Detroit Tigers 7, New York Yankees 2
Justin Verlander took care of one of baseball’s best lineups with ease, going eight innings without allowing and earned run and striking out 14 in the process. New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova fared much worse, as he gave up seven earned runs including home runs to Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta also had multi-hit games with one RBI apiece. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano had two hits each and drive in the Yankee runs. The Tigers are just 1 1/2 games out of first in the AL central following the win.
Chris Tillman pitched seven innings, gave up just one run, and struck out five to help his Orioles over the Mariners. Nick Markakis homered and drove in two to power the Baltimore offense. Jason Vargas was able to manage a complete game in the loss. Tillman now has a 2.38 ERA in 34 IP since being recalled.
The Twins exploded for 10 runs in the second inning to deal the Indians their 10th straight loss. Production came from everywhere in the Minnesota lineup; Justin Morneau homered twice, Ben Revere had four hits, Josh Willingham went deep, Ryan Doumit drove in three runs, and Joe Mauer was 3-5 with three RBI. Curiously enough, Indians starter Zach McAllister only gave up two earned runs of the nine that were scored off him.
Yu Darvish struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, but he allowed 15 baserunners and lost handily to the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, and Dustin Pedroia all had three hits, while the team as a whole clubbed eight doubles. Adrian Beltre homered for the Rangers, though it clearly wasn’t enough.
Chris Sale‘s incredible season just keeps going, as he went eight innings, allowed two runs, and struck out seven. Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham each homered to help keep the W-Sox in first place for now.
This is a big series for both teams, as they’re fighting it out both in the AL west and wild card races. The Angels took this one in large part due to a complete game shutout from Jered Weaver. Weaver only allowed four hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out nine for his 15th win. Erick Aybar had three hits and scored two runs, while Torii Hunter drove in two and Mike Trout plated one.
The Ben Sheets comeback is still on track, as the righty went 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one run despite not striking anyone out. Jason Heyward homered and scored two runs for the Braves as the team remains just three games back of the rival Nationals.
Erik Bedard and the Pirates bullpen combined for a two-hit shutout in a match-up of two teams needing wins to help them gain a playoff spot. Andrew McCutchen had two hits and scored a couple of runs in the victory.
The Brewers put up four runs in the sixth inning to deal the Reds a rare loss. Catcher Martin Maldonado had the biggest day, going 3-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Corey Hart also hit his 21st home run for Milwaukee. Zack Cozart homered in the loss for Cincinnati.
The Giants jumped out to a quick lead on an Angel Pagan solo homer, but the Cardinals were able to get to Matt Cain and win their fourth straight game. Carlos Beltran hit his 26th home run of the season, while Jon Jay had four hits and drove in a pair. Jake Westbrook won his 11th game by allowing two runs over six innings and walking no one.
The Nationals won on a strange 11th inning post-bunt miscue, thus preventing the Astros from somehow winning two in a row. Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and two RBI, while Edwin Jackson struck out eight in 5 1/3 IP. Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run for Houston.
The Padres blanked the Cubs thanks to 5 1/3 shutout innings from Eric Stults and 3 2/3 no-hit innings from the bullpen. Yonder Alonso and Everth Cabrera were responsible for knocking in the only two runs scored in the game.
The Rockies have gotten very little out of their pitching staff this season, but Drew Pomeranz and the pen combined to shut out the Dodgers and strike out 10 batters. Eric Young Jr. had three hits and scored both Colorado runs to push L.A. a half-game back of the Giants out west.