Ordonez earns his stripes
Becomes 2d Tiger to homer twice in inning
Magglio Ordonez was simply trying to get an opposite-field hit when he led off the second inning.
By the time the inning was over, Ordonez had two homers and a place alongside Al Kaline in Detroit Tigers lore.
Ordonez hit two homers in an eight-run second and Detroit beat the Oakland Athletics, 11-6, yesterday to win consecutive games for the second time since mid-July.
"It's an honor to be the second one to do it in Detroit history. It's really nice," the soft-spoken slugger said.
Ordonez also surpassed 100 RBIs for the second straight season, helping the inconsistent Tigers move back into first place in the AL Central by a half-game over slumping Cleveland.
Detroit's Placido Polanco also had a big day, tying a major league record by playing his 143d consecutive game without an error at second base. Luis Castillo set the mark for second basemen from May 30, 2006, to June 5, 2007, with Minnesota.
Rangers 9, Devil Rays 1 -- Michael Young hit his 100th career homer, Marlon Byrd had a two-run single, and Willie Eyre threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of emergency relief to lead host Texas past Tampa Bay.
Eyre (4-5) came in when rookie lefthander Kason Gabbard left the game with a stiff left forearm after throwing only one pitch in the second. The team said Gabbard was day to day, but the injury could be a concern because Gabbard has had four arm operations in the past. The Rangers got Gabbard from Boston in the July 31 trade for closer Eric Gagne.
David Murphy, an outfielder who came with Gabbard from Boston, went 3 for 4 with three doubles, three runs, and an RBI.
Astros 6, Brewers 4 -- Craig Biggio homered after he was honored by the Astros, and Lance Berkman hit a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning to start a four-run rally that lifted host Houston over Milwaukee.
Berkman's homer off reliever Carlos Villaneuva, was his 21st of the season. It came three innings after Biggio went deep. In a ceremony before the game, the Astros honored the 20-year veteran for reaching 3,000 hits earlier this year.
Geoff Jenkins homered twice for the Brewers. The loss kept Milwaukee from earning its first road series sweep since June 29 to July 1, 2004, at Colorado.
Phillies 5, Braves 3 -- Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer to back another solid outing from Jamie Moyer, leading host Philadelphia over Atlanta and into second in the NL East.
Moyer (11-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision. The Phillies remained three games behind the NL East-leading Mets, while Atlanta fell 3 1/2 back.
Blue Jays 4, Royals 1 -- A.J. Burnett, fresh off the disabled list, gave up three hits pitching into the eighth inning as visiting Toronto beat Kansas City.
Burnett (6-6), who's been twice sidelined by shoulder strains, limited the Royals to two singles and an Alex Gordon home run over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five in his first outing since June 28, but lost the shutout when Gordon led off the eighth with his 10th home run.
Rockies 6, Cubs 3 -- Troy Tulowitzki homered and also hit a go-ahead two-run double against Kerry Wood in the sixth to lead host Colorado past Chicago.
Padres 10, Reds 4 -- Brian Giles hit two home runs for the second consecutive day and Jake Peavy remained unbeaten (5-0) against Cincinnati as visiting San Diego set a franchise record with nine doubles and 12 extra-base hits.
Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 6 -- Jesus Flores hit a tying homer in the ninth and Felipe Lopez drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly as Washington rallied from a five-run deficit to beat host Arizona for the first time in seven tries this season.
Mariners 6, White Sox 0 -- At Chicago, Jeff Weaver (4-10) pitched his second shutout of the season and Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer to lead Seattle to its 11th win in 15 games and keep the Mariners atop the AL wild-card standings.
Angels 6, Twins 2 -- Jered Weaver pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Los Angeles got home runs from Chone Figgins and Jeff Mathis to complete a three-game sweep at Minnesota.
Pirates 5, Giants 0 -- Tom Gorzelanny allowed five hits in his first career shutout, and Pittsburgh beat Barry Zito to finish off its first road sweep since early April.
Mets 10, Marlins 4 -- Moises Alou homered twice and drove in four runs, helping host New York beat Florida to avoid a three-game sweep.
Cardinals 12, Dodgers 2 -- Anthony Reyes (2-11) won his second game of the season and Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in four runs, helping surging St. Louis beat Los Angeles and complete a 5-2 homestand.