>>Royals Walk Off On ChiSox
(Kansas City, MO) -- Eric Hosmer's RBI single in the ninth completed a comeback from three runs down as the Royals downed the White Sox, 4-3. A.J. Pierzynski was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Chicago. Jesse Crain took the loss in relief. The White Sox now hold a two-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central. The Southsiders kick off a three-game series against the Angels tonight in Anaheim. Jake Peavy will go up against Ervin Santana in the opener.
Cleveland Indians 4, Minnesota Twins 3 (10 inn)
Oakland Athletics 12, Detroit Tigers 4
New York Yankees 10, Toronto Blue Jays 7
Tampa Bay Rays 7, Boston Red Sox 4
Texas Rangers 3, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1
>>Cards Clip 'Stros For Series Sweep
(St. Louis, MO) -- Carlos Beltran's two-run double snapped a 3-all tie in the sixth inning and the Cardinals held on for a 5-4 win over the Astros. Allen Craig hit a three-run homer in the first for St. Louis, which swept the three-game series at Busch Stadium. Jaime [[ HIGH-may ]] Garcia pitched six innings of three-run ball for the win. Jason Motte fanned the side in the ninth for his 38th save. Bud Norris allowed all five runs in less than six frames to take the loss for Houston. Brandon Laird drove in two runs and Justin Maxwell and Brandon Barnes had RBI hits for the 'Stros, who fell to 48-and-102.
>>Reds Sweep Cubs To Clinch Playoff Spot
(Chicago, IL) -- The Reds became the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season with a 5-3 win over the Cubs. Cincinnati broke up a scoreless game with a five-run seventh inning, capped by a two-run double from Henry Rodriguez. Johnny Cueto [[ KWAY-toh ]] pitched six shutout innings to improve to 18-and-9 with the win. Alfredo Simon gave up a run in the ninth, but held on for his first save. The Reds clinched at least a Wild Card berth and reduced their magic number in the NL Central to two. Manny Corpas took the loss. Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-5 with two RBI for Chicago. Reds manager Dusty Baker missed his second straight game while in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat.
San Diego Padres 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 5
San Francisco Giants 9, Colorado Rockies 2
Milwaukee Brewers 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Washington Nationals 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Philadelphia Phillies 16, New York Mets 1