Garcia steers Car­di­nals to 4-0 win

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St. Louis’ Jaime Garcia pitched eight score­less innings and also drove in a run to guide the Car­di­nals to a 4-0 win against Kansas City on Fri­day in the open­ing game of a se­ries be­tween the top teams from the Na­tional and Amer­i­can Leagues.

De­spite the de­feat, the Roy­als main­tained a two-game lead in the AL Cen­tral di­vi­sion as near­est ri­val Min­nesota paid a heavy price for a late er­ror and lost at Texas.

Else­where, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers stretched their lead in the NL West with a tight win at San Diego and Bal­ti­more scored heav­ily to beat the New York Yan­kees and stretch their win­ning run to five games.

St. Louis im­proved to 40-21 over­all and 23-7 at home, both ma­jor league bests. They got a huge out­ing from Garcia (2-3) who is, so far, a suc­cess story off tho­racic out­let surgery.

Jon Jay snapped a 2-for-24 slump this month with a two-out triple in the sec­ond in­ning and Garcia fol­lowed with only his 12th ca­reer RBI.

The Dodgers won 4-3 at San Diego, with Alex Guer­rero’s sin­gle driv­ing in the tiebreak­ing run in the eighth in­ning.

San Diego’s Derek Nor­ris hit a two-run homer in the sev­enth to give the Padres a 3-2 lead but the Dodgers bounced right back with two runs.

Howie Ken­drick, who led off the eighth with a dou­ble and went to third base on an er­ror, scored on Justin Turner’s sin­gle to tie it 3-3. With two outs, An­dre Ethier scored on Guer­rero’s sin­gle.

Texas’ Elvis An­drus had a ca­reer­high four RBIs to power the Rangers to a 6-2 victory over Min­nesota.

Texas had the bases loaded in the eighth with the game tied when Mitch More­land hit a fly ball. Twins cen­ter fielder Aaron Hicks was drift­ing back and reached up, but the ball ric­o­cheted off his glove and that al­lowed two runs to score.

Af­ter the Twins went to their fourth pitcher of the in­ning, An­drus had a two-run hit to make it 6-2. An innings ear­lier he hit a tworun homer to end a 20-run scor­ing drought for the Rangers.

Bal­ti­more’s Chris Davis home­red and drove in four runs as the Ori­oles soundly beat the Yan­kees 11-3.

Davis de­liv­ered a scor­ing sin­gle in the first in­ning and a three-run drive in the third, both against Michael Pineda (7-3). The slug­ger came into the game with a poor record against Pineda: 1 for 11 with eight strike­outs.

Caleb Joseph hit a solo shot and Jimmy Pare­des had three sin­gles and two RBIs for the Ori­oles, who reached a .500 win­ning per­cent­age (30-30) for the first time in five weeks.

Ari­zona’s Chase An­der­son missed out on pitch­ing a no-hit­ter but did not enough to guide the Di­a­mond­backs to a 1-0 win against San Fran­cisco.

The no-hit bid ended with one out in the sev­enth when Buster Posey drove a ball straight at the mound, hit­ting An­der­son in the calf and giv­ing the Di­a­mond­backs no chance on the play.

An­der­son (2-1) fin­ished the in­ning to take his first win in four starts. Ari­zona didn’t al­low a run­ner past sec­ond and held on while out­hit­ting the Gi­ants 11-2.

The only run of the game came from En­der In­cia­rte’s sec­ond-in­ning sin­gle.

New York’s Bar­tolo Colon moved into a tie for the ma­jor league lead with his ninth win as the Mets beat At­lanta 5-3.

The 42-year-old Colon (9-4) gave up two runs in six ef­fec­tive innings as he matched Seat­tle’s Felix Her­nan­dez and Pitts­burgh’s Gerrit Cole on nine wins.

Wilmer Flores and John Mayberry Jr. home­red for the Mets, who have won their past five games against the Braves.

Hous­ton jumped on Seat­tle ace pitcher Felix Her­nan­dez — knock­ing him out of the game af­ter just one out — and went on to crush the Mariners 10—0.

Her­nan­dez (9-3), who had al­lowed just seven runs on the road all sea­son, was tagged for eight runs with two walks be­fore be­ing pulled with only one out to his name, ty­ing the short­est start of his ca­reer.

AP

Bos­ton Red Sox’s David Or­tiz, right, fol­lows through on a two-run sin­gle in front of Toronto Blue Jays’ Rus­sell Martin dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts on Fri­day, June 12.

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