Var­gas earns 12th vic­tory as Roy­als trounce Twins

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ja­son Var­gas picked up his Amer­i­can League-lead­ing 12th vic­tory, Eric Hos­mer hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Roy­als de­feated the Min­nesota Twins 8-1 on Fri­day night.

Var­gas (12-3) tied Clay­ton Ker­shaw of the Dodgers for the ma­jor league lead in wins and low­ered his ERA to 2.22, which tops the Amer­i­can League. He al­lowed two hits and one run over seven in­nings, while walk­ing a sea­son-high four.

Ervin Santana (10-5) took the loss, yield­ing seven runs, five earned, and eight hits.

It was the sec­ond time since 1990 that two pitch­ers with at least 10 wins and an ERA of less than 3.00 matched up. The pre­vi­ous was June 16, 2002, with Bos­ton's Derek Lowe (10 wins, 1.89 ERA) and At­lanta's Tom Glavine (11 wins, 1.53 ERA) squared off in an in­ter­league game.

Santana's throw­ing er­ror in the fourth opened the flood­gates for a five-run in­ning. After Jorge Boni­fa­cio opened the in­ning with a sin­gle, Lorenzo Cain hit a sharp grounder to Santana for a prob­a­ble dou­ble play. Santana's throw sailed wide right of sec­ond base­man Brian Dozier and into cen­ter field.

Hos­mer de­posited Santana's first pitch into the left-field seats, tuck­ing it just in­side the foul pole, for his 10th home run.

The Roy­als sent 10 men to the plate in the in­ning with Whit Mer­ri­field and Al­cides Es­co­bar adding run-scor­ing sin­gles.

Mike Mous­takas blasted his 21st home run to lead off the Kansas City sixth. Es­co­bar tripled and scored on Alex Gor­don's sac­ri­fice fly for the other Roy­als' run in the in­ning. Gor­don had an­other sac­ri­fice fly in the eighth.

Miguel Sano's two-out sin­gle in the third scored Max Ke­pler, who had walked, for the only run Var­gas would al­low. YAN­KEES 13, ASTROS 4 Brett Gard­ner tied a ca­reer-high with six RBIs and his sev­enth-in­ning grand slam helped the New York Yan­kees cruise to a 13-4 vic­tory over the Hous­ton

Astros. The Yan­kees started off slow, and trailed by two en­ter­ing the sixth in­ning, after ar­riv­ing at their ho­tel in Hous­ton about 6 a.m. fol­low­ing an al­most three-hour rain de­lay be­fore the start of their game against the White Sox on Thurs­day night.

WHITE SOX 8, RANGERS 7 Melky Cabr­era hit a two-run dou­ble against closer Matt Bush to cap a three-run ninth in­ning and give the Chicago White Sox a vic­tory over the Texas Rangers. Todd Fra­zier hit two homers. Jose Abreu fi­nally con­nected at home after set­ting a club record by hit­ting his first 13 on the road, and Chicago ral­lied for its fourth win in 12 games.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

CAR­DI­NALS 8, NA­TION­ALS 1 Mike Leake pitched eight strong in­nings and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to help the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als. The Car­di­nals have won five of their past six, while the Na­tion­als have dropped four of six.

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