Gary Sheffield, Carlos Guillen, and Placido Polanco hit homers off C.C. Sabathia yesterday, giving the Detroit Tigers a 12-3 win over the visiting Cleveland Indians and contributing to the All-Star pitcher's worst game of the year.
Fellow All-Star Justin Verlander (10-3) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits while striking out seven and walking none over seven innings for the Tigers.
Sabathia (12-3) gave up a season-high seven runs -- six on three homers that matched a career high -- in a season-low four innings.
Cleveland's Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the first inning and Ryan Garko scored on a wild pitch in the second for a 2-1 lead, before Verlander began to dominate.
Polanco's third homer of the season made it 1-all in the first inning and Guillen's three-run home run -- a 420-foot shot to left-center -- in the four-run third put Detroit ahead, 5-2.
Sabathia left trailing, 7-2, then the Tigers turned the game into a rout.
Reds 6, Giants 3 -- Barry Bonds managed only a modest single, stalling his chase of the home run record, while host Cincinnati rolled to victory.
Bronson Arroyo (3-9) kept Bonds guessing with an assortment of pitches that gave the radar gun a workout, registering between 67 and 91 miles per hour. He even brushed Bonds back with an up-and-in fastball that drew one of the loudest cheers of the night.
Arroyo also hit his third career homer, off Matt Morris (7-5), a solo shot that helped him end the longest slump of his career. The righthander hadn't won since May 6, going 0-7 in his last 10 starts.
Pirates 6, Brewers 3 -- Adam LaRoche homered twice and Tom Gorzelanny outpitched Ben Sheets as host Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.
LaRoche, who had been mired in a three-month slump, hit a two-run homer in the third off Sheets and a solo homer off reliever Carlos Villanueva in the seventh. He also doubled ahead of Xavier Nady's RBI single in the fifth.
Gorzelanny (9-4) gave up Geoff Jenkins's two-run homer in the fourth while allowing three runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Marlins 3, Padres 2 -- Byung-Hyun Kim outdueled Jake Peavy, leading Florida to victory in San Diego, and earning his first win since May 28.
Kim (4-4) and four relievers combined to hold the anemic Padres' offense to three hits as the Marlins split the four-game series with the NL West leaders. Jeremy Hermida homered and doubled off Peavy and scored twice, and Matt Treanor hit a two-run single.
Cubs 4, Nationals 2 -- Mike Fontenot broke out of an 0-for-16 skid with three hits, including the tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, and Daryle Ward added two hits and two RBIs to lead visiting Chicago.
White Sox 11, Orioles 6 -- Tadahito Iguchi fell a single shy of the cycle, and Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer to lead host Chicago, which scored its most runs of the season to win for the eighth time in its last 11 games.
Angels 5, Rangers 2 -- Kelvim Escobar won his 10th game and Maicer Izturis had a two-run triple as Los Angeles prevailed on the road.
Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2 -- Adam Wainwright (7-7) carried a five-hit shutout into the eighth inning and Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in St. Louis's victory at home.
Mets 6, Astros 2 -- John Maine (10-4) set a career high with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings and Ramon Castro had a two-run double filling in for the suspended Paul Lo Duca, igniting visiting New York.
Athletics 3, Mariners 2 -- Nick Swisher and Bobby Crosby hit home runs and Chad Gaudin matched a career high with his eighth win as Oakland beat visiting Seattle.