DETROIT, USA (AP) — New York’s Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by hitting his 30th homer of the season and driving in four runs to help the Yankees beat Detroit, 12-8, on Wednesday, ending the Tigers’ six-game winning streak.
Granderson batted sixth in the line-up for the first time since May because he had two straight 0-for-5 games and just four hits in his previous 25 atbats. The change seemed to work as he had an RBI single in the first, a home run in the third and a double in the seventh. He matched his season high for RBIs.
Down 7-0 at one point, the Tigers closed to 8-7 in the seventh, ending the game for New York starter CC Sabathia (12-3), who gave up eight hits and struck out seven over 6 2-3 innings.
The AL East-leading Yankees then pulled away. Detroit had won 10 straight at home, matching its best streak in 13 seasons at Comerica Park.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (1-2) gave up seven runs and hit two batters over three-plus innings.
RANGERS 10, RED SOX 9
At Boston, Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning as Texas recovered from blowing a late four-run lead and squeezed past Boston.
Josh Hamilton homered among his three hits and had four RBIs for the Rangers, which couldn’t hold a 9-5 lead but still snuck home.
ATHLETICS 9, ANGELS 8
At Oakland, California, Chris Carter hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run sixth inning which lifted Oakland over Los Angeles.
A’s rookie Dan Straily gave up four homers in his second career start, and reliever Pat Neshek (1-0) took the win. Ryan Cook gave up two runs in the ninth before escaping with the save.
ORIOLES 9, MARINERS 2
At Baltimore, Steve Johnson struck out nine over six innings in his first major league start, guiding Baltimore to a threegame sweep of Seattle.
Johnson (1-0) gave up two runs after being called up from the minors to sub for Tommy Hunter, who was scratched because he threw in the bullpen Tuesday.
RAYS 3, BLUE JAYS 2
At St Petersburg, Alex Cobb pitched seven solid innings to steer Tampa Bay to a tight win over Toronto.
Cobb (6-8) allowed one run, striking out seven.
The Rays clinched their 16th consecutive home series win over Toronto by winning the first two games of the threegame set. The longest such streak in AL history is 19, held by the New York Yankees against the St Louis Browns from 1946-51.
ROYALS 2, WHITE SOX 1
At Chicago, Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first victory since May, going eight innings as Kansas City edged Chicago.
Guthrie (1-3) got his first win with the Royals since arriving in a late July trade from Colorado. He struck out five and walked none.
Solo home runs by Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez provided all the runs for Kansas City.
INDIANS 6, TWINS 2
At Cleveland, Justin Masterson pitched seven strong innings and Choo Shinsoo went 4-for-4 as Cleveland beat Minnesota to end an 11-game losing streak.
The Indians avoided tying the 1931 franchise record for consecutive losses. Cleveland, which was outscored 95-36 in the streak, won for the first time since July 26.