|The Twins' Joe Mauer bounced a single to center to drive in the winning run in the ninth. (A.J. OLMSCHEID/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Late push gives Twins sweep
Mauer, Morneau help finish off slumping A's
Joe Mauer singled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Justin Morneau hit a tying homer in the eighth, and the Twins completed a four-game sweep of the slumping Oakland Athletics with a 4-3 victory yesterday in Minneapolis.
Morneau tied the score, 3-3, with his 25th home run, a shot into the right-field upper deck off reliever Santiago Casilla. Minnesota earned its fifth series sweep this season and first four-game sweep since Aug. 3-6, 2006 against Kansas City.
Eric Chavez homered for the A's, who have lost seven in a row.
Luis Castillo led off the ninth with a triple against reliever Joe Kennedy (2-8) and trotted home on Mauer's bouncer through a drawn-in infield.
Cardinals 10, Phillies 2 -- Albert Pujols hit two of visiting St. Louis's six homers as Philadelphia became the first sports franchise to lose 10,000 games.
The franchise, born in 1883 as the Philadelphia Quakers and briefly called the Blue Jays in the mid-1940s, fell to 8,810-10,000. The Phillies had avoided the inevitable milestone for three games, before the Cardinals erupted.
Juan Encarnacion, Adam Kennedy, Ryan Ludwick, and Chris Duncan also homered for St. Louis and Adam Wainwright (8-7) pitched seven scoreless innings.
Dodgers 5, Giants 3 -- Los Angeles scored twice on squeeze bunts and held Barry Bonds without a hit all series, winning its 11th straight game in San Francisco.
Bonds's legs are sore and it shows. The slugger's hitless stretch reached a season-worst 20 at-bats with an 0-for-5 showing -- his longest period without a hit since his record-breaking 2001 season.
Rangers 5, Angels 4 -- Mark Teixeira homered leading off the 11th inning and had an RBI double in the eighth, leading visiting Texas past Los Angeles.
Angels starter Jered Weaver allowed a pair of unearned runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out six, and retired his last 11 batters. But the Rangers tied it in the eighth against Scot Shields with two-out RBI doubles by Teixeira and Marlon Byrd, snapping Shields's scoreless streak at 24 2/3 innings.
Tigers 11, Mariners 7 -- Marcus Thames hit a two-out, three-run homer off Jeff Weaver in the fourth inning and Justin Verlander (11-3) pitched seven solid innings in Detroit's win at Seattle.
The Mariners got a major scare in the fifth when All-Star center fielder Ichiro Suzuki was hit on the leg by a Verlander fastball. Suzuki gingerly made his way to first and remained in the game but was lifted moments later after slowly advancing to second on a wild pitch. X-rays were negative and the team said Suzuki has a right thigh contusion. His status will be determined today.
Mets 5, Reds 2 -- Jose Reyes homered, Oliver Perez (8-6) won in his return from the disabled list, and host New York took three of four from Cincinnati to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.
Orioles 5, White Sox 3 -- Brian Roberts and Corey Patterson homered, rookie Garrett Olson went five innings plus to earn his first major league win, and host Baltimore handed Chicago's Jose Contreras his AL-high 11th loss.
Indians 5, Royals 3 -- Travis Hafner had three hits, including a long two-run homer, to back Fausto Carmona (11-4) as Cleveland beat Kansas City to improve to a major-league-best 33-13 at home.
Cubs 7, Astros 6 -- Derrek Lee broke a streak of 126 at-bats without a home run with a three-run shot in the second inning and Chicago completed its first sweep of Houston in a three-game series at Wrigley Field since May 1984.
Padres 4, Diamondbacks 0 -- Justin Germano (6-3) drove in a run and gave up none in 6 1/3 innings to outduel Brandon Webb and help San Diego beat host Arizona, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Braves 5, Pirates 1 -- Buddy Carlyle (4-2) pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight decision and Atlanta got four hits from Edgar Renteria to complete a three-game sweep of visiting Pittsburgh.
Brewers 4, Rockies 3 -- Pinch hitter Kevin Mench's tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh lifted host Milwaukee past Colorado, which dropped back below .500 (45-46).
Marlins 5, Nationals 3 -- Miguel Cabrera hit two solo home runs -- his third in two games -- and Josh Willingham homered for the third straight game to lift host Florida over Washington.