NEW YORK (AP) — An agitated Stephen Strasburg settled down in a hurry after a rocky start and the Washington Nationals became the first visiting team to win at Citi Field this season, beating the New York Mets 8-2 on Thursday night.
The Mets had opened 10-0 at home for a team record-tying 12-game streak over two seasons.
Washington took advantage of yet another error by shaky shortstop Wilmer Flores to rally for its third straight win, matching its longest streak this year. Bryce Harper hit two doubles, including a three-run drive in the ninth inning.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a short outing by Tim Cooney in his major league debut for their third straight win.
Cooney, a 24-year-old left-hander brought up from Triple-A Memphis before the game, was given a 3-0 lead but lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.
BLUE JAYS 5,
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Pillar’s two-run double highlighted a big fourth inning and Toronto’s bullpen worked the final six innings in the Blue Jays’ win.
The Blue Jays, the highest-scoring team in the American League, broke open a scoreless game with a five-run inning.
Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris lasted only three innings, but Jeff Francis, Roberto Ozuna, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil finished it off. Francis (1-0) allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings.
REDS 5, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Leake pitched eight strong innings and hit his fifth career home run to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves.
Todd Frazier, Tucker Barnhart and Billly Hamilton also had solo homers as the Reds won their third straight. Joey Votto had two hits and drove in a run.
WHITE SOX 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier had a homer and four RBIs and the Minnesota Twins roughed up Chicago ace Chris Sale.
Trevor May (2-1) gave up two runs on 10 hits and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings and the Twins knocked Sale out of the game with a seven-run third inning. Joe Mauer added three hits and two RBIs for Minnesota (10-12).
ROYALS 8, TIGERS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched shutout ball into the eighth and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Thursday night.
The Royals lost 13 of 19 to Detroit last year to finish a game behind the Tigers, who have won the past four AL Central titles.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Houston Astros to their seventh straight victory.
Marwin Gonzalez doubled down the right-field line with one out against reliever Dominic Leone (0-2). After a walk to pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus, Altuve got his third hit of the game — a lined single to left field to drive in Gonzalez with his first career walk-off hit.