x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Twins' whitewash

Minnesota all but put the White Sox out of the play-off picture with an 8-6 win on Wednesday.

Nick Punto's hitting left the White Sox battered and bruised against the Twins.
Nick Punto's hitting left the White Sox battered and bruised against the Twins.

Minnesota all but put the White Sox out of the play-off picture with an 8-6 win on Wednesday. It was also a win that kept the Twins within reach of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Nick Punto had three RBIs and scored two runs as Minnesota completed a three-game sweep, and the pitcher Brian Duensing improved to 5-0 as a starter.

"This was a huge series for us. It's as close to a must-win situation as you can be in," said Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer. "Our goal now is to go to Kansas City and win a series there and go to Detroit and see what happens," said the manager Ron Gardenhire of the side's seven road games. Detroit clinched the three-game set in Cleveland as they beat the Indians 11-3. A two-homer, four-RBI night from Carlos Guillen sealed it for Detroit, who had a four-run first inning off Justin Masterson. Miguel Cabrera added a two-run home run in the fourth.

The New York Yankees celebrated their play-off spot by rounding out a series win with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The Boston Red Sox moved to within five wins off the play-offs as they beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2. A homer from Travis Snider showed up a good night at the plate for the Toronto Blues Jays who finished off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 7-3 win.

BJ Upton had a game-winning two-run single in the eighth as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4. Five runs in the fourth inning for the Oakland Athletics were not enough as the Texas Rangers won 9-8. In the National League, Atlanta won for the 11th time in 13 games with a 5-2 win over the New York Mets. * With agencies