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DeJesus game-winner spoils Liriano gem

Thursday, September 11, 2008

By The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- David DeJesus had the game-winning single in the 10th inning for Kansas City in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.

Minnesota wasted eight impressive innings by Francisco Liriano, his longest start since July 28, 2006. It matched the second-longest outing of his career.

The Twins entered one game behind Chicago in the AL Central, with the White Sox hosting Toronto on Thursday night.

Matt Guerrier (6-8) got one out in the 10th before surrendering two straight singles and leaving runners at the corners for Dennys Reyes.

DeJesus hit his first pitch into left field for the lead, giving Ramon Ramirez (3-2) the victory after a perfect ninth. Joakim Soria worked the 10th for his 36th save.

Esteban German had an RBI single and Jose Guillen drove in a run with a double for the Royals.

Orioles 6, Indians 3

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Nick Markakis had two hits and Melvin Mora, sidelined since Aug. 29 with a strained left hamstring, returned for Baltimore with a two-run double that gave him 99 RBIs.

The Orioles earned a split of the four-game series, which began with Baltimore mired in an eight-game losing streak.

Baltimore went ahead 5-3 with a two-run fifth. Markakis, who earlier snapped an 0-for-13 skid, singled and took third on a double by Aubrey Huff. Ramon Hernandez drove in a run with a groundout and Asdrubal Cabrera misplayed a two-out grounder to short, allowing Huff to score.

Lance Cormier (3-3) pitched three innings of one-hit relief and rookie Jim Miller worked the ninth for his first major league save.

Zach Jackson (0-3) gave up five runs, four earned, and eight hits in six innings. He has lost three straight starts.



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