Hamilton, Conger power Angels past Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger homered to back Billy Buckner’s first major league win since 2009, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-0 Saturday for their seventh straight victory.
The resurgent Angels have outscored opponents 54-18 during their longest winning streak of the season.
The slumping Royals have lost 15 of 19, including seven straight at home. They have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of those defeats to drop a season-low four games below .500 at 21-25.
Conger’s opposite-field shot leading off the sixth inning was the first hit off Jeremy Guthrie (5-3), who dropped his third consecutive outing after going a Royals-record 18 starts in a row without a loss.
Buckner (1-0), who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, limited the Royals to two hits over five innings.
RED SOX 7, INDIANS 4
BOSTON — Pinch-hitter Mike Carp drove in the tying run with an eighth-inning double and then scored on a double by Dustin Pedroia as the Red Sox rallied for a victory over the Indians.
The Red Sox scored four times off reliever Vinnie Pestano (1-1), who took over with Cleveland leading 4-3 in the eighth.
ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 5
TORONTO — Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer, and Adam Jones added a solo shot to help the Orioles beat R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays.
The Orioles won for the fourth time in five games following a season-long six-game losing streak.
YANKEES 4, RAYS 3 (11)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Lyle Overbay homered with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Yankees rallied late to beat the Rays.
Overbay drilled a 1-0 pitch from Josh Lueke (0-2) into the right field seats to give New York the lead.
The Yankees scored twice in the ninth against struggling Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney to pull even at 3.
WHITE SOX 2, MARLINS 1
CHICAGO — Conor Gillaspie hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to score Dewayne Wise, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Derek Dietrich homered in the top of the ninth to spoil Jake Peavy’s shutout bid, but in the bottom half, Gillaspie drove in Wise to give the White Sox their eighth win in 11 games.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT — Joe Mauer homered and had three hits, helping the Twins snap a 10-game losing streak with a victory over the Tigers.
The Twins scored three runs in the first, and that was enough. P.J. Walters (1-0) went six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.
RANGERS 5, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE — Nelson Cruz hit his 12th homer of the season, David Murphy drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers roughed up Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and handed the Mariners their eighth straight loss.
ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 5
HOUSTON — Josh Donaldson homered and had four hits to power Oakland past Houston.
Chris Young added three hits and drove in two runs as the Athletics pounded out a season-high 18 hits.