ble and catcher Travis d’Ar­naud sin­gled twice in a seven-run fourth in­ning. But it was a costly win for the Mets, who lost d’Ar­naud to a bro­ken right hand and re­liever Jerry Blevins to a frac­tured fore­arm.

Af­ter the Mar­lins trimmed a six-run deficit, Jeurys Fa­milia re­tired Chris­tian Yelich and Gian­carlo Stan­ton on grounders with a run­ner at sec­ond for his sixth save.

Al­ready miss­ing cap­tain David Wright (ham­string) and right-han­der Zack Wheeler ( el­bow surgery), the Mets matched the best start in fran­chise his­tory at 10-3 and won their first seven home games for the first time.

The Kansas City Roy­als over­came five ejec­tions to beat the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 4-2 with Kendrys Mo­rales’ tiebreak­ing, tworun dou­ble off Eric O’Fla­herty (0-1) in a three-run eighth in­ning.

Roy­als manager Ned Yost and pitch­ing coach Dave Ei­land were ejected in the first in­ning af­ter Lorenzo Cain was hit by a Scott Kazmir pitch.

Kansas City re­liever Kelvin Her­rera was tossed in the eighth af­ter throw­ing be­hind Brett Lawrie. Bench coach Don Waka­matsu, who was act­ing as manager af­ter Yost’s ejec­tion, also ejected along with in­jured Roy­als short­stop Al­cides Es­co­bar.

Roy­als right-han­der Yor­dano Ven­tura was ejected Satur­day when he hit Lawrie with a pitch af­ter Josh Red­dick’s homer. Lawrie’s hard slide into Es­co­bar in­jured the left knee of the Kansas City short­stop on Fri­day and caused benches to clear. Es­co­bar called it a “dirty slide” and did not play Satur­day.

Detroit’s Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes hit his first ma­jor league grand slam and had a tworun homer as the Tigers im­proved to 10-2, the best start in the ma­jor leagues, with a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The New York Yan­kees com­pleted a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays af­ter Chase Headley and Mark Teix­eira drove in two runs each for a 5-3 win.

Michael Pineda (2-0) al­lowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings to de­feat Matt An­driese (0-1). Af­ter Ryan Brett dou­bled lead­ing off the ninth for his first big league hit­ter, An­drew Miller struck out three straight bat­ters for his fourth save.

Steven Souza Jr. home­red and drove in three runs for the Rays.

In Toronto, Jonny Gomes hit a three­run dou­ble in the first in­ning off rookie Daniel Nor­ris (1-1) and added a sac­ri­fice fly as the At­lanta Braves downed the Blue Jays 5-2, while Pi­rates pitcher Gerrit Cole (2-0) im­proved to 9-1 in his last 10 de­ci­sions at PNC Park af­ter giv­ing up two runs and strik­ing out six in six innings in a 5-2 win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

In other games, Stephen Stras­burg (1-1) won for the first time in three starts this sea­son as the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als downed the Philadel­phia Phillies 4-1, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles de­feated the Bos­ton Red Sox 8-3, the Hous­ton Astros edged the Los An­ge­les An­gels 4-3 and the Min­nesota Twins beat the Cleve­land In­di­ans 7-2.

Jon Lester (0-2) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings as the San Diego Padres downed the Chicago Cubs 5-2, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs beat the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 5-1, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers blanked the Colorado Rock­ies 7-0, the Seat­tle Mariners sneaked past the Texas Rangers 11-10 and the St. Louis Car­di­nals were 2-1 win­ners over the Cincin­nati Reds.

AP

Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Howie Ken­drick, right, hits a solo home run as Colorado Rock­ies catcher Michael McKenry, left, and home plate um­pire Todd Tichenor watch dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game on Sun­day, April 19.

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