Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer and Cliff Floyd added a pair of run-scoring singles, helping the Tampa Bay Rays stop Ervin Santana from becoming the first seven-game winner in Major League Baseball’s American League with an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Santana departed with a 5-4 lead with one runner on and two outs in the sixth inning, but the game quickly shifted when Justin Speier (0-3) entered and gave up a double to Akinori Iwamura and Crawford’s third homer of the season.
B.J. Upton doubled for the third consecutive hit off the Angels reliever. He took third base on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch by Speier, who struggled for the second time in three days against the Rays.
TWINS 9, RED SOX 8
At Minneapolis, Craig Monroe went 2-for-4 with two of light-hitting Minnesota’s three home runs and four RBIs, and the Twins hung on for a victory over Boston.
Joe Nathan gave up two runs in the ninth, but won a showdown with pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez by getting him to ground out to shortstop with the tying run on second base to pick up his 12th save in as many chances.
Monroe had his third career multihomer game and Adam Everett also went deep during an atypically brutal start for Tim Wakefield (3-2) in the Metrodome. Nick Blackburn (3-2) earned the victory.
ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 0
In Kansas City, Missouri, Brian Bannister allowed two singles in eight innings and the Royals ended their 12-game skid against the Orioles.
It was Kansas City’s first victory over Baltimore since July 25, 2006.
Bannister struck out five and walked two to end a personal four-game losing streak. He did not allow a runner to reach second.
Joakim Soria tossed a perfect ninth to finish Kansas City’s fourth shutout of the year.
ATHLETICS 12, RANGERS 6
In Arlington, Texas, Emil Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to help the Athletics beat Texas, ending the Rangers’ season-best five-game winning streak on Sunday.
Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 1,695 RBIs, tying him with Cal Ripken for 21st all-time.
Ian Kinsler had three hits for the Rangers, who had won nine of their previous 11.
MARINERS 6, WHITE SOX 3
In Seattle, Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the third inning and the Mariners beat the White Sox to snap a five-game losing streak.
Jose Lopez and Ichiro Suzuki each went 3-for-4 for the Mariners, who finished with 13 hits.
Seattle got to Gavin Floyd (3-2), who has been one of the toughest pitchers to hit so far this season, for five runs and nine hits over 3 2-3 innings.
AP, NEW YORK
Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning to support Oliver Perez and lead the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory on Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds batted out of order in the ninth after an earlier double switch, with backup catcher David Ross coming to the plate in the No. 8 spot instead of Corey Patterson. Ross flied out to right.
Once Mets manager Willie Randolph informed the umpires of the mistake, the out was charged to Patterson after a prolonged discussion by the umpires, and Ross batted again. This time, he singled.
MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 4
In Washington, Dan Uggla’s second home run was a go-ahead drive in the eighth inning that lifted the Marlins to their seventh straight win.
Uggla drove in two runs and has seven RBIs and three homers in two games; he hit a grand slam on Saturday and has 11 homers this season.