Choo loses ball in sun, Roy­als down Rangers 4-3

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain’s rou­tine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for an RBI single with two outs in the ninth in­ning that lifted the Kansas City Roy­als over the Texas Rangers 4-3 Sunday.

Choo tried to shield his eyes, but even sun­glasses didn’t help on Cain’s sliced fly­ball. The Roy­als snapped a five-game los­ing streak, and also ended a 12-game skid against the Rangers.

Kelvin Her­rera (2-2) pitched a spot­less ninth. Ja­son Grilli (2-5), ac­quired by Rangers from Toronto on July 2, took the loss.

Al­cides Es­co­bar led off the ninth with a single and Alex Gordon walked on four pitches. With one out, Grilli hit Whit Mer­ri­field with a pitch to load the bases. Af­ter Jorge Boni­fa­cio struck out, Cain de- liv­ered the game-win­ning hit, with some luck.

Rangers right-han­der Yu Darvish, who is 0-4 in his past six starts, al­lowed three runs in 62/3 in­nings. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out one.

Darvish’s wild pitch in the first al­lowed Mer­ri­field to score. Mike Mous­takas’ two-out dou­ble in the third scored Eric Hos­mer, who had walked.

Roy­als starter Ian Kennedy yield- ed solo home runs to Drew Robin­son in the third and Mike Napoli in the seventh.

Kennedy left af­ter 62 in­nings and the score tied at 2. Kennedy, who is win­less in his past 12 home starts, gave up two runs on five hits. Af­ter throw­ing 25 pitches in the first in- ning, he nav­i­gated his way into the seventh on 74 more pitches.

The Roy­als took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Drew Butera, who had sin­gled, scored an un­earned run. Mer­ri­field dou­bled and Butera

came home when left fielder No­mar Mazara mis­played the ball.

ASTROS 5, TWINS 3 Mike Fiers struck out a sea­son-high 11 over seven strong in­nings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBIs to help the Astros beat the Min­nesota Twins 5-3 on Sunday. The AL West lead­ers took two of three from the Twins com­ing out of the All-Star break. Hous­ton trailed in the fourth be­fore Yuli Gur­riel dou­bled, Mar­win Gon­za­lez walked and Aoki hit a two-run dou­ble for a 3-2 lead. Fiers (6-4) al­lowed two runs on four hits and no walks.


Alex Avila, Justin Upton and Miguel Cabr­era drew walks in the 11th in­ning, the last with the bases loaded, giv­ing Detroit a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Avila was walked by Jeff Be­liv­eau (1-1) lead­ing off the 11th and ad­vanced on Jose Igle­sias’ sac­ri­fice. Toronto wasted leads of 3-0 and 5-4.


Nel­son Cruz hit a go-ahead home run for the sec­ond straight day, a lead­off drive off Chris Beck in the 10th in­ning Sunday that led the Seat­tle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 7-6 Sunday. Cruz con­nected on a 3-0 pitch. Seat­tle has won four in a row while the White Sox lost their fourth straight, de­spite two Avi­sail Gar­cia home runs help­ing Chicago to an early 5-0 lead.


Adam Fra­zier’s game-end­ing single capped a two-run rally in the ninth in­ning that lifted Pitts­burgh to a 4-3 vic­tory Sunday. Fran­cisco Cervelli reached on an in­field single lead­ing off the ninth against Brett Ce­cil (1-3), and Jordy Mercer’s one-out dou­ble

scored pinch-run­ner Josh Har­ri­son with the ty­ing run. Jose Osuna grounded out, David Freese was in­ten­tion­ally walked and Fra­zier lined a single to cen­ter. Wade LeBlanc (4-2) pitched a hit­less ninth. Yadier Molina had put St. Louis ahead 3-2 with an eighth in­ning home run. Car­di­nals starter Car­los Martinez (7-8) al­lowed two runs and five hits in seven in­nings. Car­di­nals rookie Mag­neuris Sierra, brought back from Dou­ble-A Spring­field on Satur­day, had four hits, stole a base and scored a run.

BRAVES 7, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 1 Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and Bran­don Phillips dou­bled three times, lead­ing At­lanta over the reel­ing Di­a­mond­backs 7-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Jaime Gar­cia threw seven strong in­nings as the Braves (45-45) reached .500 for the first time since April 17, when they were 6-6. Kemp and Matt Adams hit homers a four-run third in­ning. The Di­a­mond­backs lead the NL wild-card stand­ings, but have lost a sea­son-worst five straight, eight of nine and 11 of 14.

NA­TION­ALS 14, REDS 4 Daniel Mur­phy hit two of Washington’s five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Na­tion­als to a 14-4 win over the Cincin­nati Reds on Sunday. Adam Lind and Jose Lo­ba­ton added two-run shots and An­thony Ren­don had a solo homer, his third home run in two games, to help the Na­tion­als to their third win in the four-game se­ries and fourth straight vic­tory over­all.

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