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Baltimore's Chris Dickerson advances to third base on a throwing error by Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar, not pictured, as third baseman Mike Moustakas watches in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game in Baltimore. The Orioles won, 5-3.
Baltimore's Chris Dickerson advances to third base on a throwing error by Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar, not pictured, as third baseman Mike Moustakas watches in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game in Baltimore. The Orioles won, 5-3. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

American League

Orioles 5, Royals 3

Baltimore boldly ran the bases without fear of being caught, and Kansas City couldn't do a thing about it.

A comedy of errors ensued, and the Orioles escaped with a win Wednesday night despite allowing two home runs and getting only five hits.

J.J. Hardy homered and Manny Machado scored a run and hit an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high fourth consecutive win moved them eight games over .500 (21-13) for the first time this year.

"We're playing good baseball right now," said Hardy, whose two-run drive in the second inning put Baltimore ahead for good.

But the game was decided in the fifth, when the Orioles went up 5-1 with a three-run uprising fueled by three Kansas City errors and a wild pitch.

After Chris Dickerson hit a leadoff double, shortstop Alcides Escobar grabbed Nate McLouth's sharp grounder and tried to get Dickerson at third, but the throw hit Dickerson to put runners at the corners.

McLouth promptly stole second, and Machado followed with a single to bring home Dickerson. Machado then stole second, and McLouth came home after Escobar couldn't handle the poor throw from catcher George Kottaras. Escobar's throw home was also off target, allowing Machado to take third, and he scored when starter Luis Mendoza uncorked a wild pitch.

"When we can pick up on errors like that, it's huge," Machado said. "That brings up the momentum for us and brings it down for them. That's baseball."

The way Royals manager Ned Yost saw it, the first bad throw laid the groundwork for the miscues that followed.

"The key to that inning was if Escy just takes the out at first, they only get one run," Yost said. "He tried to make a play, tried to keep it close to him by going to third. He just threw low and hit him in the back of the spike and that got a rally going. Now you got (runners at) first and third instead of just a runner at third. Then they start taking off and everything falls apart."

Escobar lamented both his poor throws, saying, "I can't believe that I made stupid errors like that."

Baltimore has been outhit in each of its past three games, including 7-5 in this one. The Orioles are 3-6 when outhit by their opponent.

"You know, at the end of the day, it's whoever scores the most runs, so we made key hits today," Machado said. "We had key hits from J.J. on that home run. Myself driving in that run. . Our goal is to get on base and get deep into counts and bring in those runs when they get on."

Chris Tillman (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings to win his third straight start. The right-hander came in 0-2 with a 10.93 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.

Troy Patton pitched the seventh, Darren O'Day and Brian Matusz worked the eighth and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 13th save.

Johnson has converted 34 straight save opportunities, tying the club record set by Randy Myers in 1997.

"It's good, obviously, but that's a secondary goal of mine," Johnson said. "Obviously winning the game is always the first objective."

Alex Gordon hit his second home run in two games and Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a homer for Kansas City.

Mendoza (0-2) gave up five runs, three earned, and five hits in six innings.

Rays 10, Blue Jays 4

Matt Moore won his sixth straight decision to start the season, Evan Longoria drove in three runs, and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

Moore (6-0) overcame control issues, allowing two runs, six hits and four walks in five innings. The left-hander threw 104 pitches, including 56 strikes, during his seventh start of the year.

Longoria had a two-run homer and RBI single, and Kelly Johnson had three hits, including a two-run shot.

The Rays lost the first two games of the series, blowing a seven-run lead Monday and a three-run advantage Tuesday.

Struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (0-2) gave up three run-scoring singles and got just one out during his second outing this year.

Indians 4, Athletics 3

An apparent game-tying homer by Oakland's Adam Rosales was ruled a double by umpires in the ninth inning, and Cleveland held on to beat the Athletics.

Rosales sent a drive off Indians closer Chris Perez that looked as if it cleared the left-field wall. However, second base umpire Angel Hernandez called it a double, and the crew concurred with the original ruling after leaving the field to review the videotape.

When the umpires returned and told Rosales to stay at second, A's manager Bob Melvin sprinted onto the field and was immediately ejected.

TV replays appeared to show the ball cleared the yellow stripe and hit a metal railing above the 19-foot high wall.

Perez wound up loading the bases before getting the final out as the Indians won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland.

Astros 3, Angels 1

Bud Norris pitched into the ninth inning and Chris Carter homered for the second straight game to help Houston over Los Angeles.

The victory gives Houston its third series win of the season. The Angels dropped to 4-13 away from Anaheim.

Marwin Gonzalez and Jimmy Paredes hit RBI doubles in the third before Carter connected on his team-leading eighth homer in the fifth inning to make it 3-0.

Norris (4-3) allowed nine hits and one run in eight-plus innings.

He was chased by consecutive singles by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to start the ninth.

Closer Jose Veras retired Mark Trumbo before plunking Josh Hamilton to load the bases. But Houston turned its fourth double play of the game to end it and give Veras his fourth save.

Angels starter Joe Blanton (0-6) allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings to remain winless this season.

National League

Giants 4, Phillies 3 (10)

Andres Torres lined a game-ending single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting San Francisco to a victory against Philadelphia to avoid a sweep.

Javier Lopez (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win after Sergio Romo blew his second save in 14 opportunities, failing to finish off Barry Zito's gem.

Buster Posey hit a pinch-hit single to start the 10th against Antonio Bastardo (1-1) and was sacrificed to second by Joaquin Arias. Posey advanced to third on a wild pitch before Torres came through with his fourth career game-ending hit.

The Giants earned their fifth walkoff victory.

Hunter Pence homered against his former club for the second time during the three-game series, but Romo wasn't his usual spot-on self in the ninth.

Pence sent a 2-2 pitch into the stands in left field leading off the second for his seventh homer. Marco Scutaro hit a go-ahead single in the fifth to score Gregor Blanco after he singled and stole second.

Padres 1, Marlins 0

Jason Marquis outpitched Ricky Nolasco, Yonder Alonso had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and San Diego completed a three-game sweep of Miami.

Marquis (4-2) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three in eight innings, his longest stint since last Aug. 11th when he had a 5-0 shutout at Pittsburgh.

Huston Street pitched the ninth to pick up his eighth save in eight chances.

The Padres have won four straight and 11 of their last 14.

Nolasco (2-4) gave up one run and four hits, with one walk and a season-high nine strikeouts in seven innings. He had won his four previous decisions at San Diego, where he dropped to 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA in his career.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4

Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay drove in two runs apiece, and St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games to improve to a major league-best 14-7 on the road.

Beltran also had three hits as St. Louis went 5-1 on a six-game swing to Milwaukee and Chicago, with the lone loss coming Tuesday in their first game of the season against the last-place Cubs.

The Cardinals trailed 4-3 before Beltran singled in Matt Carpenter in the seventh, and Jay drove in Yadier Molina with a tiebreaking single against Michael Bowden (1-2) in the eighth.

Four St. Louis relievers combined for 3 2-3 innings of two-hit ball after Jake Westbrook had his worst start this season. Seth Maness (2-0) got five outs to get the win and Edward Mujica worked the ninth for his ninth save in nine opportunities.

Braves 7, Reds 2

Dan Uggla hit a pair of solo homers and Juan Francisco added his first career grand slam as Atlanta recovered from a stunning last-swing loss the previous day.

Atlanta took two of three, the first series the Reds lost at home this season.

Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit two-out homers in the ninth for Cincinnati's 5-4 win on Tuesday. A day later, one of the NL's top power teams got the better of it.

Uggla had solo shots in the fourth and sixth off Mike Leake (2-2). Francisco's slam off J.J. Hoover highlighted a five-run eighth. The Braves got Francisco from the Reds last year for Hoover.

Mike Minor (4-2) allowed four hits in seven innings, including Zack Cozart's solo homer.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, including a tie-breaking shot for the second straight game, lifting Arizona over slumping Los Angeles.

The D-backs completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers, who have dropped a season-high seven straight games.

Goldschmidt homered to left field in the eighth with two outs. He also hit a two-run shot off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the sixth.

Wade Miley (3-1) outlasted Kershaw in a matchup of two of the best left-handed starters in the NL over the past two seasons.

Miley allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked none.

Heath Bell pitched the ninth to earn his third save in four chances.

Interleague

Nationals 3 Tigers 1

Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Jordan Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game and Washington for the fifth time in six games.

Denard Span added a triple and a single for Washington, which has won five of six.

Zimmermann (6-1), whose scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings in the third, allowing a run on seven hits over seven innings. He fanned seven and lowered his ERA to 1.59 in winning his third straight start.

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

Jhonny Peralta had two hits for the Tigers, who had won four straight and nine of 10.

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez (3-3) allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and struck out eight.

Rangers 4, Brewers 1

Derek Holland allowed one run over seven shaky innings and Texas benefited from two Milwaukee baserunning blunders.

Holland (3-2), who struck out six and walked none, yielded 10 hits — including two in the second, three in the third and three in the sixth. He escaped with the help of some sloppy baserunning by the Brewers, who had a runner thrown out at the plate to end the third and another thrown out at third base in the sixth.

Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth and Joe Nathan finished for his ninth save. The Rangers remain the only team in either league without a blown save, 10 for 10.

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run shot for Texas.

Mariners 2, Pirates 1

Felix Hernandez scattered six hits and Jesus Montero broke a tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning off A.J. Burnett to lead Seattle.

Hernandez (5-2) struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-0 in his last five starts while shaving his ERA to 1.53. The right-hander shook off a shaky first inning then settled down to allow four base runners in his final seven innings of work. Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Burnett (3-3) was almost as sharp, giving up just two hits over seven innings while striking out nine. Yet he also walked four batters and gave up Montero's third homer of the season with one out in the seventh.

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