Royals near team record with 10 straight wins
June 20, 2014, 12:08 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- 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 beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1.
The Royals have not won this many games in a row since a run of 14 straight in 1994. They extended their AL Central lead over the Tigers to 1 1/2 games.
Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and struck out nine in 6 2-3 innings. Drew Smyly (3-6) nearly matched him, but the Detroit left-hander was hurt by Alex Gordon's RBI single that deflected off second base in the first and a solo homer by Omar Infante in the fifth.
J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers in the seventh, but the Kansas City bullpen got the last seven outs, with Greg Holland pitching the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Alfredo Simon became the NL's first 10-game winner and Billy Hamilton had three hits and three RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds trounced the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4.
Simon (10-3) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings and Cincinnati won for the sixth time in seven games.
At Boston, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz hit consecutive home runs with one out in the 10th inning as the Red Sox rallied to hand the Minnesota Twins their fifth straight loss.
Boston was held to one hit — a fifth-inning double by Daniel Nava — before the homers.
Oakland's Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning as Sonny Gray pitched Oakland past the Texas Rangers 4-2, giving the Athletics the best record in the majors.
The New York Yankees, meanwhile, beat the first-placed Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 after Brian McCann hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and later added a bases-loaded triple.
Kevin Gausman pitched six innings, Steve Pearce's double ended a scoreless deadlock and Nelson Cruz added his major league-leading 22nd home run to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0.
In other games, the Chicago White Sox edged the San Francisco Giants 7-6, the San Diego Padres edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1, the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-5 and the Philadelphia Phillies downed the Atlanta Braves 10-5.
The Arizona Diamondbacks overcame the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3, the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 and the Chicago Cubs were 6-1 winners over the Miami Marlins.