Holliday's slam caps Cardinals' big 10th inning
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Holliday's grand slam capped a seven-run 10th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 on Sunday night.
J.J. Hoover (0-5) walked Allen Craig to lead off the 10th. One out later, David Freese singled Craig to second, extending his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, tied with San Francisco's Marco Scutaro for the longest in the National League this season.
Daniel Descalso followed with his RBI double off the left field wall. Matt Carpenter added two insurance runs with a bases-loaded single before Holliday hit his homer — a 464-foot shot into the left field seats off Curtis Partch, who was making his major league debut. The homer was Holliday's 10th of the season.
Trevor Rosenthal (1-0) had four strikeouts in two perfect innings to get the win.
Gordon, Hosmer help Royals win 5th straight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each had run-scoring singles in the eighth, Luis Mendoza pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros 2-0 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
Aaron Crow (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth to earn a victory that gave the Royals their longest winning streak since taking seven in a row form Sept. 10-17, 2011.
With one out in the eighth, Chris Getz singled and stole second off reliever Hector Ambriz (1-3). Gordon, who was 1 for 18 on this homestand, singled to center for the first run. Gordon moved to third on center fielder Trevor Crowe's errant throw home and scored on Hosmer's single.
Greg Holland pitched a spotless ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
Astros starter Lucas Harrell held the Royals to two Salvador Perez singles in seven scoreless innings.
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Oregon St. downs Kansas St. 12-4 to even series
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run first inning and Oregon State went on to beat Kansas State 12-4 Sunday night to force a decisive third game in the NCAA super regional series.
Oregon State's Tyler Smith and Kavin Keyes each had four hits and Oregon State (49-11) combined for a season high 21 hits. Andrew Moore, the Pac 12's freshman of the year, allowed six hits and three earned runs over eight innings, striking out a season-high nine batters.
The Beavers scored five runs in the first off six straight hits. With two outs, Conforto and Davis blasted back-to-back line-drive solo home runs. Ryan Barnes then added an RBI single to chase Kansas State starter Blake McFadden (6-3), who lasted just 23 pitches and 2-3 of an inning.
The deciding game is Monday at 10 p.m. EDT.
NC State edges Rice in 17 innings to reach CWS
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's Tarran Senay scored on a double by Brett Williams in the top of the 17th inning on Sunday night, rallying the Wolfpack to a 5-4 victory over Rice in the longest super regional game in NCAA history.
Senay drove in the run that tied the game in the ninth inning at the Raleigh Super Regional and set the stage for N.C. State (49-14) to make its first College World Series appearance since 1968.
Rice (44-20) tied a season-high with three home runs. Two were solo shots by Christian Stringer.
N.C. State starter Logan Jernigan held Rice to two hits over five innings including Stringer's first home run.
Owls' starter Jordan Stephens yielded one earned run in 6 1-3 innings, and the Wolfpack left 16 runners on base.