Mon, May 28, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Hamilton homers to lead Rangers



Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Texas Rangers to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League on Saturday.

Toronto had taken a 7-5 lead in the top half, but Elvis Andrus doubled in a run off Ryota Igarashi to start the comeback. Hamilton’s third game-ending homer came off Jason Frasor (0-1) and was his 20th home run of the year.

In the top of the 13th, Omar Vizquel hit an RBI single for Toronto and later scored after Nelson Cruz misplayed a flyball by Yunel Escobar with two outs.


In Baltimore, Maryland, Eric Hosmer singled in the game-winning run in the eighth inning as the Royals rallied to beat the Orioles.

Hosmer went three for four with two RBIs to help the Royals make up a three-run deficit.

Billy Butler’s 10th homer cut it to 3-2 in the sixth, Hosmer scored the tying run in the seventh and then put Kansas City ahead for the first time in the eighth.

Greg Holland (1-2) pitched the seventh for the win, while Pedro Strop (3-2) took the loss.


In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Max Scherzer struck out nine in a rain-shortened outing and Prince Fielder had his first four-hit game with the Tigers, leading Detroit to victory over the Twins.

Scherzer (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits in 5-1/3 innings before leaving due to a rain delay and Andy Dirks had two doubles and two RBIs for the Tigers.

Jose Valverde picked up his eighth save in 10 chances.

Carl Pavano (2-4) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4-1/3 innings for the Twins, who have lost four straight. Justin Morneau and Denard Span homered for Minnesota.


In Oakland, California, Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and a solo shot as the Yankees beat the Athletics for their fourth straight win.

Teixeira and Robinson Cano each homered for a second straight day as the Yankees added three more homers to give them nine homers in the last three games.

Oakland’s Josh Reddick connected leading off the third for his 13th home run and second in as many games, but the A’s lost their eighth in a row at home to the Yankees.


In Chicago, Dayan Viciedo homered in his third straight game as the White Sox pounded the Indians for their eighth win in nine games.

Paul Konerko had four hits, three of them doubles.

Derek Lowe (6-3) lasted just 2-1/3 innings in his shortest start this season and watched his ERA jump from an American League-leading 2.15 to 3.25 after giving up eight runs.

Jake Peavy (6-1) gave up a pair of two-run homers to Jason Kipnis and allowed seven runs in all while struggling through 6-1/3 innings.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Red Sox 3, Rays 2

‧ Angels 5, Mariners 3



Johan Santana pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout since 2010 as the New York Mets backed him with three home runs in a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres in the National League on Saturday.

Santana’s last shutout in August 2010 came less than a month before shoulder surgery cost him the rest of the year and all of last year. Santana (2-2) had gone without a decision in his last three starts, all Mets losses, and had six no-decisions in his first nine.


In Atlanta, Georgia, Bryce Harper homered and Danny Espinosa added a three-run shot to help Washington beat reeling Atlanta.

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