Twins continue trip on road

They fall out of first after tumbling to Jays

White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks celebrates with catcher Toby Hall after Chicago's closer came on in the eighth to save the game in Cleveland. White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks celebrates with catcher Toby Hall after Chicago's closer came on in the eighth to save the game in Cleveland. (TONY DEJAK/Associated Press)
Associated Press / September 4, 2008
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Knocked out of first place by defensive miscues and missed opportunities at the plate, the Minnesota Twins aren't cursing their luck, just hoping it changes in a hurry.

John McDonald singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the Blue Jays beat Minnesota, 5-4, last night at Toronto, posting their eighth straight victory over the Twins.

Minnesota lost for the eighth time in 11 games and dropped to 5-8 with one game remaining on its 14-game trip. The Twins fell one game behind the White Sox in the AL Central. Chicago beat Cleveland, 4-2.

Minnesota stranded 13 runners and matched a season high with three errors, including two that led to Toronto runs.

Blue Jays lefthander Jesse Carlson (6-1) worked one perfect inning to win for the second time in two days.

Scott Rolen doubled off Eddie Guardado (3-4) to begin the 11th and went to third when Travis Snider dropped a single in front of Jason Kubel in left. Boof Bonser came on to face McDonald, who lofted a single to center over the drawn-in outfield.

It was back and forth in the late innings as Minnesota took a 4-3 lead with a two-out rally in the ninth against Toronto closer B.J. Ryan. Justin Mourneau doubled and Jason Kubel walked before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Brendan Harris followed with a slow grounder up the middle, sliding safely into first ahead of the throw from second baseman Marco Scutaro.

Facing Twins closer Joe Nathan, the Blue Jays tied it in the bottom half. Gregg Zaun led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Curtis Thigpen. Two outs later, Snider lined a single to right that Jason Pridie mishandled, allowing Thigpen to score and putting Snider at second. Nathan struck out McDonald to send the game into extra innings.

White Sox 4, Indians 2 - Nick Swisher and Alexi Ramirez homered to help Chicago avert a sweep at Cleveland.

Javier Vazquez (11-12) allowed two runs in six innings and Bobby Jenks recorded the final five outs for his 28th save in 31 opportunities.

Mets 9, Brewers 2 - Ryan Church hit a grand slam and Brian Schneider added a homer in a six-run first inning that provided all the offense New York needed to beat host Milwaukee and complete a three-game sweep.

Nationals 9, Phillies 7 - Cristian Guzman set a franchise record for a season with his eighth consecutive multihit game, capping it with a bases-clearing double in the decisive eighth inning, to help host Washington beat Philadelphia and allow New York to open a three-game lead in the NL East.

Dodgers 6, Padres 4 - Blake DeWitt and Angel Berroa hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning to lift host Los Angeles to its fifth straight victory.

The Dodgers are 1 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, with a three-game series between the teams starting tomorrow night at Los Angeles.

Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 3 - Adam Dunn doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning and Arizona beat St. Louis in Phoenix.

Pirates 6, Reds 5 - Adam LaRoche snapped a 0-for-16 slump with a pair of RBI singles to lead visiting Pittsburgh.

Tigers 9, Angels 6 - Placido Polanco had three hits and drove in three runs to lift host Detroit over Los Angeles.

Rangers 1, Mariners 0 - Texas fill-in starter Dustin Nippert allowed seven hits in seven innings, Milton Bradley hit a sacrifice fly, and the Rangers beat visiting Seattle.

Astros 4, Cubs 0 - Randy Wolf (9-11) pitched a six-hitter for his eighth career shutout and Ty Wigginton homered in Chicago as Houston won its eighth straight and sent the slumping Cubs to a season-high fifth loss in a row.

Marlins 5, Braves 3 - Hanley Ramirez homered and doubled to lead Florida past Atlanta in front of an incredibly sparse crowd of just 600 fans in Miami.

Giants 9, Rockies 2 - Barry Zito (9-16) won for the third time in four starts, Nate Schierholtz had a career-high four hits, and San Francisco slowed host Colorado, which had won seven of 10.

Heavy rains in Kansas City, Mo., forced the Royals to postpone the game against the Oakland Athletics.

It will be made up with a doubleheader today starting at 4:10 p.m.

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