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Pena, Zobrist homer as Rays rough up Halladay

Pena, Zobrist homer as Rays rough up Halladay

Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist each hit home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays handed Toronto's Roy Halladay his worst outing in more than two years in a 12-7 win over the slumping Blue Jays in the American League on Monday.
Rod Barajas hit a grand slam to help Toronto build and early 6-3 lead, but Halladay (13-7) allowed eight runs _ seven earned _ in six innings to lose for the third time in five starts against the Rays this season.
Zobrist finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Jason Bartlett had three hits with an RBI, raising his average to .343, as the Rays won for the seventh time in nine games.
The Rays, who came in three games behind Boston in the AL wild card, snapped a four-game road losing streak.
Red Sox 12, White Sox 8
At Boston, Jose Contreras' two-out error led to six runs in the third inning as Boston extended its offensive surge by scoring at least 11 runs for the third time in four games.
Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew homered in the first meeting of the year between the teams, the latest they've ever faced each other for the first time.
Ramon Ramirez (7-3) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win after starter Clay Buchholz was lifted with two outs in the fifth following Paul Konerko's three-run homer that made it 9-7.
Contreras (5-12) allowed only one earned run but contributed greatly to all seven he allowed in 2 2-3 innings.
Twins 2, Orioles 1
At Minneapolis, Scott Baker allowed a run and four hits over seven innings to lead Minnesota past Baltimore for its fourth straight win.
Jason Kubel drove in the go-ahead run and Alexi Casilla tripled and scored on a wild pitch from Baltimore rookie Chris Tillman (1-2) in the sixth inning.
Minnesota matched its season-high winning streak of four as it tries to gain ground on Detroit and the White Sox in the American League Central. The Twins were 4 1/2 games back of the Tigers and two behind Chicago entering Monday.
Baker (12-7) retired 10 consecutive Orioles at one point. After scoring the game's first run in the top of the third inning, the Orioles would get only one more runner in scoring position until the ninth.
Indians 10, Royals 6
At Kansas City, Missouri, Travis Hafner and Luis Valbuena each hit three-run homers as Cleveland sent Kansas City to a fifth straight loss.
Hafner drove in four runs, tacking on an RBI double to sink the Royals even deeper into the AL Central basement.
The Royals took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Yuniesky Betancourt's sacrifice fly off Jeremy Sowers (5-9).
But Kansas City closer Joakim Soria (3-2), who does not usually come in before the ninth, started the eighth and gave up singles to Jhonny Peralta and Hafner before Valbuena hit a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right for a 7-5 lead.


Updated : 2021-04-13 18:39 GMT+08:00