2012-05-26 / State/National Sports

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Orioles 8, Royals 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched six shutout innings, Chris Davis homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Friday night.

Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy had two RBIs apiece for the Orioles, now 28-1 when hitting a home run. Davis hit Baltimore’s leagueleading 70th homer of the season in the seventh inning with a man on to make it 8-0.

The crowd of 28,954 included nearly 11,000 walk-up fans, a Camden Yards record.

Hammel gave up five hits, walked one and struck out seven.

Rays 7, Red Sox 4

BOSTON (AP) — Matt Joyce hit his second grand slam in six games and Elliot Johnson had a two-run shot to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to their third straight win, 7-4 over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night in a game that saw the benches empty in the eighth inning.

Carlos Pena, inserted into the leadoff spot after a miserable slump, added a solo homer for the Rays.

Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI double for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Alex Cobb (2-0) held Boston to two runs and three hits, while walking four and striking out two in five innings.

Tigers 10, Twins 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs and the struggling Detroit Tigers offense broke out in a big way in a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Alex Avila drove in three runs on two doubles, Drew Smyly (2-1) gave up four runs — three earned — on six hits in five innings and Brennan Boesch added three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers, who bounced back from a three-game sweep at the hands of AL Centralleading Cleveland.

Anthony Swarzak (0-4) gave up six runs on nine hits in 3 2-3 innings in his first start since April 19.

White Sox 9, Indians 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn hit his 15th homer, A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo each went deep for the second time in as many nights, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 9-3 on Friday for their seventh win in eight games.

Pierzynski also tripled and scored three runs while driving in two. Viciedo knocked in two runs and scored twice, and the White Sox gave Jose Quintana (1-0) all the support he needed in his first major league start.

They used the long ball again to take out the AL Central leaders after hitting five homers Thursday against Minnesota. Dunn drove a two-run shot in the first after Cleveland scored a run in the top half. Pierzynski connected leading off the second, and Chicago broke open a one-run game in the sixth, scoring three times with two outs while chasing Jeanmar Gomez (3-3).

Rangers 14, Blue Jays 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and tied his career high with eight RBIs, Josh Hamilton hit his 19th home run of the season and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3 Friday night.

Cruz’s grand slam came in the seventh inning and gave Texas a 14-1 lead. He also had a three-run double in the first and an RBI single in the sixth.

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