Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Associated Press
CINCINNATI - Todd Frazier hit two homers, including the first of Cincinnati's three off Lance Lynn, and the Reds recovered from a 16-inning loss by overpowering the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Thursday night, taking three of the four in their final series of the season.
Mike Moustakas, center, celebrates with his teammates after hitting a solo homer in the 13th inning to lift the host Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
The Associated Press
Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo also hit solo homers off Lynn (13-10), who lasted five innings and gave up three homers for only the second time in his career. Frazier also connected off Seth Maness for the third multihomer game of his career.
By winning their final series together, the Reds tightened the NL Central race and ended the Cardinals' dominance. St. Louis had won the last seven series between them. Cincinnati's lone loss was 5-4 in 16 innings Wednesday night.
Left-hander Tony Cingrani (7-3) returned from a sore back and did a little bit of everything. He pitched into the sixth inning, gave up two runs, bunted for a hit, stole a base and scored.
David Freese homered for the Cardinals, who have lost 6 of 8. With first-place Pittsburgh idle, the Cardinals slipped to 11/2 games behind the Pirates while the Reds moved to three games out.
ROYALS 7, MARINERS 6: Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting host Kansas City over Seattle.
Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since 2011.
Louis Coleman (3-0), the eighth Royals pitcher, retired the only batter he faced in the top of the 13th.
Kansas City rallied from five runs down and led 6-5 in the ninth before Raul Ibanez homered off Greg Holland with two outs to tie it. It was Holland's first blown save since May 6 to end a streak of 31 consecutive saves.
Billy Butler went 5 for 5, matching his career high in hits for the Royals, while Emilo Bonifacio went 4 for 6.
The teams combined to use 44 players, including 14 pitchers.
ORIOLES 3, WHITE SOX 1: Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings and host Baltimore hit three solo homers in a win over skidding Chicago.
Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts homered off Jose Quintana (7-6) to provide Baltimore with a much-needed win. The Orioles were coming off a 3-6 trip that dropped them four games off the pace in the AL wild-card hunt.
Gonzalez (9-7) gave up four hits -- all singles -- walked one and struck out six to earn his first win in seven starts since July 20. He was 0-4 in that span.
Tommy Hunter allowed a single in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.