Rays Sting Yankees, 8-3
Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez, center, is called out at second base by umpire Jim Joyce, left, on an attempted steal against Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, June 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York — Evan Longoria homered twice and drove in three runs, Matt Moore ended a personal three-game skid and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 8-3 last night.
Longoria reached 500 career RBIs with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He homered against Andy Pettitte (5-5) leading off the sixth and connected off Joba Chamberlain to open the eighth.
Yunel Escobar hit a two-run shot off Boone Logan later in the eighth. Tampa Bay had 14 hits after amassing 15 in a 6-2 win over Boston on Wednesday night.
Moore (9-3) pitched into the seventh inning and gave up three runs.
Twins 8, White Sox 4
Minneapolis — Brian Dozier’s two-run homer for Minnesota was one of a career-high four long balls hit off Chicago starter John Danks, and the Twins finished their first three-game sweep of the season and their first over White Sox in three years.
Oswaldo Arcia went deep in the second inning ahead of Dozier. Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back shots in the fourth, sending the White Sox to their seventh defeat in the last eight games. They fell to a league-worst 13-27 on the road and 5-13 overall in June.
Danks (1-4) lasted only five innings, giving up 12 hits and six runs. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs against Scott Diamond (5-6) in the sixth inning, but that wasn’t nearly enough.
Rangers 4, Athletics 3
Arlington, Texas — Ian Kinsler put Texas ahead for the first time with a two-run single in the seventh and the Rangers held on for a series-clinching victory over AL West-leading Oakland.
Texas pulled within a game of the Athletics by winning three times in the four-game series.
Kinsler came to the plate right after Leonys Martin’s hustling infield single, getting to first base ahead of Sean Doolittle (3-2) when the pitcher was taking the toss from first baseman Brandon Moss. That loaded the bases with two outs, and Kinsler hit a full-count pitch through the middle of the infield.
Pirates 5, Reds 3
Cincinnati — Pedro Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh’s runs with a solo homer, bases-loaded double and single, leading the Pirates over Cincinnati and a split of their high-profile NL Central series.
The Pirates remain a half-game behind second-place Cincinnati after the four-game set.
Alvarez had an RBI single and his 16th homer off Homer Bailey. After Alfredo Simon (5-3) loaded the bases in the seventh, Alvarez doubled off left-hander Tony Cingrani to snap a 2-all tie.
Nationals 5, Rockies 1
Washington — Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight innings to win his 10th game, Adam LaRoche had three hits including a two-run triple and the Nationals spoiled Roy Oswalt’s return to the majors with a win over Colorado.
Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game, and Denard Span and Steve Lombardozzi added a double and a single apiece for Washington.
Zimmermann (10-3) allowed an unearned run on six hits. He retired 16 straight in one stretch, throwing 112 pitches — 85 for strikes — while fanning nine and walking one.
Mets 4, Braves 3
Atlanta — David Wright hit two solo homers, New York’s bullpen pitched five-plus scoreless innings and the Mets overcame an injury to starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in a victory over Atlanta.
Niese left the game in the fourth with left shoulder discomfort and the Mets trailing 3-2, but the Mets’ bullpen shut down Atlanta for the next 5 2-3 innings.
Closer Bobby Parnell earned his 11th save in 14 chances by facing the minimum in the ninth.
LaTroy Hawkins (2-0) earned the victory after allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings.
The Mets have won four of six, thanks in part to a bullpen that’s 1-0 with a 1.55 ERA over the last nine games.
Mike Minor (8-3) allowed nine hits, four runs and two walks in six-plus innings for Atlanta.
Astros 7, Brewers 4 (10)
Houston — Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, giving Houston a win over Milwaukee.
Carlos Corporan struck out but reached on a wild pitch with one out in the 10th and J.D. Martinez followed with a double. Pena then launched the first-pitch homer off Michael Gonzalez (0-3) to the second deck in right field.
It was a sloppy game that featured six unearned runs and four errors.
Hector Ambriz (2-4) pitched a scoreless 10th to help Houston take two of three in the series.
Corporan tied it with a solo home run in the eighth.