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Royals shut out Marlins to win ninth straight

MIAMI — Yordano Ventura escaped two threats before turning the game over to the bullpen with a 1-0 lead, and for the Royals, that meant another victory.

Ventura pitched six innings and Kansas City won its ninth straight Tuesday by beating the Marlins 1-0.

Three relievers closed out the win and extended the bullpen's streak to 32 shutout innings since Aug. 10. That broke the franchise record of 292/3 set in 1969.

The Royals' longest winning streak since June 2014 has gotten them back in the mix in the AL wild-card race.

"The team you're seeing is the team we are," Ventura said.

"We're definitely confident right now," rightfielder Lorenzo Cain said.

The Royals scored in the sixth when Paulo Orlando led off with a single, stole second and came home on Cain's single.

Ventura reached 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun for the Royals, whose starters have a 1.69 ERA during the winning streak.

"Those guys have been outstanding," Cain said. "It has been lights out every night."

BLUE JAYS 7, ANGELS 2: Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, R.A. Dickey pitched 62/3 solid innings and host Toronto remained tied atop the AL East.

ORIOLES 8, NATIONALS 1: Kevin Gausman scattered six hits over six shutout innings, Adam Jones had four hits and Baltimore won its second straight over Washington to conclude a 3-5 homestand.

REDS 3, RANGERS 0: Dan Straily pitched six strong innings and Joey Votto drove two runs for host Cincinnati. Texas has been shut out three times in nine games.

TIGERS 8, TWINS 3: Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth, for visiting Detroit. The Tigers broke it open in the seventh with homers by Erick Aybar and Victor Martinez.

PIRATES 7, ASTROS 1: Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter, and Gregory Polanco hit two home runs for host Pittsburgh.

WHITE SOX 9, PHILLIES 1: Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game for host Chicago.

Around the league

RANGERS DROP HAMILTON: Texas put outfielder/DH Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers but hopes he'll be healthy enough to rejoin the team in spring training. Hamilton, 35, the first overall pick in the 1999 draft by the Rays, had multiple surgeries on his left knee in June.

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE: The MLB postseason will open with the American League wild-card game on Oct. 4, followed by the National League wild-card game the next day. The World Series will begin on Oct. 25 at the home of the AL champion.

FAN HURT: A woman was struck in the left ear by a line drive down the third-base line in the second inning of the Brewers' home game against the Rockies. No further information was immediately released.

ANGELS: Matt Swanson, the Cardinals' Midwest cross-checker, will be named the team's amateur scouting director, the Los Angeles Times reported.

DODGERS: Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw said he felt good after throwing about 50 pitches in a bullpen session. Kershaw has been out since late June with a herniated disc in his lower back. … Left-hander Rich Hill is set to make his team debut tonight. Hill, acquired from the A's at the trade deadline, has been unable to pitch because of a blister on his left middle finger.

METS: Left-hander Jon Niese left in the first inning with left knee pain.

ORIOLES: Right-hander Chris Tillman appears headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching shoulder.

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