Indians easily victorious against Royals 5-1
AP Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
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 the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City 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.
The Indians have won four of five to get back to .500.
Athletics 10, Astros 1 Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers to help the Athletics cruise to a win over the Astros.
It was the first career multihomer game for Donaldson, who connected in the first inning and pushed the lead to 10-1 with a second shot in the seventh. Alberto Callaspo added a two-run homer in the third and Jed Lowrie had three hits for the A's, who improved to 24-5 against Houston.
Scott Kazmir is off to a 3-0 start for the first time in his career after allowing five hits and a run with seven strikeouts in six innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.62.
The Athletics jumped on Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (0-4) early and tagged him for a career-high six runs on and eight hits, which tied a career-high, in just 3 2-3 innings.
Twins 9, Rays 7 Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Former Rays outfielder Sam Fuld hit a pair of RBI 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.
Ricky Nolasco (2-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Erik Bedard (0-1) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in four innings.
Yankees 14, Red Sox 5 Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season and the Yankees capitalized on five Boston errors to beat the Red Sox.
CC Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night in which starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.
Pineda was suspended for 10 games on Thursday and said he wouldn't appeal. He will miss two starts.
Neither team played a clean game Thursday. The Red Sox walked 12 — five by knuckleball throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth — hit one and had three wild pitches and a passed ball. They also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning.
Other games on Thursday:
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 4
Tigers 7, White Sox 4
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