Monday’s American League results
Royals 13, Twins 0 — Eric Hosmer drove in five runs, including a three-run home run, Jeremy Guthrie pitched a complete-game shutout and the surging Kansas City Royals pummeled the visiting Minnesota Twins. Kansas City put six runs on the scoreboard in the second inning, making it a short night for Twins starter Kevin Correia (7-8), who allowed six runs over seven hits and walked three in just two innings. Brian Duensing allowed just one hit over the next three innings, but Hosmer’s three-run blast helped the Royals offense score seven more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Guthrie improved to 12-7 overall.
White Sox 8, Yankees 1 — Alex Rodriguez blooped a single into left field in his first at-bat of the season, hours after being hit with a long suspension. It was a nice start for the embattled slugger, but that was it. The finish belonged to the host Chicago White Sox. Rodriguez went 1-for-4 in his first game for New York, but the host White Sox beat the struggling Yankees to snap a 10-game losing streak. Alex Rios drove in four runs, Alexei Ramirez added four hits and Jose Quintana (6-3) pitched into the seventh for the White Sox. Rodriguez, meanwhile, is digging in, ready to go toe to toe with MLB.
Astros 2, Red Sox 0 — Brett Oberholtzer threw seven shutout innings, and L.J. Hoes scored twice to lead the host Houston Astros to a win over the Boston Red Sox. Oberholtzer (2-0) allowed four hits while walking two and striking out two. In his first two career starts, Oberholtzer has thrown 14 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits. Hoes and Jonathan Villar each had two hits for the Astros, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Houston took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Robbie Grossman, scoring Hoes who led off with a single.
Monday’s National League results
Braves 3, Nationals 2 — Justin Upton led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to a season-high 11 games by beating the host Washington Nationals. Freddie Freeman drove in Atlanta’s first two runs with two singles in the third and fifth. Reliever David Carpenter (3-0) earned the win by retiring all five batters he faced. Upton’s 20th homer came on a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard (6-2), who replaced Stephen Strasburg to begin the eighth. The Nationals again failed to provide much run support for Strasburg, who struck out nine in seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The last five times he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer, Washington lost. The Braves pushed their division lead to 13½ games over the second-place Nationals, who led the majors with 98 wins in 2012 but now are four games under .500. As it is, Atlanta’s 12½-game cushion entering the day was the largest margin through Aug. 4 in any division since 2005, when the Chicago White Sox led the AL Central by 14 games, according to STATS. Washington’s biggest issue has been offense, and Monday was no different. In every inning from the second through seventh, the Nationals put the leadoff batter on base against starter Mike Minor, but he was able to wiggle out of trouble for the most part. Washington scored on Adam LaRoche’s RBI double in the first, and again on rookie Anthony Rendon’s sacrifice fly in the sixth — but that was it.
Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2 — Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his batting average to .405 with an RBI single, helping the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers win their 15th straight on the road with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Nick Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds’ 15-game run in 1957. They’re two wins shy of the NL record set by the 1916 New York Giants. Greinke (9-3) allowed two runs in 6⅓ innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth. Adam Wainwright (13-7) gave up three runs in seven innings and failed in his third straight attempt at winning his 14th. He’s tied for the league lead in wins with teammate Lance Lynn.
— Associated Press