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Royals cruise past Athletics

AP

The Kansas City Royals didn’t let Jarrod Dyson’s defensive miscue slow them down on Thursday.

Dyson drove in the tying run in a five-run seventh, while Norichika Aoki and Billy Butler each drove in two runs and the surging Royals rallied to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-3.

Kansas City has won 18 of 22 to move 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 20, 2003.

The Royals took the season series, winning five of seven against the Athletics, who have the best record in the majors.

“We feel pretty good ourselves,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “I think every (starting) pitcher we faced on this homestand has been an All-Star and to take six out of seven is pretty good. I’m happy with where we’re at.”

Aoki’s two-run triple put the Royals ahead 5-3. Butler’s single scored Aoki and Alcides Escobar. Dyson fouled off four consecutive pitches before hitting an RBI single to right for the first run of the inning.

Red Sox 9, Astros 4

In Boston, Dustin Pedroia’s two-run double capped a seven-run sixth inning that sent the Red Sox past Houston for their fourth straight win.

Rays 6, Rangers 3

In Arlington, Texas, Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs, and Jake Odorizzi helped extend Tampa Bay’s impressive road pitching streak with seven strong innings against the hosts.

INTERLEAGUE

Tigers 5, Pirates 2

In Detroit, Max Scherzer struck out 14 batters in eight shutout innings, leading the Tigers over Pittsburgh.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Dodgers 6, Braves 4

In Atlanta, Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost three months, and Roberto Hernandez threw six strong innings against the slumping Braves to earn his first win with Los Angeles.

Brewers 6, Cubs 2

In Chicago, Mike Fiers struck out a career-high 14 through six innings of three-hit ball, and Milwaukee beat the Cubs to widen its NL Central lead.

Nationals 4, Mets 1

In New York, Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a poor start to pitch seven efficient innings, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each hit a two-run homer, and Washington beat the Mets to set a franchise record with its 11th consecutive win on the road against one team.

Strasburg (9-10) gave up three hits and an unearned run, improving to 2-8 in 13 road starts this season.

Cardinals 4, Padres 3

In St. Louis, pinch hitter Jon Jay delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning and right fielder Shane Robinson threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth.

Rockies 7, Reds 3

In Denver, Charlie Culberson hit his first homer in more than a month — a three-run shot in the fifth — and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven effective innings to lift Colorado over Cincinnati.

Marlins 5, D-Backs 4 (10)

In Miami, Marcell Ozuna doubled home Garrett Jones in the 10th for the Marlins.