July 9 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees fell to their second straight defeat after six wins in a row, losing 5-1 to the Kansas City Royals as outfielder Brett Gardner set a franchise record by striking out for the 16th straight game.
Gardner struck out looking in the ninth inning last night at Yankee Stadium, where Billy Butler hit a home run for the visitors and Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie held the Yankees scoreless until the seventh inning.
The Yankees (48-41) host the Royals (42-44) again tonight as they attempt to remain the only American League team without three consecutive home losses this season.
Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds allowed a season-high 10 hits in last night’s 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the right-hander’s first game since pitching the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season. Bailey gave up two runs in the first inning on a home run by Jonathan Lucroy and surrendered single runs in both the second and third innings.
The Brewers held on for the win as outfielder Carlos Gomez reached above the wall to rob Joey Votto of a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning.
The Oakland Athletics beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 as Grant Balfour notched hit 41st save in a row to surpass the franchise record held by Hall of Fame reliever Dennis Eckersley. Bartolo Colon got his 12th win for the A’s, tied for the second-most in the majors behind Max Scherzer of Detroit.
Scherzer, who last night was attempting to become the first major-league pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to start a season with a 14-0 record, finished with a no-decision in the Tigers’ 4-2, 10-inning win against the Cleveland Indians. Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings for the Tigers, who won on Victor Martinez’s two-run double.
The New York Mets needed 16 innings to beat the Giants 4-3 in the opener of a three-game series in San Francisco.
Also in extra innings, the Atlanta Braves scored six runs in the 14th to beat the Miami Marlins 7-1.
The Tampa Bay Rays won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating the Minnesota Twins 7-4 to move a season-high 10 games over .500 with a 50-40 record.
Raul Ibanez, 41, hit his eighth home run in his past 13 games as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 11-4.
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