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Valencia sparks 13th-inning rally as Royals defeat Angels

AP

Danny Valencia was not about to let a sore left hand keep him from finishing his at-bat in the 13th inning. He gutted it out and came up with a key hit to help the Kansas City Royals outlast the Los Angeles Angels.

Valencia ignited a three-run rally with a leadoff double, before Jarrod Dyson replaced him on the bases and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by rookie reliever Mike Morin. The Royals went on to beat the Angels 7-4 Saturday night.

“We’re trying to win games and lay it all out there. Anybody else would have done the same thing,” Valencia said. “Fortunately I got a hit there, because it would have looked even worse if I didn’t.”

Valencia felt discomfort on two earlier swings and was checked out by manager Ned Yost and a trainer. After convincing them he was all right, he lined Morin’s 3-2 pitch off the fence in left-center and slid headfirst into second.

“There was a 3-1 pitch I fouled off and my hand slipped off the bat a little weird,” Valencia said. “I told Ned: ‘There’s no way I’m coming out right now.’ He said: ‘This is a big at-bat,’ and I said: ‘I know it’s a big at-bat, but I’ve got this.’ The first thought on my mind was not making someone come off the bench with a 3-2 count after sitting on the bench for four hours.”

Norichika Aoki was 2-for-7 in the win. Aoki hit an RBI single in the 13th and scored the final run of the inning on Billy Butler’s sacrifice fly.

Yankees 4, White Sox 3 (10)

In Chicago, Jacoby Ellsbury homered with two outs in the 10th inning to lift New York.

Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in three at-bats for the Yankees.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2

In Toronto, R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts and Brett Lawrie homered.

Indians 9, Orioles 0

In Baltimore, Corey Kluber struck out nine batters in seven innings for Cleveland.

Astros 9, Mariners 4

In Seattle, George Springer hit a pair of two-run homers and Brett Oberholtzer scattered six hits over six innings.

Rangers 12, Tigers 2

In Detroit, Nick Martinez pitched six sharp innings for his first major league win.

Rays 6, Red Sox 5 (15)

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Andrew Miller’s error allowed pinch runner Cole Figueroa to score in the bottom of the 15th as the Rays handed the Red Sox their ninth consecutive loss.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rockies 3, Braves 1

In Atlanta, Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered for Colorado.

Pirates 3, Nationals 2

In Pittsburgh, Josh Harrison had a tiebreaking, two-out single in the seventh inning as the Pirates won their fourth straight game.

Phillies 5, Dodgers 3

In Philadelphia, David Buchanan threw five effective innings in his MLB debut.

Marlins 2, Brewers 1

In Miami, Jacob Turner pitched 6⅓ scoreless innings to guide the Marlins to a win.

Cardinals 6, Reds 3

In Cincinnati, pitcher Jaime Garcia got his first victory in more than a year in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

Cubs 3, Padres 2

In San Diego, Chicago held on after left-hander Travis Wood came within five outs of pitching his first career shutout.

Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2

In New York, Josh Collmenter provided another solid start and Martin Prado hit a pair of RBI singles.

INTERLEAGUE

Giants 2, Twins 1

In San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong struck out seven in 6⅔ scoreless innings.