KANSAS CITY, Sporting Alert – Scores and results from the Major League Baseball (MLB) games that took place on Thursday night, September, 24.
Kansas City Royals defeated Seattle Mariners 10-4 on Thursday night to end a long drought, as they clinched the AL Central division.
The Royals (89-63), who secured the title after the Minnesota Twins loss to Detroit
Tigers, were winning its first division crown in 30 years.
It was also a good night for pitcher Johnny Cueto (3-6), who won his first start in almost six weeks. He gave up seven hits, while walking two and striking out five in the victory at Kauffman Stadium.
Cueto was 0-5 before Thursday night’s win.
After an evenly contested first half in the contest in which the scores were tied after five innings, the Royals picked up the pace in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings after scoring seven unanswered runs, including three in the eighth.
The home side scored 10 runs from 15 hits.
Victory on Thursday night also saw Kansas City becoming the first team to land a division title so far this year.
“When I woke up this morning, I had a great feeling we would win it,” Royals manager Ned Yost to reporters after the win.
“All tonight I thought we would win it. When I looked up and saw that Cleveland had scored six runs, I knew that this was going to be our night.”
At the Yankee Stadium in New York, the hosts, after a tribute to the legendary Yogi Berra, who died this week at the age of 90, picked up a narrow 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Right-hander Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer off Chris Sale in the third inning and Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez scored as well for the Yankees.
Michael Pineda (12-8) gave up just one run.
Elsewhere in MLB action on Thursday night, there were wins for St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals ((97-56), who have won five in succession and have a four-game advantage over the Pirates for the NL Central lead, defeated Milwaukee Brewers, 7-4.
Pittsburgh (93-60), meanwhile, beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-4.
MLB SCORES AND RESULTS
Thursday, September 24
Seattle 4, Kansas City 10
Texas 8, Oakland 1
Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 7
Arizona 3, Los Angeles 6
Cleveland 6 Minnesota 3
New York 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 4
San Francisco 4, San Diego 5
Baltimore 5, Washington 4
Chicago 2, New York 3
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 2
Philadelphia 0, Miami 1