Monday, December 15, 2014

Royals win streak hits 10 games

Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie fields a grounder by Detroit´s Rajai Davis in a 2-1 win.
Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie fields a grounder by Detroit's Rajai Davis in a 2-1 win. DUANA BURLESON / Getty
DETROIT - The Kansas City Royals won their 10th straight game, extending their best streak in 20 years, when Jeremy Guthrie and a lucky hop helped them edge the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, Wednesday.

The Royals have not won this many consecutive games since a run of 14 in 1994. They extended their AL Central lead over the Tigers to 11/2 games.

Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and struck out nine in 62/3 innings. Drew Smyly (3-6) nearly matched him, but the Detroit lefthander was victimized by Alex Gordon's RBI single, which deflected off the second-base bag in the first, and a solo homer by Omar Infante in the fifth.

Red Sox 2, Twins 1 - Boston's Mike Napoli and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers with one out in the 10th inning to send visiting Minnesota to its fifth straight loss. Boston was held to one hit - a fifth-inning double by Daniel Nava - before the homers. The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th on Chris Parmelee's two-out homer off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (2-1).

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Orioles 2, Rays 0 - Kevin Gausman pitched six shutout innings, Steve Pearce's opposite-field double snapped a scoreless tie, and Nelson Cruz added his major-league-leading 22d home run to help visiting Baltimore beat Tampa Bay. The last-place Rays were blanked for an AL-leading 11th time.

Mets 3, Cardinals 2 - New York's Bartolo Colon worked eight dominant innings in 91-degree heat and keyed the go-ahead rally with his first career extra-base hit to avoid a three-game sweep in St. Louis. Colon surprised Lance Lynn (7-5) with a double inside third base - his first hit in nine years - to open the sixth. He scored his second career run, and first since 2002 with the Expos, on an Eric Young double.

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