Major Leagues: American League roundup

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

Associated Press
The American League roundup …
MINNEAPOLIS ó Jeff Niemann carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer to give him 10 RBIs for the day and the Tampa Bay Rays swept a day-night doubleheader with a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
In the opener, Zobrist broke the team RBIs record of seven set by Carlos Pena in 2007.
Zobrist went 4 for 6, hitting an RBI single in the first, a three-run homer in the sixth and two-run doubles in the seventh and ninth. Johnny Damon had three hits, including an RBI triple, to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. B.J. Upton also had three hits to help the Rays match a season high with 19 hits.
Indians 8, Royals 2
CLEVELAND ó Fausto Carmona, backed by four solo home runs, pitched seven solid innings and Cleveland Indians earned its 10th straight home win, beating Kansas City to extend the Royals’ losing streak to six.
Jeff Francoeur stretched his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games for Kansas City. He doubled in the seventh and Wilson Betemit followed with a two-run double to make it 8-2.
Blue Jays 5, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Corey Patterson bunted home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and Toronto beat AL West-leading Texas to win a series for the first time in three weeks.
New York 12, White Sox 3
NEW YORK ó Brett Gardner led off a six-run fifth inning with a homer for New York’s first hit of the game, and Nick Swisher homered and had four RBIs for the Yankees.
CC Sabathia (2-1) pitched seven sharp innings.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE ó Jon Lester improved to 14-0 against Baltimore with eight dominating innings, Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking infield single and Boston Red Sox averted a three-game sweep.
Mariners 7, Tigers 2
DETROIT ó Rookie Michael Pineda struck out nine in six sharp innings, and Miguel Olivo and Luis Rodriguez homered to help Seattle beat Detroit.