Angels Thump Yanks
New York — Albert Pujols hit one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, C.J. Wilson kept New York in check again and the Angels roughed up the road weary Yankees 13-1 on Friday night.
Pujols hit homer No. 501 and Ian Stewart had a two-run shot off Hiroki Kuroda (2-2) for the majors’ top slugging squad. Erick Aybar connected for a three-run drive and Colin Cowgill went deep against Bruce Billings, one of the pitchers called up when Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games after being caught with pine tar on his neck Wednesday night.
Wilson (3-2) gave up a run and four hits in six innings, the seventh time in eight starts he’s held New York to two or fewer earned runs.
The Angels’ 35 homers is a club record for March and April and leads the majors. Pujols has a majors-leading nine home runs.
Royals 5, Orioles 0
Baltimore — Yordano Ventura scattered seven hits over eight innings as Kansas City cruised over the Orioles, who played the latter part of the game without injured slugger Chris Davis.
Davis left in the fifth inning with a left oblique strain. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but Davis looked to be in obvious discomfort as he walked toward the dugout following a third-inning flyout. Davis led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs last season.
Ventura (2-1) had a career-high eight strikeouts and walked two in his seventh major league start. Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to finish off the Royals’ second shutout of the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez (0-4) allowed four runs and six hits in six-plus innings.
Mets 4, Marlins 3
New York — Slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning, sending New York past Miami.
After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth that put the Marlins ahead 3-2, the Mets stung Marlins closer Steve Cishek.
Cishek (1-1) had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances — the longest active streak in the majors — before Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a single and moved up on a sacrifice.
Left fielder Christian Yelich then made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu’s liner for the second out. Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.
Braves 5, Reds 4
Atlanta — Justin Upton hit a three-run homer to continue another strong April, Ervin Santana earned his third win and Atlanta held off Cincinnati.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Roger Bernadina and walked Zack Cozart to open the ninth. Kimbrel struck out Brayan Pena and Chris Heisey before earning his seventh save on Joey Votto’s groundout.
First baseman Freddie Freeman made a long stretch for Chris Johnson’s throw from third base on Heisey’s groundball. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged first base umpire Vic Carapazza’s ruling that Freeman’s foot remained on the bag. The call was confirmed, ending the game.
Nationals 11, Padres 1
Washington — Bryce Harper drove in a career-high four runs before leaving the game, and Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings as the Nationals defeated the Padres.
Harper drove in a run with an infield single in the first and had a bases-loaded triple in the third. Following his headfirst dive into third base on the triple, Harper flexed his left wrist. He was later replaced in left field by Nate McLouth to start the fifth inning. No announcement was made regarding whether or not Harper was injured.
Anthony Rendon had a career-high four hits for Washington.
Strasburg (2-2) allowed seven hits and walked two, but struck out 11. He turned in his second straight effective start, lowering his ERA from 5.33 to 4.24.
San Diego’s Robbie Erlin (1-3) allowed eight runs and 13 hits over 51⁄3 innings.
Cardinals 1, Pirates 0
St. Louis — Shelby Miller finally solved Pittsburgh, pitching 52⁄3 scoreless innings to lead St. Louis over the Pirates.
Miller (2-2) entered the game with an 0-5 record and a 5.93 ERA against the Pirates. He allowed just three hits and four walks while striking out four.
Pat Neshek, Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Rosenthal followed Miller and preserved the shutout. Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.
Matt Holliday had three hits, a walk and drove in the only run with a first-inning double. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.