Rays 9, Rangers 5

John Jaso drove in five runs, Matt Garza won for the first time in a month and visiting Tampa Bay avoided a weekend sweep Sunday.

Jaso had a two-run homer, a two-run single and an RBI double as the designated hitter from the leadoff spot, a day after the rookie became the first Rays catcher ever to bat first.

Carlos Peña also homered for Tampa Bay (37-20), which still has the best record in the majors and a two-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

Garza (6-4) threw 108 pitches on a steamy day, allowing four runs in 52/3 innings, while Rich Harden (3-2) lost for the first time in seven weeks.

White Sox 8, Indians 7

Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer and Carlos Quentin added a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning to lead host Chicago to a comeback victory.

J.J. Putz (1-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh to get the win, and Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Royals 7, Tigers 2

Brian Bannister won his career-high fifth straight start, Jose Guillen hit a three-run homer and host Kansas City roughed up Jeremy Bonderman.

Bannister (6-3) improved to 20-8 in day games and is 5-2 with a 2.16 ERA in nine starts against the Tigers. He also ended his streak of allowing a home run at nine consecutive games.

Angels 9, Mariners 4

Mike Napoli had four hits, including a two-run homer that snapped a seventh-inning tie and lifted the host Angels to their fifth straight victory.

Athletics 5, Twins 4

Gio Gonzalez struck out four in seven innings to win his third straight decision for host Oakland, which scored all of its runs with two outs. The A's avoided being swept by the Twins in Oakland for the first time since July 18-20, 1997.

- AP

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