ANAHEIM, Calif. — Chone Figgins and Maicer Izturis, normally the table-setters in the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup, both homered during a nine-run fourth inning and the AL West leaders extended their winning streak to a season-high eight games Saturday with an 11-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Matt Palmer (8-1) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. The Angels have averaged 7.33 runs in the 30-year-old rookie’s 12 starts.

Nick Blackburn (8-5) retired his first nine batters before Figgins led off the fourth with his third homer – the first of five consecutive hits and 10 altogether by Los Angeles during its highest-scoring inning of the season.

The Angels (58-38), missing injured outfielders Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera, have won 12 of 13 to move a season-high 20 games over .500.

The Twins have been outscored 39-14 during their four-game losing streak.
Rays 10, Blue Jays 9, 12 innings

TORONTO — Jason Bartlett hit an RBI double in the 12th inning, capping the biggest comeback in Tampa Bay history, and the Rays erased an eight-run deficit to beat Toronto.

Down 8-0 after four, Tampa Bay cut it to 9-7 heading into the ninth against closer Scott Downs. The AL champions tied it on solo homers by Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar, handing Downs his third blown save.

It’s the first time in their 12-year history that the Rays have overcome an eight-run deficit. It matched the largest lead the Blue Jays have squandered, done three times previously.

Dropped to sixth in the order for the first time this season, Pena went 2 for 6 with four RBIs.

J.P. Howell (6-2) pitched two innings for the win and Joe Nelson finished for his third save. Toronto used three walks to load the bases with one out in the 12th but Nelson struck out Aaron Hill looking and got Adam Lind on a grounder.

Hill homered twice but the Blue Jays lost for the seventh time in eight games against the Rays. Shawn Camp (0-5) took the loss.
Indians 10, Mariners 3

SEATTLE — Asdrubal Cabrera homered, drove in two runs and scored three times to back a strong start by Jeremy Sowers in Cleveland’s testy victory over Seattle.

Sowers (3-7), recalled from Triple-A before the game, held the Mariners scoreless over seven innings, allowing four hits in his best outing this season.

Erik Bedard (5-3) had his shortest start of the year for the Mariners. The left-hander went three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and four walks. He struck out six.

Chris Gimenez and Ryan Garko also homered for the Indians.

After Cabrera’s two-run shot in the fifth, Chris Jakubauskas hit Ben Francisco with the next pitch. Francisco shouted at Jakubauskas, and Mariners catcher Rob Johnson held him back as both benches and bullpens emptied. It appeared no punches were thrown.

In the ninth, Cleveland reliever Winstron Abreu hit Jack Hannahan with the first pitch of the inning. Abreu was promptly ejected by plate umpire Dale Scott. Indians manager Eric Wedge came out to argue and also was tossed.

Phillies 14, Cardinals 6
PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs, Shane Victorino went 4 for 4 with a homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-6 on Saturday in a matchup of division leaders.

Rodrigo Lopez (3-0) allowed four runs – three earned – and 10 hits in six innings. The veteran right-hander likely would be the odd man out when recently signed Pedro Martinez is ready to join the Phillies’ rotation.

Cardinals center fielder Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer and robbed Jayson Werth of a two-run shot with an outstanding catch. Ryan Ludwick also went deep for the NL Central leaders.

Rollins connected off reliever Jason Motte (3-4) in the sixth to give Philadelphia a 7-4 lead. Victorino followed with a homer.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won 16 of 19.

Matt Holliday went 2 for 4 with a walk after getting four hits in his debut with St. Louis. The three-time All-Star outfielder was acquired from Oakland on Friday for three minor league prospects.
Cubs 5, Reds 3

CHICAGO — Aramis Ramirez hit his second homer in two days and Chicago beat struggling Cincinnati for its ninth victory in 12 games.

Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley added solo shots to back a strong start by Kevin Hart (2-1) and send the Reds to their fifth straight loss.

Ramirez gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead in the first with a two-run drive after compiling four hits the previous game. Soriano added his 17th homer in the fifth off Johnny Cueto (8-7), and Bradley, after getting booed, connected against David Weathers in the eighth for his first career pinch-hit homer.

That was enough for Hart, who allowed one run over six innings in place of injured Ted Lilly to win his second consecutive start.

Lilly went on the disabled list before the game with inflammation in his left shoulder, and Cubs first baseman Derrick Lee left before the top of the eighth because of back spasms.

The Reds got solo homers from Joey Votto and Jonny Gomes in the ninth off Aaron Heilman that made it 5-3 before Kevin Gregg retired Jerry Hairston Jr. for his 20th save in 23 chances.


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