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Tigers climb above Indians

They take 2 of 3 from Cleveland

Associated Press / June 17, 2011

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The Detroit Tigers are leaving the Motor City on a roll. Their manager, Jim Leyland, refuses to get too excited about it.

Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn hit back-to-back, solo homers in the fourth inning and Detroit went on to beat the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, yesterday, at Comerica Park.

The Tigers, who won twice in the three-game series to move a game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central, have won 13 of their last 18 games going into an interleague road trip against Colorado and Los Angeles.

“We’ve got a little something going,’’ Leyland said. “But it’s such a long grind. I don’t get carried away.’’

Victor Martinez isn’t ready to make postseason plans, either, but he’s enjoying the team’s surge in the standings.

“It’s always exciting when you win,’’ Martinez said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s April, May, June, August or September.’’

On May 23, the Indians had a seven-game lead in the division after winning twice as many as they had lost. But Cleveland has collapsed — in part because slugger Travis Hafner is on the disabled list — with 16 losses in its last 22 games.

The Tigers closed their homestand 5-3.

Braves 9, Mets 8 — D.J. Carrasco’s balk in the 10th inning that allowed host Atlanta to escape New York.

Diory Hernandez doubled with two outs in the 10th and took third after first baseman Lucas Duda mishandled Jordan Schafer’s grounder.

With Jason Heyward at the plate, Carrasco clearly stopped and then restarted his motion as he prepared to deliver a pitch. Plate umpire James Hoye called the balk as Heyward celebrated at the plate.

Chipper Jones had three hits, including a three-run homer, and matched his career high with five RBIs before leaving the game with a strained adductor muscle in his right leg.

Phillies 3, Marlins 0 — Cliff Lee (7-5) tossed a two-hitter and had two hits and an RBI, helping host Philadelphia win its seventh straight with a four-game sweep of Florida.

Lee didn’t allow a hit until Mike Stanton grounded a single to center with two outs in the fifth. He struck out four and walked two to record his seventh career shutout and second this season.

Lee got the Phillies started offensively with an RBI double in the fourth. After an 0-for-13 start at the plate, he’s 8 for 20 with two doubles and four RBIs.

Nationals 7, Cardinals 4 — Danny Espinosa’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th lifted Washington to its sixth straight win.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2 — Justin Upton’s home run in the 10th inning off Santiago Casilla lifted host Arizona past San Francisco.

Twins 1, White Sox 0 — Nick Blackburn (6-4) pitched eight shutout innings for host Minnesota, and Michael Cuddyer’s home run was enough to beat Mark Buehrle and Chicago.

Athletics 8, Royals 4 — Jemile Weeks had two hits and drove in three runs, and Hideki Matsui homered for host Oakland.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3 — Jeremy Guthrie pitched five shutout innings before a strained back forced him to leave the game, and visiting Baltimore scored two runs in the ninth.

Cubs 12, Brewers 7 — Kosuke Fukudome had three hits and broke it open with a three-run homer, and Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Pena also went deep for host Chicago.

Pirates 5, Astros 4 — In Houston, Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Pittsburgh added two runs in the sixth to complete a three-game sweep of Houston. It was the Pirates’ fourth straight win.

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