MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ryan Jeffers broke a tie with a two-run, two-out homer off Will Smith in a three-run eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat Texas 7-5 on Thursday night and sent the Rangers to a season-high seventh straight loss.
In a matchup of division leaders. Minnesota tied a season high with five homers and overcame a 5-2, fifth-inning deficit. Michael A. Taylor homered twice for Minnesota, and Royce Lewis and Kyle Farmer also went deep.
Texas, which has led the AL West since April 9, is just one game ahead of Houston and Seattle. AL Central-leading Minnesota opened a six-game lead over second-place Cleveland.
ORIOLES 5, BLUE JAYS 3
Félix Bautista got three straight outs for his 33rd save as Baltimore (79-48) won the season series 10-3 and moved 31 games over .500 for the first time since 2014.
Kyle Gibson (13-7) gave up three runs and six hits over eight innings.
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Verdugo had four hits that included a leadoff homer and rookie Wilyer Abreu got his first major league home run among four hits and four RBIs. Boston set a season high for runs and had 24 hits, its most since 2015.
J.P. France (9-5) gave up 10 runs and 11 hits without getting out of the third. Brayan Bello (10-7) allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Call hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Tommy Kahnle (1-3) in a four-run seventh inning, CJ Abrams followed with a solo shot and last-place New York (61-66) lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
New York has not won consecutive games since Aug. 2-3 and is 1-11-3 in its last 15 series, losing seven straight rubber games. Giancarlo Stanton had his first four-hit game since May 4, 2021.
Kyle Finnegan got four outs for his 23rd save.
RAYS 5, ROCKIES 3
DODGERS 6, GUARDIANS 1
DODGERS 9, GUARDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mookie Betts matched his career high with five hits and drove in two run in the completion of a game suspended after two innings Wednesday. Kiké Hernández homered and doubled twice in the scheduled game and had four hits on the day.
Betts singled four times in the first six innings and had a two-run double in the eighth for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who are 19-3 in August.
Ryan Pepiot (1-0) allowed one run in four innings in the scheduled game. Rookie Gavin Williams (1-5) gave up a season-high seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and is winless in eight straight starts.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, REDS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Rookie Corbin Carroll hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, Merrill Kelly struck out 12 in seven innings before leaving because of a cramped right hamstring and Arizona beat Cincinnati.
The D-backs have won five straight while the Reds had a three-game winning streak snapped. Arizona moved a half-game ahead of the Reds and Giants for the final wild-card position.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. coaxed a leadoff walk in the eighth before Carroll followed with his 22nd homer of the season, a line drive shot to right off reliever Alex Young (4-2).
CUBS 5, PIRATES 4, 10 INNINGS
Joe hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half off Adbert Alzolay, who got his 20th save.
Daniel Palencia (4-0) struck out two in a hitless eighth for Chicago (67-60), which has won five of six. The Cubs hold a wild card spot and closed within three games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
ATHLETICS 8, WHITE SOX 5
The teams combined for eight homers on a hot and humid night, with the Athletics hitting five on the way to their third win in four games. Chicago has dropped nine of 12.
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