Bullpen fin­ishes off the St. Louis Car­di­nals’ 3-2 win against Kansas City

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Tyler Lyons had a solid out­ing and Mark Reynolds hit the go-ahead homer in the fifth in­ning for the St. Louis Car­di­nals, who beat the Kansas City Roy­als 3-2 on Satur­day.

Matt Car­pen­ter and Ja­son Hey­ward each added an RBI for St. Louis, which is a ma­jor leaguebest 41-21 over­all and 24-7 at home. The Car­di­nals used five re­liev­ers over the last four innings to hold a one-run lead with Trevor Rosen­thal get­ting the last four outs for his league-lead­ing 21st save in 22 chances.

The Roy­als’ eighth did not lack for dra­mat­ics. Hey­ward bat­tled the sun to snare Kendrys Mo­rales’ liner while fall­ing on his back­side and Rosen­thal ral­lied from a 3-0 count to get Gor­don on an in­field popup with two on for the third out.

Lyons (1-0) al­lowed two runs and three hits in his call up to re­place the in­jured Lance Lynn.

Alex Gor­don’s eighth homer gave the Roy­als the lead in the sec­ond and Sal­vador Perez tied it at 2 with his 10th homer in the fourth.

The Car­di­nals scored two runs on five hits in the third, a rally that be­gan with Kolten Wong’s lead­off triple. Reynolds’ fourth homer, in the fifth off Jeremy Guthrie (4-4), broke a 2-all tie.

Rus­sell Martin de­liv­ered the goa­head hit for the sec­ond straight day, a lead­off home run in the 11th in­ning that sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their 10th straight win, 5-4 over the Bos­ton Red Sox.

The win­ning streak is Toronto’s long­est since it took 11 in a row in June 2013.

On Fri­day night, Martin hit a tiebreak­ing, bases-loaded triple dur­ing a nine-run burst in the sev­enth for a 13-10 victory. On Satur­day, he drove a 2-0 pitch from Matt Barnes (2-2) deep into the left-cen­ter field stands for his 10th homer of the sea­son.

Brett Ce­cil pitched a

per­fect 11th for his fourth save to pre­serve the win for Aaron Loup (2-3).

Manny Machado home­red and had four RBIs, Nolan Reimold hit a two-run drive and the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles over­came a mile­stone achieve­ment by Alex Ro­driguez in a 9-4 victory over the New York Yan­kees.

David Lough added a solo shot for the Ori­oles, who have won six straight.

Ro­driguez hit a two- run homer to join Hank Aaron as the only mem­bers of the ex­clu­sive 2,000-RBI club. The sixth-in­ning drive off Bud Nor­ris lifted A-Rod’s ca­reer RBI to­tal to 2,001. Hank Aaron ranks first on the ca­reer list with 2,297.

It was the 666th ca­reer home run for Ro­driguez, fourth on base­ball’s all-time list be­hind Babe Ruth, Aaron and Barry Bonds.

Af­ter Ro­driguez tied the game, Bal­ti­more went up 7-4 in the bot­tom half against Chris Martin (0-2) with an up­ris­ing fu­eled by three wild pitches. Af­ter J.J. Hardy de­liv­ered an RBI sin­gle, Machado poked an op­po­site-field, two-run sin­gle to right.

Justin Up­ton hit a solo homer with two outs in the eighth in­ning off Zack Greinke to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory over the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

Up­ton hit a 3-2 slider into the stands in left field to spoil Greinke’s oth­er­wise solid night.

Else­where, Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red twice and tied a ca­reer high with five RBIs to help the Seat­tle Mariners cruise to an 8-1 win over the Hous­ton Astros, and Cameron May­bin had a two-run sin­gle in the 11th in­ning, and the At­lanta Braves’ shut down the New York Mets over the fi­nal four-plus innings in a come-frombe­hind, 5-3 victory.

Also, the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers 7-2, the Tampa Bay Rays had a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox and the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs topped the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 4-2.

AP

Pitts­burgh Pi­rates’ Gre­gory Polanco #25 reaches for the plate but is tagged out by Philadel­phia Phillies catcher Car­los Ruiz while at­tempt­ing to score on a sin­gle by Pi­rates Star­ling Marte in the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game in Pitts­burgh, Satur­day, June 13.

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