Twins hold off Houston
HOUSTON — The Minnesota Twins held off the Houston Astros 9-5 on Monday night, being led by Jorge Polanco’s four hits and four RBIs.
Polanco went 4 for 5 with a home run and a double, while Nelson Cruz had two infield singles and an RBI. Jason Castro also homered for the Twins, while C.J. Cron doubled in a pair of runs.
Jake Odorizzi (2-2) got the win for the Twins, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits with no walks. He struck out two batters.
The Astros got a three-run homer from Carlos Correa and three hits from Josh Reddick. Brad Peacock (2-1) took the loss for Houston, pitching five innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks.
RAYS 6, ROYALS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Zunino returned from the paternity list and hit his first home run for Tampa Bay, a two-run shot that helped stop a season-high four-game skid with a win over Kansas City.
Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe and Daniel Robertson also drove in runs for the AL East leaders, who scored three times in the seventh to come from behind against Brad Keller (2-2). It’s the ninth time this season the Royals have lost after holding a lead in the sixth inning or beyond.
Pitching while appealing a five-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing fracas with the Chicago White Sox last week, Keller allowed five runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. It was his first outing since hitting Chicago’s Tim Anderson with a pitch two innings after the AL’s leading hitter emphatically spiked his bat to celebrate a homer, sparking last Wednesday’s melee that led to his suspension.
Alex Gordon, Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler hit solo homers for the Royals, who have lost four straight.
Wilmer Font (1-0) struck out the only batter he faced to get the win. Emilio Pagan pitched the ninth for his first career save.
WHITE SOX 12, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — José Abreu homered and drove in five runs, James McCann had a homer and four RBIs and Chicago beat bumbling Baltimore.
McCann’s three-run drive off David Hess (1-4) highlighted a four-run fifth inning, and Abreu’s shot with a man on sparked a four-run seventh against Tanner Scott.
Abreu also had an RBI single in the fifth and singled in two runs during a four-run eighth.
The rebuilding Orioles have lost four straight, fell to 1-10 at home and drew just 8,555 — their fifth time under 10,000 at Camden Yards this season.