Moss hits game-end­ing dou­ble as Roy­als win 5-4

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ROY­ALS 5, WHITE SOX 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bran­don Moss hit a game-end­ing dou­ble off Tyler Clip­pard that lifted the Kansas City Roy­als over the White Sox 5-4 Sun­day, ex­tend­ing Chicago’s long­est los­ing streak in four years to nine games.

Whit Mer­ri­field, Jorge Boni­fa­cio and Eric Hos­mer hit con­sec­u­tive home runs off Derek Hol­land in the fourth in­ning for a 3-0 lead, and Mer­ri­field hit an­other solo shot in the eighth off Dan Jennings to tie the score at 4.

Mike Mous­takas sin­gled off Gre­gory In­fante (0-1) lead­ing off the ninth and pinch-run­ner Lorenzo Cain ad­vanced on a wild pitch. Clip­pard re­lieved in his sec­ond ap­pear­ance since he was ac­quired from the New York Yan­kees, and Moss dou­bled.

Kelvin Her­rera (3-2) struck out two in a per­fect ninth, ex­tend­ing the score­less streak by the Roy­als bullpen to 18 in­nings over five games. Kansas City has won five straight fol­low­ing a skid of seven losses in eight games and went 6-4 on a home­s­tand that in­cluded four walkoff wins.

Chicago had not lost nine in a row since Aug. 30-Sept. 7, 2013.

Hol­land al­lowed three runs, four hits and three walks in 42/3 in­nings, throw­ing 87 pitches. He is 1-6 in his past 10 starts,

Kansas City had not hit three straight homers since Tony Graf­fanino, An­gel Ber­roa and Doug Mien­tkiewicz against De­troit’s Mike Maroth on May 25, 2006, a game the Roy­als lost 13-8.

Roy­als starter Travis Wood gave up four runs and seven hits in 42/3 in­nings. He has an 8.31 ERA in three starts this sea­son and is win­less as a starter in eight appearances since April 28, 2015.

Adam En­gel hit a three-run dou­ble in the fourth and scored on Jose Abreu’s dou­ble for a 4-3 lead.

ORI­OLES 9, ASTROS 7 Zach Brit­ton con­verted his 55th straight save op­por­tu­nity Sun­day, blank­ing the Hous­ton Astros in the ninth in­ning to

seal Bal­ti­more’s 9-7 vic­tory. He struck out the first two bat­ters and is­sued a walk be­fore pinch-hit­ter Ge­orge Springer bounced into a force play to end it. Brit­ton broke the AL mark held by Tom Gor­don, who notched 54 straight saves with Bos­ton from 1998-99. Brit­ton started his run on Oct. 1, 2015. Bal­ti­more broke a tie with two runs in the eighth against Luke Gregerson (2-3), us­ing a sac­ri­fice fly by Manny Machado and an RBI sin­gle by Jonathan

Schoop. Astros starter Lance McCullers gave up six runs and nine hits, walked two and hit two bat­ters in 42/3 in­nings.

RANGERS 6, BLUE JAYS 5 Rougned Odor home­red twice, in­clud­ing back-to-back drives with Car­los Gomez in the eighth in­ning, and Texas ral­lied to beat Tampa Bay 6-5 on Sun­day and com­plete a three-game sweep. Tampa Bay has an AL-high 31 losses af­ter hold­ing a lead. Odor’s two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two pitches later. Joey Gallo also home­red for the Rangers, who had not swept a series of three or more games at Tampa Bay since July 1999. Adrian Bel­tre tripled and sin­gled, mov­ing within 11 of 3,000 hits. IN­DI­ANS 8, BLUE JAYS 1 Corey Klu­ber struck out a sea­son-high 14 in 72/3 in­nings in Cleve­land’s 8-1 vic­tory Sun­day. Klu­ber (8-3) al­lowed five hits, in­clud­ing Kevin Pil­lar’s lead­off homer in the third, and reached dou­ble fig­ures in strike­outs for the ninth time in 16 starts.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

DODGERS 5, BRAVES 4 The Dodgers are brac­ing for the worst af­ter Clay­ton Ker­shaw’s lat­est back in­jury. Man­ager Dave Roberts said the All-Star ace was headed to the 10-day dis­abled list af­ter Ker­shaw left 21 pitches into his start on Sun­day be­cause of right low back tight­ness. The NL West lead­ers over­came a blown save by Ken­ley Jansen to beat the At­lanta Braves 5-4 on Lo­gan Forsythe’s bases-loaded sin­gle in the 10th

in­ning and gain a split in the four-game series. Ker­shaw said he was go­ing to see a doc­tor on Sun­day night and un­dergo scans. Ker­shaw is un­beaten in 15 con­sec­u­tive starts and the team is 19-2 when he takes the mound.

ROCK­IES 13, PI­RATES 3 Kyle Free­land pitched six strong in­nings in his first start since tak­ing a no-hit­ter into the ninth, Trevor Story, pinch-hit­ter Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds hit two-run homers dur­ing a seven-run sixth, and Colorado beat Pitts­burgh 13-3 on Sun­day. Reynolds con­nected for a sec­ond homer in the eighth, his sec­ond mul­ti­homer game of the sea­son and 25th of his ca­reer. Free­land (10-7) al­lowed two runs on six hits while strik­ing out three and walk­ing two.

REDS 6, MAR­LINS 3 Scooter Gen­nett, Eu­ge­nio Suarez and Tucker Barn­hart home­red, and the Reds beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 6-3 Sun­day to avoid a three-game sweep. Billy Hamil­ton had three hits and stole a pair of bases to in­crease his ma­jor league-lead­ing to­tal to 43 as the Reds fin­ished a 2-8 home­s­tand in which they al­lowed 23 homers and 72 runs. Op­po­nents reached dou­ble fig­ures in scor­ing four times. Rookie right-han­der Sal Ro­mano (2-2) made his fourth and long­est big league start, over­com­ing hu­mid con­di­tions al­low­ing one run and three hits over six in­nings. A.J. El­lis home­red in the fourth. Mi­ami’s Gian­carlo Stan­ton went 0 for 4 and fin­ished the series with­out a home run. The NL home run leader had con­nected in three straight first in­nings en­ter­ing the series.

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