BALTIMORE Hours after Rafael Palmeiro was suspended for violating baseball's steroid policy, the Chicago White Sox capped a miserable day for Baltimore by sending the Orioles to their 12th loss in 13 games and completing a four-game sweep.
Mark Buehrle's streak of pitching at least six innings ended at 49 games with an ejection for hitting a batter with a pitch, but the White Sox finished off their first four-game sweep in Baltimore since 1954 with a 6-3 victory.
Without Palmeiro on Monday, the Orioles stranded 10 runners and completed a dismal 1-7 homestand in which they were outscored 52-31.
Athletics 2, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS Rookie Joe Blanton allowed two hits over seven innings and Scott Hatteberg singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as Oakland won its fifth straight.
Blanton (6-9) struck out four and walked two to get the first road victory of his career. Entering the game, Blanton was 0-6 with a 5.18 ERA in nine road starts.
Huston Street, also a rookie, pitched the ninth for his 10th save for the A's, who have won 32 of 39.
Johan Santana (10-6) gave up two runs and five hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
Dan Johnson doubled to start the seventh and scored on Hatteberg's single to give the A's the lead.
Justin Morneau of the Twins hit his 15th homer into the upper deck in right in the second to tie the game 1-1.
The Twins lost for the nine time in 11 games.
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