Tigers Tear Up Tribe In 11th, 11-4
CLEVELAND (AP) – Eugenio Suarez’s two-run single and Victor Martinez’s three-run homer highlighted a seven-run 11th inning that lifted the Detroit Tigers to an 11-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Detroit scored four runs in the first and then was shut down for the next nine innings. The Tigers sent 10 men to the plate in the first and 11 batted in the final inning.
Cleveland chipped away against defending Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and tied the score against the Tigers’ bullpen in the seventh.
Phil Coke (4-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings.
Josh Tomlin (6-9) gave up five runs and three hits in one-third of an inning.
Detroit, which holds the American League’s second wild-card spot, won three of four in the crucial series to pull one game behind Kansas City in the AL Central. Cleveland is six games out in the division and five games back for a wild card.
Josh Tomlin (6-9) gave up a one-out walk to Rajai Davis in the 11th. Ian Kinsler’s blooper then fell between right fielder Tyler Holt and second baseman Jason Kipnis, and Holt’s throw to third was late and allowed Kinsler to take second.
Ezequiel Carrera was intentionally walked to load the bases before Suarez, who pinch-ran for Miguel Cabrera in the 10th, lined an 0-1 pitch to left.
Martinez followed with his 29th homer, a line drive to right. Andrew Romine, who grounded out to start the inning, added a two-run single.
Scherzer staggered through six innings, allowing three runs and throwing 124 pitches before being pulled.
Michael Brantley’s seventh-inning double tied the score.
A rocky first inning by Trevor Bauer gave Cleveland an early deficit. The inning included 38 pitches, 10 batters, four hits, three walks and a bases-loaded wild pitch.
Bauer’s wild pitch scored the first run before Bryan Holaday’s two-run single with the bases loaded made it 3-0. Davis added an RBI single.
Michael Bourn’s one-out single off Al Alburquerque started the tying rally. Blaine Hardy relieved with two outs, but Brantley doubled to left-center on the first pitch and Bourn raced home.
Brantley also had a sacrifice fly in the fourth. The Indians scored twice in the sixth on Yan Gomes’ groundout and Lonnie Chisenhall’s double.
Bauer has allowed a major league high 20 runs in the first inning, including 16 earned. The right-hander regrouped Thursday and didn’t allow another run before being pulled with two outs in the sixth.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 4
NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley hit solo home runs off Koji Uehara in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees stunned the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night to bolster their slim playoff hopes.
New York had just one hit since the third inning before Teixeira drove a pitch into the second deck in right field for his 21st home run this season. One out later, Headley homered deep into the right-field bleachers against Uehara (6-5).
Adam Warren (3-5) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Yankees, who began the night four games out of the second AL wild-card spot and are in danger of missing consecutive postseasons for the first time since 1992 and ’93.
David Ortiz homered twice and drove in three runs for the Red Sox. Brock Holt put Boston ahead 4-3 with a fifth-inning homer, then made a great sliding grab in the bottom half.
Blue Jays 1, Rays 0, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus homered in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their first three-game sweep at Tampa Bay by beating the Rays 1-0 on Thursday night.
Rasmus led off with a long drive into the right-field seats against Steve Geltz (0-1).
Tampa Bay had runners at first and third with none out, and the bases loaded with one out, in the ninth. But reliever Brett Cecil (2-3) worked out of the jam by striking out three in the inning. Casey Janssen got three outs for his 21st save.
Angels 5, Twins 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
David Freese broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with two doubles and an RBI, and Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each had two hits and an RBI to help the Angels bounce back from a two-game sweep in Houston.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Marco Gonzales and his fellow St. Louis relievers worked out of several jams in combining for six innings of one-run ball, and the Cardinals held off the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.
The Cardinals moved to a season-high 14 games above .500 and extended their lead to four games in the NL Central over the Brewers, who lost their ninth straight.
St. Louis used the bullpen early after Michael Wacha was limited to three innings in his first start off the disabled list. Gonzales (2-2) went 2 1-3 innings for the win.
The Brewers stranded potential tying runs in scoring position from the sixth through the ninth.
St. Louis never trailed after Yadier Molina’s two-run single in the first off Wily Peralta (15-10).
Orioles 9, Reds 7
BALTIMORE (AP) – J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles gave away a six-run lead before rebounding to beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-7 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
After completing a 9-2 homestand against Tampa Bay, Minnesota and the Reds, the AL East-leading Orioles (82-57) are assured a third straight winning season for the first time since 1992-94.
Nelson Cruz hit his major-league leading 37th home run in a six-run first inning, but the Reds chipped away and finally pulled even with a four-run seventh.
Nick Markakis led off the bottom half with a single off Manny Parra (0-2), and Hardy put Baltimore back in front with a bases-loaded single on a 3-1 pitch from Sam LeCure.