Paul Konerko hit his 19th home run to snap an eighth-inning deadlock as the Chicago White Sox won their 11th-straight game by beating the struggling Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Saturday.
The White Sox are on their longest win streak since a 12-game run in June 1961, and they can thank Konerko for keeping it going. He broke a 2-all tie with one out in the eighth when he connected off reliever Andrew Cashner (0-1), sending the White Sox to their 15th victory in 16 games.
The Cubs got another good start from Carlos Silva and a homer from Aramis Ramirez, but lost for the sixth time in eight games.
ANGELS 4, ROCKIES 2
At Anaheim, California, Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam in the first inning and Joe Saunders (6-8) struck out a season-high eight batters in seven innings as the Los Angeles Angels downed Colorado.
Relievers Fernando Rodney and Brian Fuentes combined with him to allow just one hit and one walk in the final four innings.
ATHLETICS 5, PIRATES 0
At Oakland, California, Trevor Cahill allowed two hits and struck out 10 batters in seven-and-two-thirds innings, and Daric Barton had three doubles to match his career high with four RBIs as Oakland blanked Pittsburgh.
Cahill (7-2) walked three and struck out a career-high 10 as the A’s won two in a row for the first time since winning four straight from May 26 to May 29.
Kurt Suzuki homered as the A’s remained unbeaten in eight games against the Pirates.
RAYS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
At St Petersburg, Florida, David Price pitched eight strong innings to become the American League’s first 11-game winner as Tampa Bay bounced back from Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter to beat Arizona.
Sean Rodriguez and Jason Bartlett both had two RBIs for the Rays, held hitless on Friday night for the third time in the past 12 months.
Price (11-3) allowed two runs and seven hits while walking one and matching his career high with 11 strikeouts.
Rodriguez keyed a three-run sixth that made it 4-1 by driving in a pair with a single off reliever Sam Demel. Carlos Pena added an RBI grounder.
RED SOX 4, GIANTS 2
At San Francisco, Mike Cameron hit a three-run homer and Darnell McDonald also connected as Boston beat San Francisco and its top pitching prospect.
Scott Atchison (1-1) tossed two-and-one-third innings against his former team after Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was removed early because of a hyper-extended left knee that he hurt while running the bases.
Along with his first home run in a season that featured more than a month on the disabled list, Cameron crashed into the wall to make a great catch of Pablo Sandoval’s fly to end the eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.
Buster Posey drove in both Giants runs.
DODGERS 9, YANKEES 4
At Los Angeles, James Loney drove in four runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers became the latest team to knock around struggling New York Yankees starter A.J. Burnett.
Burnett (6-7) had his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander gave up six runs, six hits and six walks in three-plus innings, falling to 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA in his last five starts.
Mark Teixeira hit an early three-run homer for New York, but the Dodgers rallied from deficits of 3-0 in the first and 4-2 in the third.
RANGERS 7, ASTROS 2
At Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler ended a career-long 32-game homerless drought with a tiebreaking shot as Texas rebounded from its first loss in two weeks to beat Houston.