DETROIT - The Chicago White Sox rallied for a four-game split, preventing the Detroit Tigers from building another huge lead in the American League Central.
Jon Garland pitched a six-hitter Thursday and Jermaine Dye hit two homers to lift the White Sox to a 10-0 win, Chicago's second in a row after losing the first two games by a combined 11-1.
Chicago trails the Tigers by 5 games in the division and has a slim lead over Minnesota in the wild-card race. Detroit, which has lost five of seven, had a 10-game lead after play on Aug. 7.
The White Sox head home for a big three-game series against the third-place Twins, who likely will not have to face designated hitter Jim Thome, who strained his left hamstring Wednesday.
Garland (15-4) struck out two and walked one in his fifth career shutout, his third against Detroit. His previous shutout was Sept. 4 last year, also against the Tigers.
TWINS 11, ORIOLES 2
In Baltimore, Michael Cuddyer went 4-for-4 with four RBI, Joe Mauer had three hits and drove in four runs, and Minnesota cruised to victory.
Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter homered for the Twins, who remained a half-game behind Chicago in the wild-card race.
Boof Bonser (3-4) was solid in his 11th big league start for Minnesota. The rookie right-hander took a four-hit shutout into the seventh. Although he didn't make it out of the inning, Bonser earned his first win in five starts since June 24. He gave up two runs, seven hits and a walk in 6w innings. He struck out four.
It was the second consecutive night in which a Twins rookie pitcher shut down the Orioles. On Wednesday, Matt Garza did not allow an earned run in six innings.
RANGERS 4, DEVIL RAYS 3
In St. Petersburg, Fla., Robinson Tejeda won his second consecutive start since being called up from minor leagues and Carlos Lee hit a home run, helping Texas beat Tampa Bay and avoid a four-game sweep.
Tejeda (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in 7w innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Saturday to make a start that day and earned a spot in the rotation after giving up onein a 3-1 win over Detroit.
Tejeda is 2-0 against the Devil Rays this season.
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