Francisco Liriano (6-11) was tremendous against his former team, pitching a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Saturday to retain the American League Central lead.
Liriano only allowed a two-out homer to Trevor Plouffe. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out nine in seven innings.
Paul Konerko homered and drove in three runs for the White Sox, who entered the day with a one game lead over Detroit in the American League Central.
Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez took also no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Tigers Detroit officially eliminated Cleveland Indians from the playoffs with a 5-3 win despite losing a run on an appeal.
Sanchez (3-5) struck out seven batters over 6-2/3 innings, but Carlos Santana spoiled his no-hit bid with a two-out triple in the seventh.
Atlanta moved within 6.5 games of first-place Washington in the National League East after pinch-runner Jeff Baker scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus hit Andrelton Simmons’ uniform with a bases-loaded pitch.
Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman homered for the Braves in their 5-4 win over the Nationals.
Andrew McCutchen homered and reached base four times as the Pittsburgh Pirates broke a seven-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs, while Carlos Lee homered and drove in three runs to help the Miami Marlins claim a 6-4 home win over the Cincinnati Reds.
In other NL games, the San Francisco Giants edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2, the Houston Astros blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0, the Milwaukee Brewers downed the New York Mets 9-6, the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the AL, Stephen Drew homered and made a pair of big defensive plays to back Jarrod Parker as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2, and the New York Yankees got back-to-back home runs from Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2, the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 and the Kansas City Royals were 3-2 winners over the Los Angles Angels.