Blue Jays make it 10 straight
Angels' celebration thwarted by Yankees
Marco Scutaro hit a leadoff homer, Scott Rolen and Vernon Wells went deep, and the Blue Jays beat the White Sox, 8-2, to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep yesterday in Chicago and extend their winning streak to 10.
Besides the sweep, the White Sox also got a big scare.
Paul Konerko was helped off the field in the top of the fifth of the nightcap with what the team called a mildly sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. X-rays were negative. He's scheduled for an MRI today.
The Blue Jays moved within seven games of the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race.
Toronto took the opener, 3-1, as A.J. Burnett (17-10) allowed one hit in seven innings - a hard drive off his third baseman.
Chicago didn't fare any better against Jesse Litsch (11-8) in the nightcap.
Litsch allowed 2 runs and 6 hits in 7 innings, struck out 6, and walked 2.
Yankees 7, Angels 1 - Johnny Damon homered twice, Alex Rodriguez added a three-run shot, and New York kept Los Angeles's AL West title celebration on ice at Anaheim, Calif.
The Angels' loss left their magic number at two for clinching their fourth division crown in five years. They can pop the champagne corks today with a victory in the series finale and a Texas loss at Seattle.
Alfredo Aceves (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out two, and didn't walk anyone to win his first major league start.
Twins 7, Royals 2 - Denard Span had three hits and scored two runs and Justin Morneau homered as host Minnesota closed within a game of Chicago in the AL Central race.
Jose Guillen had three hits and an RBI and Miguel Olivo homered for Kansas City.
Marlins 10, Phillies 8 - Jorge Cantu, Mike Jacobs, and Cody Ross homered as visiting Florida held off Philadelphia, which fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.
Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 41st homer, but Philadelphia, which trailed, 9-1, couldn't overcome a terrible outing by Kyle Kendrick (11-9), who allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 - Albert Pujols homered for the third straight game and pinch runner Brendan Ryan slid in with the deciding run just ahead of the tag on a ninth-inning grounder against a drawn-in infield as host St. Louis handed Chicago its eighth loss in nine games.
Aramis Ramirez had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs, who hold a 4 1/2-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central. The Cardinals are 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the wild-card race.
Dodgers 6, Padres 2 - Andre Ethier drove in four runs, Manny Ramírez quieted the boos with a line-drive homer, and visiting Los Angeles extended its NL West lead to 2 1/2 games.
Ramírez had been 0 for 6 in this series and was booed every time he came to the plate. But he lined rookie Wade LeBlanc's first pitch of the sixth into the left-field seats to pull the Dodgers to 2-1. It was his 12th homer with Los Angeles and 32d overall.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4 - Eugenio Velez singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth and host San Francisco dealt stumbling Arizona its fifth straight loss.
Reds 5, Brewers 4 - Brandon Phillips hit a go-ahead single with one out in the 11th inning to power visiting Cincinnati over Milwaukee, which missed a chance to gain ground on the Cubs in the NL Central.
Athletics 3, Tigers 2 - Emil Brown's sacrifice fly capped a two-run eighth inning that gave Oakland the victory at Detroit.
Rangers 7, Mariners 3 - Marlon Byrd and Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs each for visiting Texas.
Indians 6, Orioles 1 - Jeremy Sowers (3-8) pitched eight innings of four-hit ball to power Cleveland at Baltimore.
Braves 5, Rockies 4 - Taylor Buchholz balked in the winning run, allowing pinch hitter Kelly Johnson to score from third to give Atlanta the victory over host Colorado in 10 innings.
Astros 9, Pirates 3 - Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer and Randy Wolf (10-11) shut down Pittsburgh as host Houston won for the 12th time in 13 games.