Twins Outlast Rays
St. Petersburg , Fla. — Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday.
Sam Fuld had a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Twins, who won two of three for their first road series win against the Rays since Sept. 4-6, 2006. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire moved past Chuck Dressen into sole possession of 59th place on the career victory list with 1,009.
After having a four-run lead cut to one, Minnesota went ahead 8-3 in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Fuld and Hicks’ shot off reliever Heath Bell. It was Hicks first homer since July 14 against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Ricky Nolasco (2-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 4
Toronto — Chris Davis had two hits and three RBIs, Jonathan Schoop homered and Baltimore beat Toronto.
Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, extending his streak of games with at least one RBI to seven.
Cruz had three homers and 10 RBIs in the three game series against Toronto. He has 22 RBIs in April, a career high for the month.
Bud Norris (1-2) pitched six innings to win for the first time in three road starts this season. Norris allowed three runs and five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Zach Britton worked 12⁄3 innings and Josh Stinson got the final four outs.
Trailing 3-2, Baltimore batted around in a five-run seventh against three Blue Jays relievers.
Tigers 7, White Sox 4
Detroit — Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and Detroit beat Chicago.
Cabrera hit a pair of two-out singles for his RBIs.
Scherzer (2-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. The reigning AL Cy Young winner was pulled with a high pitch count.
Indians 5, Royals 1
Cleveland — Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 11 and pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game, and David Murphy and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece, leading Indians over the Royals.
Kluber (2-2) didn’t walk a batter and let Cleveland manager Terry Francona give some needed rest to his bullpen.
Murphy and Cabrera delivered big hits in the Indians’ five-run fifth off Bruce Chen (1-2), who controlled Cleveland’s lineup for four innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 2
Chicago — Mike Bolsinger earned his first major league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as Arizona beat Chicago.
Bolsinger (1-1) allowed one unearned run and four hits in 62⁄3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Mets 4, Cardinals 1
New York — Chris Young homered to start New York’s comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat St. Louis to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April.
Colon (2-3) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none. Carlos Torres and Scott Rice split the eighth, and Daisuke Matsuzaka finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000 with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League.
Reds 2, Pirates 1
Pittsburgh — Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after a pair of Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over Pittsburgh.
The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11.
The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span.
Cingrani (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Yanks Pitcher Out for Season
Boston — New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.
The operation is scheduled for next Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews.
Nova left last Saturday’s 16-1 loss at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning after allowing eight runs and eight hits, including four homers. An MRI then revealed the injury and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He was transferred Thursday to the 60-day disabled list.
Reds Pitcher Sued
A woman who said Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel a year ago when the team was in town to play the Nationals is suing the player for $15 million.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed the civil lawsuit Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. The suit says she met Simon at a nightclub and went with him by cab to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel where, she claims, he forced sex upon her.
Adam Katz, Simon’s agent, said he had no comment when reached by phone Thursday night.
A copy of the suit was obtained by WMAR-TV in Baltimore. The 32-year-old Simon played for the Baltimore Orioles for parts of four seasons from 2008 to 2011 before being claimed off waivers by the Reds.
“This was a very brutal attack,” Steve Kelly, one of the woman’s lawyers, said Thursday night. “It was very traumatic for her.”
The lawsuit says that the night of April 27, 2013, the then 27-year-old woman and friends went to a nightclub and were approached by a man claiming to be Simon’s manager.
The man escorted the woman to a table where Simon and another ballplayer were sitting and introduced her, according to the lawsuit.
The woman and Simon left about 2:30 a.m. in a cab and rode to the hotel where the Reds were staying, according to the court document, which also alleges the woman was intoxicated and unable to consent to sex.
The suit alleges that Simon started to kiss the woman, but began to get rough with her, pinning her down on her stomach and grabbing her hair.
Simon forced the woman to have sex with him, the suit alleges.