Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Justin Morneau had two home runs, including the
go-ahead grand slam in the top of the seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins
defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-5, in the opener of a four-game series at
U.S. Cellular Field. Donnie Veal (1-3) issued the third walk of the inning to
load the bases. Nate Jones came on the mound and struck out Josh Willingham,
but then Morneau came to the plate. On the seventh pitch from Jones, Morneau
hammered a 98 MPH fastball to right field, giving his team the lead for good.
Brian Duensing (5-1) got the final out in the sixth to pick up the win.
Starter Kyle Gibson gave up three runs on four hits and four walks over 5 2/3
innings. Alexei Ramirez had a home run and three RBI while Paul Konerko also
hit a homer for the White Sox. John Danks got the start and surrendered three
runs on four hits while fanning nine and walking five over six frames.
Final Score: LA Angels 5, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton belted a three-home run and
Jered Weaver pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Angels snapped a
four-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Weaver
(7-5) gave up solo shots to Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera, along
with four other hits in his outing. The 30-year-old right-hander has earned
wins in four of his last five starts and has not lost since July 13 against
the Mariners. Mark Trumbo drove in two runs while Mike Trout had two stolen
bases and a run scored in the victory. Scott Kazmir (7-5) surrendered all
five runs on six hits and a walk over three-plus innings to lose for the
first time following a 10-start unbeaten string. It's his first defeat since
June 10 at Texas. The Indians have lost five straight.
Final Score: Oakland 14, Toronto 6
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Josh Reddick clubbed three homers and drove in
five runs as the Oakland Athletics went on the offensive with a 17-hit attack
in their 14-6 trouncing of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Reddick,
who had just two homers in his last 39 games entering the day, capped his
evening with a three-run blast. Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes contributed
back-to-back homers in the first inning to begin the onslaught. The Athletics
won for just the second time in eight games, keeping at least a share of the
lead in the AL West. Jarrod Parker (8-6) scattered three runs on six hits with
six strikeouts over six innings to notch the win. Esmil Rogers (3-7)
struggled once again and was beaten badly for a third straight outing.
He got through just three innings, allowing three of the homers and seven
runs. He is 0-5 with a 7.13 ERA over his last nine starts. Jose Bautista and
Colby Rasmus homered, while Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and Emilio Bonifacio
each drove in a run for the Jays in the setback.
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