MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Pettitte turned in another ageless performance by pitching six scoreless innings and the New York Yankees hit four home runs to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Monday night and extend their AL East lead.
The Yankees took a 11⁄2-game edge over Baltimore, which split a doubleheader with Toronto. This is the first time since Sept. 2 their margin has been more than one game.
Curtis Granderson hit his 40th home run and Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez also homered as New York won for the 10th time in 12 games.
Pettitte (5-3) hasn’t given up a run in 11 innings since rejoining the rotation last week.
ORIOLES 4-5, BLUE JAYS 1-9
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.P. Arencibia broke open a tight game with a seventh-inning grand slam, and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore to earn a doubleheader split and drop the Orioles 11⁄2 games out of first place in the AL East.
In the opener, Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a homer to lead Baltimore.
RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Rangers rallied past Oakland, stretching their AL West lead over the Athletics to five games with nine to play.
WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn homered twice, including a clutch three-run shot in the eighth inning, and the White Sox beat Cleveland to maintain their one-game lead in the AL Central.
TIGERS 6, ROYALS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander breezed through eight innings and Prince Fielder hit a solo homer, helping the Detroit Tigers steady themselves with a win over Kansas City.
NATIONALS 12, BREWERS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jason Werth wound up with a two-out, two-run double when Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez lost a ball in the sun to spark a six-run fourth inning, and Washington cut its magic number for winning the NL East to five.
METS 6, PIRATES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Ike Davis connected twice and reached a career-high 30 homers, Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings for his first major league win and New York won its fourth straight.
CARDINALS 6, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and the Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot.
ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Andrew Brown homered.
Jason Kubel homered for the Diamondbacks, who have slim hopes of a late-season playoff push.