ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – 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.
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.
Giants 2, Twins 1
In San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong struck out seven in 6⅔ scoreless innings.