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Hannahan’s three RBIs knock off the Athletics

TRIPLE PLAY:While Oakland’s three-game winning streak ended, the Toronto Blue Jays turned their first triple play in more than three decades against the Kansas City Royals



Cleveland’s Jack Hannahan drove in three runs against his former team to power the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

Choo Shin-soo added two hits and an RBI for the Indians, who have won six of their past seven, all on the road.

Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (2-0) gave up two runs over six innings, while Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

The A’s had their three-game winning run ended, with starter Graham Godfrey (0-3) lasting only five innings, allowing four runs and giving up five walks and two hit batters.


In Kansas City, Missouri, Toronto turned their first triple play in 33 years, helping hand Kansas City their eighth straight defeat.

The Royals had runners on first and second in the third inning when a line out went to Toronto first baseman Adam Lind, who stepped on the bag to record the second out then fired to shortstop Yunel Escobar to retire the runner who had strayed off second.

Jose Bautista singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, while Luis Perez (2-0) worked 1-2/3 scoreless innings for the win and Sergio Santos got three outs for the save. Santos gave up an RBI single with two outs, but retired the last batter on a grounder with a runner on second to end it.

Royals reliever Greg Holland (0-2) gave up three runs in the eighth, blowing a 2-1 lead.


In Anaheim, Howie Kendrick had three hits and three RBIs as Los Angeles won their first game in four, downing Baltimore.

Angels starter Jerome Williams (1-1) allowed seven hits in 6-2/3 innings, striking out six and walking one.

Orioles starter Brian Matusz (0-3) suffered his 12th straight loss, charged with six runs in five-plus innings. His losing streak is the longest by any active major leaguer and one shy of the Orioles record set by Mike Boddicker across 1987 and 1988. Matusz has an 11.64 ERA in 13 starts since his last victory.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ White Sox 7, Mariners 3

‧ Twins 5, Rays 4



Washington pitcher Ross Detwiler and three relievers combined to shut out Miami, as the in-form Nationals beat the Marlins 2-0 on Friday.

Detwiler (2-0) went six innings and struck out seven, equaling a career high. The Nationals relievers allowed two men on base in both the eighth and the ninth, but both times escaped with no scoreboard damage.

Rick Ankiel homered leading off the third, putting a pitch from Carlos Zambrano (0-1) far over the center-field wall for his first home run of the year. He had three hits for the game.


In Pittsburgh, Lance Lynn allowed only an inside-the-park homer in seven innings, leading St Louis to victory over Pittsburgh.

Filling in nicely for injured ace Chris Carpenter, Lynn (3-0) walked only one and struck out four.

Lynn also scored the go-ahead run on Carlos Beltran’s two-out single in the fifth inning off Charlie Morton (0-1).

Pittsburgh’s Alex Presley led off the bottom of the first with a drive off the top of the center field fence, the ball just eluding a leaping fielder. It was just the Pirates’ second inside-the-park homer since PNC Park opened in 2001.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Braves 9, Diamondbacks 1

‧ Dodgers 3, Astros 1

‧ Giants 4, Mets 3 (10)

‧ Rockies 4, Brewers 3

‧ Phillies 5, Padres 1

‧ Reds 9, Cubs 4

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