Garcia steers Cardinals to 4-0 win
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.
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.