Delmon Young hit a tying RBI single and Michael Cuddyer raced home with the winning run on Alex Rios’s throwing error, capping Minnesota’s four-run ninth inning and giving the Twins a 7-6 win over the White Sox yesterday in Minneapolis.
The Twins won three of four games in the series to move within 1 1/2 games of the first-place White Sox in the AL Central. Detroit is also 1 1/2 games back.
With Chicago closer Bobby Jenks (1-2) on the mound, Orlando Hudson walked in a 10-pitch at-bat and Joe Mauer walked on four pitches. Jason Kubel had an RBI single to left-center to make it 6-4. Cuddyer singled in a run and ended Jenks’s day.
Sergio Santos walked Jason Repko to load the bases before Young hit a single to right-center. Rios’s throw to the infield rolled to the White Sox dugout for an error, allowing Cuddyer to score the winner.
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 4 — Host St. Louis rallied from a four-run deficit over the final two innings to complete its first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since 1987.
Allen Craig, filling in at first base for a resting Albert Pujols, put the Cardinals on the board with a two-run double off Justin Miller in the eighth that made it 4-2. Craig’s RBI single off Jonathan Broxton (3-1) with two outs in the ninth tied the game at 4, and Matt Holliday followed with a single that brought home Jon Jay.
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4 — Chris Denorfia homered twice for host San Diego, and Everth Cabrera tripled in the go-ahead run moments before being ejected for a tussle with Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds.
Cabrera’s triple in the sixth put the Padres up, 4-3. With Tony Gwynn Jr. at the plate, Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero attempted to pick Cabrera off at third. Reynolds took the throw and as he applied the tag to Cabrera, who was sliding back headfirst, Reynolds fell on Cabrera’s backside and rolled over him. After some pushing, both benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.
Cubs 11, Phillies 6 — Roy Halladay hit Marlon Byrd twice and gave up two-run homers to Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano after each plunking, as host Chicago rolled.
Byrd became the first Cubs player in 105 years to be hit by a pitch 16 times in a season and Chicago took advantage of a rare wild night for Halladay, winning three of four in its first series since the All-Star break.
Blue Jays 10, Orioles 1 — Yunel Escobar’s first homer of the season was also his first career grand slam, coming during a six-run second that propelled Toronto in Baltimore.
Rockies 1, Reds 0 — Aaron Cook got his first road win of the season, and Chris Iannetta spoiled another strong start by Cincinnati’s Travis Wood by homering in the sixth.
Indians 7, Tigers 2 — Jeanmar Gomez went seven innings to win his big league debut, and Cleveland earned its first four-game home sweep of Detroit since 1991.
Pirates 9, Astros 0 — Paul Maholm (6-7) pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout and host Pittsburgh established a season high for hits (19) for the second consecutive game. Seven Pirates had an RBI.
Mets 4, Giants 3 — Ike Davis doubled home the go-ahead run in 10th after the Mets wasted a two-run lead in the ninth, and New York avoided a four-game sweep in San Francisco.
Braves 11, Brewers 6 — Brian McCann (grand slam) drove in five runs, Matt Diaz had three RBIs, and host Atlanta earned a split of the four-game series.
Marlins 1, Nationals 0 — At Miami, Gaby Sanchez doubled home the only run in the fifth and Florida’s Alex Sanabia pitched into the sixth to earn his first major league win.
Mariners 2, Angels 1 — Jose Lopez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th to spark visiting Seattle.
Athletics 9, Royals 6 — Adam Rosales, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and Jack Cust each went deep for visiting Oakland.