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September 9, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — DETROIT (AP) — Torii Hunter had two of his three hits in a six-run third inning and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 9-5 on Monday to move within a game of the AL Central-leading Royals.

Nick Castellanos had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Victor Martinez had three hits, and Hunter scored twice and drove in a run.

Detroit’s Justin Verlander (13-12) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (10-11) allowed eight runs, six earned, and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings. Guthrie has given up 14 earned runs in his last 6 2-3 innings against Detroit.

Lorenzo Cain hit an inside-the-park home run for Kansas City in the seventh inning. Eric Hosmer had three hits and drove in a run.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Jered Weaver became the AL’s first 16-game winner, and the Angels did all their damage against Danny Salazar in one inning for their fifth straight win.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run shot in the ninth for the Angels, who hit four homers and are a major league-best 88-55. Weaver (16-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer and David Freese had a three-run drive in the fifth off Salazar (6-7), who shut out Detroit last week and had not given up a run in 21 consecutive innings.

The AL West-leading Angels diverted to Cleveland on their only scheduled day off during a long trip to play a game that was rained out on June 18.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer and had an RBI single as the Indians, who swept the White Sox over the weekend, had their winning streak stopped at four.


CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Flowers hit a tying solo homer in the ninth inning, and then another drive in the 12th to give the White Sox the win.

Flowers’ game-ending homer came against Jesse Chavez (8-8). The White Sox were a strike away from a loss when Flowers connected against Eric O’Flaherty in the ninth. Oakland closer Sean Doolittle was unavailable because of an intercostal strain.

Javy Guerra (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Oakland lost for the ninth time in 11 games but remained atop the AL wild-card race.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 37th homer, tying the Marlins record for career homers.

Stanton, who also leads the league with 105 RBIs, matched Dan Uggla’s team mark with 154 homers.

Marcell Ozuna and Garrett Jones added back-to-back shots for Miami, which won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Aug. 16-19.

Milwaukee lost for the 12th time in 13 games. Yovani Gallardo (8-9) allowed five earned runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Brad Penny (2-1) worked a season-high six innings for Miami. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings, leading Washington to the victory in the opener of a three-game series between the top teams in the NL East.

Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run for the Nationals, who increased their division lead over Atlanta to eight games.

The Braves trail the Pirates by 1 1/2 games for the second NL wild card.

Fister (13-6), who had lost three straight starts, allowed two singles and three walks. Drew Storen struck out the side in the ninth for his second save in two days.

Mike Minor (6-10) allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings for the Braves.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run homer to lead Pittsburgh to its fourth consecutive win.

Jeff Locke (7-4) struck out nine over seven strong innings to help the Pirates keep their grip on the second NL wild card. They entered with a half-game lead on Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Locke and Kyle Kendrick (8-12) were in a pitcher’s duel until Pittsburgh scored four runs in the eighth. The Pirates are 65-50 since May 2.

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Carpenter broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single for St. Louis in the seventh inning, and Matt Adams added a three-run homer.

St. Louis has won nine of 10, going from two games out to a season-high 4 1/2 games up in the division. The Cardinals are 10-3 against the Reds this season and 40-24 against the NL Central overall.

Shelby Miller (9-9) gave up three hits while pitching into the eighth in his first victory in three starts against Cincinnati this season. Two relievers finished the three-hitter.

Carpenter’s single off Manny Parra (0-3) left Cincinnati’s bullpen 0-14 since the All-Star break, part of Cincinnati’s 16-33 slide over that time. The Reds have dropped eight of their last 10 and fallen 10 games under .500 for the first time since 2009.


BOSTON (AP) — Nelson Cruz had a pair of hits and Miguel Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning, helping Baltimore open a double-digit lead in the AL East.

The Orioles lead the division by 10 games, and the second-place Yankees have 21 games to play. Baltimore’s previous double-digit lead in the division was in 1979.

Gonzalez (9-7) allowed six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Steve Pearce also had two hits for Baltimore, which has won nine of its last 12 games.

Boston’s Joe Kelly (1-2) allowed three earned runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He also hit two batters, and struck out six.


TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game, and Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer for Toronto.

Stroman (10-5) struck out eight and walked none while improving to 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his past three starts. Chicago was shut out for the 15th time this season, second in the NL behind San Diego’s 18.

Bautista hit his 200th homer for Toronto, a two-out drive in the fifth off Jacob Turner (5-9) that was his eighth home run in 12 games.

Stroman was nearly hit in the face when Chris Coghlan hit a line drive back up the middle leading off the game. The ball struck Stroman’s glove and ricocheted to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to first for the out. Stroman fell on his back as he bent out of the way, but was unhurt.


NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a tying triple off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth and scored two pitches later on Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly, sending the Mets to the win.

Colorado had won four in a row.

Travis d’Arnaud doubled leading off the ninth against Hawkins (3-3), who blew a save for the third time in 25 chances.

Granderson’s triple past right fielder Charlie Blackmon scored pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. Granderson then scored easily ahead of Drew Stubbs’ offline throw on Flores’ fly to center.

Carlos Torres (7-5) pitched a perfect ninth for the Mets, who wore camouflage jerseys as they started a 10-game homestand.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the major leagues’ first 18-game winner, Yasiel Puig ended a 60 at-bat RBI drought, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego.

Hanley Ramirez tied a season high with four hits and drove in two runs as the Dodgers increased their NL West lead to 3 1-2 games over the idle San Francisco Giants with their fourth straight win. Juan Uribe and Carl Crawford homered for Los Angeles.

Kershaw (18-3) reduced his major league-best ERA to 1.67, allowing three runs — one earned — and three hits. He struck out eight in eight innings.

The Padres, who lost their season-high sixth straight game, scored two unearned runs against the to-time NL Cy Young Award winner in the sixth on Rene Rivera’s routine fly to center field that resulted in throwing errors by Puig, catcher A.J. Ellis and shortstop Ramirez — on the same play.

Kershaw is 15-1 with a 1.20 ERA and six complete games in his last 18 starts, including a no-hitter.

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6) was charged with seven runs — six earned — and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.


SEATTLE (AP) — Brad Miller had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, helping Seattle gain in the AL wild-card race with a victory over Houston.

The Mariners moved one game behind Oakland for the first wild card. Seattle is one game ahead of Detroit for the second playoff spot.

With one out in the eighth, Mike Zunino worked a walk off Michael Foltynewicz (0-1). James Jones pinch ran and stole second. Tony Sipp entered and walked Michael Saunders.

With the infield and outfield drawn in, Miller hit a liner that skipped past right-fielder Alex Presley, rolling to the wall. Austin Jackson followed with an RBI single to center.

Danny Farquhar (3-1) worked the eighth for the victory.

Fernando Rodney put two on in the ninth but earned his AL-leading 44th save in his 47th opportunity.

Despite struggling with his control, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez tossed five-hit ball for six innings. He matched his season high with four walks and threw two wild pitches.

Astros starter Brad Peacock allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out six in five innings.

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