Carlos Santana’s slam lifts Indians past Twins, into tie for AL Central lead

Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th inning Sunday as the Indians beat the Twins 7-3 in Minneapolis to forge a tie with Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

The Twins tied the score with four hits in a two-run ninth against closer Brad Hand, using a single by Luis Arraez and a double by Marwin Gonzalez to extend the game.

Pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza tried to score the winning run from first base on Gonzalez’s hit, but left fielder Tyler Naquin grabbed the ball off the bounce from the wall and zipped a throw to shortstop Francisco Lindor, whose relay home to catcher Kevin Plawecki was in time to retire Adrianza.

In the 10th, Minnesota closer Taylor Rogers allowed a single, a walk and another single on a bunt by Greg Allen to load the bases with none out for Santana, who erased the late-inning drama with one swing.

Nationals 7, Mets 4: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tie-breaking two-run double and Washington’s bullpen allowed just one hit over the final three innings as the Nationals ended host New York’s winning streak at eight games. The Nats had blown five consecutive save chances at Citi Field, including one Friday night.

Orioles 8, Astros 7: Rio Ruiz hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth for Baltimore. Houston scored three runs in the top of the ninth to go up 7-5 before the Orioles rallied against Roberto Osuna. After Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly, Chance Sisco was at first base when Ruiz launched a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall. The loss ended the Astros’ winning streak at eight games.

Rays 1, Mariners 0: Ryan Yarbrough was one out shy of his first career shutout and Eric Sogard hit a homer for visiting Tampa Bay, which maintained a 1½-game lead over the A’s for the American League’s second wild-card spot. Yarbrough retired his final 14 batters but was replaced by Emilio Pagan for the final out. Pagan got pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez on a grounder.

Angels 5, Red Sox 4: Anthony Bemboom, promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day, hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning to give visiting Los Angeles a split of the four game series.

Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0: Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman combined on a four-hitter and Brett Gardner had an RBI double for visiting New York.

Cardinals 11, Pirates 9: Lane Thomas hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh and Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler also homered as host St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 3: Justin Turner hit two his team’s four homers and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings in his return from the injured list for host Los Angeles.

Rangers 1, Brewers 0: Mike Minor struck out 11 in eight innings and Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a sacrifice fly as visiting Texas avoided a three-game sweep.

Cubs 6, Reds 3: Kris Bryant hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh as visiting Chicago earned a split of the four-game series.

Braves 5, Marlins 4: Ronald Acuña hit his 33rd home run, his sixth in six games, and Ender Inciarte added a three-run shot for visiting Atlanta.

Rockies 8, Padres 3: Yonder Alonso hit his 100th career homer during a four-run sixth as visiting Colorado snapped a losing streak at five games.

Royals 10, Tigers 2: Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler each homered twice for visiting Kansas City. It was Dozier’s third career multihomer game, all of them this month. He hit two against the Twins on Aug. 2, then duplicated the feat Thursday in Detroit.

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