ARLINGTON – Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer to cap a big fifth inning, Martin Perez won his first career start and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Athletics 7-2 Saturday.
Hamilton drove in four runs to help Texas (50-29) become the first team in baseball to reach 50 victories. The Rangers have won 17 of 21 games since June 8.
Yankees 4, White Sox 0: Hiroki Kuroda tied a career high by striking out 11 and the New York Yankees backed him with three home runs, beating the White Sox and ending Chicago’s four-game winning streak.
A day after outfielder Dewayne Wise was perfect in his pro pitching debut during a mop-up role, he was perfect at the plate. He had three hits and homered, with Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano also connecting.
Blue Jays 11, Angels 2: Yunel Escobar homered during a seven-run burst in the second inning and Brett Lawrie later added a three-run shot, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Los Angeles Angels.
Lawrie also doubled and singled. He drove in three runs and scored three before leaving after the seventh.
Indians 11, Orioles 5: Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer, scored four runs and collected three RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Baltimore Orioles.
Shelley Duncan also homered for the Indians, who had a season-high 19 hits – eclipsing their previous high of 16, set Friday night in a 9-8 loss at Camden Yards.
Twins 7, Royals 2 (1st game); Twins 5, Royals 1 (2nd game): Scott Diamond pitched eight solid innings, Trevor Plouffe homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Joe Mauer homered, rookie Cole De Vries threw six strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 to sweep the doubleheader.
Tigers 6, Rays 2: Rick Porcello allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Austin Jackson hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mariners 3, Red sox 2: Chone Figgins plated the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Mariners to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox in the third test of a four-game series. — Agencies