Deadly Detroit troika masterminds Twins’ 6-1 defeat


Published — Thursday 2 May 2013

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DETROIT: Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Verlander (3-2) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Vance Worley (0-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, raising his ERA to 7.22.
Cabrera opened the scoring with his fourth homer of the year, and Fielder’s seventh was part of a three-run fifth. Alex Avila also went deep for Detroit.
Tigers pitchers struck out 10 — reaching that mark for the fifth straight game. That equals the longest streak by an American League team since at least 1921. The major league record since then is eight games by the Milwaukee Brewers last August, according to STATS.
Athletics 10 Angels 6: In Oakland, California, Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and Oakland beat Los Angeles.
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6 1/2 hours, the A’s defeated Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season. Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh for Oakland, which has won 13 straight against AL West teams.
Mike Trout drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight game for the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 9-17, the worst start in franchise history. The Angels are 0-5 against Oakland for the first time since 1990.
Blue Jays 9 Red Sox 7: In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit an upper-deck homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a go-ahead shot in the seventh that sent Toronto over Boston.
The Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak and avoided the first 18-loss April in club history.
David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs for Boston, which had won five in a row and was trying for its first 19-win April.
Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes also connected for the Red Sox, who head into May with the best record in the majors for the 11th time in team history.
Encarnacion’s pair of two-run shots marked the 10th multihomer game of his career and second this season. He has nine home runs this year.
Yankees 7 Astros 4: In New York, Hiroki Kuroda settled in after a rocky start to pitch four-hit ball through seven innings, Travis Hafner had three RBI singles and New York used small ball to beat Houston.
Lyle Overbay homered for the banged-up Bronx Bombers, who bounced back from a 9-1 loss to the Astros on Monday. New York took advantage of Phil Humber’s four wild pitches and a couple of close calls at first base to score its first four runs without an extra-base hit. Kuroda (4-1) threw 67 pitches in the first three innings, putting at least two runners on in each one. But just as he did in his previous start, he got into a better rhythm and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.
The right-hander won his fourth consecutive decision, matching a career best. Mariano Rivera got one out for his 10 straight save to start the season.
Ichiro Suzuki had three of the 15 hits for the Yankees, who put Kevin Youkilis on their star-studded disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain.
Royals 8 Rays 2: In Kansas City Missouri, James Shields made a stellar first start against his former team and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer to lead Kansas City over Tampa Bay.
Shields (2-2) allowed a two-run shot to Matt Joyce in the first inning, but only three more hits over the next six. The right-hander struck out seven in the kind of dominant performance that the Royals were hoping for when they acquired him in December.
The Royals trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Moustakas’ first homer of the year gave them the lead. Kansas City added another run to chase starter Alex Cobb (3-2), and three more off reliever Brandon Gomes in the seventh.
Rangers 10 White Sox 6: In Arlington, Texas, Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April and Texas backed him with plenty of big hits against Chicago.
Darvish (5-1) struck out nine in six innings, but the game was tied when he threw the last of his 108 pitches. He leads the majors with 58 strikeouts in 38 2-3 innings. The Rangers scored six times in the sixth to break it open. Mitch Moreland, who had three hits, delivered a go-ahead double and Adrian Beltre capped the burst with a two-run homer. The bases were loaded when Beltre got to the plate before two wild pitches by Nate Jones allowed two runs.
Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker homered on consecutive pitches from White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Orioles 7 Mariners 2: In Seattle, Nate McLouth hit a leadoff homer and Baltimore battered Seattle rookie Brandon Maurer for four runs in the first inning.
Matt Wieters added a two-run double in the first and Chris Dickerson had his first two RBIs of the season with a two-run single in the sixth.
Jason Hammel (4-1) pitched into the sixth inning. A high pitch count ended his night despite a 6-0 lead.
Maurer (2-4) lasted four innings, giving up four runs and six hits. Michael Morse hit his eighth home run for the Mariners.

Indians 14 Phillies 2: In Cleveland, Ryan Raburn homered twice for the second straight game and Cleveland hit seven home runs in all to rout Philadelphia. The Indians set a major league high this season for homers in a game. Cleveland has won three in a row, outscoring opponents 33-5 during that span.
Philadelphia had won three in a row before Roy Halladay (2-3) got tagged for eight runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. Activated from the disabled list before the game, Delmon Young homered in his first at-bat for the Phillies.

Cleveland’s first five homers were two-run shots. Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall homered off Halladay, then Raburn and Michael Brantley connected off Chad Durbin.
Raburn and Drew Stubbs hit back-to-back shots in the seventh against Raul Valdes. The Indians fell one homer short of the franchise record.

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