ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jorge Polanco cleared the bases with a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning, helping the Minnesota Twins to their first-ever four-game sweep of Texas with a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Polanco's two-out liner to the gap in right-center field off Emmanuel Clase (0-2) followed the hard-throwing rookie getting a strikeout and groundout after putting runners at second and third with no outs. Miguel Sano walked to load the bases before Polanco's team-leading sixth triple.
By finishing its first four-game sweep since the end of last season, Minnesota maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. The Twins went 5-1 on a trip that started with them not leading the division for the first time in almost four months.
Shin-Soo Choo connected for his 20th homer off onetime Texas closer Sam Dyson to get the Rangers even in the seventh, preventing left-hander Martin Perez from beating his former team for the second time in two starts after spending his first seven seasons with the Rangers.
Dyson (5-1) escaped the seventh despite allowing two singles after Choo's blast, Sergio Romo pitched around an error in the eighth and Taylor Rogers struck out Rougned Odor looking as the potential tying run in the ninth for his 19th save in 25 chances.
The temperature was 95 degrees at first pitch and reached 100 by the middle innings. Minnesota leadoff hitter and center fielder Max Kepler left the game in the seventh inning because of heat illness. The game lasted 3 hours, 49 minutes.
The Rangers are in the last of 26 seasons at Globe Life Park before moving across the street to Globe Life Field, which will have a retractable roof and air conditioning.
Marwin Gonzalez gave the Twins a 2-0 lead in the first on a line-drive double that was misplayed by left fielder Willie Calhoun. It was Gonzalez's 11th hit in 15 at-bats in the series before a flyout, two groundouts and a walk his final four trips.
Texas didn't have a hit that left the infield off Perez until Delino DeShields' two-out single to right in the fourth. Jeff Mathis followed with a soft two-run single into right to get Texas within 3-2. Perez allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.
Lance Lynn tied a season high with five walks while allowing four hits and three runs in five innings for the Rangers. The right-hander followed two straight losses with a no-decision after matching the AL lead at that time with his 14th win on Aug. 2.
Twins: Manager Rocco Baldelli said it was possible slugger Nelson Cruz (left wrist strain) would be reinstated from the injured list Monday when he's eligible to return. Baldelli said the club has received "nothing but positive news" since Cruz got hurt.
Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.28 ERA) is set for the opener of a three-game series at home against the White Sox. Gibson is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season, with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. and backup wide receiver Brandon Zylstra each had touchdown receptions for Minnesota and the Vikings displayed depth and versatility in their passing game in a 25-19 exhibition victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.
Kirk Cousins led the starters for two drives, the last one yielding a chip-shot field goal by Dan Bailey, and finished 6 for 8 for 68 yards without a turnover. Second-string quarterback Sean Mannion made up for an interception that safety DeShawn Shead returned 88 yards for a score by finding Smith with a short throw into the end zone just before halftime.
Then Kyle Sloter delivered the touchdown pass to Zylstra in the third quarter, polishing off a decent night for an offense that underwent an offseason scheme change after an underwhelming first year with Cousins at the helm.
The first team took two turns for the Seahawks, too, and Russell Wilson went 6 for 9 for 82 yards without a turnover after sitting out the preseason opener. He had a 33-yard completion to Jaron Brown, who has a starting wide receiver spot for now following the retirement of Doug Baldwin. First-round draft pick D.K. Metcalf did not play because of a leg injury. Brown's catch set up the first of four field goals by Jason Myers.
Seattle's pass rush was strong in the first half, with Barkevious Mingo pressuring Mannion as he threw before Chad Beebe was expecting the ball after his turn on a hitch route. The blocking for Minnesota will continue to be the most scrutinized aspect of the team, and the starting offensive line, missing injured right tackle Brian O'Neill, was vulnerable in spots. Cousins and rookie center Garrett Bradbury shared a botched under-center snap resulting in a fumble the Vikings recovered.
Mannion went 11 for 14 for 88 yards. Sloter finished 11 for 13 for 116 yards.
JUST KICKING IT
The Vikings gave Kaare Vedvik his debut a week after acquiring him in a trade with Baltimore. He punted three times for a 46.7-yard average, handled kickoffs and made his only extra point attempt.
DAY OF REST
The Vikings again held running back Dalvin Cook out as a precaution and gave rookie Alexander Mattison 10 carries for 41 yards. Mike Boone followed him with 21 rushes for 66 yards, plus a 45-yard reception. Defensive tackles Shamar Stephen and Linval Joseph were also both not suited up for the second straight week.
Adam Thielen caught a 34-yard pass from Cousins, an over-the-shoulder ball near the sideline after he beat Shaquill Griffin in coverage. With the NFL encouraging teams in the preseason to test the new instant replay rule that makes pass interference reviewable, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tossed his red flag to see if he could get a penalty on the Vikings. Thielen was bewildered, respectfully assuring Carroll and Wagner during the review that there was no foul. The no-call was upheld. Then on the next play, Thielen drew a defensive pass interference penalty on Tre Flowers inside the 10.
Vikings cornerback Holton Hill was ejected in the fourth quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Paxton Lynch, whose neck snapped back awkwardly from the impact. After needing some time for evaluation, Lynch, the leader in the competition to be Wilson's backup, walked off on his own. J.T. Barrett replaced him.
Vikings: Host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Jordin Canada scored 14 points to and the Seattle Storm never trailed in an 82-74 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.
Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard had 13 points apiece, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 11 and Mercedes Russell and Alysha Clark scored 10 apiece for Seattle (15-13).
Clark made a pull-up jumper, stole a pass and then fed Canada for a basket that made it 11-0 midway through the first quarter. Minnesota went 0 for 5 from the field and committed six turnovers during that span.
Odyssey Sims scored 18 of her season-high 30 points in the third quarter as the Lynx (13-14) trimmed their deficit to 67-63. Loyd converted a 3-point play to spark a 9-2 run to open the fourth and Minnesota never again threatened.
Napheesa Collier scored 16 points, and Sylvia Fowles added 11 for the Lynx. They have lost three of their last four games.
UNDATED (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over Cleveland atop the AL Central by completing a four-game sweep of the Rangers in Texas.
Jorge Polanco lined a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie in the Twins' 6-3 victory. Minnesota squandered a 3-0 lead before Polanco delivered his second hit of the afternoon.
Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double and Sam Dyson got the victory despite allowing Shin-Soo Choo's game-tying solo homer in the seventh. Taylor Rogers ended the game by striking out Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') with two runners on.
Minnesota heads home after adding two games to their division lead while in Texas.
In New York, Mike Freeman supplied a three-run homer among his three extra-base hits as the Indians doubled up the Yankees, 8-4 to gain a split of their four-game series. Oscar Mercado homered and drove in three runs for Cleveland, and Francisco Lindor went deep. Mike Clevenger needed 104 pitches to get through five arduous innings, but he struck out 10 and scattered three hits to move to 8-2.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
- The Rays completed a 5-4 comeback win over the Tigers when Ji-Man Choi delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Buck Farmer that pulled the Rays within 4-3. Tampa Bay pitchers set a three-game series team record by recording 49 strikeouts, including 12 on Sunday.
- Zack Greinke earned his 200th career victory and the Astros avoided a four-game sweep by knocking off the Athletics, 4-1. Greinke is 13-4 this season after limiting Oakland to a run and four hits over seven innings. Alex Bregman crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer among his four hits as Houston increased its lead in the AL West to 7 1/2 games over the A's.
- Rafael Devers was 4 for 5 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs in the Red Sox's 13-7 comeback win over the Orioles. The 22-year-old Devers joined Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Jim Rice as the only Red Sox players to have a 100-RBI season before turning 23. J.D. Martinez added three hits and two RBIs for the Bosox, who trailed 6-0 before earning their fifth consecutive win.
- The Angels rode homers by Shohei Ohtani, Kole Calhoun, Matt Thaiss and Anthony Bemboom to a 9-2 rout of the White Sox. Thaiss was 3-for-4 with a three-run blast and four RBIs as Los Angeles won for the fourth time in five games. Winning pitcher Griffin Canning was reached for only one run and five hits while striking out eight over seven innings.
- Yusei Kikuchi fired a two-hitter in his first big league shutout as the Mariners whipped the Blue Jays, 7-0. Kikuchi struck out eight, walked one and retired the final 14 batters in his first win since beating Baltimore on June 23. Tom Murphy, Kyle Seager, Austin Nola and Keon Broxton homered for Seattle.
- Nicholas Castellanos, Justin Heyward and Anthony Rizzo homered as the Cubs whipped the Pirates, 7-1 in Williamsport, Pa. Jose Quintana struck out seven and held Pittsburgh to five hits over seven shutout innings. Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run single for the Cubs, who remain tied for first with St. Louis in the NL Central.
- Paul Goldschmidt smacked a two-run homer and Tommy Edman was 3-for-5 with a solo shot and two runs scored in the Cardinals' 5-4 victory at Cincinnati. Jack Flaherty's scoreless streak was snapped at 23 innings, but he allowed only one run in five frames. Carlos Martinez gave up three straight hits and two runs to open the ninth before earning his 14th save, striking out Eugenio Suarez to end it.
- Juan Soto and Brian Dozier each provided two of the Nationals' team record-tying eight home runs in a 16-8 thrashing of the Brewers. Matt Adams and Victor Robles hit back-to-back homers in the first to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead, and Anthony Rendon and Soto did the same in the third as the advantage ballooned to 13-0. Erick Fedde won his third consecutive start, allowing four runs on ten hits over five innings as the Nationals stayed 5 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Braves.
- Rafael Ortega launched a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to send Atlanta past the Dodgers, 5-3. Ortega made the most of only his second start with the Braves with his first career grand slam off Dustin May to erase the Braves' 3-1 deficit. Atlanta starter Max Fried lasted five innings despite yielding Cody Bellinger's three-run homer in the first.
- Pete Alonso belted his NL rookie-record 40th home run as the Mets earned an 11-5 victory in the rubber match of their series with the Royals. Michael Conforto hit a long homer in the first inning and collected four RBIs for New York, which trailed 4-3 before scoring six times in the seventh inning. Amed Rosario furnished the tiebreaking, two-run double before the Mets improved to 24-10 since the All-Star break.
- Austin Hedges was 4-for-4 with a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh inning to carry the Padres to a 3-2 victory at Philadelphia. Luis Urias also went deep for the Padres, who had lost seven consecutive rubber games before taking two of three in Philadelphia. Joey Lucchesi (loo-KAY'-see) gave up two runs and three hits over six innings to get the victory after going 0-3 with a 6.15 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.
- Wilmer Flores and David Peralta homered for the Diamondbacks in a 6-1 victory against the Giants. Merrill Kelly struck out five and allowed six hits over 5 2/3 innings to help Arizona avoid a four-game sweep. Madison Bumgarner took the loss for the Giants after giving up four runs and six hits over six innings.
- The Rockies completed a three-game sweep by topping the Marlins, 7-6 on Garrett Hampson's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th. Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado, which has won four straight and swept a series for the first time since June 18-20. Miami's Neil Walker forced extra innings with an RBI single off closer Wade Davis.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) - Justin Thomas has the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup finale after capturing the BMW Championship at Medinah. Thomas entered the final round with a six-shot lead, but he was only two strokes ahead until he carded three birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine. He closed with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot win over Patrick Cantlay, who fired a 65. The top 30 advance to the Tour Championship. Masters champion Tiger Woods will not be among them to defend his title at East Lake.
UNDATED (AP) - Rockies right-hander Scott Oberg has been treated for a blood clot in his pitching arm for the second time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg had a procedure to dissolve the clot at a hospital on Saturday and remained there overnight. The Rockies put Oberg on the 10-day injured list Sunday. Black said the 28-year-old Oberg started feeling heaviness in his arm on Saturday and alerted the training staff. Oberg replaced struggling Wade Davis as the team closer two weeks ago and picked up his sixth save Friday against Miami.
In other MLB news:
- Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed from the Braves' game against the Dodgers Sunday after he stood at the plate admiring a long flyball that did not leave the park. The 21-year-old Acuna likely would have had an easy double if he had hustled from home plate. Manager Brian Snitker followed Acuna into the tunnel for an apparent conversation during the fourth inning.
- Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Sunday's game against the Padres after the fifth inning because of dehydration. Harper has played in 123 of 124 games this season.
- The Nationals have put struggling closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis, a day after he surrendered three home runs in the ninth inning against Milwaukee. Doolittle has posted a career-worst 4.33 ERA with 28 saves. The NL wild-card leaders recalled righty Kyle McGowin from Double-A Harrisburg.
- Reds first baseman Joey Votto has landed on the 10-day injured list with lower back tightness that caused him to miss their weekend series with the Cardinals. The six-time All Star is hitting .262 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs in 113 games this season. The Reds also recalled utility player Brian O'Grady from Triple-A Louisville.
UNDATED (AP) - Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown it's time to decide whether he's "all in or all out" about playing this season after losing a fight with the NFL over his helmet. Brown also lost a grievance with the league to allow him to use a helmet that is no longer certified as safe.
Mayock issued a statement expressing his frustration that Brown didn't participate in practice Sunday despite being healed from the frost-bitten feet that have sidelined him for most of training camp. Mayock says there are "89 guys busting their tails" and that he hopes Brown will join his teammates soon.
In other NFL news:
- Eddy Pineiro has won the Bears' kicking competition. The Bears have cut kicker Elliott Fry, who was competing with Pineiro and several others for the job. Pineiro came to Chicago from the Raiders for a late-round draft pick after spending all of last year on injured reserve.
- Former NFL and University Texas running back Cedric Benson has died in a motorcycle accident at age 36. Benson won the Doak Walker award as the nation's top college running back in 2004 and was drafted fourth overall by the Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Longtime television sports broadcaster Jack Whitaker has died at 95. Whitaker spent 22 years with CBS Sports, which announced that he died of natural causes in his sleep. His Hall of Fame broadcasting career ranged from the first Super Bowl to Secretariat's Triple Crown to short essays from major sporting events. Whitaker had been the only living play-by-play announcer from the first 21 Super Bowls.
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