May 21, 2018
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Yankees complete sweep of Twins

By Sports Direct, Special to the BDN

MINNEAPOLIS — Vernon Wells drove in three runs and Ichiro Suzuki and Travis Hafner both had three hits and two runs scored as visiting New York completed a four-game sweep of reeling Minnesota.

Ichiro’s two-run triple highlighted a four-run sixth inning and rookie Zoilo Almonte had two hits and drove in a run. David Phelps (6-5) benefited from the high-octane offense and worked into the seventh for the Yankees, who recorded 29 runs in the series — after mustering 13 during their five-game losing skid.

Justin Morneau belted a pair of solo homers and Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier added RBI singles for the Twins, who have lost five in a row and 10 of 13.

Wells didn’t waste much time getting the fireworks started as the veteran deposited a 1-2 slider from rookie Kyle Gibson (1-1) into left field to plate a pair and give New York a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Wells tacked on another run with an RBI double to left in the third before Luis Cruz upped the ante with an RBI single later in the frame.

The offensive explosion proved to be enough for Phelps, who rebounded from a brutal performance versus Baltimore to keep Minnesota in check. After yielding a career-high nine runs on as many hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Saturday, Phelps breezed into the seventh before being charged with four runs on eight hits.

White Sox 3, Orioles 2: Adam Dunn hit a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning as host Chicago won the three-game series with Baltimore.

Addison Reed (4-1) worked a perfect ninth inning before Dunn delivered an opposite-field shot to left on a 3-2 pitch against Tommy Hunter (3-2) for his 429th career homer, tying him with teammate Paul Konerko for 44th on the all-time list. Dunn, whose error in the eighth helped Baltimore tie the game, had two RBIs.

Jose Quintana allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 11 in seven shutout innings while recording his seventh straight no-decision. He retired the last 13 batters while striking out the side in the fourth and sixth innings. Quintana permitted just a bunt single to Manny Machado in the first and Nick Markakis’ single in the third.

Baltimore, which had won five of its six previous games, tied the contest in the eighth inning against reliever Nate Jones. Dunn’s fielding error at first base on pinch hitter Matt Wieter’s grounder and Markakis’ ensuing sacrifice fly accounted for the damage.

The White Sox broke a scoreless tie when Alexei Ramirez led off the sixth inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on Alex Rios’ single to center field, just ahead of Adam Jones’ throw. Rios came home two batters later on Dunn’s one-out single through a drawn-in infield to left.

Rays 7, Astros 5 (11 inns.): Yunel Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and visiting Tampa Bay held on to take three of four in the series.

Escobar, who also scored on a wild pitch in the 11th, finished with three RBIs and matched Desmond Jennings with two doubles and a single for the Rays. Jamey Wright (2-1) completed a scoreless 10th inning for the victory and Fernando Rodney pitched around a leadoff walk in the 11th to earn his 18th save.

Brett Wallace was 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs for the Astros, including a three-run shot that tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth inning. Josh Fields (0-1) allowed two runs on one hit in one inning to take the loss for Houston, which managed only five hits.

Wallace led off the fourth inning with a solo blast just inside the left-field foul pole to tie the game at 1-1. Brandon Barnes singled, moved to third after a walk and a double steal and scored on Jake Elmore’s sacrifice fly as Houston edged in front 2-1 in the fifth.

After Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh on a wild pitch, Jose Lobaton’s fielder’s choice grounder put the Rays ahead and Escobar followed with a two-run double for a 5-2 advantage. Elmore walked and Altuve blooped a single to start the eighth before Wallace lifted a 1-2 pitch from reliever Joel Peralta just over the right-field wall to tie it.

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 2: Max Scherzer became baseball’s first 13-0 starter in 27 years and Alex Avila sparked Detroit’s four-run second inning with a three-run homer as the Tigers beat host Toronto for the second straight night.

Scherzer scattered two runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, fanning eight to become the first starter since Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986 to win his first 13 decisions of the season. Victor Martinez had two hits, including a homer, while Jhonny Peralta added an RBI and scored a run.

Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson (1-3) surrendered six runs on seven hits over five innings. Only one of the Detroit runs was earned as the Tigers capitalized on three Toronto errors.

After Prince Fielder reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a Martinez grounder that second baseman Emilio Bonifacio misplayed, Peralta opened the scoring with a single up the middle. Two outs later, Avila blasted a Johnson offering over the wall in left-center for his sixth homer of the year.

Martinez tacked on a run in the third on a single to center, then made it 6-0 in the fifth with a solo blast into the right-field seats. Colby Rasmus and Maicer Izturis put Toronto on the board in the sixth with a pair of RBI singles to right.

Royals 10, Indians 7: Salvador Perez delivered a pinch-hit, tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning as host Kansas City erased a five-run deficit to win two of three from Cleveland.

Lorenzo Cain belted his first career grand slam and Eric Hosmer homered for the second straight day as the Royals scored all their runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings after trailing 5-0 and 7-5. Luke Hochevar (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth before Greg Holland nailed down the win with his 19th save in 21 chances.

Drew Stubbs homered and drove in four runs, Carlos Santana had two hits and two RBIs and Michael Brantley had four hits for the Indians, who dropped their second straight following a five-game winning streak. Cleveland’s bullpen capped a dismal performance in the eighth when Bryan Shaw (0-2) gave up a walk and hit a batter and Rich Hill had a passed ball and intentional walk before Matt Albers served up Perez’s bases-clearing double.

Stubbs had a two-run blast in the second inning before adding a two-run, bases-loading single in the sixth to hike the lead to 5-0, but Ubaldo Jimenez and reliever Cody Allen coughed it up in the bottom of the inning in a span of five batters. Two walks and an error by Jimenez loaded the bases with no outs before Cain drilled a 3-2 pitch into the seats.

That ended Jimenez’s day in favor of Allen, who promptly served up a solo shot to George Kottaras to tie it 5-5, but Cleveland reclaimed the lead in the seventh on Santana’s two-run double to right-center off reliever Aaron Crow. The lead was again short-lived, as Hosmer followed a leadoff walk to Alcides Escobar with a two-run shot off Joe Smith in the bottom of the frame to deadlock it 7-7.

Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Dan Straily allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings and host Oakland scored the game’s only run on a passed ball to win the rubber match of the series.

Straily, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday to make the start, permitted only a fourth-inning single to Alfonso Soriano while striking out six to improve to 3-0 in his last four home starts. Ryan Cook set down the side in order in the eighth before closer Grant Balfour worked out of a two-on, two-out jam to earn his 21st save in as many chances.

The Cubs wasted a stellar effort from Travis Wood, who allowed three hits over six scoreless frames to make it 16 quality starts in 17 outings this year. Reliever Matt Guerrier (2-4), acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the week, gave up two hits in one inning to take the loss in his Cubs debut.

The Athletics scratched out the winning run against Guerrier in the seventh when Derek Norris drew a two-out walk and moved to third on Seth Smith’s single. Catcher Welington Castillo let a pitch skip through his legs, allowing Norris to scamper home.

Oakland, which won for the sixth time in eight games, also got a huge defensive play in the fourth inning from left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who gunned down Starlin Castro at home plate to keep it scoreless.

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