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Escobar ignites Royals

KANSAS CITY 6, TEXAS 3: Leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar had three hits and accounted for five runs — with three RBI and two runs scored, and Eric Hosmer homered to lead the Royals over the visiting Rangers for a split of the four-game series. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up two runs over five innings to win his second consecutive start.

TAMPA BAY 6, NEW YORK 1: Rene Rivera homered and drove in four runs, and Erasmo Ramirez allowed one hit over five innings as the Rays beat the visiting Yankees to win the series 3-1. Yankees starter Chase Whitley left with two on and two outs in the second because of a right elbow injury. Alex Rodriguez got his 1,000th RBI with the Yankees on his 663rd career homer in the ninth.

HOUSTON 6, TORONTO 4: Jonathan Villar's two-run double put the Astros on top of the Blue Jays in a four-run seventh inning.

BOSTON 2, SEATTLE 1: Mookie Betts' sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth scored the go-ahead for the Red Sox. Shane Victorino hit a homer for Boston in the fourth.


Phillies' Harang dominates

PHILADELPHIA 4, PITTSBURGH 2: Aaron Harang scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings and Ryan Howard hit his team-leading seventh home run, leading the host Phillies past the Pirates. Jonathan Papelbon, who became the Phillies' all-time franchise saves leader Wednesday night, got the final two outs for his eighth save in eight chances this season.

CINCINNATI 4, SAN FRANCISCO 3: Marlon Byrd hit a bases-loaded single and a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, leading the host Reds past the Giants.


Indians' move backfires

ST. LOUIS 2, CLEVELAND 1: Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the eighth inning after Cleveland replaced starter Trevor Bauer, rallying the visiting Cardinals over the Indians. Bauer blanked St. Louis on four hits over 7⅓ innings before giving up a one-out walk and being taken out.


Appendectomy for Weiss

•Rockies manager Walt Weiss had an appendectomy Wednesday night following two days of stomach discomfort.