James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros

The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row.

Marlins losing with E's

MIAMI - The Marlins can point to errors (they lead baseball with 16), a shoddy bullpen (they have given up six homers after the eighth inning this season, including four game-winners) and inconsistent starting pitching as reasons why they've dropped nine of their past 10 games.

Molina's error helps Nationals beat Cardinals 3-1

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's throwing error combined with Michael Wacha's wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 3-1 Friday night.

AL Capsules

Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

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