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> American League

Kansas City 9, Detroit 5: Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar hit back-to-back homers and the Kansas City Royals beat the first-place Tigers. Alex Gordon also homered and Johnny Giavotella added a bases-loaded double for the Royals, who came in 18 1/2 games behind Central Division leaders.

N.Y. Yankees 3, Baltimore 2: Freddy Garcia returned from the disabled list to pitch six innings of two-hit ball, Nick Swisher homered and the Yankees won their second straight without third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter. Rodriguez will join the team in Boston today after getting an MRI on his sore left thumb in New York, and Jeter rested a bruised right knee.

Cleveland 2, Oakland 1: Carlos Santana homered and David Huff and four relievers combined to limit Oakland to five hits for the injury-riddled Indians. Leadoff man Michael Brantley will have season-ending surgery on his hand and joins a disabled list that includes Cleveland teammates Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, Jason Kipnis and starting pitchers Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco.

Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 3: Jose Bautista hit his 38th home run, Ricky Romero won his sixth straight decision and the Jays avoided a four-game sweep. Toronto manager John Farrell continues to be weakened by pneumonia and won't accompany his team for a three-game series in Baltimore that begins tonight.

Chicago White Sox 3, Minnesota 0: Mark Buehrle pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and Tyler Flowers drove in two runs as the White Sox won their fourth in a row.

L.A. Angels at Seattle: Mike Scioscia's efforts to gain ground on the Rangers by using his top three starters on short rest last weekend didn't work so well as the Angels gave up 24 runs while dropping two of three to the AL West leaders.

> National League

Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 2: Shane Victorino hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cole Hamels was solid in his return from the disabled list for the Phillies, who play 33 games in 31 days to close the season.

Houston 7, Pittsburgh 4: Carlos Lee hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, Wandy Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 and the Astros rallied from a 3-2 deficit. Rodriguez struck out six of the first nine batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning.

Colorado at Arizona: Arizona is showing it does have the pitching to keep up with defending World Series champion Giants in the NL West. The division-leading Diamondbacks have won their last six games with their starters posting a minuscule 0.66 ERA.

San Diego at L.A. Dodgers: The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, who tried to become the NL's second 17-game winner Monday, was 8-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his last 10 home starts and earned a victory in each of his last five.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco: Tim Lincecum has allowed two runs or fewer in his last nine starts, the longest stretch of his career in which the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been that stingy.

> Around the horn

L.A. Dodgers: All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier was back in the lineup Monday a day after being held out because of a sore right knee that will require surgery after the season.

From News and wire service reports.

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