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>>White Sox Double Up Royals

(Chicago, IL)  --  Gordon Beckham smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth as the White Sox doubled up the Royals, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.  Kevin Youkilis also had an RBI double in the eighth, while Paul Konerko connected on a solo shot in the seventh.  Chris Sale struck out seven over eight innings of two-run ball to improve to 13-and-3.  Addison Reed logged his 20th save. Chicago has won two straight and five-of-six.  Jeff Francoeur and Billy Butler launched solo homers for the Royals, who have dropped three-of-five.  Luis Mendoza allowed all four runs in seven-and-a-third innings to fall to 5-and-8.

Minnesota Twins 14, Cleveland Indians 3
Detroit Tigers 7, New York Yankees 2
Baltimore Orioles 3, Seattle Mariners 1
Boston Red Sox 9, Texas Rangers 2
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4, Oakland Athletics 0

>>Cards Crush Giants

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Jon Jay finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as the Cardinals crushed the Giants, 8-2, for their seventh straight home win.  David Freese and pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter also drove in two runs each for the Cards, who have won four in-a-row and six-of-seven overall.  Jake Westbrook tossed six innings of two-run ball as he improved to 11-and-8.  Buster Posey and Angel Pagan both clubbed solo homers for San Francisco, which had won its previous three.  Matt Cain struck out seven in five-and-two-thirds, but allowed five runs and eight hits to fall to 10-and-5 with the loss.

>>Padres Blank Cubs

(San Diego, CA)  --  Eric Stults and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Padres blanked the Cubs, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game set.  Stults allowed all five hits while striking out five and walking two in five-and-a-third innings to improve to 2-and-2.  Huston Street earned his 19th save.  Yonder Alonso and Everth Cabrera each drove in a run for the Padres, who have won three-of-four.  Travis Wood allowed both runs in six innings to fall to 4-and-8.  The Cubs have dropped six straight.

Atlanta Braves 6, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Washington Nationals 5, Houston Astros 4 (11 inn)
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Cincinnati Reds 3
Colorado Rockies 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

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