(Kansas City, MO) — Salvador Perez belted a two-run homer to help the Royals defeat the Astros 4-2 in Kansas City. Eric Hosmer scored two runs for the Royals, who scored twice in the eighth to break a 2-all tie. Kelvin Herrera earned the win in relief. Greg Holland picked up his 11th save for Kansas City, which has won three straight. Starters James Shields and Jordan Lyles each went seven innings while allowing two runs in a no decision. Wesley Wright suffered the loss for Houston, which has lost three-of-four. Jason Castro and Trevor Crowe each knocked in a run for Houston. Game two in the three gam set will see the Royals send Ervin Santana to the mound against the Astros’ Erik Bedard; first pitch at 6:15 p.m.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have put a little more daylight between themselves and the defending NL Central Champion the Cincinnati Reds. Adam Wainwright won for the ninth time and every members of the Cardinals’ starting lineup had a hit. Pete Kozma had three RBIs in the 9-2 win. Tonight’s game between the Cardinals and Cincinnati will feature Tyler Lyons on the mound for the red birds facing off against the Reds’ Matt Latos; first pitch at 6:15 p.m.
Elsewhere in the majors Friday:
Toronto 6, Texas 1
Detroit 7, Cleveland 5
Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 1
Oakland 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Seattle 4, N.Y. Yankees 1
Pittsburgh 2, Chicago Cubs 0
Miami at New York, ppd., rain
Milwaukee 5, Philadelphia 4
Colorado 10, San Diego 9
Arizona 3, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers 2, Atlanta 1, 10 innings
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Long Pond, Pa., was rained out Friday so The Party in the Poconos 400 lineup for Sunday’s race will be based on point standings. Points leader Jimmie Johnson gains the pole position.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks tonight could make it a Stanley Cup Final featuring two members of the Original Six hockey teams. The Boston Bruins have already punched their ticket to the finals with a sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now the Blackhawks need one more win over the Los Angeles Kings at home tonight to make it there too. A Blackhawks loss sends the series back to L.A. for game 6.
NEW YORK (AP)— A field of 14 is expected to go to the post for the mile and a-half Belmont Stakes, the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The field features Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness champ Oxbow.