Julio Franco homered as the Milwaukee Brewers won for the eighth time in 11 games, beating the visiting Texas Rangers 7-2 Monday night to close within 3-1/2 games of Cleveland in the A.L. Central.
Franco hit a two-run homer and went 3-for-4 as Milwaukee (65-65) reached .500 for the first time since Aug. 5.
Joel Adamson (4-2), starting in place of injured Bryce Florie, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, striking out seven. Florie was scratched due to a strained right shoulder.
Terry Clark (1-6) allowed four runs in 2-2/3 innings.
Tigers 7, Twins 6 (12) Minneapolis
Brian Hunter’s RBI single in the 12th inning off Rick Aguilera gave Detroit a win over Minnesota, the Twins’ 14th loss in 15 games.
Minnesota’s Paul Molitor went 2 for 5 and moved into 14th place on the career hits list with 3,144. Molitor, who passed Robin Yount (3,142), is just behind Paul Waner (3,152) and George Brett (3,154).
Brad Radke, attempting to become the second 18-game winner in the major leagues, didn’t get a decision for the first time in 23 starts since April 27.
Clearing the bases
First baseman Will Clark went on the 15-day disabled list with torn muscular tissue in his left heel and the Rangers are unsure if he’ll play again this season… . Cleveland left fielder David Justice won A.L. player of the week honors for Aug. 18-24. Justice hit five home runs and batted .478.
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