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Roundup: Bautista carries Blue Jays past Royals
Updated 4/21/2012 1:55 AM ET
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jose Bautista singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years Friday night, beating Kansas City 4-3 to hand the slumping Royals their eighth straight defeat.

Kansas City had runners on first and second in the third inning when Eric Hosmer lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who stepped on the bag to double off Yuniesky Betancourt. Lind then fired to shortstop Yunel Escobar to retire Alex Gordon, who had strayed off second.

It was Toronto's first triple play since Sept. 21, 1979, against the New York Yankees.

STANDINGS: Orioles somehow still in first

Al Cowens was the previous Royals batter to hit into a triple play on June 19, 1979, against Oakland.

Angels 6, Orioles 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Howie Kendrick had three hits and three RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Friday night to end a three-game losing streak and hand Brian Matusz his 12th straight loss.

Jerome Williams (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking one. Jordan Walden converted the first ninth-inning save situation by the Angels this season, walking one of his four batters.

The victory pulled the Angels (5-9) within 6½ games of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, who were rained out in Detroit. The largest deficit the Angels have overcome to win any of their eight division titles was in 2004, when they were six games off the pace on July 21.

White Sox 7, Mariners 3

SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Dunn hit two homers and drove in five runs, powering the Chicago White Sox past the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Friday night.

Chris Sale (2-1) struck out 11 in 6 1-3 innings. He gave up three runs and seven hits for the White Sox.

Dunn connected for a three-run homer off Hector Noesi (1-2) in the second inning to make it 6-0. He hit his third home run of the season in the eighth, giving him 31 multihomer games and the first since joining the White Sox last season, when he hit just 11 home runs. Friday was the first time Dunn had homered against Seattle in 12 career games.

Noesi lasted just 1 1-3 innings. He gave up six hits and six runs to send his ERA soaring to 9.49 from 5.73. Erasmo Ramirez pitched one-hit ball for 3 2-3 innings.

Twins 5, Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Willingham extended his season-opening hitting streak to 14 games with a go-ahead three-run double and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night.

Willingham's hit in the seventh off Joel Peralta puts him one away from tying Kirby Puckett's team mark of hitting safely in 15 straight games to start the 1994 season.

The Twins also got two RBIs from Joe Mauer, who went 2 for 3 with two walks. Mauer is 31 for 70 overall at Tropicana Field.

Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered for the Rays. Longoria had a homer and four RBIs in Tampa Bay's 9-4 win Thursday night at Toronto.

Indians 4, Athletics 3

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Posted 4/21/2012 12:27 AM ET
Updated 4/21/2012 1:55 AM ET
Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson beats the throw home to score the eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning in a game against the Royals Friday.
Charlie Riedel, AP
Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson beats the throw home to score the eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning in a game against the Royals Friday.

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