Twins extend division lead with win over Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sonny Gray pitched seven shutout innings and Gary Sanchez drove in four runs to help the Minnesota Twins extend their lead in the American League Central with an 11-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Monday night.

Sánchez hit a three-run homer in the second inning off Triston McKenzie (4-6). Nick Gordon and Carlos Correa added two-run homers for Minnesota, now three games ahead of Cleveland. The teams will play four more times this week.

The Guardians have lost five in a row.

Gray (4-1) allowed just three singles and struck out three.

YANKEES 9, ATHLETICS 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double during a six-run sixth inning and New York beat Oakland.

The Yankees took advantage of two catcher’s interference calls, a hit batter and a walk to start their comeback. Donaldson hit a 0-2 fastball from AJ Puk (1-1) to left field for a 6-5 lead.

New York won after trailing for the 23rd time this season and improved to its best record in the majors to 54-20.

Evis Andrus hit a three-run double for Oakland in the third.

Albert Abreu (1-0) struck out four in 2 1/3 hitless innings.

CARDINALS 9, MARLINS 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Juan Yepez had the first multi-homer game of his career and Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings as St. Louis beat Miami.

Yepez drove in five runs. Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Wainwright (6-5) scattered seven hits in his first five innings. He retired the last seven batters he faced and struck out nine.

Marlins starter Pablo Lopez (5-4) allowed five runs in five innings.

THE ROCKIES 4, THE DODGERS 0

DENVER (AP) — Chad Kuhl threw three-hit ball for his first career shutout as Colorado beat Los Angeles.

Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer and the Rockies handed Tyler Anderson (8-1) his first loss in 12 starts and two relief appearances this season. Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 in his return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a lower back injury.

Kuhl (5-5) was ready after giving up 11 runs in 14 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. He struck out five and walked none in the longest outing of his career.

It was the 27th individual shutout in the history of hitter-friendly Coors Field.

BLUES 7, RED SOX 2

TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Gausman matched a season high with 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and Toronto snapped Boston’s seven-game winning streak.

Guerrero hit a two-run homer, his 18th of the season, Matt Chapman also hit a two-run homer and George Springer added a solo shot.

Gausman (6-6) allowed four hits and walked two.

Red Sox right-hander Connor Seabold (0-1) allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

NATIONALS 3, PIRATES 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Washington beat Pittsburgh.

Luis Garcia had three hits for the Nationals, who have won five of seven.

Top prospect Oneil Cruz hit his first home run of the season for Pittsburgh.

Pirates reliever Chris Stratton (4-4) came within one out of fending off Garcia’s leadoff double in the eighth when Franco threw a first-pitch slider to left-center, giving the Nationals their first advantage of the night

Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1) pitched two shutout innings and Kyle Finnegan drove the ninth for his first save.

RANGERS 10, ROYAL 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer, Kole Calhoun also drove in two runs and Texas beat Kansas City.

Martín Pérez (6-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Kris Bubic (1-5) allowed seven runs, five earned, in 4 2/3 innings.

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