Angels Snap Streak
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer, middle, gets covered with "Rally Sauce" after he drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The Royals' Salvador Perez (13) and Wade Davis join in the celebration. The Royals won 3-2 in 10 innings.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Baltimore — Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat Baltimore 9-5 to stop a four-game losing streak.
Los Angeles trailed 4-2 before getting five hits — three for extra bases — and two walks in the seventh against three pitchers.
Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help the Angels avert a three-game sweep and put a positive finish on a 2-4 trip that began in Boston.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 21st homer for Baltimore, 0-5 this season when trying to complete a three- or four-game sweep. The Orioles next host the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox in a four-game series beginning tonight.
Royals 3, Tigers 2 (10)
Kansas City, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping Kansas City overcome Justin Verlander’s seven scoreless innings.
Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Royals.
Padres 5, Braves 3
San Diego — Edinson Volquez struck out a season-high nine in seven innings as he rebounded from the worst start of his career and led San Diego over NL East-leading Atlanta for a three-game sweep. Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who have won six of eight.
Reds 2, Cubs 1
Chicago — Mike Leake combined with Aroldis Chapman on a three-hitter and Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning against Travis Wood, leading the Reds over Chicago for their record 12th straight win at Wrigley Field.
Brewers 10, Marlins 1
Miami — Carlos Gomez had four hits, including two triples, and Jonathan Lucroy drove in four runs to lead Milwaukee over Miami. Gomez also drove in three runs and scored three runs. Jean Segura homered for the Brewers, who have won five of six.
Mets 5, Cardinals 1
New York — Dillon Gee had his third straight stellar start, Lucas Duda hit one of three Mets homers and New York scored the most runs allowed by Shelby Miller in his young career. David Wright and Marlon Byrd also connected for the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid and improved to 2-6 in June.
Pirates 12, Giants 8
Pittsburgh — Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times and Pittsburgh beat San Francisco. Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for Pittsburgh. Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three hits each as the Pirates set season highs for both runs and hits.
■ The Dodgers are still upset a day after their brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with much of their ire directed toward pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Kennedy hit Los Angeles rookie Yasiel Puig and pitcher Zack Greinke with high pitches, and a day later the Dodgers were still taking exception to where they were thrown.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said he doesn’t think Kennedy hit Puig deliberately. The ball deflected off the young slugger’s shoulder and grazed his nose. But Mattingly said Kennedy meant to hit Greinke. The ball deflected off his helmet and struck his upper left shoulder.
No discipline by Major League Baseball was expected to be announced until at least today.
■ From some 1,800 miles away in Kansas City, Mo., 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees-Athletics game last night in Oakland, Calif.
Into the glove of A’s reliever Ryan Cook, in Oakland. It was all made possible by a telerobotic pitching machine, and is believed to be a baseball first when it comes to ceremonial first pitches. A first pitch from across the country — a neat new concept, indeed.
LeGrande is an A’s fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia, and the former Little Leaguer’s illness no longer allows him to attend games.
LeGrande and his family, including parents Mike and Shari, were taken to a mini baseball stadium. It was constructed by Google at its Kansas City offices — a location close to LeGrande’s home and Children’s Mercy Hospital, where he receives treatment. Nick’s friends, doctors and former teammates were all set to be in attendance.
At the same in the Bay Area, a telerobotic pitching machine was placed on the pitcher’s mound at the Oakland Coliseum to follow the teen’s movements. The technology allowed LeGrande to simultaneously throw the pitch and watch it happen from afar.