Jake Cave hit two home runs, and C.J. Cron homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the visiting Minnesota Twins jumped out to a 9-0 lead and then cruised to a 10-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Cave’s home run leading off the third inning was the 139th of the season hit on the road by the Twins, breaking the major league single-season record set by the San Francisco Giants in 2001.
Nelson Cruz had two hits and three RBIs, Jonathan Schoop had three hits and a run scored, and Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario each had two hits for Minnesota, which completed a three-game series sweep of the White Sox with its fifth straight victory.
Jose Abreu went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI, and Eloy Jimenez and Yolmer Sanchez each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Chicago.
Cubs 4, Mets 1
Victor Caratini homered twice off reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom to account for all of his team’s runs as Chicago completed a three-game sweep of host New York.
The Mets, who lost the final six games of a nine-game homestand that began with a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, fell five games behind the Cubs.
Caratini, who is usually the Cubs’ backup catcher, made just his third start of the season at first base as manager Joe Maddon looked to load the lineup with contact hitters against deGrom.
Indians 2, Tigers 0
Mike Clevinger tossed eight overpowering innings, Francisco Lindor homered and drove in both runs, and Cleveland continued its domination of host Detroit.
Clevinger (10-2) is 9-0 in his last 11 starts. He allowed just four hits, walked none and struck out 10 against Detroit. Brad Hand recorded his 33rd save and second in as many games as the Indians swept the three-game series.
Detroit, which has the majors’ worst record, has lost five straight. The Indians have won 14 straight and 15 of 16 against the Tigers this season.
Marlins 4, Reds 3 (12 innings)
Rookie Harold Ramirez led off the 12th inning with a walk-off homer, and Miami defeated Cincinnati.
Ramirez hit a 1-1 pitch from closer Raisel Iglesias (2-10). It was Ramirez’s eighth homer of the season and his second walk-off dinger.
The Marlins scored all of their runs on solo homers, as Jon Berti, Austin Dean and Starlin Castro also went deep.
Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5
Arizona chased starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fifth inning and sent him to his third consecutive loss in a victory over Los Angeles in Phoenix.
Eduardo Escobar hit his 30th home run for the Diamondbacks, a three-run shot off Joe Kelly in the sixth inning for a 10-4 lead. He became the fourth switch hitter in major league history with 30 homers, 20 doubles and 10 triples in the same season, joining Ripper Collins (1934), Mickey Mantle (1955) and Jimmy Rollins (2007).
Ryu (12-5) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings and has allowed 18 runs in his past three starts, inflating his ERA from 1.45 to 2.35. The left-hander had been 3-0 in three previous starts this season against Arizona, giving up one run in 20 innings.
Athletics 9, Royals 8
Jurickson Profar homered and finished with three hits and three RBIs, and Seth Brown added four hits as Oakland defeated host Kansas City to take three out of four in the series.
Yusmeiro Petit (4-3) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Liam Hendriks recorded the final five outs — all strikeouts — to pick up his 17th save despite allowing a ninth-inning run.
Neither starter lasted five innings. Kansas City’s Glenn Sparkman (3-10) gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Mariners 5, Rangers 3
Austin Nola’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning brought home the go-ahead run as Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak with a win in Arlington, Texas.
Mariners right-hander Matt Magill (4-1) pitched the final two innings for the victory.
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, making his second start since being activated from the 60-day injured list because of right shoulder issues, went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Rays 9, Astros 8
Ji-Man Choi’s tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning led Tampa Bay to a win over host Houston.
Choi’s key hit came off Astros reliever Chris Devenski (2-3) in the Rays’ three-run seventh that took them from a 6-5 deficit to a two-run lead. Travis d’Arnaud had three hits and four RBIs for the Rays, who avoided a three-game series sweep.
D’Arnaud hit his 14th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field in the fourth inning that gave the Rays a 4-2 lead. Austin Meadows also homered for the Rays, who stayed a game behind the Oakland Athletics for the second American League wild card.
Pirates 11, Rockies 8
Rookie shortstop Kevin Newman had two solo homers among four hits and drove in a career-high four runs as Pittsburgh beat Colorado in Denver.
Adam Frazier also had four hits, scored a run and drove in two for the Pirates, who built an 11-3 lead before holding off a late charge by the Rockies.
Colin Moran and Jose Osuna each contributed two hits, two runs and two RBIs for Pittsburgh, which has won five of seven following a 1-5 stretch.
Padres 5, Giants 3
Manuel Margot and Austin Hedges hit home runs, helping rookie right-hander Chris Paddack win for the first time in five starts as San Diego beat host San Francisco in the opener of a four-game series.
Reliever Matt Strahm worked into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth inning, allowing just one run, as the fourth-place Padres moved within three games of the third-place Giants in the National League West.
In the opener of a seven-game trip, the Padres took the lead for good with a three-run third inning, with the first two runs scoring on Margot’s 11th homer of the season. Eric Hosmer added an RBI double later in the inning.
—Field Level Media