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Blue Jays streak ends as Royals win in 10th

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

Facing Todd Redmond (0-4), Alcides Escobar singled to begin the 10th. Pedro Ciriaco was hit on the front of the helmet while squaring to bunt and Nori Aoki advanced the runners with a sacrifice before Infante lined a single just over the reach of leaping third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Wade Davis (4-1) worked two innings for the win and Greg Holland closed it out for his 15th save in 16 chances.

The Blue Jays were on the verge of victory in the ninth before the Royals tied it with an unearned run off Casey Janssen, who blew a save for the first time in nine chances. After Jose Bautista threw out Butler at first base from right field for the second out, Alex Gordon singled to left and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson, who stole second and scored when Encarnacion couldn’t handle an errant, bouncing throw from shortstop Jose Reyes on Salvador Perez’s grounder.

Reyes batted with a runner on in the 10th but couldn’t atone for his gaffe, striking out looking to end it.

Perez hit a solo homer in the second for the Royals who snapped a four-game skid.

RANGERS 5, TWINS 4: In Minneapolis, Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Texas won its second straight four-game series on the road. Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run double in the second for the Rangers, but the Twins took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on Josh Willingham’s first home run of the season.

ASTROS 3, ORIOLES 1: In Houston, George Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Houston extended its winning streak to six games. Springer’s shot to left off Preston Guilmet (0-1) extended the rookie’s hitting streak to 11 games and was his seventh homer in his last seven games.

National League

METS 4, PHILLIES 1: In Philadelphia, Chris Young hit a two-run homer and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings to lead New York in the opener of a rare five-game series. The Mets, who opened an 11-game road trip, matched a season best with their third straight victory while beating the Phillies for the sixth straight time at Citizens Bank Park.

GIANTS 6, CARDINALS 5: In St. Louis, Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs and Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice to propel San Francisco in the opener of a four-game series. The Giants have won seven of eight and St. Louis has dropped three of four to start a nine-game home stand.

Interleague

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 inning, giving Boston its fourth straight win after a 10-game skid. The Red Sox took advantage of two more errors to score twice in the eighth to tie it 3-all and set up closer Koji Uehara (1-1) for the win.

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