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American League Roundup: Twins overtake White Sox

September 26, 2008

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Twins 7, White Sox 6 (10)

Minneapolis - Alexi Casilla singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, and Minnesota beat Chicago to move into first place in the AL Central by a half-game.

Casilla's soft hit into short center off Bobby Jenks (3-1) scored Nick Punto and led to a wild celebration on the field at the Metrodome, capping a three-game sweep by the Twins.

Joe Nathan (1-2) pitched two perfect innings for the victory, part of a Minnesota bullpen that totaled 61â3 scoreless innings and surrendered only two hits.

Carlos Gomez made up for a costly defensive mistake during a six-run fourth by the White Sox - who knocked Twins starter Kevin Slowey out that inning due to an injured wrist - with four hits and two RBIs.

Gomez scored on Denard Span's triple off Jenks in the eighth, tying it at 6. Jenks then struck out Casilla and got Joe Mauer to ground out to end the inning. Gomez made a sliding catch to end the ninth, too.

Matt Thornton relieved White Sox starter Gavin Floyd and got four outs on 10 pitches, but Brendan Harris greeted him with a pinch double in the eighth, and manager Ozzie Guillen summoned Jenks after one out.

Gomez singled in a run, and Span followed with his triple down the right-field line - turning toward his dugout to scream after reaching third and repeatedly pumping his arm in celebration.

Red Sox 6, Indians 1

Boston - Jon Lester flirted with a no-hitter in his final tuneup before the playoffs, finishing with six innings of two-hit ball.

Tigers 7, Rays 5

Detroit - Scott Kazmir allowed four homers, two to Ramon Santiago. Kazmir (12-8) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out eight and walked two. He allowed four homers for the second time in three starts - the only times he has allowed four in a game in his career.

Ben Zobrist homered twice and had four RBIs for the Rays, headed to their first playoff appearance.

The game drew 36,259, raising the Tigers' home season total to a team record 3,081,098.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 2

Toronto - Roy Halladay pitched his major-league-leading ninth complete game record his 20th victory. Vernon Wells homered and drove in four runs as Toronto snapped the Yankees' seven-game winning streak.

Halladay (20-11) improved to 5-1 in six starts against the Yankees this season.

Angels 6, Mariners 4

Seattle - Vladimir Guerrero hit two home runs - including a two-run shot in the ninth inning - and Los Angeles moved closer to securing home field throughout the playoffs.

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