Santana Leads Twins 16-3 Rout Of Chicago
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CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Danny Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins scored nine runs in the eighth inning of a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Santana had two hits and two RBIs in the Twins' big inning, when they sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the rookie center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston.
Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which was hurt by poor bullpen work. Relievers Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Andre Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings.
Twins claim OF Schafer off waivers from Braves
CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.
The Twins announced the move Sunday. They are off Monday and must make a corresponding roster move to open a spot for Schafer before Tuesday's game against San Diego.
The 27-year-old Schafer hit .163 with two RBIs and 15 stolen bases for the Braves this season. He is a career .222 hitter with 145 runs and 88 steals.
Schafer was designed for assignment by the Braves after they acquired utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and left-hander James Russell from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
Pitching gems highlight early games
UNDATED (AP) — Madison Bumgarner became the majors' newest 13-game winner while helping the San Francisco Giants pull within 2 ½ games of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bumgarner is 13-8 after tossing a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the Giants' 9-0 pounding of the New York Mets. He also went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored to help the Giants win for the third time in four games since a six-game skid.
Hunter Pence homered twice, including a two-run blast that opened the scoring in the third inning. Brandon Belt and Buster Posey also went deep in the rout.
The Cubs helped out the Giants as Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer and Luis Valbuena added a solo shot in Chicago's 7-3 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Coghlan's fifth-inning blast put the Cubs ahead to stay and helped them win the rubber match of the three-game series.
The Giants weren't the only club to earn a shutout win on Sunday.
Chris Tillman combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and Nick Markakis hit a first-inning homer to lead Baltimore's 1-0 triumph against Seattle. Tillman allowed the Mariners' four hits while striking out six in seven innings to help the Orioles win a 1-0 game for the first time this season.
Stephen Strasburg had a fine start in Washington's 4-0 win over Philadelphia, striking out 10 and holding the Phillies to three hits in seven innings. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth each scored a run and drove in another from the top three spots in the lineup, helping the Nationals gain a split of the four-game series.
Anibal Sanchez struck out 12 while giving up just two hits in seven innings of Detroit's 4-0 win against Colorado. Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers ahead to stay in the third with an RBI single before scoring on a three-run homer by Victor Martinez later in the inning.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— John Lackey was a winner in his St. Louis debut, improving to 12-7 by allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings of the Cardinals' 3-2 win over Milwaukee. The Brewers led 2-0 until Matt Holliday sparked the Redbirds' three-run seven with a solo homer. Oscar Tavares singled home the tiebreaking run as the Cards pulled within one game of the NL Central-leading Brewers.
— Nick Ahmed put his arms up as he slid into second base and deflected a potential double play relay in the 10th inning Sunday, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The loss keeps the Pirates 1 ½ games off the NL Central lead.
— The Nationals now enjoy a 3 ½-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East following the Braves' sixth consecutive loss, 4-3 at San Diego. Everth Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs, including the walk-off, run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th.
— Mike Trout had three hits and Jered Weaver picked up his 12th win as the Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay 7-5 in the rubber match of the three-game set. Trout hit an RBI double in the Angels' five-run first before Weaver held the Rays to two runs and six hits in six innings.
— Oakland's lead in the AL West is down to one game over the Angels after James Shields gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings of Kansas City's 4-2 win over the Athletics. Billy Butler and Omar Infante had three hits apiece to support Shields, who had a perfect game until Josh Reddick led off the sixth with the first of his two homers.
— Chris Carter hit a two-run single and Matt Dominguez had two RBIs in Houston's 6-1 win over Toronto, which drops the Blue Jays 3 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Orioles. Scott Feldman went the distance on an eight-hitter for the Astros, who took the last three games of the four-game set.
— Stephen Drew had two hits and four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat Boston 8-7 to pull within 1 ½ games of the Jays for the final AL wild-card berth. Brett Gardner added three hits and three RBIs to the victory including a homer that snapped a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning.
— Cleveland beat Texas 4-3 on Michael Brantley's walkoff homer leading off the bottom of the 12th. David Murphy hit a two-run blast and had three RBIs as the Indians completed a three-game sweep.
— Devin Mesoraco had three hits and two RBIs in Cincinnati's 7-3 win at Miami. Todd Frazier added four hits and an RBI to back Mike Leake, who allowed a run and three hits in six innings.
Halos shelve Thatcher, reshape bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have placed reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Thatcher was hurt fielding a bunt in last night's 10-3 loss at Tampa Bay. The Angels also optioned left-hander Michael Roth to Double-A Arkansas, recalled right-hander Cam Bedrosian from the Texas League club and recalled right-hander Fernando Salas from Triple-A Salt Lake.