Roy­als com­plete road sweep of Twins to ex­tend lead atop Amer­i­can Cen­tral di­vi­sion

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Kansas City’s Alex Gor­don hit a three-run homer to help the Roy­als beat Min­nesota 7-2 on Wed­nes­day, com­plet­ing the first sweep of the Twins at their own ball­park this sea­son and widen­ing the gap be­tween the teams atop the Amer­i­can League Cen­tral di­vi­sion.

The Roy­als moved two games clear of the Twins both for the di­vi­sion and over­all AL lead, while an­other AL con­tender, the New York Yan­kees, had their se­v­engame win­ning streak ended in an 11-in­ning loss to Wash­ing­ton.

The Na­tion­als’ victory saw them move back to the top of the Na­tional League East ahead of the New York Mets, who lost to San Fran­cisco, while ma­jors-lead­ing St. Louis avoided a sweep at Colorado.

Min­nesota was swept for the first time since its open­ing se­ries of the sea­son, and man­aged to score only 11 runs across six straight home games, win­ning just once.

Their frus­tra­tion was ev­i­dent in the eighth, when Torii Hunter was ejected for ar­gu­ing a called third strike. Hunter had to be re­strained briefly, be­fore yank­ing off his el­bow pad, shin guard and bat­ting gloves and throw­ing them to­ward the bat­ter’s box. For good mea­sure, Hunter ripped off his jer­sey and threw that over the first-base line, be­fore re­treat­ing to the dugout.

Twins manager Paul Moli­tor was given his first ca­reer ejec­tion dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

St. Louis’ Car­los Martinez pitched ef­fi­ciently into the sev­enth in­ning for a fifth straight start, guiding the Car­di­nals to a 4-2 win at Colorado.

Martinez (7-2) held the Rock­ies score­less over the first six frames, while also hav­ing a day to re­mem­ber with the bat, hit­ting two sin­gles and also scor­ing a run.

Ran­dal Grichuk hit a homer for the Car­di­nals to put a pos­i­tive end on a tough se­ries in which they were outscored 15-6 over the first two games and lost slug­ger Matt Hol­l­i­day to a thigh strain.

San Fran­cisco hit three homers off strug­gling Mets pitcher Matt Har­vey, and won 8-5 at New York.

Buster Posey had three RBIs, in­clud­ing a two-run dou­ble off Har­vey that tied the score in the sixth. Bran­don Belt fol­lowed with a two-run shot, and Justin Maxwell added a long homer later in the in­ning that gave San Fran­cisco a 7-4 lead.

The three homers al­lowed were a ca­reer worst for Har­vey, who is 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA over his past four starts.

The Mets’ loss handed the NL East lead back to Wash­ing­ton, which won 5-4 at the Yan­kees when De­nard Span drove in the win­ning run with an in­field hit with two outs in the 11th in­ning.

Tyler Moore led off the 11th with a sin­gle off Chris Ca­puano (0-4) and ad­vanced on a sac­ri­fice and a tap­per back to the pitch­ers’ mound. Span then hit a high chop­per up the mid­dle. Sec­ond base­man Stephen Drew man­aged to field the ball but Span beat the one-hop throw for his third hit of the game.

Los An­ge­les’ Howie Ken­drick sin­gled home the win­ning run in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to give the Dodgers a 7-6 victory over Ari­zona.

Af­ter con­sec­u­tive one-out walks to Puig and Adrian Gon­za­lez, Ken­drick’s bloop sin­gle to right field gave the Dodgers a three-game sweep and their ninth suc­ces­sive home win over the Di­a­mond­backs.

Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreak­ing three-run homer in the sec­ond in­ning and tied a ca­reer high with four hits.

Chicago’s Geo­vany Soto hit a tiebreak­ing home run in the sev­enth in­ning to lead the White Sox to a 4-1 win against Hous­ton, send­ing the Astros to their sev­enth straight de­feat.

Win­ning Slide, Grand Slam,

Great De­fense

The White Sox crosstown ri­vals, the Cubs, had an even more con­vinc­ing victory, win­ning 12-3 at Detroit as Chris Cogh­lan and Miguel Mon­tero each hit three-run homers.

Chicago starter Jake Ar­ri­eta (6-4) pro­duced eight strike­outs against one walk in a game where his bat­ters gave him a com­fort­able buf­fer, go­ing up 6-0 be­fore rat­tling on an­other six runs in the sev­enth in­ning.

Tampa Bay’s Evan Lon­go­ria hit an over­due homer as the Rays beat the Los An­ge­les An­gels 4-2. Lon­go­ria, who started at third base af­ter be­ing out of the lineup the past three games due to a sore left wrist, put the Rays up 3-2 with a solo homer in the third. It was just his sec­ond home run in his past 28 games. The An­gels have lost six of seven. At­lanta rookie pitcher Wil­liams Perez al­lowed only one un­earned run in seven innings to steer the Braves to a 4-1 win against San Diego.

Oak­land’s Sam Fuld scored the win­ning run on a slide into home plate to just beat the throw in the ninth in­ning, giv­ing the Ath­let­ics a 5-4 win against Texas and end­ing a four-game skid.

Toronto made it eight straight wins by de­feat­ing Miami 7-2, with Justin Smoak hit­ting one of four Blue Jays homers.

Bal­ti­more’s Adam Jones drove in a run and played ex­cep­tional de­fense to help the Ori­oles beat Bos­ton 5-2.

Pitts­burgh’s Char­lie Morton pitched 7-1/3 score­less innings to re­main un­beaten in his re­turn from hip surgery as the Pi­rates downed Mil­wau­kee 2-0.

Seat­tle’s Kyle Sea­ger, bat­ting fourth in the or­der in place of an ail­ing Nel­son Cruz, hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead the Mariners past Cleve­land 9-3.

AP

Hous­ton Astros’ Jake Maris­nick watches his RBI sac­ri­fice fly that scored Chris Carter dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of a base­ball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Wed­nes­day, June 10.

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