MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit two of Kansas City’s season-high four home runs, James Shields pitched six strong innings for his 90th win and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Friday night.
Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas also homered for the Royals.
Clete Thomas homered for the Twins, who got another rough start from P.J. Walters (2-4). Walters allowed six runs in three innings one start after giving up six in the first at Cleveland last Saturday.
The Royals entered the game with the fewest home runs in the majors (43) — two behind Miami — and had given Shields (3-6) some of the worst run support in the league.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings of one-run ball to win his eighth straight start, powering the Oakland Athletics past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Friday night.
Colon (11-2) controlled the game with an efficient fastball the way he has so many others this season, burnishing his All-Star credentials and confounding critics who question how the 40-year-old continues to dominate. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one. Colon is second in wins in the AL behind Max Scherzer of Detroit, who is 12-0.
The A’s scored five runs in the second inning to knock Shelby Miller (8-6) out of the game and drop the Cardinals (48-31) a game behind Pittsburgh for the best record in the majors — and the NL Central lead.
Cleveland 19, Chicago White Sox 10, 1st game
Cleveland 9, Chicago White Sox 8, 2nd game
Baltimore 4, N.Y. Yankees 3
Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 3
Boston 7, Toronto 5
Texas 4, Cincinnati 0
L.A. Angels 4, Houston 2
Seattle 5, Chicago Cubs 4, 10 innings
Pittsburgh 10, Milwaukee 3
San Diego 9, Miami 2
Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 4
Atlanta 3, Arizona 0
Colorado 4, San Francisco 1
Philadelphia 16, L.A. Dodgers 1
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Justin Miller, a pitcher for four teams during a major league career that spanned seven seasons, has been found dead. He was 35.
Miller’s death was confirmed Friday by his agent, Matt Sosnick. Miller’s body was found Wednesday night, but the cause of death hadn’t been released by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Miller pitched for the Blue Jays, Marlins, Giants and Dodgers from 2002 to 2010. He had a career record of 24-14 in 216 games.
The California native lived in Palm Harbor since 2002.
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Brad Keselowski took his final lead on the 156th lap and went on to a rain-shortened victory Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Showers halted the race at lap 170 in the scheduled 200-lap event, but drivers were expecting it to resume before another pocket of rain forced officials to call it off. Keselowski settled for doing victory spinouts, being careful to avoid sliding into the wall on a night mostly spent on firm footing.
A night after finishing second in the Truck Series race, the Sprint Cup champion led four times for 59 laps en route to his second series victory here in three years. Elliott Sadler was second, followed by Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch.
Series points leader Regan Smith saw his 28-point advantage over Justin Allgaier coming in whacked to an eight-point edge over Sam Hornish Jr. after an engine problem that forced him behind the wall and left him 30th, 17 laps down.