|Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera bobbles a foul hit by Placido Polanco but gets the out. (DUANE BURLESON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Indians drop Tigers
Yankees salvage finale vs. Angels
Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians rebounded from a tough loss to beat the Tigers, 11-8, last night in Detroit.
The Indians overcame homers by Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, and Marcus Thames to tie the series at a game apiece and increase their AL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over Detroit, a night after dropping a 2-1 pitchers' duel.
The Tigers rallied for two runs in the ninth when Jensen Lewis allowed four hits, including RBI singles by Placido Polanco and Ordonez with one out. Joe Borowski relieved with two on and retired Guillen before striking out Ivan Rodriguez on a 3-and-2 pitch for his 35th save in 40 chances.
Gutierrez also doubled and scored two runs to back winner Paul Byrd (12-5), who lasted 5 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out four.
Detroit's Justin Verlander (13-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings, walking one and striking out five.
Yankees 8, Angels 2 -- Andy Pettitte won his fifth consecutive start and New York salvaged the finale of its three-game series at Anaheim, Calif.
Pettitte (11-7) allowed five hits in seven sharp innings, coming to the rescue for the Yankees again. He struck out six and walked two in a dominant performance, one night after the Angels roughed up New York's pitching staff for an 18-9 rout.
The Yankees got RBI singles from Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter in the seventh inning against John Lackey (15-8) to take a 3-1 lead.
Cubs 4, Giants 2 -- Cliff Floyd found himself in the middle of another winning rally as Chicago scored twice in the 10th inning to beat host San Francisco and hang onto first place in the NL Central.
Floyd led off the inning with a double against Pat Misch (0-3). He was replaced by Felix Pie, who raced to third on a wild pitch. After Mike Fontenot walked, Jason Kendall hit a sharp grounder toward second that kicked off Rich Aurilia's foot and into shallow center, allowing Pie to score.
Pinch hitter Henry Blanco squeezed home Fontenot for another run, as Chicago won its first extra-inning game since May 6 and remained a game ahead of the Brewers.
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 2 -- Brandon Webb's shutout streak ended early when the Arizona ace (14-8) allowed a run in the first, stopping his scoreless string at 42 innings, but won his sixth consecutive start and improved to 14-8 as the Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee in Phoenix.
Chris Young hit his 26th homer for Arizona, which snapped a three-game skid and remained 3 1/2 games ahead of San Diego in the NL West.
Padres 7, Mets 5 -- Jake Peavy slowed down the Mets -- if not Jose Reyes -- by striking out 11 and pitching San Diego to victory in New York.
Peavy (14-5) limited the Mets to two hits and two runs over six innings. Trevor Hoffman got two outs for his 32d save in 36 chances, following his ninth-inning meltdown the previous night in a 7-6 loss. Reyes stole three bases and set a club record with 67 for the season.
Reds 4, Braves 2 -- Josh Hamilton and Jeff Keppinger hit consecutive home runs, and Bronson Arroyo helped himself at the plate as host Cincinnati beat Atlanta.
Pirates 11, Rockies 2 -- Nate McLouth hit a pair of home runs, two of a season-high six hit by the Pirates, and Pittsburgh pounded out 17 hits during a rout of Colorado in Denver.
Dodgers 15, Phillies 3 -- Andre Ethier and James Loney each drove in three runs, Matt Kemp had a career-high four hits, and Derek Lowe (10-11) pitched seven solid innings to lead visiting Los Angeles over injury-depleted Philadelphia.
Astros 3, Nationals 2 -- Woody Williams (7-12) won his third straight decision and Ty Wigginton hit a solo home run as host Houston beat Washington.
Cardinals 6, Marlins 4 -- Albert Pujols homered for a career-best fifth consecutive game to give St. Louis an early lead, and Jim Edmonds's two-run, seventh-inning shot put the Cardinals ahead for good against visiting Florida, which has lost a season-worst eight in a row.
Twins 8, Mariners 4 -- Michael Cuddyer's grand slam fueled a seven-run first inning for host Minnesota against Miguel Batista, and the Twins ended Seattle's winning streak at five.
Carlos Silva (10-12), who entered with the second-worst run support among AL starters, cruised with the big lead and completed seven innings for his first victory this month.
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1 -- Esteban Loaiza won in his season debut by outpitching A.J. Burnett (7-7), and Oakland completed a three-game sweep in Toronto.
Royals 7, White Sox 6 -- Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs to back Brian Bannister (10-7), and visiting Kansas City held off Chicago.