Cole Hamels appreciated making a little bit of history on Sunday. Hamels become the seventh active pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts in the Rangers 6-4 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Hamels (6-1) picked up strikeout No. 2,000 in the third inning when he got Leonys Martin swinging.
Jayson Werth helped the Washington Nationals reach a new high this season while sending the Philadelphia Phillies to their lowest point of the year. Werth's two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning off Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez sealed a 5-4 victory Sunday and three-game sweep for Washington, which moved 15 games over .500 for the first time this year. ''No matter what he's doing or how he's playing, he's been a clutch man all these years,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.
Staring at five infielders, Minnesota Twins rookie Max Kepler was just trying to get a ball into the outfield to score Joe Mauer in the 10th inning. Kepler's hit went a lot further than that and provided a big lift for the Twins. Kepler's first major league homer was a three-run shot Sunday that cleared the center-field fence and gave Minnesota a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians got off to another quick start on their way to another victory in what's shaping up to be a memorable month. Lindor homered and drove in three runs in the first two innings, and the Indians pounded another Angels starter in an 8-3 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday. Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in three more runs for the AL Central leaders, who took two of three at the Big A on their way to Kansas City and their first visit of the season to the defending World Series champion Royals.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout has left the Los Angeles Angels' game against Cleveland after getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning.