MINNEAPOLIS New shortstop Orlando Cabrera made a key error in his Boston debut, and American League strikeout leader Johan Santana outpitched Pedro Martinez.
Cabrera, replacing longtime star Nomar Garciaparra at shortstop, also homered in his first at-bat with Boston. The Gold Glove infielder was acquired from Montreal in a four-team deal that sent Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs just before baseball's trade deadline Saturday.
Santana (10-6) struck out 12, one more than Martinez, who left after seven innings with a 3-2 lead. Martinez gave up seven hits and tied Roger Clemens' club record with his 68th game with 10 or more strikeouts.
The Twins rallied for two runs in the eighth when Cristian Guzman and Lew Ford singled off reliever Mike Timlin (4-4), then advanced on a double steal. Justin Morneau hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Alan Embree to deep center field, and Guzman easily scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly. Ford scampered home when Cabrera kicked Gabe Kapler's relay throw across the infield for an error.
Yankees 9, Orioles 7
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez homered for the third straight day, Hideki Matsui keyed a five-run fourth with a two-run double and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-7 Sunday.
Tony Clark hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Rodrigo Lopez (8-7) and Kenny Lofton also connected as the Yankees greeted new teammate Esteban Loaiza with their 11th win in 13 games over Baltimore this season despite being outhit 14-9. New York took three of four in the weekend series.
With the win, and Boston's 4-3 loss to Minnesota, the Yankees took a season-high 9 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.
Athletics 4, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas Mark Redman pitched seven strong innings, Eric Chavez homered and Oakland increased its AL West lead over slumping Texas.
Mark Kotsay homered and Adam Melhuse drove in two runs for the A's, who took three out of four in the series to take a 1 1/2-game lead over the Rangers. The A's have won eight of their last nine to improve from 4 1/2 games behind the Rangers on July 23.
Redman (8-8) gave up one run and six hits on a humid, 95-degree afternoon. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk in sending Texas to its seventh loss in nine games.
Rookie Nick Regilio (0-2) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings in his second major league start.
White Sox 6, Tigers 4
DETROIT Ben Davis and Aaron Rowand homered, and Freddy Garcia pitched into the eighth inning to help Chicago snap its season-high seven-game losing streak.
Rowand and Paul Konerko each had three of the 14 hits for the White Sox, whose last win was July 24 against the Tigers.
Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Dewon Brazelton gave up one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer.
Tampa Bay got off to a good start on its season-high 13-game homestand by winning five of six, including two of three against the Devil Rays.
Brazelton (4-3) struck out four and walked four, and has given up just three runs overall in 12 2-3 innings in winning consecutive starts. Danys Baez pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.
Royals 8, Indians 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. John Buck's three-run homer capped a four-run fourth inning, and the Royals held on to beat the Indians.
Ken Harvey added a pair of one-run doubles and Abraham Nunez, obtained Saturday in a trade with Florida, had two RBIs in his Royals debut.
The Royals took two of three games for their first series win since they took three of four from Minnesota from July 15-18.
Angels 3, Mariners 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. Bartolo Colon won his fifth straight start and Robb Quinlan homered and doubled in the go-ahead run for the Angels.
Colon (10-8) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, keeping the Angels 2 1/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West.
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