Junis, O’Hearn Doom Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jakob Junis allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, Ryan O’Hearn homered twice and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
Junis (8-12) gave up a two-out single to Francisco Lindor in the third and a leadoff single to Yonder Alonso in the fifth. The right-hander hit a batter, walked none, struck out six and retired the last nine hitters.
Junis was 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA in his first two starts against the Indians this season.
Brian Flynn pitched a scoreless eighth and Wily Peralta reliever began the ninth with a 5-0 lead. Lindor homered with one out, Michael Brantley singled and Peralta walked Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion on eight pitches.
Left-hander Tim Hill relieved and pinch-hitter Yandy Diaz hit a hard grounder that second baseman Whit Merrifield turned into a game-ending double play. Hill made his second save.
O’Hearn had the first multihomer game of his career. He led off the fourth with a home run and hit a two-run drive in the sixth. Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier hit solo homers for the the Royals, who have won eight of nine.
Adam Plutko (4-5) gave up three homers and allowed four runs in six innings. The right-hander had a career-high eight strikeouts.
Kansas City took two of three from Cleveland at Kaufmann Stadium last month and Junis made certain that trend continued. He retired the first eight batters before hitting Greg Allen with a pitch in the third. Lindor sent Allen to third with a single, but the inning ended with an out on the bases.
Lindor broke for second and was caught in a rundown when catcher Cam Gallagher threw to shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. The rundown continued until Allen finally broke for home, and Merrifield threw to Gallagher, who applied the tag.
Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam in Triple-A on Monday after the Indians placed him on the disabled list to give him more time to rehab a calf injury in the minor leagues. Donaldson, playing for Columbus, also walked and lined out against Toledo. Donaldson, acquired from Toronto on Friday, will continue his rehab assignment for Double-A Akron in the Eastern League playoffs this week.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha homered and Matt Chapman hit an RBI double to back Trevor Cahill, leading Oakland past New York in a matchup between two teams in the AL wild-card race.
The A’s jumped on CC Sabathia early and pulled within 3 1/2 games of New York for the first wild card.
WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending homer as Chicago scored three times in the bottom of the ninth for its eighth win in 11 games.
Davidson hit his 20th homer into the left-field bullpen on the first pitch his saw from Detroit closer Shane Greene (2-6) after Welington Castillo singled. Daniel Palka’s 21st homer to lead off the ninth tied it at 2.
ASTROS 4, TWINS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman homered for the third straight game and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to help Houston win its third straight.
RAYS 7, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman got roughed up early in his return from the disabled list, Ji-Man Choi added a solo homer and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched five scoreless innings in his first start for the Angels in more than five months, Taylor Ward snapped a scoreless tie with his seventh-inning homer and Los Angeles beat the Texas Rangers.
Ward’s two-run homer was part of a three-run seventh that made rookie reliever Taylor Cole (1-2) a first-time winner. Cole went 1 1/3 innings after relieving Shoemaker.
All of the Los Angeles runs came off Zac Curtis (0-1), the third pitcher for the Rangers on a night they started the game with two scoreless innings by reliever Jeffrey Springs before fellow rookie Ariel Jurado’s four innings.
RED SOX 8, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Ian Kinsler drove in three runs and Boston continued its interleague success, beating Atlanta in a matchup of division leaders.
The Red Sox have won 23 of their last 27 games against National League teams. Boston has the best record in the majors and is atop the AL East.
Kinsler hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth after a throwing error by first baseman Freddie Freeman prolonged the inning, making it 5-2. Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single as Boston scored three times in the ninth.
off Bryse Wilson.
Boston scored three runs in the fifth off Braves rookie Touki Toussaint (1-1), making only his second start in the majors.
The NL East-leading Braves scored only one run after loading the bases in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Kurt Suzuki’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly added a run in the seventh.
Brandon Workman (3-0) recorded two outs after replacing Nathan Eovaldi in the fourth.