Blue Jays crush Royals, 12-2
Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBIs, Adam Lind went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and the host Blue Jays used a 12-batter, seven-run first inning to rout the Kansas City Royals, 12-2, on Saturday.
The Blue Jays gave Stroman (2-0) all the support he would need in the first inning against Royals righthander Aaron Brooks (0-1), who was also making his first career start. Toronto set a team record when the first eight batters reached safely against Brooks.
Stroman said the Jays' potent lineup behind him was "like playing a video game with a cheat team . . . everyone is like a 100 level."
Yusmeiro Petit (3-3) gave up two hits in six innings for the Giants, but one of them was Taveras' 418-foot drive in the fifth. Petit subbed for injured Matt Cain, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, for the second straight start.
Yankees 3, Twins 1 - Masahiro Tanaka shut down the Minnesota hitters, allowing only an unearned run in eight innings while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.06, and Brian McCann lined a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to send New York to a home win over the Twins.
Nationals 10, Rangers 2 - Anthony Rendon went 4 for 5 with a home run and Adam LaRoche, Jose Lobaton, and Scott Hairston also homered as host Washington pounded Texas.
Braves 9, Marlins 1 - Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each drove in a pair of runs to help lead visiting Atlanta over Miami. Ervin Santana (5-2) won for the first time since May 10.