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MLB Scoreboard: Miguel Cabrera And The Detroit Tigers Hold On Against The New York Yankees

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit Tigers 6, New York Yankees 5

After falling behind 6-3, the Yankees scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning before Jose Valverde was finally able to shut the door. Miguel Cabrera went 2-4 with his 29th home run and three RBI, while Andy Dirks had three hits of his own. Eric Chavez was 2-4 with a home run for the Yankees, while Ichiro Suzuki drove in two runs and was instrumental in the team’s late comeback attempt.

Tampa Bay Rays 4, Toronto Blue Jays 1

James Shields had little issue with the Blue Jays, as he went eight innings and only allowed two hits. The only Toronto run came on a solo home run from Colby Rasmus, his 20th of the season. Shields was backed by Desmond Jennings (2-3, two RS), Ben Zobrist (H, BB, RBI), and a nice return from star third baseman Evan Longoria (1-3, RBI).

Texas Rangers 6, Boston Red Sox 3

Ryan Dempster‘s second Texas start certainly went better than his first, as he didn’t allow an earned run and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings of work. Ian Kinsler had two hits and drove in a couple of runs, while Josh Hamilton reached base three times. Will Middlebrooks had a pinch-hit three-run homer for the Red Sox to drive in all of the team’s runs.

Kansas City Royals 5, Chicago White Sox 2

This White Sox loss means that the Chicago lead in the AL central is now back down to a half-game over the victorious Tigers. Bruce Chen only allowed two runs in six innings, while Billy Butler went 2-4 with his 22nd home run of the season. The home run marks a new career high in a single season for the Kansas City DH. Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight night in the loss.

Minnesota Twins 7, Cleveland Indians 5

The Twins rallied to score three runs in the top of the ninth inning to deal the Indians their 11th consecutive loss. Late errors ultimately plagued the Indians, as Jason Kipnis and Casey Kotchman both had miscues in the ninth. Ryan Doumit had three hits for the Twins, while Shelly Duncan homered for the Indians.

Baltimore Orioles 8, Seattle Mariners 7 (F/14)

Adam Jones singled in the game winner in the bottom of the 14th to end a long, long game of baseball. Tied at seven after the seventh inning, neither team was able to score for another seven innings. Matt Wieters homered twice and Nick Markakis had four hits for the Orioles. Jesus Montero and Munenori Kawasaki each had three hits for Seattle, while Kyle Seager and Miguel Olivo went deep.

Oakland Athletics 10, Los Angeles Angels 4

The A’s moved in front of the Angels in the wild card race and AL west race with this easy win. Oakland claimed this win with plenty of homers. Jonny Gomes, Derek Norris, Josh Reddick, and Adam Rosales all left the yard against the L.A. pitching staff. Mike Trout hit his 20th home run of the season despite his team’s rough outing as a whole.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 0

The Phillies plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to an early lead. It turned out that those early runs were all the team would need, as Cole Hamels tossed a complete game shutout with six strikeouts and no walks. Ryan Howard fueled the offense with a two-run homer, though Dominic Brown’s RBI double that preceded the bomb was all Hamels required.

Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 2

The Marlins touched up Jonathon Niese for four runs in the fourth inning and held on for the win thanks to a solid tandem effort from the pitching staff. John Buck had two hits and two RBI, while Jose Reyes upped his hitting streak to 25 games. Daniel Murphy went 2-5 with a solo home run for the Mets.

Arizona Diamondbacks 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 4

The D-Backs scored seven runs in the final two innings to put away the Pirates handily. Chris Johnson hit a couple of home runs, while Stephen Drew looked healthy and went 3-4 with a home run and a walk. Andrew McCutchen reached base three times and drove in a couple of runs in the loss.

Milwaukee Brewers 3, Cincinnati Reds 1

The Reds have lost consecutive games for the first time since July 5th. Cincinnati was an unbelievable 22-3 since that date before losing to the Brewers Monday and Tuesday. Mike Fiers was incredible for Milwaukee, allowing one run and three hits while striking out seven in eight innings. Fiers had a perfect game entering the seventh inning. Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the win.

San Francisco Giants 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2

Buster Posey launched a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to ultimately beat the Cardinals right away. Barry Zito allowed two runs and didn’t walk a man in 6 2/3 innings for the Giants. While the St. Louis offense wasn’t able to score much, no one can blame Allen Craig. Craig had two solo home runs and took a walk in defeat.

Washington Nationals 3, Houston Astros 2 (F/12)

The Astros weren’t even able to win with three extra innings; a Danny Espinosa single wound up giving the Nationals a win and dropping the Astros to an astounding 39 games under .500. Espinosa also homered in the game. It’s hard to believe Houston was 22-23 on May 25th. Since then, they’re a putrid 14-52, which is about as bad as a baseball team could possibly be. I keep looking at that record expecting it to be wrong, but somehow it’s not.

San Diego Padres 7, Chicago Cubs 4

Ross Ohlendorf allowed just one run and three hits in six innings, while his offense gave him all seven runs early in the game. Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer, while Chase Headley went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Colorado Rockies 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 1

The Dodgers have been busy wheeling and dealing to ensure they will score more runs, but the Colorado pitching staff (the worst in baseball) has them quite confused. Shortstop Josh Rutledge went 4-5 with three doubles and drove in all of the Rockie runs to lead his team to their second straight win against Los Angeles. Eric Young Jr. had three hits as well, while Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit night for the Dodgers.

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