Tigers beat Indians to notch 10th straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Detroit ace Justin Verlander put in a dominant performance as the Tigers pushed their winning streak into double figures by beating nearest rival Cleveland 5-1 on Tuesday, opening a five-game lead on the Indians in the American League Central division.
Atlanta too extended a winning run by beating Washington in a bad-tempered affair and notching a 12th straight victory, but the Los Angeles Dodgers remarkable run of 15 consecutive road wins came to an end with a loss at St. Louis.
In interleague play, Tampa Bay slipped to 1-1/2 games off the AL East lead after a defeat by Arizona while struggling Oakland lost at Cincinnati and now leads the AL West by only one game from in-form Texas, which beat the Los Angeles Angels.
Detroit’s Verlander (12-8) allowed one run in eight innings as the Tigers beat the Indians for 10th time in 11 games.
Don Kelly hit a three-run homer for the Tigers in the fifth inning off Justin Masterson (13-8) and Miguel Cabrera picked up his 100th RBI of the season.
The Indians have a 3-11 record against Detroit this season and are a combined 24-10 against the Central’s three other teams.
St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in the eighth inning to help the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1.
Joe Kelly (3-3) pitched into the sixth inning, giving up one run and outperforming Clayton Kershaw, while Tony Cruz added an RBI single.
The Dodgers had won 15 of their previous 17 games since the All-Star break.
Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce homered and made a run-saving catch on the warning track to help the Reds beat Oakland 3-1.
Reds starter Mat Latos (11-3) pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings, and has taken his past three decisions.
It was a welcome turnaround for the Cincinnati pitchers after giving up 28 runs across two games against St. Louis.
Oakland has lost five of its past six.
Atlanta edged Washington 2-1 in a game that saw benches and dugouts empty in anticipation of a brawl when the Nationals’ Bryce Harper was hit by a Julio Teheran pitch, but no punches were thrown.
Evan Gattis’ two-run single in the fifth inning and the six innings thrown by Teheran (9-5) while allowing one run combined to push the Braves 14½ games clear of Washington in the National League East.
Arizona’s Cody Ross homered and Wade Miley pitched impressively to help the Diamondbacks beat Tampa Bay 6-1.
Miley (9-8) allowed one run and struck out five in seven innings to take his fifth win in his past six starts.
The Diamondbacks moved within five games of the Dodgers in the NL West.
Texas’ Adrian Beltre drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth and the Rangers pulled away to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3, racking up their eighth win in nine games.
Yu Darvish (11-5) took the win by pitching seven innings but did allow eight hits in his least convincing start since returning from injury late last month.
But the major leagues’ strikeouts leader still escaped a seventh-inning jam, and he got the win when Beltre singled against Kevin Jepsen (1-3).
Baltimore’s Adam Jones tied his career high with four hits, including a home run, drove in two runs and scored twice against his hometown team as the Orioles beat San Diego.
Jones homered into the balcony on the brick warehouse in the left field corner at Petco Park leading off the fourth. He singled in the first to bring in Nate McClouth, aboard on a leadoff double, then singled and scored on Chris Davis’ double in the eighth.
Bud Norris (8-9) won his second straight start since joining the Orioles, holding San Diego to one run in six innings.
Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison homered leading off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Pirates to a 4-3 win over Miami.
Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice and Jonny Gomes added a three-run shot as the Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit for a win over Houston.
Minnesota’s Andrew Albers put in a super performance in his major league debut, holding Kansas City scoreless as he pitched into the ninth inning, guiding the Twins to a 7-0 win.
Toronto’s Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game and added an RBI single to cap a big fourth inning as the Blue Jays beat Seattle 7-2.
New York’s Eric Young made a diving catch to rob Todd Helton of a go-ahead hit in the sixth inning, then raced home with the tiebreaking run in the eighth to give the Mets a 3-2 win over Colorado.
Philadelphia’s Darin Ruf and Chase Utley sparked a three-run fifth inning to lift the Phillies to a 9-8 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago’s Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda into the eighth inning as the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2.
Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez homered to help the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over San Francisco.