Twins edge Car­di­nals 3-1 as AL slams NL

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Min­nesota closer Glen Perkins wrig­gled out of trou­ble in the ninth in­ning to ex­tend his per­fect record this sea­son and guide the Twins to a 3-1 win against ma­jorslead­ing St. Louis on Wed­nes­day.

The vic­tory for the Twins was part of a pat­tern on a day of in­ter­league play, with the Amer­i­can League teams get­ting the bet­ter of Na­tional League out­fits in games be­tween lead­ing teams.

Texas came out on top against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers to hand a de­feat to ace pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw in his first-ever ap­pear­ance against his home­town team; Toronto blanked the New York Mets on a turn­around per­for­mance by pitcher Drew Hutchi­son; and Tampa Bay also held its op­po­nent Washington score­less.

Min­nesota starter Tommy Milone (3-1) gave up one run in seven in­nings with five strike­outs but his good work looked like it could be un­done when St. Louis got two run­ners on base with no outs in the ninth in­ning.

How­ever, Perkins pre­served the vic­tory with two strike­outs then a ground­out to make it 23 saves from as many op­por­tu­ni­ties this sea­son.

Ed­uardo Nunez had two hits and two RBIs to help the reel­ing Twins, who had lost seven of their pre­vi­ous eight games.

Texas’ rookie slug­ger Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer off Ker­shaw, and Prince Fielder also went deep to lead the Rangers over the Dodgers 5-3.

Ker­shaw (5-4) al­lowed four runs through six in­nings, and struck out 10, af­ter hav­ing gone 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA over his pre­vi­ous four starts. The reign­ing NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award win­ner was born in Dal­las.

Toronto’s Danny Va­len­cia hit a three-run homer and Kevin Pil­lar had a solo shot to power the Blue Jays past the Mets 8-0.

Pil­lar went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Blue Jays, whose 369 runs scored this sea­son is the most in the ma­jors by a long way. The next best is Ari­zona with 291.

Starter Drew Hutchi­son (6-1) pitched 5-2/3 score­less in­nings with five strike­outs and one walk in a marked con­trast to his pre­vi­ous start when he gave up a ca­reer- worst eight runs at Bos­ton.

Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza Jr. hit his 13th home run of the sea­son and Curt Casali blasted the first of his ca­reer to help the Rays beat Washington 5-0.

Souza and Casali each had three hits, with Souza do­ing so while re­turn­ing to his for­mer home park.

Matt An­driese (2-1) pitched four score­less in­nings of re­lief to take the vic­tory for the Rays, who elected not to use a reg­u­lar start­ing pitcher. Steve Geltz, nor­mally a re­liever, threw two score­less in­nings to start the game be­fore be­ing re­placed.

The Na­tion­als had just two hits, one night af­ter belt­ing out 23 in a 16-4 vic­tory over the Rays.

Hous­ton con­tin­ued its power surge with four home runs in an 8-4 win at Coloardo.

Car­los Cor­rea, Chris Carter, Pre­ston Tucker and Jake Maris­nick all home­red for the first-place Astros, who have won four straight and lead the ma­jors with 95 home runs.

Hous­ton starter Brett Ol­ber­holtzer (2-1) fol­lowed up his eight score­less in­nings against Seat­tle on Fri­day with another strong out­ing. He al­lowed three runs, struck out five and didn’t walk a bat­ter in 6 1-3 in­nings.

Pittsburgh won 3-2 at the strug­gling Chicago White Sox to ex­tend their win­ning streak to seven games.

Pi­rates starter Jeff Locke (4-3) al­lowed just two runs in six in­nings and pro­duced a sea­son-high eight strike­outs.

Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run home run for Pittsburgh and helped to in­flict a sixth suc­ces­sive de­feat on Chicago.

Seat­tle ace Felix Her­nan­dez bounced back im­pres­sively from the worst out­ing of his ca­reer and pitched eight score­less in­nings to guide the Mariners to a 2-0 vic­tory over San Fran­cisco.

Her­nan­dez (10-4) gave up eight runs and only lasted one-third of an in­ning in his pre­vi­ous start, but against the Giants he only al­lowed a run­ner be­yond first base twice, and both times ended the threat swiftly by in­duc­ing ground­outs.

The game was score­less un­til the sixth when Austin Jack­son tripled home Mike Zunino.

Ari­zona’s Paul Gold­schmidt and Wel­ing­ton Castillo each hit a solo home run and the Di­a­mond­backs held on to beat the Los An­ge­les An­gels 3-2.

AP

Seat­tle Mariners’ Mike Zunino, left, gets in ahead of the tag from San Fran­cisco Giants catcher Buster Posey to score dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game on Wed­nes­day, June 17.

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