Monday recaps: Twin killing in Kansas City

Twins 19, Royals 1

Joe Mauer (5-5, HR, 7 RBI) had his second five-hit game of the season (fourth of career) and drove in a career-high seven. According to Elias, Mauer is the third catcher with a 5-hit, 7-RBI game, joining Victor Martinez (2004 Indians) and Walker Cooper (1949 Reds). Rookie Danny Valencia (4-4, 4 R, 4 RBI) became the fourth rookie this season whose first career home run is a grand slam (Brennan Boesch, Mike Stanton, Daniel Nava). Valencia and Mauer are the first teammates in MLB this season with at least 4 hits and 4 RBI in the same game, and the first Twins since Jacque Jones and Luis Rivas in 2002. Delmon Young had four more hits and is hitting .427 in July (38-89). Francisco Liriano throws seven scoreless innings for the second straight start and wins his third straight start. For the Royals, the 18-run loss matches the largest defeat in franchise history. (Also lost by 18 to the A's in 2000, 21-3.)Zack Greinke allows a season-high eight earned runs, the most he's allowed in a start since June 3, 2008. One bright spot for the Royals as Jason Kendall became the 5th player in MLB history to catch 2,000 career games (Ivan Rodriguez, Carlton Fisk, Gary Carter and Bob Boone).

White Sox 6, Mariners 1

John Danks wins his fourth straight start as the White Sox win a season-high eighth straight home game. Danks is 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in three starts this season against the Mariners. Felix Hernandez allows four runs in a start for the first time since June 8th and is now 7-7 on the season. The Mariners have scored a total of five runs in Hernandez's last three starts. Alexei Ramirez and Juan Pierre each had three hits for the Sox.

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5

Toronto has won 9 straight and 12 of its last 13 home games vs the Orioles dating back to 2009. They are 10-0 vs Baltimore this season... their 10-game win streak is the longest vs the Orioles since a team-record 13-game win streak from April 11, 1999 to May 10, 2000. Jose Bautista hit his MLB-leading 28th HR. That is as many HR as he had in his last two seasons combined. Brandon Morrow improves to 6-1 at home (1-5 on road). Brad Bergesen has lost his last 5 starts and last 7 decisions. The Orioles have lost 9 of their last 11 games.

Yankees 3, Indians 2

The quest for 600 continues. The Yankees used home runs from Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson as they defeat the Indians 3-2.

For Swisher, the solo HR was his 18th of the season and 4th in his last 11 games. Alex Rodriguez went 0-4 as he continues to struggle at Progressive Field, as he is now homerless in 32 at bats in Cleveland since 2008. He has now had 17 AB since hitting his 599th home run. Of the 6 players with 600 home runs, Willie Mays took the longest in between 599 and 600, needing 21 AB to reach the milestone. The Yankees face Josh Tomlin tomorrow who Rodriguez has never faced.