MLB Roundup

Tigers outlast Indians

Jackson’s defensive gem lifts AL Central leaders

Associated Press / August 22, 2011

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Center fielder Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play as the Tigers held on to beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in a wild game yesterday in Detroit.

Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in a seven-run third inning as the first-place Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Indians. The Indians could have taken over first place with a sweep of their own, but left Detroit trailing by 4 1/2 games in the AL Central race.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 37th save in as many tries, but it wasn’t easy. He walked Fukudome to start the inning and then hit Jason Donald on an 0-and-2 pitch. Jack Hannahan bunted the runners over, before pinch hitter Matt LaPorta lined to center field and Jackson threw a perfect strike to the plate to get Fukudome by a step.

Rays 8, Mariners 7 - Johnny Damon lost a grand slam to a video review in the seventh inning, then hit a game-ending home run in the ninth that lifted Tampa Bay over Seattle at Tropicana Field.

Damon connected for a leadoff shot in the ninth on the first pitch from Dan Cortes.

The Rays trailed, 5-4, in the seventh when Damon launched a drive to right-center field. It was ruled a homer, but the umpires changed the call to a double after a review.

Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0 - Luis Perez pitched brilliantly in his first big league start, combining with Casey Janssen on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista connected for his majors-best 36th home run to send Toronto over host Oakland.

Perez didn’t allow an Athletics runner until Cliff Pennington drew a walk in the sixth. Jemile Weeks later singled up the middle to load the bases, but Perez induced an inning-ending double play by Coco Crisp.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 3 - Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings for his first big league win in nearly a year and Seth Smith hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh as host Colorado beat Los Angeles to snap a string of 17 straight Sunday losses.

Millwood, who spent much of this season in Pawtucket, last won Sept. 29, when he beat Tampa Bay while with Baltimore.

Angels 7, Orioles 1 - Jerome Williams pitched seven stellar innings to get his first victory since Sept. 25, 2005, and Peter Bourjos homered for the third straight game as Los Angeles beat visiting Baltimore.

White Sox 10, Rangers 0 - Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth, Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers, and host Chicago romped past Texas.

Brewers 6, Mets 2 - Prince Fielder drove in the go-ahead run on a botched potential double-play grounder in the eighth and Yovani Gallardo shut down New York for seven innings as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep at Citi Field.

Nationals 5, Phillies 4 - Jonny Gomes was nicked by a pitch from Brad Lidge with the bases loaded in the 10th, giving host Washington the win over Philadelphia.

Braves 1, Diamondbacks 0 - Tim Hudson combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout, Alex Gonzalez homered, and host Atlanta completed a three-game sweep over NL-West leading Arizona.

Padres 4, Marlins 3 - Nick Hundley tripled leading off the ninth and scored on Will Venable’s bases-loaded single to give host San Diego a four-game sweep of Florida.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 2 - Albert Pujols hit his 31st home run among his four hits and Yadier Molina homered twice as visiting St. Louis beat Chicago

Giants 6, Astros 4 - Pablo Sandoval hit a tie-breaking two-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning to lead visiting San Francisco.

Reds 5, Pirates 4 - Dave Sappelt scored on Brandon Phillips’s fielder’s choice in the ninth as Cincinnati won in Pittsburgh.

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