Avila hits 2-run HR in 8th, Tigers top Indians
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night.
Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw (5-4) into the right-field stands for his 11th home run and kept the Tigers a half-game ahead of Kansas City, which topped Boston 7-1.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter saved two runs in the eighth with a two-out, diving catch of Yan Gomes’ short fly ball with runners on second and third.
Michael Brantley hit his 19th homer for Cleveland in the first against Kyle Lobstein.
Chris Young stole home and the New York Yankees beat AL East-leading Baltimore 3-2, ending the Orioles’ longest winning streak of the season at six.
New York stayed on the fringe of the wild-card race while Baltimore’s magic number for clinching the division remained at five.
Young added his to recent bunch of extra-base hits when he doubled during a three-run second off Miguel Gonzalez (9-8). Speedy Antoan Richardson followed with an RBI single and then took off for second, beating the throw while Young scampered home without a return toss.
At Kansas City, Missouri, Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 to maintain the chase for the AL Central.
Nori Aoki, batting second for the first time this season, and Alex Gordon, who ended an 0-for-22 streak, each had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run.
Guthrie allowed three hits and one unearned run in eight innings.
At New York, Bryce Harper homered, Ian Desmond drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals moved a step closer to their second NL East title in three years with a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets.
R.A. Dickey allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings to win his fourth straight decision.
Anthony Rendon added to his huge series with four hits as Washington reduced its magic number to six for clinching the division. Denard Span had a two-run homer in the ninth inning and scored three times.
Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings and hit his fourth career home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the San Francisco Giants 17-0 to build on its lead in the NL West to two games over the Giants.
Greinke combined with three relievers on the shutout. The 2009 AL Cy Young winner gave up hits to two of the first three batters he faced then retired 16 of the next 18. He struck out five.
Jose Uribe and Scott Van Slyke homered, Hanley Ramirez went 4 for 5 and Matt Kemp had three hits and three RBIs for the Dodgers.
Elsewhere, Billy Hamilton hit a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 5-1 as the Brewers faltered in the NL Wildcard race, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 and the Oakland Athletics edged past the Seattle Mariners 3-2.
The Toronto Blue Jays topped the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 to keep in touch for the AL Wildcard and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in an interleague game.