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Twins win, go top of AL Central

Twins win, go top of AL Central

The Minnesota Twins went top of the American League Central division with a 9-0 thrashing of the high-flying Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Pitcher Glen Perkins was commanding over eight innings for Minnesota, while Denard Span and Delmon Young both homered for the Twins, who recorded a fourth straight win to move half a game above Chicago in the Central.
Los Angeles appears certain to reach the playoffs, but Perkins held the Angels to five hits on the way to winning his fourth consecutive decision.
Rays 9, White Sox 4
In Chicago, Tampa Bay assumed the American League's best record by beating Chicago.
The Rays took over from Los Angeles as holders of the AL's best win-loss record and maintained a 4-1/2 game lead over Boston atop the AL East.
The result also cost the White Sox their leadership of the AL Central, leaving them half a game behind Minnesota and the same margin behind Boston, which holds the wildcard.
Rocco Baldelli hit his first homer in more than a year while Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist also went deep for Tampa Bay.
Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 4
In Toronto, Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek hit solo home runs to power Boston over Toronto.
Pedroia went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and has now hit safely in 46 of his past 50 games.
Newly-acquired Boston pitcher Paul Byrd won for the fifth time in six starts. Byrd allowed six hits in six innings.
Yankees 9, Orioles 4
In Baltimore, New York posted a rare late rally to beat Baltimore.
The Yankees got just their third win from 53 attempts in games in which they trailed after seven innings.
Bobby Abreu went 5-for-5, his fourth coming to lead off the eighth. He advanced to third on a double and then got home on a wild pitch. Xavier Nady then singled in the go-ahead run.
Indians 7, Rangers 5
In Arlington, Texas, Cleveland continued its late-season surge with a win over Texas.
Fausto Carmona pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run and striking out five to steer the Indians to victory.
Ryan Garko had a two-run double for Cleveland.
The Rangers got within 5-4 in the eighth.
Tigers 4, Royals 3
In Kansas City, Missouri, the home team slipped to its sixth straight loss at the hands of Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs for the Tigers. Cabrera, who has 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 34 games since the All-Star break, led off the second with a homer. He then hit a solo shot with two outs in the sixth. It was Cabrera's third two-homer game this season and the 12th of his career.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings, while striking six.
Mariners 7, Athletics 5
In Seattle, the home team snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Oakland.
Rookie catcher Jeff Clement had two run-scoring doubles for the Mariners. Clement, who had three RBIs, hit his second double in the Mariners' go-ahead two-run rally in the seventh.
Seattle put two runners on base in the ninth but held on for a long-awaited victory.


Updated : 2021-05-15 10:54 GMT+08:00