MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Torii Hunter walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run and lifting the Minnesota Twins over the struggling Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
The Twins handed the White Sox their fourth straight loss and moved past Chicago into third place in the AL Central after rallying from a 6-1 deficit after 2 1/2 innings against starter Jon Garland.
Facing Mike MacDougal (1-2) in the ninth, Jason Tyner drew a one-out walk and moved to second when Nick Punto hit a chopper to Paul Konerko for a possible double play. Konerko's throw appeared to graze Tyner before hitting shortstop Alex Cintron in the right knee for an error on the first baseman.
Cintron fielded Michael Cuddyer's grounder deep in the hole, but his throw to second was not in time to force Punto. Boone Logan came in, and Justin Morneau popped out behind the plate on the first pitch.
David Aardsma was summoned from the bullpen to face Hunter, who walked on four pitches to end the game.
Joe Nathan (2-1) entered in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Athletics 6, Rangers 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Dan Haren won his sixth straight decision and Dan Johnson drove in three runs for Oakland.
Haren (6-2) lowered his ERA to an AL-leading 1.64. He gave up four hits in eight innings and kept Sammy Sosa in check, too.
Sosa went 0-for-4 and remained two home runs from becoming the fifth player to reach the 600 mark.
Texas called up John Koronka (0-2) from Triple-A Oklahoma to make the start - the second straight game the Rangers went to the minors for their starter.
Devil Rays 5, Tigers 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - James Shields settled after a shaky first inning to throw the second complete game of his career, Elijah Dukes and Brendan Harris backed the right-hander with solo homers for Tampa Bay.
Shields (4-0) yielded three runs and five hits in the opening inning, then allowed just three runners to reach base over the next eight innings. He earned his first win in nearly four weeks.
Dukes hit his 10th homer of the season in the fifth and Harris snapped a 3-3 tie against left-hander Nate Robertson (4-5) in the sixth. Jorge Cantu, Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton also drove in runs for the Devil Rays, who have come from behind in 19 of their 22 victories.
Shields retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, including 13 straight before Gary Sheffield reached on an infield single with two outs in the eighth. He allowed seven hits - two after the first inning, walked one and struck out five.
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5
TORONTO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez helped the New York Yankees end their five-game losing streak with his bat - and his mouth, apparently.
Rodriguez appeared to distract Toronto third baseman Howie Clark on a key popup late in the game, touching off arguments all over the field.
Rodriguez hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth that made it 7-5. Jorge Posada followed with a high pop and Rodriguez ran hard, cutting between Clark and shortstop John McDonald.
It seemed as if Rodriguez said something, and Clark backed off at the last second. McDonald was only a few steps behind Clark, but couldn't make the catch and ball dropped for an RBI single.
New York took a quick lead against rookie Jesse Litsch (1-2), scoring five times in the first inning.
Yankees rookie Tyler Clippard (2-1) gave up three runs and four hits over five innings.
Indians 8, Red Sox 4
BOSTON (AP) - Paul Byrd won his fifth straight decision and extended his streak without issuing a walk to 43 innings, and Cleveland came from behind for a win.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Boston (36-16), which has the best record in the majors. Cleveland (32-19), with the AL's second best record, avoided being swept in the three-game series.
Boston led 2-0 after four innings, but Cleveland tied the game in the fifth and went ahead 6-2 in the sixth against Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-3). Kelly Shoppach, who hit a solo homer in the eighth, had a career-high four of the Indians' season-high 18 hits.
Byrd (6-1) threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of 27 batters. He has gone six games since his last walk to Kenny Lofton of Texas on April 26.
Royals 3, Orioles 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Erik Bedard won a matchup of staff aces with Gil Meche and Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer, leading Baltimore past Kansas City.
The Orioles won for the fifth straight time. The Royals have lost seven in a row.
Bedard (4-3), winless since April 18 despite allowing only eight earned runs in his previous 34 innings, went a season-long eight innings and gave up only four hits, with five strikeouts and two walks. Only one runner got past second.
Meche (3-4) bounced back from his worst outing of the year to throw one of his best games since joining Kansas City.
Chris Ray pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.
Angels 8, Mariners 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez and the Angels' bullpen preserved the lead in a win over Seattle.
Gary Matthews Jr. and Casey Kotchman hit consecutive home runs in the first inning for the AL West leaders. Guerrero's 11th homer put the Angels ahead 7-5 in the fifth.
Dustin Moseley (4-0) got the win in relief of starter Jered Weaver, who was pulled after 4 2-3 innings.
Scot Shields pitched a perfect eighth and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.
Hernandez (3-3) allowed seven runs and nine hits in seven innings. He surrendered his first three homers of the season. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 23 games - tying his career best in 2001.
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