White Sox 3, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS — Brook Fordyce broke out of a 1-for-18 slump with three hits, including a homer, to back the solid pitching of rookie left-hander Mark Buehrle as the Chicago White Sox won their fifth straight game, 3-2 over Minnesota on Wednesday night.
The White Sox, with a 10 1/2-game lead in the AL Central, have baseball's best record, 60-34, and have won 29 of their last 40 games. They've also won 21 of their past 27 road games and own the best road record in baseball, 31-17.
Buehrle (1-0), a 21-year-old left-hander who had pitched just one big-league inning, went seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits.
Eric Milton (8-6) lost his fourth straight start.
ROYALS 10, INDIANS 5: At Cleveland, Dave McCarty hit a grand slam, and Johnny Damon had a three-run homer to power the Royals past the Indians.
McCarty's first career grand slam gave the Royals a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. Gregg Zaun followed with a solo homer off Chuck Finley (8-7), who had allowed only three hits over the first five innings.
Mac Suzuki (5-4) allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings as Kansas City earned consecutive wins for the first time since June 28-29.
BLUE JAYS 5, DEVIL RAYS 2: At Toronto, Kelvim Escobar allowed just two hits in eight innings, and Brad Fullmer drove in three runs as Toronto defeated Tampa Bay.
Escobar (7-9) allowed a single to Miguel Cairo in the third and a two-run homer to Jose Canseco in the fourth. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked four.
Fullmer's 17th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, gave Toronto a 5-2 lead. The Blue Jays have homered in 18 straight games.
Albie Lopez (6-7) gave up five runs on nine hits for the Devil Rays.
YANKEES 9, TIGERS 1: At New York, Roger Clemens won his fourth straight start since coming off the disabled list, and Paul O'Neill and David Justice each hit two-run homers as the Yankees battered the Tigers.
Clemens (8-6) allowed six hits and struck out 11 in eight innings. He coasted to his 255th career victory after the Yankees built an early lead against Hideo Nomo (3-9).
It was the 96th time in his career that Clemens has had 10 or more strikeouts in a game, fourth on the all-time list and one back of Sandy Koufax.
RANGERS 3, ANGELS 2: At Anaheim, Calif., right fielder Scarborough Green threw out Scott Spiezio at the plate to end the game, preserving the Texas Rangers' win over the Anaheim Angels.
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 3: At Oakland, Calif., Jamie Moyer extended his Oakland Coliseum winning streak to five starts, and Mark McLemore drove in three runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Athletics. Moyer (10-3), allowed three runs on six hits in seven-plus innings and struck out four.