INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly capped Cleveland’s three-run eighth inning, rallying the Indians to the victory.
Held to one run and three hits over seven innings by Ervin Santana, the Indians finally strung something together in the eighth off Kelvin Herrera (3-5) and Tim Collins. Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis delivered RBI hits before Brantley drove in Mike Aviles with the go-ahead run.
Cody Allen (2-0), whose throwing error in the eighth helped the Royals take a 3-1 lead, got the win. Vinnie Pestano gave up three singles and a walk in the ninth but held on for his second save.
The Royals lost for just the third time in 14 games and missed a chance to move over .500 for the first time since May 18.
TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Doumit hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning, leading Minnesota to the win.
Joe Mauer homered and Trevor Plouffe had an RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run first inning off Dylan Axelrod.
The White Sox came back to tie it at 5 in the eighth when Alex Rios worked a leadoff walk against Jared Burton (1-4), stole second and scored on Paul Konerko’s single that bounced off the pitcher’s mound and into center field.
Clete Thomas walked with two outs against Ramon Troncoso (0-2) in the eighth. Mauer followed with a single — his third hit of the game — and Doumit drove a double to left center that gave the Twins the lead.
Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
ASTROS 10, BREWERS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Dominguez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs to back another solid performance by Jordan Lyles, and Houston rolled to the victory.
Carlos Pena had a three-run homer and Chris Carter had two hits and drove in a run as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.
The 22-year-old Lyles (4-1) yielded seven hits and one run over seven innings.
The Astros were up by one in the fifth when Pena launched his home run to chase Milwaukee starter Alfredo Figaro (1-1) and extend the lead to 5-1. Dominguez’s first career grand slam came in Houston’s five-run seventh.
CUBS 4, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom hit back-to-back homers in a four-run first inning and that was plenty for Jeff Samardzija, who pitched the Cubs to the victory.
Chicago started fast against Adam Wainwright (10-4) and broke a five-game losing streak in St. Louis.
Pinch-runner Shane Robinson was called out for interference while trying to break up a double play to end the game.
Carlos Beltran hit his team-high 17th homer for the Cardinals, who lost for the third time in five games but still lead the majors with a 45-26 record.
Samardzija (4-7) gave up two runs and seven hits in 8 1-3 innings. Kevin Gregg got David Freese to ground into a game-ending double play for his 10th save.