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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012

Tigers register 6th straight win


DETROIT — The Tigers are a half-game out of first place, and they know who to thank.

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Eyes on target: San Francisco's Barry Zito throws a pitch against St. Louis in the third inning on Tuesday night. AP

Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game and drove in three runs, and Detroit held off the New York Yankees 6-5 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

"I've never seen anything like him," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I've been in this game for 50 years, and I've never seen opposite-field power like Miguel Cabrera. Never. Anybody."

New York scored twice off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and had runners at second and third when Curtis Granderson popped up for the final out. The AL East leaders have lost 12 of 18.

Cabrera is making a run at the AL MVP award, hitting .333 since the All-Star break with 11 homers and 24 RBIs in 24 games. Andy Dirks added three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers, who have won 16 of 17 at home for the first time since 1919.

Detroit moved within a half-game of first-place Chicago in the AL Central.

"We're doing exactly what we want to do," catcher Alex Avila said. "We can taste the playoffs, and we want them."

Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for New York.

Rick Porcello (9-6) picked up the win, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6⅔ innings. He is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last four home starts against the Yankees. Three relievers finished, with Valverde staggering to his 22nd save in 26 tries.

New York's Phil Hughes (11-9) gave up four runs and eight hits in 4⅓ innings.

Athletics 10, Angels 4

In Oakland, Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning and four Athletics hit home runs.

Rangers 6, Red Sox 3

In Boston, Ryan Dempster rebounded from a rough debut with Texas by pitching shutout ball into the seventh.

Twins 7, Indians 5

In Cleveland, Tsuyoshi Nishioka's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Minnesota rallied past the Indians.

Nishioka finished 0-for-3.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1

In St. Petersburg, Florida, James Shields threw eight strong innings, Evan Longoria drove in a run in his return from an injury and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

Royals 5, White Sox 2

In Chicago, Bruce Chen outpitched Jake Peavy for his first win in six weeks, Billy Butler hit his career-high 22nd homer and Kansas City beat the White Sox.

Orioles 8, Mariners 7 (14)

In Baltimore, Adam Jones singled home the winning run in the 14th inning and the Orioles beat Seattle after rallying from a five-run deficit.

Munenori Kawasaki finished 3-for-6 for the Mariners.


Phillies 3, Braves 0

In Philadelphia, Cole Hamels threw a five-hitter for his fifth career shutout and Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer.

Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 4

In Pittsburgh, Chris Johnson homered in the eighth and ninth innings, giving him five in eight games since being acquired in a trade by Arizona.

Marlins 4, Mets 2

In New York, Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games with an infield single that set up Miami's big inning, and the Marlins extended the Mets' home losing skid to a month.

Giants 4, Cardinals 2

In St. Louis, Buster Posey continued his second-half tear with a three-run homer and Barry Zito pitched 6⅔ innings of two-run ball for San Francisco.

Brewers 3, Reds 1

In Milwaukee, rookie Mike Fiers took a perfect game into the seventh inning and Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Cincinnati starter pitcher Johnny Cueto..

Norichika Aoki finished 1-for-4 for the Brewers.

Nationals 3, Astros 2 (12)

In Houston, Washington's Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer early, and his RBI single in the 12th inning .

Padres 7, Cubs 4

In San Diego, Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer, Ross Ohlendorf pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Padres ruined Brooks Raley's major league debut.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1

In Los Angeles, rookie Jeff Rutledge drove in three runs and had three doubles among his career-high four hits.

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