Paul Konerko hit his 19th home run to snap an eighth-inning tie and the host White Sox won their 11th straight game, beating the struggling Cubs, 3-2, yesterday in Chicago.
The White Sox are on their longest win streak since a 12-game run in June 1961, and they can thank Konerko for keeping it going. He broke a 2-all tie with one out in the eighth when he connected off reliever Andrew Cashner (0-1), sending the White Sox to their 15th victory in 16 games.
Konerko turned on a 1-and-2 pitch and the ball reached the left-center seats in a hurry.
The home run made a winner of J.J. Putz (4-2), who pitched a scoreless eighth after Freddy Garcia went seven innings.
Twins 6, Mets 0 — Jason Kubel and Minnesota roughed up former teammate Johan Santana early, and Carl Pavano produced another fine pitching performance in a victory over host New York.
Pavano (9-6) gave up three hits in his second consecutive complete game.
Pavano had two hits and a sacrifice for Minnesota, which ended a four-game skid. The Twins are a game and a half up on Detroit in the American League Central. It was Pavano’s sixth career shutout and first since June 5, 2009, against the White Sox.
Santana was given a rude welcome in his first start against the team with which he spent his first eight seasons. He opened the game by getting an out, but Minnesota then scored four runs on several sharply hit balls.
Rays 5, Diamondbacks 3 — David Price pitched eight strong innings to become the AL’s first 11-game winner as host Tampa Bay bounced back from Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter to beat Arizona.
Sean Rodriguez and Jason Bartlett both had two RBIs for the Rays, held hitless Friday night for the third time in 12 months.
Padres 2, Marlins 1 — San Diego became the first team in nearly two months to score more than once against Florida ace Josh Johnson, Adrian Gonzalez and David Eckstein each finished with two hits, and the NL West-leading Padres won in Miami.
Dodgers 9, Yankees 4 — James Loney drove in four runs to help host Los Angeles defeat New York. The Dodgers stopped a season-worst four-game home losing skid. They’ve dropped 10 of 14 overall to fall out of first place in the NL West.
Orioles 6, Nationals 5 — Adam Jones homered, Matt Wieters had three hits and two RBIs, and host Baltimore rallied to beat Washington to clinch its first series win in 14 tries.
Angels 4, Rockies 2 — Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam in the first inning to give host Los Angeles a victory over Colorado.
Rangers 7, Astros 2 — Ian Kinsler ended a career-long 32-game homerless drought with a tiebreaking shot as host Texas quickly rebounded from its first loss in two weeks.
Braves 4, Tigers 3 — Chipper Jones’s three-run homer in the seventh gave Kenshin Kawakami his long-awaited first win of the season, but only after host Atlanta escaped a ninth-inning jam to beat Detroit.
Blue Jays 5, Phillies 1 — John Buck, Aaron Hill, and Alex Gonzalez homered and Shaun Marcum (7-3) pitched six solid innings to lead Toronto in Philadelphia.
Mariners 5, Brewers 4 — Mariners reliever Brian Sweeney pitched four scoreless innings in his first appearance since 2006 and Milton Bradley and Jose Lopez homered, rallying visiting Seattle.
Cardinals 5, Royals 3 — Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker homered off Kyle Davies to lift visiting St. Louis.
Reds 6, Indians 4 — Laynce Nix singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and came around to score with a jarring dive into home, rallying host Cincinnati to its fifth straight win.
Athletics 5, Pirates 0 — Trevor Cahill allowed two hits and struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings and Daric Barton had three doubles and four RBIs as Oakland won at home.