The Cincinnati Reds edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Saturday to move within two games of their rivals in the National League Central division.
South Korean slugger Choo Shin-soo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs to lead the Reds, who have won the first two games in the series against the Pirates and are closing in on second place in the division.
Kansas City got a game-winning home run from Mike Moustakas to beat the Detroit Tigers in the American League, handing Justin Verlander his first loss to the Royals since Sept. 9, 2009.
In other games, the New York Mets ended the Philadelphia Phillies’ seven-game winning streak at Citi Field, the Milwaukee Brewers held the Miami Marlins without a run for the second consecutive game and the Colorado Rockies managed 13 hits in a win over the Chicago Cubs.
The Seattle Mariners extended their season-high winning streak to five games by beating the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays for their 16th win in 18 games.
Cincinnati’s Mat Latos and Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett had a tough time finding their control after a 1 hour, 17 minute rain delay in the middle of the first inning. Latos gave up three runs in five innings.
Travis Snider’s pinch-hit RBI double cut it to 5-4 in the eighth, but Logan Ondrusek got Jose Tabata to ground out with the bases loaded, ending the rally.
Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
Kansas City’s Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Moustakas went three-for-four to lead the Royals to a 6-5 victory over the Tigers.
Verlander gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks in 5-2/3 innings. It was the seventh time in 21 starts that Verlander failed to make it into the sixth inning.
Jeremy Guthrie picked up the victory for Kansas City, surrendering five runs on 10 hits and two walks in six innings.
The New York Mets’ Gonzalez Germen came out of the bullpen to bail out fellow rookie Zack Wheeler and help New York hold off Philadelphia 5-4.
Marlon Byrd, David Wright and Daniel Murphy each had an RBI single for the Mets, who handed Cole Hamels his 12th defeat of the season — the most in the National League.
Germen struck out three in 1-2/3 hitless innings for his first MLB win.
Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo carried a shutout into the seventh inning, while Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks belted home runs to lead the Brewers over the Marlins 6-0.
Gallardo gave up five hits in 6-1/3 innings, striking out five batters and walking two.
Miami’s scoreless streak has now reached 24 innings.
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez homered and Todd Helton had three hits in the Rockies’ 9-3 win over the Cubs.
Troy Tulowitzki, Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario also had two hits each for a Colorado offense that had scored eight runs in their previous five games.
Seattle’s Michael Saunders got his team’s only hit with a two-RBI double in the seventh inning, lifting the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Astros.
Erik Bedard pitched 6-1/3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead 4-2.
The Mariners tied it in the sixth inning by scoring two runs on a combination of passed balls, walks and a sacrifice fly.