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MLB roundup: Prince Fielder ends home run drought

Associated Press

AMERICAN LEAGUE: 
Rangers 5, Mariners 0

Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and host Texas beat the Mariners on Tuesday night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan (0-1) to lead off the second inning. Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff went deep to left.

Royals 4, Astros 2

Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for his first major league win to lift Kansas City to a victory over host Houston. Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals. Ventura (1-0), an elite prospect with a 100 mph fastball, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings — both career highs — in his fifth major-league start. Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler had an RBI each for Kansas City and Lorenzo Cain had two hits for his fourth multi-hit game this season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: 
Pirates 8, Reds 7

Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning, giving Pittsburgh a victory over host Cincinnati in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs. The NL Central rivals put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was suspended in a 7-all tie after six innings because of rain. They combined for 10 homers in those six innings, the most for a game in Great American Ball Park’s 12 seasons.

Reds 7, Pirates 5

Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading host Cincinnati to a victory over Pittsburgh that completed two days full of homers and delays. Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6⅔ innings for a split. The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton escaped a two-on threat in the ninth while getting his first save.

Marlins 11, Nationals 2

Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBI, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and host Miami broke an eight-game losing streak by beating Washington. Strasburg (1-2) endured another rough outing in Miami, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61.

Cardinals 6, Brewers 1

Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBI in his return from the disabled list to lead St. Louis to a win over host Milwaukee. Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth off reliever Jim Henderson for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second consecutive loss following a nine-game winning streak. Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh.



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