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|Sunday, 30 June 2013 15:14|
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Justin Masterson pitched his major league-leading third shutout of the season and the Cleveland Indians completed their first four-game sweep in Chicago since 1948, beating the White Sox 4-0 Sunday.
Masterson (10-6) gave up six hits, struck out eight and walked one. He blanked the White Sox for the second time this year.
The Indians turned four double plays. The win moved Cleveland into a virtual tie with Detroit atop the AL Central.
The White Sox have lost 23 of 31 and fallen a season-high 15 games under .500.
Chris Sale (5-7) struck out 10 while allowing three runs in eight innings.
RAYS 3, TIGERS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Detroit in a game that included an early warning by the umpires.
Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run over six-plus innings. He tied the team record for victories in one month held by Matt Moore, David Price and Scott Kazmir.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 25th homer this season for the Tigers, sending a shot into a fish tank beyond the wall.
Both benches were warned by plate umpire Vic Carapazza after Rick Porcello (4-6) hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first. Both dugouts stayed calm and nothing further developed.
A day earlier, Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out in the 10th inning. Rodney had thrown a high-and-tight fastball before fanning the Tigers star.
ROYALS 9, TWINS 8
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - David Lough hit three doubles, then launched a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning that led the Kansas City Royals over Minnesota.
Lough hit his second homer of the season, sending a solo drive off Jared Burton (1-5) into the right-field seats for an 8-7 lead.
Eric Hosmer added a solo homer in the ninth for the Royals. Johnny Giavotella had three hits.
Aaron Crow (5-3) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Greg Holland got his 17th save in 19 chances despite giving up a home run to Trevor Plouffe in the ninth.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 4
BOSTON (AP) - Shane Victorino's hard grounder eluded first baseman Josh Thole for an error as pinch-runner Jonathan Diaz raced home with the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto.
Jose Bautista tied it in the ninth against Koji Uehara (1-0) with a solo homer, his 19th of the season and third in two games.
Brandon Snyder singled with one out in the bottom half against Juan Perez (1-1), Jacoby Ellsbury walked and Casey Janssen relieved. Diaz ran for Snyder and Thole, who had entered in the third when Adam Lind left with back tightness, couldn't handle Victorino's shot.
Boston won for the fifth time in six games and improved to an AL-best 50-34. Toronto has lost five of seven. Jose Reyes homered for the Blue Jays.
ANGELS 3, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) - Josh Hamilton doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and scored on shortstop Jake Elmore's overthrow, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat Houston and extend their winning streak to six.
C.J. Wilson (8-5) won his fourth straight start and Mark Trumbo hit his 18th homer for the Angels, who swept three-game series at Detroit and Houston for their first undefeated road trip of at least six games since 2002.
Wilson allowed an unearned run and three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings. Ernesto Frieri got his 21st save.
Jose Cisnero (2-1) took the loss.
RANGERS 3, REDS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Yu Darvish struck out eight in 6 2-3 scoreless innings for his first victory in eight starts and the Texas Rangers scored twice on a squeeze bunt to beat Cincinnati.
Darvish (8-3) won for the first time since May 16, ending his longest professional winless drought - in his two years with the Rangers or seven in Japan before that. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA in those seven games, when Texas scored only 12 runs while he was on the mound.
The Rangers scored off Mat Latos (7-2) when Elvis Andrus bunted in the fifth.
Latos made a barehanded grab and scoop in one motion. The toss home hit the earflap of Engel Beltre, who was still down on the ground when Leonys Martin also scored as the ball rolled away.
The AL West-leading Rangers have won 10 of 13. Cincinnati has lost seven of nine.
ATHLETICS 7, CARDINALS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson homered and Tommy Milone overcame a rocky start to win for the first time in nearly four weeks as the Oakland Athletics held off St. Louis.
Donaldson reached base four times for the A's, who padded their AL-best home record by taking two of three in this interleague series. Oakland has won 16 of its last 19 games at the Coliseum.
Milone (7-7) gave up three home runs and pitched with runners in scoring position in four of his six innings. Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his 19th save.
Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter all homered for the Cardinals.
Oakland had seven extra-base hits - five off St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (4-3).
CUBS 7, MARINERS 6
SEATTLE (AP) - Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney each doubled twice and the Chicago Cubs built a six-run lead before topping Seattle.
Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and the Cubs tied a season high by hitting six doubles.
Chicago led 7-1 after four innings. The Cubs' bullpen, which has blown 16 save chances this season, gave up three runs in the eighth.
Kevin Gregg pitched a hitless ninth for his 13th save.
Edwin Jackson (4-10) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing three runs and seven hits and striking out six.
Jason Bay homered for the Mariners and Brad Miller doubled twice for his first major league hits .
Jeremy Bonderman (1-2) was chased after giving up six runs - four earned - and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. It was his shortest start since going 2 1-3 innings on July 29, 2007 with Detroit.