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Bullpen finishes Cards’ win over Royals

AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri

Tyler Lyons had a solid outing and Mark Reynolds hit the go-ahead homer in the fifth inning for the St Louis Cardinals, who beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Saturday.

Matt Carpenter and Jason Heyward each added an RBI for St Louis, who were the major league’s best at 41-21 overall and 24-7 at home. The Cardinals used five relievers over the final four innings to hold a one-run lead, with Trevor Rosenthal getting the last four outs for his league-leading 21st save in 22 chances.

The Royals’ eighth did not lack for dramatics. Heyward battled the sun to snare Kendrys Morales’ liner while falling on his backside, while Rosenthal rallied from a 3-0 count to get Gordon on an infield popup with two on for the third out.

Lyons (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in his call-up to replace the injured Lance Lynn.

Alex Gordon’s eighth homer gave the Royals the lead in the second, while Salvador Perez tied it at 2-2 with a homer in the fourth.

The Cardinals scored two runs on five hits in the third, a rally that began with Kolten Wong’s leadoff triple. Reynolds’ homer, in the fifth off Jeremy Guthrie (4-4), broke a 2-all tie.

Russell Martin delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight day, a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their 10th straight win, 5-4 over the Boston Red Sox.

Martin drove a 2-0 pitch from Matt Barnes (2-2) deep into the left-center field stands for his 10th homer of the season.

Brett Cecil pitched a perfect 11th for his fourth save to preserve the win for Aaron Loup (2-3).

Manny Machado homered and had four RBIs, while Nolan Reimold hit a two-run drive as the Baltimore Orioles overcame a milestone by Alex Rodriguez in a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

David Lough added a solo shot for the Orioles.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to join Hank Aaron as the only members of the exclusive 2,000-RBI club. The sixth-inning drive off Bud Norris lifted A-Rod’s career RBI total to 2,001. Hank Aaron ranks first on the career list with 2,297.

It was the 666th career home run for Rodriguez, fourth on baseball’s all-time list behind Babe Ruth, Aaron and Barry Bonds.

Baltimore went up 7-4 in the bottom half against Chris Martin (0-2) with an uprising fueled by three wild pitches. After J.J. Hardy delivered an RBI single, Machado poked an opposite-field, two-run single to right.

In other games, it was:

‧ Padres 2, Dodgers 1

‧ Mariners 8, Astros 1

‧ Braves 5, Mets 3

‧ Nationals 7, Brewers 2

‧ Rays 5, White Sox 4

‧ Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2

‧ Twins7, Rangers11

‧ Phillies 3, Pirates 4

‧ Indians 5, Tigers 4

‧ Rockies 1, Marlins 4

‧ Reds 3, Cubs 4

‧ Athletics 0, Angels 1

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