Aoki’s walk-off single ends 14-inning game


After four hours, 23 minutes and a dozen pitchers combining to throw 397 pitches, Norichika Aoki gave the Kansas City Royals a win.

Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night.

Cain opened the 14th with an infield single and stole second before Aoki delivered the winning hit off John Axford on a full-count pitch with one out.

“I was just trying to stay aggressive,” Aoki said. “It wasn’t like I was trying to go the other way or anything like that. I was just looking for a pitch to hit, and if I got that pitch, swing hard.”

Aoki was mobbed by his teammates at second base.

“It was one of the best feelings, and hopefully we have more of those moments the rest of the season,” he said.

Kluber held the Royals to two hits, retiring the first 19 batters he faced before Omar Infante, who was in a 0-for-16 skid, lined a single to center with one out in the seventh.

“I think it’s hard to rate one performance against another,” Kluber said. “I got in a good groove, and when they got a runner on we were able to catch him stealing.”

Athletics 13, Astros 1

In Oakland, Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a victory over Houston.

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.

Yankees 4, Rangers 2

In New York, Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the Yankees beat Texas for their sixth win in seven games.

Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-3 for New York in the win.

Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 0

In Toronto, Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, and Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle.

The Blue Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki scored a run but was hitless in three at-bats.

White Sox 5, Twins 2

In Minneapolis, Hector Noesi allowed three hits over 7⅔ innings and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead Chicago over Minnesota.

Noesi gave up two runs, struck out three and walked one. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for the White Sox, and Jake Petricka went one inning to earn his fifth save in six chances.

Orioles 4, Mariners 0

In Seattle, Chen Wei-yin allowed five hits over eight innings, and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer.

Chen, a former Chunichi Dragons ace who has won his past four starts, scattered five singles, walked one and struck out three to win his matchup against another former NPB player, Hisashi Iwakuma.

Iwakuma took the loss for Seattle, allowing four runs on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out five.

Tigers 6, Angels 4

In Anaheim, Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning, and Max Scherzer won his fourth straight decision in leading Detroit over the Angels.

Scherzer tied teammate Rick Porcello and New York’s Masahiro Tanaka for the American League lead in wins. He allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings and struck out 11. It was the fourth time this season and 22nd in his career that he had double digits in strikeouts.