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ANAHEIM, California (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo home runs against David Price, and Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the seventh inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Sunday.

Pujols drove an 0-2 pitch over the center-field fence in the first inning. The three-time NL MVP increased the Angels' advantage to 6-2 in the seventh with his 12th homer this season and the 504th of his career, tying Eddie Murray for 25th place.

Price became the 319th pitcher Pujols has homered off during the regular season.

Shoemaker (2-1) was charged with a run and two hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six, five days after earning his first major league win with a 4-3 victory at Philadelphia.

Price (4-4) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Kevin Kiermaier hit his first big league homer for the Rays.


KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- Alex Gordon went 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBIs as Kansas City beat Baltimore.

Gordon connected off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) with two outs in the fifth inning. Gordon, who led the Royals with 20 home runs last year, had gone 134 at-bats without one.

He homered again in his next at-bat, a three-run shot off left-hander Troy Patton in the seventh after Eric Hosmer walked and Billy Butler doubled for his third hit.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer off Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the ninth. It was the first runs Crow allowed in 20 relief appearances and 17 innings.

Greg Holland got two outs for his 12th save.

James Shields (6-3) picked up his fifth win in six starts, holding the Orioles to three runs over seven innings.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes drove in a career-high five runs and Brandon Moss had three RBIs as Oakland completed a three-game sweep with a win over slumping Cleveland.

The Athletics, who have won nine of 10, outscored the Indians 30-6 in the series.

Oakland saved its best for the final game, pounding out 12 hits and drawing nine walks. Cespedes' two-run double was the key hit in a four-run fifth. He also drove in two runs with another double in the eighth.

Moss was 3 for 3 with two walks and scored four runs. Josh Donaldson, who drove in seven runs in the series, had an RBI single and scored four times.

Jesse Chavez (4-1) gave up solo homers to Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley, accounting for both runs the right-hander allowed in five innings.

Cleveland has dropped four straight and six of eight. Justin Masterson (2-3) allowed seven runs, seven hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Robinson Cano had four hits in Seattle's victory over Minnesota.

Hernandez (5-1) continued his recent domination of the Twins, giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one. In his past four starts against Minnesota, Hernandez has pitched 34 innings and allowed three earned runs with 30 strikeouts.

Michael Saunders tripled, doubled and drove in two runs as Seattle snapped a four-game skid.

Ricky Nolasco (2-4) allowed three runs in five innings.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Alex Rios had a two-run triple as Texas avoided a three-game sweep with a victory against Toronto.

Making his second straight start at first base with Prince Fielder sidelined by a neck strain, Moreland hit a line drive just over the wall in right field off R.A. Dickey (4-4) to break a 2-all tie.

The Rangers had gone 23 innings without an extra-base hit when Rios drove one off the right-center wall in the fourth.

Juan Francisco and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays, who had won a franchise-record six straight in Texas, including a four-game sweep in their only visit last year.

Aaron Poreda (2-0) got the win for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Blue Jays made a season-high four errors.


HOUSTON (AP) -- Matt Dominguez homered twice and had four RBIs to lead Houston past Chicago.

Dominguez hit his sixth and seventh homers of the season off lefty John Danks (3-4). Both came with Dexter Fowler on base.

Backed by early run support, Brad Peacock (1-4) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. The Astros scored two runs or fewer in six of Peacock's previous nine outings.

Chris Carter also homered for the Astros, who have won four of five. The White Sox have lost six of eight.

Chicago played without rookie slugger Jose Abreu, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with ankle tendinitis.





NEW YORK (AP) -- Josh Harrison homered in the seventh inning to make up for a baserunning blunder and made a diving catch in left field that helped preserve Pittsburgh's first win in the Bronx since the 1960 World Series.

Mark Teixeira had a two-run single and Brett Gardner added an RBI double as New York won the opener of the first single-admission twinbill at Yankee Stadium since 2004.

Starling Marte hit a two-run homer for the Pirates in the second game after striking out four times in the opener. Marte, though, left with left hamstring tightness in the seventh. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez homered for Pittsburgh in the opener.

Former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart had two RBIs in the second game. Fill-in closer Mark Melancon, who broke into the big leagues with New York, pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

The Pirates had lost all eight games at Yankee Stadium in interleague play. They last beat New York on the road in Game 5 of the 1960 World Series.

Yangervis Solarte homered and singled for the Yankees, who had won four straight. Alfredo Aceves (0-2) took the loss.

Gerrit Cole (4-3), who turned down the Yankees when they drafted him in 2008 to go to UCLA, struck out eight in six sharp innings to help the Pirates snap a three-game skid.

In the opener, New York scored all its runs in the first two innings off Charlie Morton (0-6).

Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) allowed three runs in six innings for his first win since April 12. David Robertson got four outs for his eighth save.

Updated : 2021-03-03 16:28 GMT+08:00