Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Indians beat Royals, move closer to AL Central title

CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana's three-run homer pushed the Indians to a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007.

Santana's shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee snapped a 2-2 tie as Cleveland improved to 9-1 against Kansas City.

Reliever Dan Otero pitched two scoreless innings, Bryan Shaw worked one and Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.

Jason Kipnis homered for the Indians, who can wrap up a postseason berth this weekend against the White Sox.

CHECK, PLEASE: David Ortiz received a surprising — and perhaps unwanted — gift from the Orioles before his final regular-season game at Camden Yards, a 5-3 Red Sox victory. David Price won his eighth straight decision and Hanley Ramirez homered as Boston completed a four-game sweep. Orioles starter Chris Tillman lasted just 12/3 innings, throwing 63 pitches and allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. Ortiz was given the phone box he destroyed in the dugout during a tirade on July 27, 2013. The Orioles also gave Ortiz an oversized $10,000 check to be used as a donation in his name to the World Pediatric Project. Ortiz walked off with the check but left the phone as Baltimore's Adam Jones kiddingly gestured to him that he'd forgotten his gift. Did Ortiz find the phone gift funny? "It's all right,'' he said. "Just thanked Baltimore for the memory."

Braves 6, Marlins 3: Matt Kemp hit two home runs to power visiting Atlanta. Kemp's solo shot to leftfield in the sixth, his second homer, was caught on a bounce by Heat forward Justise Winslow, who threw out the first pitch. Kemp's multihomer game was the 10th of his career and third this season.

Brewers 3, Pirates 1: Chris Carter hit his 37th home run, matching his career high, and Scooter Gennett sliced an opposite-field, two run homer to help host Milwaukee avoid a sweep. Pittsburgh's Francisco Cervelli hit his first home run since last Sept. 30.

Angels 2, Astros 0: Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings as visiting Los Angeles hurt Houston's wild-card hopes.

METS: Left-hander Steven Matz was scratched from today's scheduled start because of shoulder soreness.

RANGERS: Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish are scheduled to start the next two games after some extra rest for the aces who are lined up to start the first two playoff games. With more than a week left in the regular season and the Rangers on the verge of clinching their second consecutive AL West title, there is also the opportunity for Hamels and Darvish to get back on track after some subpar outings this month.

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