MINNEAPOLIS – White Sox rookie Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter as Chicago completed a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 4-0 victory on Monday night.
The Twins were 21 up and 21 down against Stewart until Danny Valencia’s leadoff double in the eighth spoiled the right-hander’s bid to become the 21st rookie in major league history to throw a no-hitter.
The White Sox won the afternoon game 2-1.
The 24-year-old Stewart (2-3), whose only previous major league win came at Target Field last month, struck out nine in the first complete game of his career.
This was only Stewart’s fifth start for the White Sox – and eighth of his career – after being traded to Chicago by Toronto on July 27.
Stewart made up for a rough start against the Twins last week in Chicago. He gave up seven hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings that time.
After their long-shot chance of chasing down division-leading Detroit was chewed up during a three-game sweep by the Tigers over the weekend – by a combined score of 35-11 – the White Sox were able to put the discouragement behind them and have some fun. That came at the expense of the AL Central champions of the last two years.
In the first game, Philip Humber pitched seven scoreless innings, Juan Pierre had three hits and scored a run, and Chicago ended a four-game skid.
Brian Dinkelman had a career-high three hits for the Twins, who have lost three straight and seven of 10.
Humber (9-8) was making his first start since Aug. 18 when he was struck above the right eye by a line drive. He gave up six hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter.
YANKEES 11, ORIOLES 10: Jesus Montero broke a fifth-inning tie with his first major league home run, then hit a two-run drive in the seventh to help New York ot its fifth straight win at Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano sparked the comeback from a 5-2 second-inning deficit with his third grand slam in less than a month.
BLUE JAYS 1, RED SOX 0, 11 inn.: Brett Lawrie homered in the 11th inning to help host Toronto end a three-game losing streak.
Lawrie homered to center off Dan Wheeler (2-2) with two outs in the 11th, his eighth homer since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 4.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left in the fourth inning with a sprained right ankle.
RAYS 5, RANGERS 1: James Shields pitched a four-hitter for his major league-best 11th complete game to lead Tampa Bay at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Shields (14-10) struck out six and walked two. The only run he allowed scored on Michael Young’s grounder with one out in the ninth.
Shields also became the first AL pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1993 to have at least 200 strikeouts and 10 complete games in the same season.
ROYALS 11, ATHLETICS 6: At Oakland, Calif., Billy Butler homered twice and drove in three runs, Alex Gordon doubled home the go-ahead run and Kansas City scored five times in the ninth inning.
Jeff Francoeur, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas had two RBI apiece and Melky Cabrera also drove in a run for the Royals.