Roy­als gain split


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Kansas City Roy­als rookie start­ing pitcher Jakob Ju­nis throws dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of the sec­ond base­ball game in a dou­ble­header against the Seat­tle Mariners Sun­day. Ju­nis pitched eight strong in­nings in the Roy­als’ 9-1 win. He re­tired 19 in a row at one point. Seat­tle won the first game 8-7.

Rookie Jakob Ju­nis pitched eight sharp in­nings and the Kansas City Roy­als beat the Seat­tle Mariners 9-1 to split their dou­ble­header Sun­day.

Nel­son Cruz home­red twice and drove in four runs as the Mariners held off the Roy­als 8-7 in the first game. Whit Mer­ri­field home­red in both games for the Roy­als.

Ju­nis (4-2), who was added to Kansas City’s ros­ter as the ex­tra 26th man for the twin­bill, al­lowed one run. He re­tired his fi­nal 19 bat­ters after giv­ing up an RBI dou­ble to Danny Espinosa in the sec­ond in­ning. Ju­nis walked none and struck out a ca­reer-high seven.

Melky Cabr­era hit a three-run homer off Erasmo Ramirez (4-4) dur­ing a four-run third in­ning. It was Cabr­era’s first home run since the Roy­als ac­quired him in a July 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox. Cabr­era also had an RBI dou­ble. Eric Hos­mer home­red and drove in three runs for the Roy­als.

MARINERS 8, ROY­ALS 7 (GAME 1) Nel­son Cruz home­red twice and drove in four runs as the Mariners held off the Kansas City Roy­als 8-7 Sun­day in the first game of a dou­ble­header. Cruz, Danny Va­len­cia and Kyle Sea­ger home­red in the first two in­nings as the Mariners took a 7-0 lead off Danny Duffy (7-7). Seat­tle wound up us­ing eight pitch­ers. Cruz, who leads the Amer­i­can League with 84 RBIs, hit a three-run drive in a four-run sec­ond. He hit his 24th home run in the sev­enth off Scott Alexan­der, a shot es­ti­mated at 465 feet to cen­ter. It was Cruz’s 22nd mul­ti­homer game, his first this sea­son. Duffy could have been out of the sec­ond in­ning with Robin­son Cano strik­ing out, but catcher Drew Butera was charged with a passed ball, al­low­ing Cano to reach first and for Jean Se­gura to score from sec­ond base. Four pitches later, Cruz home­red. Marco Gon­za­lez, who was mak­ing his Mariners’ de­but since be­ing ac­quired in a July 21 with St. Louis, failed to make it through the fifth in­ning. Whit Mer­ri­field hit a two-run homer in the third for the Roy­als. Mike Mous­takas hit his 31st homer.

ASTROS 7, BLUE JAYS 6 Juan Cen­teno hit an RBI sin­gle with two outs that capped a four­run rally in the ninth in­ning, lift­ing the host Astros over the Blue Jays. Nori Aoki had a two-run home run, his first hit since be­ing traded from Hous­ton to Toronto last Monday, dur­ing a four-run sev­enth that gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead.

RED SOX 6, WHITE SOX 3 Chris Young hit two home runs, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing three-run shot after the bat­ter in front was walked in­ten­tion­ally, to lift the host Red Sox over the White Sox.

Sun­day’s games AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE Seat­tle 8, Kansas City 7 (1st game) Kansas City 9, Seat­tle 1 (2nd game) N.Y. Yan­kees 8, Cleve­land 1 Bos­ton 6, Chicago White Sox 3 Bal­ti­more 12, Detroit 3 Min­nesota 6, Texas 5 Hous­ton 7, Toronto 6 Oak­land 11, L.A. An­gels 10 NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 13, Cincin­nati 4

Mi­ami 4, Atlanta 1 Pitts­burgh 5, San Diego 4 (12 in­nings) Wash­ing­ton 9, Chicago Cubs 4 Philadel­phia 3, Colorado 2

San Francisco 6, Ari­zona 3

L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets (n) IN­TER­LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 2, Mil­wau­kee 1

Young added an RBI dou­ble and had a solo home run to help the AL East-lead­ing Red Sox com­plete a four-game sweep of the White Sox.

ORI­OLES 12, TIGERS 3 Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini hit home runs in suc­ces­sion dur­ing a four-run first in­ning that sent the host Ori­oles past the Tigers. Joey Rickard and Manny Machado also con­nected for the Ori­oles, who led 8-0 after four in­nings and cruised to their sev­enth vic­tory in nine games.

TWINS 6, RANGERS 5 Max Ke­pler, Brian Dozier and Ed­die Rosario hit home runs to help

host Min­nesota dig out of a five-run hole and beat the Rangers.

ATHLETICS 11, AN­GELS 10 Bruce Maxwell’s two-run sin­gle com­pleted a dra­matic fiverun, two-out come­back in the eighth in­ning, and the vis­it­ing Athletics stunned the An­gels. NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

CAR­DI­NALS 13, REDS 4 Jose Martinez hit his first grand slam dur­ing a nine-run fourth in­ning and St. Louis over­came Adam Wain­wright’s rough re­turn from the disabled list, beat­ing the Cincin­nati Reds 13-4 on Sun­day. The Car­di­nals took two of three in the se­ries, mov­ing them to 55-56. They’ve been stuck near the break-even point for since the start of July, un­able to get on a streak in large part be­cause of poor clutch hit­ting. St. Louis matched its sea­son highs with 16 hits and eight ex­tra-base hits. Ev­ery starter ex­cept Wain­wright had a hit, and seven play­ers drove in a run. St. Louis sent 13 bat­ters to the plate for nine runs in the fourth, match­ing its big­gest in­ning of the sea­son. Martinez con­nected off Homer Homer Bai­ley (3-6). NA­TION­ALS 9, CUBS 4 In a span of two pitches, the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als turned what could’ve been a tight loss into an up­lift­ing win. Bryce Harper and com­pany are one dan­ger­ous bunch on the road. Matt Wi­eters hit a tiebreak­ing grand slam off Carl Ed­wards Jr. in Wash­ing­ton’s five-run eighth in­ning, help­ing the Na­tion­als beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Sun­day. Harper started the go-ahead rally with a one-out in­field sin­gle against Mike Mont­gomery. Ryan Zim­mer­man dou­bled against Ed­wards (3-3) and Daniel Mur­phy was walked in­ten­tion­ally to load the bases. Ed­wards’ next pitch hit An­thony Ren­don, ty­ing it at 4, and Wi­eters fol­lowed with a drive over the wall in cen­ter for his third ca­reer grand slam. Ed­wards (3-3) has al­lowed at least one run in each of his last three ap­pear­ances. Wi­eters tied a ca­reer high with five RBIs and Ren­don also had a run-scor­ing dou­ble for Wash­ing­ton.

MAR­LINS 4, BRAVES 1 Jose Urena pitched six strong in­nings, Mar­cell Ozuna hit a three-run home run and the vis­it­ing Mar­lins avoided a three-game sweep with a vic­tory over the Braves.

PI­RATES 5, PADRES 4 (12) Sean Ro­driquez hit a home run in the 12th in­ning to give the host Pi­rates a vic­tory over the Padres. Ro­driguez, ac­quired from Atlanta a day ear­lier, lifted a 1-1 pitch off Padres re­liever Buddy Bau­mann (0-1) over the left-field wall.

PHILLIES 3, ROCK­IES 2 Cameron Rupp hit a two-run dou­ble in the ninth in­ning, and the vis­it­ing Phillies ral­lied to beat the Rock­ies. Rupp, who had been thrown out at home an in­ning ear­lier, drove the first pitch he saw from closer Greg Hol­land (2-2) into the gap in left-cen­ter field, scor­ing Maikel Franco and Hyun Soo Kim. It was the sec­ond blown save in 36 chances for Hol­land.

GIANTS 6, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 3 Jeff Sa­mardz­ija pitched into the sev­enth in­ning to win his third con­sec­u­tive start and the host Giants beat the Di­a­mond­backs. Sa­mardz­ija (7-11) al­lowed three runs on five hits be­fore leav­ing after giv­ing up a one-out sin­gle to Ka­tel Marte then walk­ing Chris Her­mann in the sev­enth.

AP/Char­lie Riedel

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