Thursday’s American League results
Royals 6, Orioles 2 — Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer homered in a four-run fourth inning, Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively against his former team and Kansas City defeated host Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep. Gordon and Hosmer both connected against Freddy Garcia (0-1) with a runner on. It was Gordon’s third home run in three games and Hosmer’s first in 145 at-bats dating back to last year. Mike Moustakas also homered for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid and averted being swept for the first time this season.
Twins 5, Red Sox 3 — Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer and visiting Minnesota capitalized on a costly throwing error by Boston starter John Lackey to beat the struggling Red Sox. Lackey’s wild throw to second base on a potential inning-ending double play gave the Twins another chance in the sixth and they responded with four unearned runs, including two on Arcia’s homer, to take a 5-2 lead. Minnesota wrapped up the four-game series with its third consecutive win while the Red Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling out of first place for the first time this season.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 4 — Luke Scott drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning to give host Tampa Bay a victory over Toronto. Scott fell behind 0-2 in the count before taking four straight balls from Brad Lincoln. The Rays loaded the bases on Evan Longoria’s double off Aaron Loup (1-3) and two walks. The game featured a rare matchup of reigning Cy Young Award winners, however David Price and R.A. Dickey were not involved in the decision. It was only the third time since the Cy Young has been awarded in both leagues that reigning winners have faced each other the following season. Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) pitched one inning to get the win.
Thursday’s National League results
Mets 3, Pirates 2 — Center fielder Juan Lagares robbed Andrew McCutchen of a go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning, then pinch-hitter Mike Baxter’s single in the bottom half sent host New York over Pittsburgh. Baxter delivered his second winning pinch-hit in three days. His 10th-inning single Tuesday beat the Chicago White Sox. This time, Baxter batted for Lagares and won it. Lagares was equally responsible for the victory. Before the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said the rookie might win a game with his glove — he was right, maybe sooner than he expected. Called up from Triple-A on April 23 because of his bat and mitt, the center fielder preserved the ninth-inning tie with his defensive gem.
Thursday’s interleague results
Yankees 3, Rockies 1 — CC Sabathia and five relievers held host Colorado to four hits, Robinson Cano added a solo homer and New York beat the Rockies in a game that was delayed more than two hours by rain. Cano also had an infield single in the third for his 1,500th hit as the Yankees took two of three from Colorado. A steady rain delayed the first pitch by 8 minutes. The grounds crew constantly dumped diamond dry on the infield between innings to keep the surface playable. In the fourth, another thunderstorm rumbled through the city and halted the game for 1:59. The break meant the end of the day for Sabathia, who allowed one run and one hit in four innings.
Nationals 5, Tigers 4 — Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and host Washington beat Detroit to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions. Adam LaRoche singled in the first and second innings for his first consecutive multihit games this season, helping the Nationals to their first four-game winning streak of the year. Ryan Zimmerman, in a 2-for-14 slide coming in, had three hits. Bryce Harper hit an RBI groundout in the first following Denard Span’s leadoff double, and Harper came home from second when LaRoche singled and center fielder Austin Jackson let the ball get past him for an error. Ian Desmond followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead.
— Associated Press