Tigers Homer Past Tribe

CLEVELAND (AP) – Pitching to J.D. Martinez didn’t work out very well for the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Facing Victor Martinez wasn’t a very good idea either.

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer, Victor Martinez added a two-run shot and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 6-4 victory.

Rick Porcello (9-4) pitched six scoreless innings for the Tigers and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 15th save.

But it was a big Martinez night for Detroit.

Victor Martinez homered off Corey Kluber (6-5) in the fourth inning. J.D. Martinez’s home run, following an intentional walk to Victor Martinez, came in the eighth off John Axford.

J.D. Martinez was 3 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games during which he’s batting .447 (17 for 38) with four homers and raised his average to .317.

“You see occasionally players get on a hot streak like this and I hope he’s hot tomorrow,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

Victor Martinez, providing a big threat behind Miguel Cabrera, has 18 home runs and 47 RBI with a .328 average.


NEW YORK (AP) – Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees over Baltimore for their fourth straight win.

Beltran connected off Zach Britton (3-1) right after Brian McCann hit an RBI single. The Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position until the ninth.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jarred Cosart pitched eight shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay again, and rookie George Springer’s two-run homer helped Houston to the win.

Cosart (7-5) gave up six hits in winning his third straight start. He walked one and struck out two, retiring 12 straight at one point.

Cosart topped the Rays last Saturday in Houston, the Astros’ last victory before losing four in a row.


CINCINNATI (AP) – Edwin Encarnacion hit two three-run homers, and Toronto pulled off the second-biggest comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early eight-run deficit to beat Cincinnati.

Toronto hit four homers during its comeback, including the two by the major leagues’ leader. Encarnacion started the comeback by connecting in the third inning off Mat Latos and finished it with his 23rd homer off Sam LeCure during a five-run ninth inning.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Brad Miller homered off Royals closer Greg Holland to break a ninth-inning tie, and the Seattle Mariners beat Kansas City despite blowing an early five-run lead.

Charlie Furbush (1-4) inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth, but the Mariners reliever calmly retired Mike Moustakas on a lazy popup to shallow right field. Furbush then struck out Alcides Escobar to silence a sellout crowd of 38,475 and keep the game tied 5-all.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Brian Dozier’s RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a victory.

Kurt Suzuki had three hits and an RBI and the Twins picked up closer Glen Perkins (3-0), who gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to blow his third save in 21 chances.

Daniel Webb (4-1) walked Eduardo Escobar and Sam Fuld with one out in the ninth and Escobar beat the throw home with a beautiful slide to win it. The play was confirmed upon review.

Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox.