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MLB roundup: Norris, Athletics top Twins 7-4 in 11 innings

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AMERICAN LEAGUE: 
Athletics 7, Twins 4

Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning, and Oakland bounced back from another blown save by new closer Jim Johnson to beat host Minnesota. Jared Burton (0-1) gave up the one-out drive by Norris, who went deep on Tuesday night, too. Dan Otero (1-0) got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who has given up seven runs, nine hits and six walks in five appearances with the A’s.

Royals 7, Rays 3

Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer and matched a career high with four RBI, leading host Kansas City to a rout of Tampa Bay in their series finale. Nori Aoki, Johnny Giavotella and Billy Butler also drove in runs for the Royals, who have struggled to find offense all season. They had only scored more than four runs once in their first seven games, and lost 1-0 to Tampa Bay the previous night.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 2

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping host Boston rally for a victory over Texas. Ortiz’s second homer was heading down the right-field line before it curled around the pole just 302 feet from home plate. Ortiz remained in the batter’s box until first-base umpire Jerry Meals signaled a home run.

Orioles 5, Yankees 4

Nick Markakis had an RBI single in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Shawn Kelley, and Baltimore rallied for a victory over host New York after wasting a three-run lead against Masahiro Tanaka. Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer off Tanaka in the second inning of his first start at Yankee Stadium but Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson connected against Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning.

Blue Jays 7, Astros 3

Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer, Brandon Morrow won for the first time in almost 11 months and host Toronto beat Houston. Alex Presley hit a two-run homer for the Astros, who have lost six of seven following a 2-0 start. Morrow (1-1), limited to 10 starts last season with a nerve injury in his forearm, won for the first time since May 23, 2013, when he beat Baltimore. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings and struck out nine.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: 
Reds 4, Cardinals 0

Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in Cincinnati’s victory over host St. Louis. Leake (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings and Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run home run for the Reds, who avoided a three-game sweep after dropping their ninth series in their last 10 in St. Louis.

Braves 4, Mets 3

Ervin Santana allowed only three hits over eight scoreless innings in his Atlanta debut, Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs and the host Braves held off New York. The Braves led 4-0, but the Mets rallied in the ninth after Santana was removed.

Brewers 9, Phillies 4

Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning rally to lead Milwaukee to its fifth straight win, this time over host Philadelphia. Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds homered and Jean Segura doubled and drove in a run for Milwaukee, which has won all five games during the streak on the road.

Cubs 7, Pirates 5

Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and host Chicago beat Pittsburgh despite allowing five solo home runs. Hammel (2-0) retired the first 12 batters until Pedro Alvarez’s first homer of the game tied it to start the fifth. Hammel allowed three runs and three hits — all solo homers — while striking out six. Mike Olt and Junior Lake hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2).

Nationals 10, Marlins 7

Jayson Werth hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning off Carlos Marmol after Bryce Harper’s upper-deck, three-run homer started a comeback from an early deficit, and host Washington beat Miami. Werth and Harper each delivered his first homer of the season as Washington overcame deficits of 5-0 and 7-6 in a topsy-turvy game.

INTERLEAGUE: 
Rockies 10, White Sox 4

D.J. LeMahieu’s two-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning, sending host Colorado to a win over Chicago. LeMahieu finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game at 4. Colorado broke open the game in the eighth with its biggest inning this season.


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