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Detroit Tigers overcome Baltimore Orioles, 6-5

Detroit Tigers overcome Baltimore Orioles, 6-5

May 19th, 2017 by Associated Press in Sports Pro

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, right, is congratulated by J.D. Martinez after reaching home plate on a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Detroit.

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DETROIT—Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer off Dylan Bundy to put Detroit ahead in the fifth inning, and the Tigers went on to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run shot in the third for the Tigers, who ended a streak of eight straight quality starts by Bundy (5-2) to start the season. The Baltimore right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings.

Jordan Zimmermann (4-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, and three relievers finished for Detroit. Alex Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Seth Smith homered for the Orioles. Baltimore led 3-0 before J.D. Martinez tied it with his fifth home run in six games.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera sat out with a strained oblique, and Baltimore's Manny Machado was out with a sore finger.

 

Royals 5, Yankees 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Duffy (3-3) struck out a season-best 10 while walking two and earning his first win since April 14, against the Angels. Duffy had been 0-3 with two no-decisions in his last five starts.

Mike Minor handled the eighth before Kelvin Herrera surrendered a run in the ninth.

The Royals scored twice in the second off Jordan Montgomery (2-3) before Moustakas deposited his pitch into the bullpen in right in the fifth inning to break the game open.

Montgomery surrendered four hits and three walks over five innings.

 

Brewers 4, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO—Eric Sogard had his second four-hit game in three days and drove in three runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Diego Padres 4-2 Thursday.

Sogard is hitting .476 (10 for 21) with two homers since he was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. He went 9 for 15 in the four-game series, including an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the seventh on the 12th pitch of an at-bat against Kevin Quackenbush (0-1).

Sogard, who walked in his final plate appearance, missed last season while recovering from knee surgery.

Zach Davies (5-2) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth around a pair of walks for his third save. He threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Austin Hedges on a full-count curveball at the knees with runners at the corners for the final out. Milwaukee won its third straight.

 

Cubs 9, Reds 5

CHICAGO—Javier Baez hit a grand slam, Kris Bryant homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

Chicago outscored Cincinnati 25-15 in the series and has 23 wins in its last 28 games against the Reds.

Baez had three hits and a season-high five RBIs. He capped a five-run first inning against Amir Garrett (3-3) with his third career slam.

Bryant hit his eighth homer this season in the fourth, a solo drive, and the Cubs took a 9-0 lead in the fifth.

John Lester (2-2) improved to 11-0 in his last 15 regular-season home starts, allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings.

 

Pirates 10, Nationals 4

PITTSBURGH—Adam Frazier had a career-high four RBIs, Josh Bell and John Jaso homered, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 10-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Frazier hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and a two-run single in the seventh to help the Pirates pull away after Jaso's solo home run in the fifth inning broke a 4-4 tie. Bell opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the first.

Andrew McCutchen and Chris Stewart each had two of the Pirates' 13 hits. Jaso, who has three home runs, drove in two runs as Pittsburgh took two of three from the NL East-leading Nationals.

 

Rockies 5, Twins 1, Game 1

Twins 2, Rockies 0, Game 2

MINNEAPOLIS—There was a dominant pitching performance at Target Field on Thursday, just not by the Twin who has thrown many of them in his career.

A suddenly-shaky Ervin Santana faltered in the afternoon affair as the Twins lost 5-1 to Colorado. But young Jose Berrios shined in the night game, pitching like an ace in a 2-0 victory over the Rockies that ended a three-game losing streak and enabled the Twins to avoid being swept in the interleague series.

Berrios backed up his season debut on Saturday in Cleveland with an even more dominant outing on Thursday. The reactions of Rockies hitters said it all as Berrios held them to two hits over seven innings, a ground single to right by Gerardo Parra in the fifth and a line single by Carlos Gonzalez off shortstop Ehrie Adrianza's glove in the seventh.

Other than that, Colorado hitters flailed at Berrios' fastball as if it was 100 miles per hour and swung over the top of his breaking ball. Nolan Arenado looked a breaking ball for strike three in the fourth and immediately spun around to march back to the dugout. Ian Desmond missed a breaking ball in the seventh as he struck out and shook his head as he
retreated.

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