Jake Cave homered twice, C.J. Cron went deep and the surging Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs on the road in a 10-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday in Chicago.
Cave led off the third with drive off Dylan Cease (3-7) to give Minnesota 139 homers away from home, eclipsing the mark of 138 set by San Francisco in 2001. Cron, the next hitter, followed with a homer to center.
Cave added a shot in the seventh for his second career multi-homer game, increasing the Twins’ overall total to 261. The record for homers in a season, 267, was set last year by the New York Yankees.
Cron doubled and had three RBIs in a three-hit game, and Nelson Cruz drove in three runs as the AL Central leaders won their fifth straight. In sweeping a three-game series with sliding Chicago, Minnesota (82-51) moved to 31 games above .500 for the first time since September 2010.
Jose Berrios (11-7) cruised to his first victory in nearly a month. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight in six innings.
Jose Abreu had four hits for the White Sox.
Marlins 4, Reds 3, 12 innings
Aristides Aquino broke the National League rookie record for homers in a month with his 14th in August, but Harold Ramirez homered leading off the 12th inning for Miami, which avoided a Cincinnati four-game sweep.
Aquino hit a two-run homer in the first for Cincinnati, and added a two-out RBI single in the eighth.
Miami’s Jon Berti, Austin Dean and Starlin Castro hit solo home runs off Alex Wood. Ramirez pulled a 1-1 pitch for his third career walk-off RBI against closer Raisel Iglesias (2-10).
The Marlins finished 1-6 in the season series with the Reds.
Aquino broke the rookie record of 13 in a month set by the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in June 2017. The major league record by a rookie is 18 by the Tigers’ Rudy York in August 1937.
Tyler Kinley (3-1) pitched two perfect innings for the win.
Rays 9, Astros 8
HOUSTON – Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run double, Travis d’Arnaud homered and drove in four runs, and Tampa Bay beat Houston to avoid a three-game sweep.
Astros star Jose Altuve hit a tiebreaking solo leadoff homer in the sixth, his 25th, but Tampa Bay scored three runs in the seventh to make it 8-6. Tommy Pham had an RBI single off Chris Devenski (2-3), and Choi brought in two more with a drive to center.
Houston ended a seven-game winning streak, and the Rays snapped a season-high four-game road skid.
Jose De Leon (1-0) earned the win for the Rays, who used seven pitchers. Emilio Pagan earned his 15th save.
The Rays and Astros exchanged solo homers in the third, with Austin Meadows hitting his 24th and George Springer answering with his 28th to make it 2-2.
Abraham Toro led off the bottom of the ninth with his first career homer to make it 9-8 before the Rays held on.
Indians 2, Tigers 0
DETROIT – Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight innings, and Francisco Lindor homered to lift Cleveland past Detroit.
Cleveland swept the three-game series and is 15-1 against the Tigers this year. The Indians won 14 straight against Detroit.
Clevinger (10-2) allowed four hits and no walks in his longest outing of the season. He was lifted after 115 pitches, and Brad Hand worked a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 38 chances.
Lindor opened the scoring in the third with a solo homer off Daniel Norris (3-11) and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Athletics 9, Royals 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jurickson Profar homered and drove in three runs and Seth Brown added two RBIs as Oakland beat Kansas City.
Everybody in the A’s starting lineup had a hit or drove in a run, bailing out starter Chris Bassitt, who failed to survive the fifth before turning the game over to Yusmeiro Petit (4-3). Liam Hendriks earned his 17th save.
Glenn Sparkman (3-10) also failed to make it through the fifth for Kansas City, allowing seven runs, nine hits and a walk. He also hit a pair of batters in losing his fifth straight decision.
Cubs 4, Mets 1
NEW YORK – Victor Caratini homered twice off ace Jacob deGrom, including a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh inning that powered Chicago past New York for a three-game sweep.
Jon Lester (11-9) limited the Mets to five hits and pitched six effective innings as the Cubs increased their lead for the second NL wild-card spot to 2 1/2 games over Philadelphia.
Caratini lofted a solo homer in the second that made it 1-all. That was the Cubs’ only hit until they struck in the seventh.
DeGrom (8-8) got little run support as the Mets lost their sixth straight.
J.D. Davis homered for the third straight game in the series and Wilson Ramos doubled, singled and extended his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest in the majors this season.
Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save in 15 chances.
Mariners 5, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas – Austin Nola hit a sacrifice fly that scored Dee Gordon with the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning and Omar Narvaez added an insurance run with an RBI single as Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak.
Matt Magill (4-1) allowed one base runner in the eighth and ninth innings.
Jose Leclerc (2-4) allowed both runs in the ninth inning on two singles and two walks. The Rangers lost for the fifth time in seven games. Willie Calhoun homered in the first inning for Texas.
Felix Hernandez came away with his second straight no decision after missing more than three months with a lat strain. Hernandez allowed all three runs on five hits and struck out three.
Lance Lynn gave up three runs, one earned, in six innings. He struck out five, raising his season total to 202 and becoming the eighth pitcher in Texas club history to strike out 200 or more in a season.
Pirates 11, Rockies 8
DENVER – Kevin Newman had two homers among his four hits and drove in three runs, Jose Osuna also homered and Pittsburgh beat Colorado.
Newman homered to lead off the game, igniting a seven-run first that he capped with his second hit of the inning, a two-out RBI single that chased Colorado starter Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-6). It was the second career leadoff home run for Newman, who also did it June 27 at Houston.
Adam Frazier added four hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles, and Colin Moran had two hits, including a two-run double in the Pirates’ big first inning.
Trevor Williams (7-6) went seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in helping the Pirates win for the fifth time in seven games. He struck out six and walked none.
Padres 5, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO – Chris Paddack rebounded from his worst start of the season, throwing one-run ball over seven innings and leading San Diego to the win over San Francisco.
Manuel Margot and Austin Hedges homered for San Diego, which had lost seven of eight against San Francisco. Josh Naylor added two hits and scored a run.
Brandon Belt hit his 15th home run for the Giants.
The Padres won after arriving in San Francisco around noon Thursday. San Diego lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in extra innings on Wednesday night and missed curfew to make their flight at the airport.
Paddack (8-7) had eight strikeouts and gave up five hits.
Dereck Rodriguez (5-7) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings.
Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5
PHOENIX – Eduardo Escobar hit his 30th home run, Wilmer Flores had three hits and three RBIs and Arizona defeated Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu for the first time in four tries this season.
Escobar’s three-run homer in the sixth inning gave Arizona a 10-4 lead and made him the fourth switch-hitter in major league history with at least 30 homers, 20 doubles and 10 triples in the same season. He has 24 doubles and 10 triples.
Nick Ahmed had two hits and two RBIs, and Adam Jones had a two-run double as Arizona scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings off Ryu, who tied season highs in runs and hits allowed 10).
Ryu (12-5) matched season highs in runs and hits allowed (10).
Justin Turner homered, doubled and had three RBIs and Joc Pederson had two hits and scored twice for the Dodgers, who had won six of nine. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch their seventh straight NL West title remained at nine.
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