ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Felix Hernandez struck out a career-high 15 in seven innings before Endy Chavez keyed a five-run ninth with a tiebreaking RBI single, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

James Jones had a two-run triple for the Mariners, who have won seven of eight. King Felix scattered four hits.

After Brad Miller hit a two-out triple and Willie Bloomquist walked against Grant Balfour (0-2), the left-handed hitting Chavez slapped a two-strike single to left for a 1-0 lead. Jones had his triple before Kyle Seager added a two-run double.

Yoervis Medina (3-1) threw a scoreless eighth for the win.

ROYALS 2, YANKEES 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields kept making critical pitches to escape trouble, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas drove in runs and the Royals squeaked out a win over the Yankees.

The Royals have won the last seven games that Shields (7-3) has started, and he’s earned the win in four of those. The veteran right-hander lasted six innings in his latest effort, giving up six hits to the punchless Yankees but only allowing only one unearned run.

The Royals scored both of their runs off Hiroki Kuroda (4-4) in the second inning.

Aaron Crow escaped a jam in the seventh inning, and Wade Davis recorded the 500th strikeout of his career during a perfect eighth before Greg Holland survived a shaky ninth for his 18th save.

ASTROS 14, TWINS 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Carter and Jon Singleton hit their first career grand slams to power the Astros to a victory over the Twins.

Carter’s slam in the seventh inning sailed over the limestone overhang in right field and gave Houston a 9-3 lead. Singleton lined a fastball off Glen Perkins over the right-field wall that made it 14-5 in the ninth.

The only other time two Astros players hit grand slams in the same game was July 30, 1969, at New York when Denis Menke and Jimmy Wynn both hit slams in an 11-run ninth inning against the Mets.

Dexter Fowler and George Springer also homered for the Astros.

Darin Downs (1-0) got the last eight outs as the third reliever to follow starter Colin McHugh, who fanned six and allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings.

Houston batted around in the fourth inning, scoring three runs after Samuel Deduno (2-4) loaded the bases with nobody out by walking two batters and hitting another.

INDIANS 3, RANGERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and scored twice and Indians starter Justin Masterson picked up his first road win of the season.

Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios had two hits each for the injury-riddled Rangers, who learned before the game they will be without first baseman Mitch Moreland for three months. Moreland needs surgery on his ailing left ankle.

Masterson (4-4) gave up five hits and two runs in 5 2-3.

Left-hander Joe Saunders (0-2) is winless in four starts for Texas after allowing seven hits and three runs ”“ two earned ”“ with four walks in 5 1-3 innings.

ANGELS 4, WHITE SOX 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson bounced back strongly from his shortest outing of the season, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and Josh Hamilton drove in three runs to lead the Angels over the White Sox.

Wilson (7-5) was charged with one run over 7 1-3 innings and struck out six.

Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 10th save.

Jose Quintana (3-6) allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks through 4 1-3 innings and struck out four.

CARDINALS 5, BLUE JAYS 0

TORONTO (AP) — Jaime Garcia and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered, and the Cardinals beat the Blue Jays.

Garcia (2-0) allowed three hits in seven innings, walked three and struck out four to win for the first time in three starts.

Pat Neshek worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for the Cardinals, who have a Major League-high 12 shutouts this season. Texas entered Sunday with 11.

St. Louis won back-to-back games for the first time since May 24 and 25 against Cincinnati.

Drew Hutchison (4-4) allowed five runs and six hits in three innings, his shortest start of the season. He walked one and struck out one.

REDS 4, PHILLIES 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Homer Bailey hit a two-run single and pitched eight effective innings to lead Cincinnati to the win.

Billy Hamilton added a two-run homer for the Reds, who won their second straight against the reeling Phillies after a three-game losing streak.

Bailey (7-3) allowed six hits and one run while matching his season high in innings and picking up his first career win in five decisions over 10 games against Philadelphia.

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.

David Buchanan (1-3), making his fourth career start since being called up by Philadelphia on May 24, allowed four runs in six innings.



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