Aoki’s bat can’t lift Royals in Detroit

Kyodo, AP

Norichika Aoki gave Kansas City an early lead, but the red-hot Royals couldn’t muster any offense after the first inning in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers that ended a 10-game win streak on Thursday.

Aoki opened the game at Comerica Park with a double off Anibal Sanchez (4-2), went to third on a ground out and scored on a double by Billy Butler. Aoki, who hurt his left leg on Tuesday and was out of the lineup on Wednesday, went 2-for-4 in his return.

He singled against reliever Joba Chamberlain to lead off the eighth, but was erased on an inning-ending double play.

“The leg is not 100 percent, but I can play while it is healing,” he said. “I wanted to end the road trip with a win, but I’ll just forget today, and bear down tomorrow.”

J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth for the Tigers, who avoided a four-game sweep and pulled within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Royals.

Kansas City’s next game will be at home on Friday against the Seattle Mariners, who are scheduled to send right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound.

Indians 5, Angels 3 (10)

In Cleveland, Nick Swisher’s two-out grand slam off Ernesto Frieri in the 10th gave the Indians a triumph over Los Angeles.

Swisher had gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before he belted a 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

Rays 5, Astros 0

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Chris Archer allowed three hits in 6⅔ innings, Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria homered on consecutive pitches, and the Rays blanked Houston.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

In New York, David Phelps pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Beltran drove in two runs and the Yankees beat Toronto for their 16th consecutive home win over the Blue Jays.

Jacoby Ellsbury stole two bases, scored twice and hit one of three early sacrifice flies for New York off Drew Hutchison (5-5).

Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4. Toronto’s Munenorki Kawasaki lined out in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth.

Athletics 4, Red Sox 2

In Oakland, Scott Kazmir pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start, Yoenis Cespedes hit his 14th home run of the season and the Athletics beat Boston.

Twins 4, White Sox 2

In Minneapolis, Joe Mauer drove in two runs, including the go-ahead double in the eighth inning, to push the Twins past Chicago.


Pirates 4, Reds 3 (12)

In Pittsburgh, Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk from Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th and the Pirates avoided a three-game sweep against Cincinnati.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1

In Phoenix, Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo outpitched Chase Anderson in seven strong innings, and Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Phillies 4, Cardinals 1

In St. Louis, Ryan Howard homered and drove in three runs and rookie David Buchanan pitched into the eighth inning, sparking Philadelphia past the Cardinals.

Braves 3, Nationals 0

In Washington, Gavin Floyd, recently returned from Tommy John surgery, pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a broken elbow, the latest setback for an injury-riddled Atlanta rotation and one that tempered a win over the Nationals.

Chris Johnson drove in all three of the Braves’ runs.

Mets 1, Marlins 0

In Miami, Zack Wheeler tossed a three-hitter for his first shutout and made David Wright’s first-inning home run hold up for New York.


Padres 4, Mariners 1

In San Diego, rookie Jesse Hahn pitched seven strong innings and pinch hitter Chris Denorifa singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh for the Padres.