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Rangers rout Tigers 9-2

May 23, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — South Korea’s Choo Shin-soo homered and Chris Gimenez had four hits as the Texas Rangers claimed a 9-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Texas was without Prince Fielder, who stayed home when the Rangers left for Detroit to face the big first baseman’s former team. Fielder has been out because of a herniated disk in his neck.

Japan’s Yu Darvish (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking three. The Rangers broke through quickly against Detroit rookie Robbie Ray (1-1), who lasted only 3 1-3 innings. Ray allowed seven runs, nine hits and four walks, and the AL Central-leading Tigers lost their fourth straight.

Also in the American League, Mark Buehrle won his major league-leading eighth game, and Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered off consecutive pitches as the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 7-2 win.

Toronto improved to 8-2 in its last 10 games, while Boston lost its seventh straight. The Red Sox went 0-6 on their home stand, the first time since June 1994, when they also lost six in a row at Fenway Park, that they were winless on a homestand of at least six games.

In other AL games, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 over 11 innings, the Cleveland Indians edged the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 after 13 innings, the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 and the Seattle Mariners were 3-1 winners over the Houston Astros.

In the National League, Christian Yelich hit a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Miami Marlins their fifth walkoff win of the year, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Marlins won despite squandering a 3-0 eighth-inning lead. They took the series and improved to 19-6 at home, best in majors.

Philadelphia’s Marlon Byrd leveled the game in the eighth with a two-run homer, his sixth. Miami’s Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer, giving him two homers and seven RBIs in the past two games.

At St. Louis, Allen Craig drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh inning as the Cardinals downed the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep.

The sweep was the first of a three-game series this season for St. Louis, which has won seven of eight.

Shane Robinson had a two-run double as part of a three-hit night.

Also in the NL, the New York Mets downed the Los Angeles 5-3, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 3-1, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Sand Diego Padres 5-1 and the San Francisco Giants’ game against the Colorado Rockies was suspended due to rain with the scores tied at 2-2 in the sixth inning.

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