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Roundup: Kevin Youkilis HR keeps White Sox hot

Kevin Youkilis drives in the only runs of Chicago’s win with a two-run homer.
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Kevin Youkilis drives in the only runs of Chicago’s win with a two-run homer.

 Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer and Gavin Floyd pitched 7 innings of four-hit ball to lead the streaking White Sox to a 2-0 victory over Toronto Saturday in Chicago.

Floyd entered with an 0-5 record and 7.26 career ERA against the Blue Jays, but the righty received a standing ovation when he left in the eighth.

The White Sox have won five straight — seven straight at home — to move a season-high 10 games over .500.


Ricky Romero allowed two runs and four hits in six innings for the Blue Jays.

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Romero made one big mistake, and it was a costly one. With two outs in the fifth inning and Alexei Ramirez on first, Youkilis drove Romero’s 1-and-1 pitch over the wall in center for his seventh homer of the season and third since he was acquired in a trade with the Red Sox.

Rangers 4, Twins 3 — Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to lead Texas to a home victory over Minnesota, snapping its five-game losing streak.

Josh Hamilton hit a home run, walked, and scored a run as the designated hitter one night after leaving in the fifth inning with back spasms.

Joe Nathan pitched scoreless ninth and 10th innings for the win against his former team, his longest outing in almost three years after ligament replacement surgery.


Astros 6, Brewers 3 — In Houston, Scott Moore homered for the second straight day and J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve had three hits each as the Astros took advantage of the first-inning ejection of Milwaukee ace Zack Greinke to break a season-high nine-game losing streak.

Greinke entered the game looking for his 10th win; instead he was gone after four pitches — ejected along with manager Ron Roenicke after spiking the ball following a close play at first base.

Angels 3, Orioles 0 — Jered Weaver (10-1) scattered three hits over eight innings as host Los Angeles shut out Baltimore.

Weaver won his fourth straight outing since coming off the disabled list, striking out five while lowering his ERA to 1.96.