MINNEAPOLIS — Clete Thomas had a career-high four hits for Minnesota and came home on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, giving the Twins a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia to stick the Phillies with their fifth straight loss.
Thomas went 4 for 4 with two RBI doubles. He drove in Oswaldo Arcia both times, including in the eighth when his drive off the tall wall in right field against Antonio Bastardo (2-2) tied the game.
Delmon Young and Ben Revere hit RBI singles for the Phillies against their former team, but starter Mike Pelfrey kept the game close with a season-high seven innings and Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 tries.
Red Sox 2, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alfredo Aceves threw six solid innings, Daniel Nava homered and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Aceves (3-1), recalled before the game from Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed one run, four hits and four walks. This is the right-hander’s third stint with the Red Sox this season.
Angels 9, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE — Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles to stop a four-game losing streak.
Los Angeles trailed 4-2 before getting five hits — three for extra bases — and two walks in the seventh against three pitchers.
Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help the Angels avert a three-game sweep and put a positive finish on a 2-4 trip that began in Boston.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 21st homer for Baltimore, 0-5 this season when trying to complete ment a three- or four-game sweep. The Orioles next host the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox in a four-game series beginning tnight.
Royals 3, Tigers 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander’s seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Royals.
Indians 5, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jason Kipnis had a home run among his three hits and the Cleveland Indians got a series-clinching victory over the Texas Rangers.
A night after ending an eight-game losing streak, and a span of 12 losses in a row away from home, the Indians made it consecutive victories to clinch their first road series in a month.