- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Chase Headley, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius hit early home runs and the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 7-3 Thursday night, sending the World Series champion Royals to their 12th loss in 16 games.

Kansas City dropped three of four at Yankee Stadium.

Nathan Eovaldi (3-2) worked around eight hits in five innings, and overcame getting struck on the leg by Lorenzo Cain’s hard one-hopper at the outset.

Relievers Kirby Yates and Dellin Betances each followed with a perfect inning to hold a 5-3 lead. After the Yankees scored twice more, Andrew Miller worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Chasen Shreve threw a scoreless ninth.

Ian Kennedy (4-3) lost in his first game back in the Bronx since the Yankees traded him after the 2009 season.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clayton Kershaw tossed his second complete-game shutout this month, Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer and Chase Utley added a solo shot to help Los Angeles beat New York for a split of the four-game series.

Making his 250th career start, Kershaw (5-1) struck out 13 and walked one to win his third straight. He only gave up three hits. It was the left-hander’s fifth straight start with double-digit strikeouts, a club record.

The Dodgers jumped on Bartolo Colon (3-2) with four runs in the first inning. Their first run came on Justin Turner’s RBI single before Grandal homered off a 2-0 pitch into the right-field pavilion, making it 4-0 on his third homer of the season.

Chase Utley added a two-out homer in the second for a 5-0 lead.


BOSTON (AP) - David Price struck out 12, Mookie Betts had a three-run homer and Xander Bogaerts had a two-run shot to help Boston beat Houston for a season-high fifth straight win.

Jackie Bradley Jr. singled twice and extended his hitting streak to 18 games, tying the longest streak in the major leagues this season. Bogaerts had three RBIs.

Thursday was supposed to be all about the first matchup between reigning Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and Price, last year’s runner-up.

Boston’s bats ensured Price (5-1) easily took this one. He rallied after a slow start and allowed a season-low one run over 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 6.00.

Keuchel (2-5) gave up 10 hits and eight runs. He has allowed five or more earned runs in four of his last five starts, something he did only three times last year.


PHOENIX (AP) - Johnny Cueto pitched seven strong innings, Zack Greinke had another rough outing at home for Arizona and San Francisco opened a four-game series with a victory.

Joe Panik hit a two-run homer off Greinke, who fell to 1-3 in five home starts.

Cueto (5-1) allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out nine and walking two in a matchup of two of the highest-priced free agent pitchers last offseason. Cueto signed a six-year, $130 million contract, which was dwarfed by Greinke’s six-year, $206.5 million deal.

Greinke (3-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 5.26 in eight starts. Greinke led the majors with a 1.66 ERA last season.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning, and Baltimore rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Detroit for a fifth straight victory.

Schoop’s triple was the only extra-base hit in the seventh-inning rally that included five singles.

Baltimore trailed 5-0 in the sixth. Detroit starter Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the collapse of the Detroit bullpen left the right-hander winless in 15 starts since Aug. 12.

Alex Wilson gave up three runs in the seventh and Justin Wilson (0-1) yielded the last two.

Vance Worley (2-0) worked two innings, and Zach Britton got three outs for his ninth save in nine chances.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - James Shields had a season-high nine strikeouts in seven innings to lead San Diego.

Shields (2-5) allowed seven hits and one walk. Brandon Maurer pitched the eighth inning and Ryan Buchter pitched the ninth for his first major league save.

Melvin Upton Jr. homered for the fourth time and had three hits, two RBIs and two runs for the Padres one day after San Diego swept a doubleheader at the Chicago Cubs.

Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (4-3) pitched a season-high eight innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits but lost for the second time in his last seven starts.


ATLANTA (AP) - Cameron Rupp hit a three-run double with two outs in the 10th inning and Philadelphia beat Atlanta.

Odubel Herrera matched his career high with four hits, including a triple off Jason Grilli (1-2) leading off the 10th.

Andrew Bailey (2-0) got the final out of the ninth, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched the 10th for his major league-leading 13th save in 14 tries.

Atlanta dropped to a big league-worst 8-25, including 2-17 at home.

Rookie Aaron Blair allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in 3 2/3 innings, he shortest of his four starts with Atlanta.



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