Roy­als win 3-1 at Twins to claim share of AL Cen­tral lead

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Kansas City’s Ja­son Var­gas pitched six score­less innings to steer the Roy­als to a 3-1 win at Min­nesota on Mon­day, mov­ing them level with the Twins atop the Amer­i­can League Cen­tral di­vi­sion.

Else­where, the Chicago White Sox beat Hous­ton thanks to an­other over­pow­er­ing per­for­mance by pitcher Chris Sale, while Troy Tu­low­itzki set up Colorado’s big win against nor­mally miserly St. Louis, and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers re­gained top spot in the Na­tional League West by beat­ing Ari­zona.

Kansas City’s Var­gas (5-2) led the Roy­als to a win that put them per­cent­age points ahead of the Twins, though ef­fec­tively even as Min­nesota has one more win and one more loss.

Kendrys Mo­rales hit a long two- run home run against his for­mer team to lay the plat­form for the Roy­als, and Eric Hos­mer drove in an­other run in the eighth.

The White Sox won 3-1 on a rainy night at home against Hous­ton, with Sale strik­ing out 14 bat­ters.

Sale (6-2) be­came the first White Sox pitcher to fan at least 10 in four straight games, the team said, cit­ing Elias Sports Bureau. He’s struck out at at least 12 in his past three starts, and gave up only one run.

Chicago’s Car­los Cor­rea, the top pick in the 2012 draft, was pro­moted from the mi­nors and be­came the youngest player in the ma­jors at 20. Bat­ting sixth and play­ing short­stop, he went 1 for 4 and drove in a run.

Colorado cruised to an 11-3 win against St. Louis, with Tu­low­itzki hit­ting a three-run homer in the first.

Rock­ies starter David Hale

(2-0) was re­called from the mi­nors and threw seven ef­fec­tive innings. He re­tired the open­ing nine bat­ters be­fore sur­ren­der­ing a solo homer, and struck out seven.

The Car­di­nals lost slug­ger Matt Hol­l­i­day to a thigh strain suf­fered when he fell awk­wardly try­ing to chase down a mist­imed hit in the sec­ond in­ning.

Los An­ge­les’ An­dre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins hit three-run homers to power the Dodgers to a 9-3 win against Ari­zona.

Howie Ken­drick had three hits in his re­turn to the start­ing lineup for the Dodgers, who moved a game ahead of idle San Fran­cisco in the NL West. San Diego’s Matt Kemp drove in the go-ahead run with a dou­ble in the 11th in­ning and helped the Padres edge At­lanta 5-3.

Justin Up­ton, fac­ing his old team for the first time, led off the 11th with a walk, stole sec­ond and eas­ily scored when Kemp dou­bled off the left-field wall.

An­other for­mer Braves player, closer Craig Kim­brel, made the fi­nal three outs to record his 200th ca­reer save. He reached the mile­stone in his 318th game — faster than any pitcher in ma­jor league his­tory.

Toronto’s Chris Co­la­bello ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 18 games with an RBI sin­gle dur­ing a six-run first in­ning that set up an 11-3 win against Miami and a sixth straight victory for the Blue Jays.

Mil­wau­kee’s Jimmy Nel­son pitched six score­less innings to guide the Brew­ers to a 2-0 win against Pitts­burgh in a game de­layed more than two hours by rain.

Cincin­nati’s Ivan De Je­sus Jr. hit the first homer of his big league ca­reer as the Reds beat Philadel­phia 6-4.

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