White Sox humiliate Rangers in 19-2 rout
AP July 5, 2012, 12:36 am TWN
CHICAGO -- Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homered in the first inning off Roy Oswalt, and All-Star Chris Sale won his 10th game as Chicago routed Texas 19-2.
Playing in his first home game with the White Sox since his trade from Boston on June 24, Youkilis had three hits and drove in four runs in a meeting of division leaders that saw Chicago score its most runs this season.
A.J. Pierzynski, not chosen for the AL All-Star team managed by Texas' skipper Ron Washington, hit a three-run homer off reliever Yoshinori Tateyama — his 15th of the season — to cap a nine-run fifth inning and make it 16-0. Seven of the runs in the inning were unearned, thanks to an error on Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Rays 7, Yankees 4 Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays continue their home dominance over the New York Yankees in a 7-4 victory over the American League East leaders on Tuesday.
Rodriguez, mired in a 17 for 100 slump dating back to May 21, finished with 3 for 4.
After blowing a three-run lead, New York went ahead 4-3 on Eric Chavez's RBI single during the fourth. Tampa Bay responded in the bottom half and grabbed a 5-4 lead on Rodriguez's first homer since May 27 off Ivan Nova (9-3).
James Shields (8-5) gave up four runs and 10 hits over seven innings for the Rays, who have won nine straight at Tropicana Field over the Yankees.
Blue Jays 6, Royals 3 At Toronto, Adam Lind hit a three-run homer and Brett Cecil won for the first time in three starts as Toronto beat Kansas City.
Lind's sixth homer was the big blow in Toronto's six-run fourth inning. The win put the Blue Jays over .500 at 41-40 at the midpoint of the season.
The Royals lost for the fourth time in five games since matching their season high with a four-game winning streak.
Cecil (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings to win for the first time since June 17 against Philadelphia, his first start after being promoted from minor league Triple-A Las Vegas. The left-hander walked one and struck out three.
Indians 9, Angels 5 At Cleveland, rookie Zach McAllister lasted six innings, overcoming a throwing error and two home runs in the fifth, while Shelley Duncan homered in Cleveland's win over the Los Angeles Angels.
McAllister (3-1) allowed three earned runs and eight hits, and he and the Indians recovered after blowing a four-run lead.
Duncan homered in the fourth off an ineffective Dan Haren (6-8). Jose Lopez had three hits and Michael Brantley two RBIs for Cleveland.
Rookie Mike Trout hit a three-run homer and Albert Pujols had a solo shot but also made a crucial error in the fifth for the Angels, who lost for just the fourth time in 13 games.
Twins 8, Tigers 6 At Detroit, Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit homers in a five-run third and Ryan Doumit had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, lifting Minnesota over Detroit.
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