Davis, Kim help Orioles to win
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2016 06:24 PM
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The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Davis homered and hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez also connected as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Thursday night for their fifth straight win.
South Korea's Hyun Soo Kim doubled against Roberto Osuna (2-1) to begin the ninth inning for Baltimore and was replaced by pinch runner Joey Rickard. After Manny Machado's groundout advanced Rickard to third, Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to center, with Rickard sliding home easily as Kevin Pillar's throw was wide.
"It was nice to be the guy tonight," Davis said. "I've felt like the whole season I've been having really good at-bats but just haven't been able to push through."
Davis went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the AL East leaders, who are 8-1 in June after losing seven of its final nine in May.
Machado remained in the lineup, hours after being suspended for four games by Major League Baseball for charging the mound and punching Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura after being hit by a fastball this week. Ventura was penalized nine games — both players have appealed, and remain eligible until the process is complete.
Dylan Bundy (2-1) pitched 2-1/3 innings for the win and Zach Britton finished for his AL-leading 19th save.
In Cincinnati, Yadier Molina's bases-loaded single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and St. Louis reached a season high by beating the Reds 3-2, taking yet another series in their lopsided NL Central rivalry.
Molina's third hit of the game sent St. Louis to its fourth victory in five games. The Cardinals (32-28) are a season-high four games over .500, tied with the Pirates for second place, 10 games behind the Cubs.
St. Louis took two of three and has won 18 of its past 22 series with Cincinnati.
Molina, the Cardinal who gets booed the loudest in Cincinnati, inspired another comeback. His one-out single off Ross Ohlendorf (4-5) put St. Louis up 3-2 and drew jeers. Molina has been booed regularly at Great American Ball Park since a brawl that started between him and Brandon Phillips in 2010.
The Cardinals' South Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh (2-0) threw one inning in relief of Adam Wainwright, who allowed only two hits over the first six. Trevor Rosenthal retired the side in the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in a five-run fifth inning as New York beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 to complete a four-game sweep and reach .500 for only the second time since mid-April.
A night after homering twice in his first Yankees start, Chris Parmelee hit a tying single. But he needed to be helped off the field in the seventh after injuring his right hamstring while stretching into a split to grab Didi Gregorius' throw on an inning-ending groundout.
Ivan Nova (5-3) won his second straight start, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for two-hit relief, with Chapman getting three outs for his 11th save in 12 chances. The Yankees are 8-0 when all three pitch.
In other games, Texas won 5-3 at home to the Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox beat Washington 3-1, the New York Mets won 5-2 at Milwaukee, Miami won 10-3 at Minnesota, Colorado won 11-5 at home to Pittsburgh, and Cleveland won 5-3 at Seattle.