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Indians 4, Orioles 2
At Cleveland, Fausto Carmona pitched six innings and the Indians ended their 11-game losing streak. They improved to 4-19 in September and avoided tying the franchise record of 12 straight losses set in 1931.
Luis Valbuena homered to open the fifth and key a three-run inning against David Hernandez (4-9) as the Orioles dropped their eighth straight.
Rangers 8, Rays 3
At Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler homered to become a 30-30 player for the first time and Julio Borbon had three hits for Texas.
Kinsler is the third second baseman in major league history with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. Alfonso Soriano, who has done it three times, and Brandon Phillips are the others.
Rangers rookie Derek Holland (8-12) gave up three runs over five innings to snap a five-game losing streak. Tampa Bay starter James Shields (10-12) allowed five runs in seven innings.
Twins 9, Royals 4
At Kansas City, Mo., Michael Cuddyer hit his 30th home run and walked with the bases loaded as Minnesota moved within two games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Billy Butler had four hits and drove in all the Royals' runs with two home runs, his third multihomer game of the season.
Carl Pavano (13-11) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings for the victory.
Athletics 3, Angels 0
At Anaheim, Calif., rookie Gio Gonzalez (6-6) allowed four hits and a walk over 6 1-3 innings as Oakland kept California's magic number at four for clinching the AL West title.
Andrew Bailey pitched a hitless ninth for his 26th save, sending the Angels to their seventh loss in 11 games and sixth shutout loss of the season.
Jered Weaver (15-8) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and six hits.
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