Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Sunday to win the four-game series and forge another tie for the AL Central lead.
The Twins tied the game with four hits in a two-run ninth against Brad Hand (5-3), using a single by Luis Arraez and a double by Marwin Gonzalez to extend the game.
As pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza tried to score the winning run from first base, left fielder Tyler Naquin grabbed the ball off the bounce from the wall and zipped a throw to shortstop Francisco Lindor, whose relay home was in perfect position for catcher Kevin Plawecki to tag Adrianza with ease.
Twins closer Taylor Rogers (2-3) allowed a single, a walk and another single on a bunt by Greg Allen to load the bases with none out for Santana, who quickly erased the late-inning drama with one big swing.
Baltimore 8, Houston 7: Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Orioles stopped the Astros’ eight-game win streak.
Houston scored three runs in the top of the ninth to go up 7-5 before the Orioles answered in the bottom half against Roberto Osuna (3-3). 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.
Coming off a 23-2 defeat less than 24 hours earlier, Baltimore took the lead in the fifth against 2011 Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, blew the advantage and then mounted an improbable rally to end a five-game skid.
Richard Bleier (3-0) got three outs for the win.
Washington 7, NY Mets 4: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run double against his former team, and the Nationals stopped the Mets’ eight-game win streak.
Nationals star Juan Soto was injured on Cabrera’s bases-loaded hit in the seventh inning. Soto went from first to third but sprained his right ankle after getting a late stop sign from third base coach Bob Henley. The team said he is day to day after X-rays were negative.
Victor Robles replaced Soto and homered off Edwin Diaz in the ninth.
The Mets dropped 1½ games behind Washington for the top NL wild card.
NY Yankees 1, Toronto 0: Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman combined on a four-hitter for New York, and Brett Gardner hit an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Tanaka (8-6) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none. The right-hander was pulled after Brandon Drury singled to begin the ninth.
Chapman came on to face pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who fell behind 0-2, worked back to a full count, hit a foul ball off the fifth deck and finally grounded into a double play to end the 13-pitch encounter.
LA Dodgers 9, Arizona 2: Justin Turner hit two of Los Angeles’ four homers and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball.
Turner and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back homers in the first inning as the Dodgers finished 8-2 on a 10-game homestand.
Ryu (12-2) made a seamless return from a 10-day stint on the injured list with minor neck stiffness. The majors’ ERA leader didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning, and he pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth while lowering his ERA to 1.45.
Chicago Cubs 6, Cincinnati 3: Kris Bryant capped Chicago’s four-run seventh with a three-run homer, and the Cubs topped the Reds for a split of their four-game series.
Ian Happ added a solo drive in the eighth as the NL Central leaders recovered after falling behind 3-0 in the fifth. David Phelps (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth for the win, and Pedro Strop got three outs for his 10th save.
Bryant, Happ, Jason Heyward and Nicholas Castellanos each had two hits for the Cubs.
Atlanta 5, Miami 4: Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 33rd homer and sixth in as many games, helping Atlanta get the win.
Ender Inciarte hit a three-run shot for the NL East-leading Braves. Mike Foltynewicz (4-5), making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, allowed four runs in six innings.
Luke Jackson pitched a scoreless ninth despite allowing three hits, earning his 18th save in 25 chances.
Texas 1, Milwaukee 0: Mike Minor struck out 11 in eight innings, and Texas avoided a series sweep.
Minor (11-6) allowed four hits and walked one. Jose Leclerc finished the four-hitter for his eighth save, securing Texas’ second win in in six games.
Milwaukee star Christian Yelich missed his fifth straight start due to back stiffness, but the reigning NL MVP batted for reliever Alex Claudio in the eighth. The sold-out crowd of 44,411 greeted Yelich with M-V-P chants but the slugger struck out.
Tampa Bay 1, Seattle 0: Tampa Bay’s Ryan Yarbrough came within an out of his first career shutout, and Eric Sogard homered.
Yarbrough (11-3) retired his final 14 batters and struck out eight while throwing 8 2/3 innings of three-hit ball. He was replaced after 99 pitches by Emilio Pagan, who retired pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez for his third save of the series and 12th overall.
Oakland 2, Chicagp White Sox 0: Chris Bassitt threw seven sharp innings and Matt Olson homered, leading Oakland to the victory.
Bassitt (8-5) permitted four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Liam Hendriks struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save in 17 opportunities.
Chicago right-hander Lucas Giolito (12-6) struck out a career-high 13 in six innings. The All-Star allowed two runs and five hits.
LA Angels 5, Boston 4: Anthony Bemboom hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning after Kole Calhoun’s solo homer tied it in the eighth, leading the Angels to a split of the four-game series.
Shohei Ohtani had three hits with a two-run single for Los Angeles, which won for only the second time in 10 games. The Angels halted an eight-game losing streak Saturday. Hansel Robles (4-0) got four outs for the victory.
Colorado 8, San Diego 3: Yonder Alonso hit his 100th career homer during Colorado’s four-run sixth inning, and the Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 26 games. They are 13-31 since June 21.
Colorado’s German Marquez (11-5) permitted three runs and five hits in eight innings. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth.
Kansas City 10, Detroit 2: Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler each homered twice, and Kansas City earned a split of the four-game series between the worst teams in the AL Central.
It was Dozier’s third career multihomer game, all of which have come on the current road trip. Soler went deep four times in the final three games of the series, and Whit Merrifield led off the game with a home run for the second time in three days.