CLEVELAND – Josh Barfield made two errors on one play to help Minnesota score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Twins rallied to beat C.C. Sabathia and the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday.
Sabathia (13-6), coming off a hard-luck 1-0 loss to Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday, tied a career high with 11 strikeouts, but lost for the fourth time in five starts in July.
Leading 1-0 and trying to become the first 14-game winner in the AL, Sabathia hit Jason Tyner with a pitch with one out in the eighth. He struck out Jason Bartlett, but pinch-hitter Mike Redmond lofted a fly ball that dropped safely behind right fielder Trot Nixon for an RBI double.
Joe Mauer followed with a routine grounder to Barfield, who kicked it for an error and threw wildly to first for another, scoring pinch-runner Luis Rodriguez and sending Mauer to second. Justin Morneau followed with an RBI double to left for a 3-1 lead.
Lew Ford hit a two-out homer in the ninth off Rafael Betancourt to make it 4-1.
Dennys Reyes (2-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief of rookie Matt Garza, who struck out 11 in six innings. Pat Neshek got a double-play grounder to end the eighth and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances as Minnesota won two of three in Cleveland.
Yankees 10, Orioles 6
BALTIMORE – Johnny Damon had three hits, scored four runs and had two RBIs, and the Yankees ended the Orioles’ six-game winning streak.
New York’s Alex Rodriguez, seeking his 500th home run, went 0-for-2 with a run-scoring grounder and three walks. Since hitting No. 499 on Wednesday in Kansas City, Rodriguez is 0-for-12, including a groundout in the June 28 suspended game that was completed Friday night.
New York shortstop Derek Jeter went 2-for-3 with two walks. He now has 7,218 at-bats, moving past Babe Ruth into fifth place on the Yankees’ career list.
Chien-Ming Wang (12-5) gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings to help New York avoid a three-game sweep and pull within four of the wild-card lead. He is 5-1 in his last six starts.
Daniel Cabrera (7-11) allowed four runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. He struck out five.
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 1
CHICAGO – Shaun Marcum outpitched Javier Vazquez, one day after a pitcher’s duel betwen Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay went in favor of the White Sox.
Marcum (7-4) struck out eight and walked one, retiring nine straight to start the game.
Jeremy Accardo pitched a scoreless ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.
Vazquez (8-6) retired seven in a row before Curtis Thigpen walked with one out in the eighth. John McDonald and Reed Johnson then singled to load the bases, and Lyle Overbay followed with a fly ball to right to put Toronto ahead. The run broke a 21-inning scoreless steak for the Blue Jays.
Vazquez pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, and five hits. He struck out five and walked three. He had won five straight decisions.
Mariners 14, Athletics 10
SEATTLE – Ben Broussard, playing for the ejected Richie Sexson, hit a two-run homer in the seventh to tie the game, and Jason Ellison scored the go-ahead run on an errant throw an inning later for the Mariners.
Seattle’s improbable win came after Oakland had erased a 6-0 deficit, scoring four runs in the sixth inning off Seattle reliever Chris Reitsma. But the combination of Kenji Johjima, Adrian Beltre, Broussard and Ellison helped get Reitsma off the hook.
Johjima led off the bottom of the eighth with a double just fair down the left field line off Oakland reliever Huston Street (2-2). Ellison ran for the catcher and Jose Lopez laid down a bunt to advance him to third. Street fielded the bunt but threw wide to first, allowing Ellison to race home with the go-ahead run.
Jose Guillen later added a two-run single off Street just past diving first baseman Dan Johnson, and Broussard singled off Joe Kennedy to score Jose Vidro and give Seattle a cushion.
Sean Green (4-1) pitched the eighth inning for the win.
Royals 10, Rangers 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Leo Nunez pitched six scoreless innings in his second major league start as the Royals completed a three-game sweep.
Nunez (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, gave up three singles with a walk and a strikeout before departing after 85 pitches, 53 for strikes.
The young Dominican right-hander, who was a reliever before this season and suffered a fractured right wrist in spring training, held Boston to one run over four innings on July 17 in his first start, and would have gotten the win had he gone the required five innings.
He was sent back to the minors the next day.
Joel Peralta gave up two hits over the final three innings to get his second career save.
The Royals chased Kameron Loe (5-9) in the sixth. He is 0-3 with two no-decisions since a July 1 victory at Boston, after yielding six runs on eight hits and three walks.