Royals cool off Blue Jays


Edwin Encarnacion’s latest power show wasn’t enough to prolong Toronto’s winning ways.

Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals overcame two home runs by Encarnacion to beat the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday night, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at nine games.

Encarnacion matched a major league record with his fifth multihomer game in a month. Albert Belle did it in September 1995 and Harmon Killebrew in May 1959.

The blasts were Encarnacion’s 15th and 16th in May, breaking Jose Bautista’s team record for homers in a month. Bautista hit 14 in June, 2012.

“Encarnacion is probably the hottest hitter on the planet right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The major league record for home runs in May is 17, set by Barry Bonds in 2001. Encarnacion has two games remaining this month.

Encarnacion has 18 total homers, second in the majors to Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz, who has 19.

Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tigers 5, Athletics 4

In Oakland, Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello’s eighth victory.

Rangers 5, Twins 4

In Minneapolis, Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Angels 7, Mariners 5

In Seattle, Erick Aybar hit a three-run homer, Matt Shoemaker pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Los Angeles beat the Mariners.

Astros 3, Orioles 1

In Houston, George Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Astros extended their winning streak to six with a victory over Baltimore.


Red Sox 4, Braves 3

In Boston, Tommy La Stella’s failure to catch a force attempt at second base allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to score from second with none out in the ninth, giving the Red Sox their fourth straight win after a 10-game skid.

Boston’s Koji Uehara (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning and allowed one hit, striking out one.


Giants 6, Cardinals 5

In St. Louis, Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs, lifting San Francisco to a win over the Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series.

Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice for the Giants.

Mets 4, Phillies 1

In Philadelphia, Chris Young hit a two-run homer and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in 6⅓ innings to lead New York.

Diamondbacks 4, Reds 0

In Phoenix, Josh Collmenter faced the minimum in a three-hitter and Aaron Hill homered and had two RBIs as Arizona beat light-hitting Cincinnati.

Pirates 6, Dodgers 3

In Los Angeles, Josh Harrison’s second RBI single triggered a three-run seventh inning, and Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez homered as the Pirates won for only the third time in their last 20 games at Dodger Stadium.