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Thursday, 04 July 2013 16:46
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 CHICAGO (AP) - Adam Dunn hit a game-ending solo homer off Tommy Hunter in the ninth inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
Dayan Viciedo flied out to left before Dunn drove a full-count pitch from Hunter (3-2) over the wall in left for his 23rd homer. It was the third hit of the game for Dunn, who also had two RBIs.
Jose Quintana pitched seven innings of two-hit ball for the White Sox, finishing with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He retired his last 13 batters.
Addison Reed (4-1) got three outs for the victory.
Baltimore rallied against Nate Jones in the eighth. Brian Roberts scampered home when pinch hitter Matt Wieters reached on an error by first baseman Dunn, and Nick Markakis delivered a tying sacrifice fly.
Orioles starter Zach Britton allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings in his longest outing of the season.
ROYALS 10, INDIANS 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lorenzo Cain hit his first career grand slam, Salvador Perez provided a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning and the Royals rallied to get the win.
Kansas City trailed 5-0 before Cain's slam and a solo shot by George Kottaras tied it in the sixth. The Indians regained the lead on Carlos Santana's two-run double in the seventh, but the Royals answered in the bottom half on a two-run homer by Eric Hosmer.
Indians reliever Bryan Shaw (0-2) walked Kottaras to lead off the eighth and then hit Johnny Giavotella. Shaw was lifted for Rich Hill, who promptly walked Jarrod Dyson to load the bases.
Perez entered the game as a pinch hitter and roped a double down the left-field line, slapping his hands together on the way to first as the Royals cleared the bags for a 10-7 lead.
Luke Hochevar (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth inning for the Royals, and Greg Holland got three outs for his 19th save.
YANKEES 9, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vernon Wells drove in three runs, and the Yankees pounded rookie Kyle Gibson while finishing a four-game sweep.
Travis Hafner had three hits and scored twice, and Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run triple among his three hits for the Yankees, who scored 29 runs in the series.
The Yankees didn't even need their usual super-sized contribution from Robinson Cano, whose streak of six straight multihit games ended without reaching base. He still batted .500 on the seven-game road trip with 11 RBIs.
Justin Morneau homered twice for the Twins, one-third of his season total. But Gibson (1-1) gave up 11 hits and eight runs in 5 1-3 innings.
New York starter David Phelps (6-5) was charged with four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
The Twins have lost 10 of their last 13 games.
RAYS 7, ASTROS 5, 11 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) - Yunel Escobar drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning that sent Tampa Bay to the victory.
Escobar and Desmond Jennings each doubled twice and singled, helping the Rays win for the fifth time in six games.
Brett Wallace homered twice for the Astros.
Jose Lobaton walked to start the 11th and moved to second on a passed ball by Jason Castro. Escobar then doubled into the right-field corner off Josh Fields (0-1).
Jamey Wright (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win and Fernando Rodney finished for his 18th save.
INTERLEAGUE
RED SOX 8, PADRES 2
BOSTON (AP) - Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double, David Ortiz had a two-run single and the Red Sox handed the Padres their season-high sixth straight loss.
Brandon Snyder and Jacoby Ellsbury each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who won eight of nine to match its best homestand since June 2010. Allen Webster (1-2) pitched six innings for his first major league win, allowing two runs and five hits.
The Padres have scored just seven runs in their losing streak. They also lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
Eric Stults (6-7) gave up four runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings for San Diego.
ATHLETICS 1, CUBS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Derek Norris scored on a passed ball with two outs in the seventh inning and that was enough for Oakland to get the victory.
Dan Straily (5-2) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. He made the start to allow a sore Jarrod Parker to get two extra days of rest.
Norris walked with two outs and went to third on Seth Smith's single.
Oakland then sent Eric Sogard to the plate to hit for Adam Rosales, and Matt Guerrier threw an 0-1 pitch to the outside part of the plate. Sogard swung and missed, and it went off the glove of Welington Castillo, allowing Norris to score the unearned run.
It was the first appearance for Guerrier (2-4) since he was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ryan Cook pitched the eighth for Oakland and Grant Balfour finished for his 21st save in 21 chances, completing the two-hitter.
 

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