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Thome's 587th homer gives Twins 1-0 win

Thome's 587th homer gives Twins 1-0 win

Jim Thome hit his 587th homer, passing Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for eighth place on the career list and lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in 12 innings Saturday.
Thome hit a 2-0 pitch from Justin Germano (0-2) into the Cleveland bullpen in center field, snapping the Twins' 21-inning scoreless streak. It was the only extra-base hit of the game.
Thome returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a mild abdominal strain and was 0 for 3 with a walk until hitting his fifth homer in his last four games.
The Twins opened a six-game lead over Chicago in the American League Central. The White Sox lost to Kansas City 8-2.
Rangers 7, Yankees 6
At Arlington, Texas, Mariano Rivera ended New York's perfect record when leading after eight innings.
Pitching the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Rivera allowed a tying double to Ian Kinsler, then hit Jeff Francoeur on the left shoulder with the bases loaded, giving the Rangers a victory over the Yankees in yet another long game.
A night after Texas won the series opener in 13 innings, lasting 5 hours, 12 minutes, this one took 4:16 _ plus a 59-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning. The teams also went from using 19 pitchers on Friday night to using 14.
The Yankees were 76-0 when leading after eight before Rivera's third blown save opportunity of the year.
Royals 8, White Sox 2
At Chicago, Kyle Davies pitched six solid innings, and Gregor Blanco and Kila Ka'aihue each had three hits as Kansas City beat Chicago to snap a four-game losing streak.
Blanco and Ka'aihue each scored two runs as Kansas City roughed up Edwin Jackson (3-1) on its way to 18 hits.
Davies (8-9) allowed one run and five hits, winning consecutive starts for the first time this season.
Paul Konerko hit his 34th homer for the White Sox, who have lost four of five.
Athletics 4, Red Sox 3
At Oakland, California, Rajai Davis hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning and Andrew Bailey struck out David Ortiz to end the game, preserving Oakland's victory over Boston.
Adrian Beltre doubled in Victor Martinez with two out in the ninth to get Boston within one but pinch-hitter Ortiz looked at a called third strike, giving Bailey his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.
Oakland scored three times in the seventh and once in the eighth, erasing a 2-0 deficit and clinching its first season-series win over the Red Sox since 2006. Mark Ellis hit a tying RBI single before coming around on Davis' hit.
Martinez, Beltre and Darnell McDonald had two hits apiece for Boston, which has lost six of eight and is struggling to stay in the playoff picture. John Lackey (12-10) pitched seven innings, yielding three runs and six hits.
Oakland announced before the game it had exercised its option on manager Bob Geren's contract for the 2011 season.
Rays 13, Blue Jays 1
At Toronto, Brad Hawpe hit a grand slam for Tampa Bay, and Wade Davis won his seventh straight decision.
Kelly Shoppach also homered as the AL wild-card leaders won for the third time in four games.
Davis (12-9) improved to 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts since a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder. The right-hander, who leads AL rookies in wins, allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked three.
Davis, who has not lost since June 27 against Arizona, matched Jeff Niemann (2009-10) and Mark Hendrickson (2005) for the most consecutive victories in Rays history.
Lyle Overbay homered for the Blue Jays, who have connected in 13 straight games, matching a season high. Ricky Romero (12-9) allowed six runs in four innings.
Angels 7, Mariners 4
At Anaheim, California, Hideki Matsui homered and Torii Hunter had four RBIs to lead Los Angeles to the victory over Felix Hernandez and Seattle.
Ervin Santana (16-9) tied a career high for victories, allowing three runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings.
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a three-run homer in the eighth. It was his 2,215th major league hit, breaking a tie with Joe DiMaggio for 167th place on the career list.
Kevin Jepsen gave up a two-out RBI single in the ninth to Josh Wilson before Fernando Rodney closed it out for his ninth save in 14 chances.
Orioles 5, Tigers 3
At Detroit, Adam Jones had four hits and Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven shutout innings to help Baltimore get the victory over Detroit.
Brian Roberts and Felix Pie had three hits apiece for Baltimore.
Guthrie (10-13) gave up five hits _ all in the first three innings _ and one walk. He is 3-0 with a sparkling 0.81 ERA in his last three starts.
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his ninth save and second in as many days.
Detroit's Max Scherzer (10-10) allowed four runs and a career-high 12 hits in six innings, snapping a five-start unbeaten streak.


Updated : 2021-07-25 02:34 GMT+08:00