AMERICAN LEAGUE: Twins 4, Red Sox 3
Aaron Hicks delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th and Phil Hughes struck out eight in six innings to help host Minnesota beat Boston in the series finale on Thursday.
All-Star closer Glen Perkins blew his second save of the season, giving up a two-run single to Will Middlebrooks with the bases loaded that tied the game in the ninth inning. But Kurt Suzuki doubled down the left field line and Hicks, who entered the day hitting .161, lined a 3-2 pitch to left field off of Andrew Miller (1-2) to win it.
Mike Carp had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, but David Ortiz was a quiet 1-for-4 with a single after going deep twice in each of the first two games of the series.
Hughes gave up five hits and no walks and Chris Parmelee hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who took two of three from the defending champions. Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar each had three hits and Brian Duensing (1-1) picked up the win.
Clay Buchholz gave up three runs on 10 hits and struck out six in six innings for the Red Sox (20-20).
Orioles 2, Royals 1
Nelson Cruz homered and first-place Baltimore beat host Kansas City to snap a four-game losing streak.
Cruz homered in the fourth after Chris Davis drew a walk to lead off the inning. It was Cruz’s 12th home run, which is second in the American League to the 15 of Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu.
Wei-Yin Chen (5-2) limited the Royals to one run and seven hits over 5½ innings with one walk and a strikeout.
Royals rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura (2-3) struck out nine and walked one in 6½ innings, allowing two runs and seven hits.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: Reds 5, Padres 0
Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his second shutout of the season, and Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer and a double, leading host Cincinnati over San Diego in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Cueto (4-2) lowered the majors’ best ERA to 1.25 with his third complete game in nine starts.
San Diego came into the game last in the NL in batting average (.222) and runs (118). The Padres were blanked for the seventh time, the most in the majors. Cueto fanned eight, walked two and threw 116 pitches.
Phillips homered off Ian Kennedy (2-5) and Cozart singled home two runs. Cozart snapped an 0-for-15 streak with runners in scoring position when he singled home two runs in the sixth.
Padres 6, Reds 1
Cincinnati couldn’t do anything on offense in the second game of a doubleheader, managing only three hits while losing for a split.
Tyson Ross (5-3) allowed three hits in seven innings of the second game, and San Diego hit a season-high three homers. Left-hander Jeff Francis (0-1), called up to start the game, allowed three runs in five innings.
San Diego’s Seth Smith singled, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 3
Michael Wacha pitched seven innings and drove in two runs for host St. Louis.
Wacha (3-3) had lost his last three decisions since an April 13 win over the Cubs. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed seven hits, including a homer, but did not walk a batter. He struck out five.
Trevor Rosenthal pitched 1⅔ innings for his 11th save. Rosenthal, who blew a save Tuesday, inherited a one-out, bases-loaded situation and gave up a sacrifice fly, but closed out the inning and retired the side in the ninth.
Brewers 4, Pirates 3
Khris Davis hit a game-ending two-run single and host Milwaukee rallied in the ninth off closer Mark Melancon.
Ryan Braun led off the inning by singling to right before Melancon (1-2) walked the next two hitters to load the bases with nobody out.
Up came Davis, who smashed his broken-bat hit into short center to drive in Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. Teammates showered Davis with cups of water in the face in celebration after he reached first.
INTERLEAGUE: Yankees 1, Mets 0
Derek Jeter watched the last four outs of his final regular-season Subway Series game from the bench, pulled off the field during a double switch in the bottom of the eighth inning as host New York held off the Mets.
Alfonso Soriano’s RBI double in the seventh broke up a scoreless duel at Citi Field between pitchers making their major-league debuts. Rookie reliever Dellin Betances struck out six in a row as the Yankees earned a split of this year’s series between crosstown rivals with their second consecutive shutout.