Brandon Inge had a triple and a grand slam in an 11-run sixth and the Tigers took advantage of seven walks in the inning to crush the Cleveland Indians, 17-3, last night in Detroit. The Tigers, who led, 4-3, going into the sixth, also got a home run from Eric Munson in the sixth, Detroit's biggest inning since scoring 13 runs in the ninth during a 19-6 win at Texas Aug. 8, 2000.
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Jeremy Bonderman (2-1) allowed three runs, five hits, and five walks in five innings. Last year, he didn't get his second win until May 4, his sixth start.
Esteban Yan pitched four innings of one-hit relief for his first save.
Cleveland led, 3-1, before Detroit went ahead in the fourth on RBI singles by Craig Monroe, Munson, and Fernando Vina.
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 3 -- Eric DuBose pitched seven strong innings and host Baltimore roughed up former teammate Josh Towers in its win over struggling Toronto. Jay Gibbons homered and Brian Roberts had three hits and two RBIs for the Orioles, who had 15 hits and have won seven of eight. Four of those wins have come against the Blue Jays, who are off to their worst start in team history (4-12).
DuBose (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out three and walking two. He retired the last 12 batters.
Baltimore scored three runs in the third inning to go up, 3-2. Roberts got the last of three straight singles to drive in a run, Miguel Tejada hit a run-scoring grounder, and Rafael Palmeiro followed with a sacrifice fly.
The Orioles pulled away in the fourth. After two hits and a walk loaded the bases, Towers (0-1) hit Melvin Mora with a pitch to force in a run. Tejada then hit a tapper to the right side and Towers threw the ball over the head of first baseman Carlos Delgado and two runs scored.
Angels 12, Athletics 2 -- Jose Guillen hit a three-run homer, Troy Glaus added a two-run shot, and Anaheim began its longest road trip of the season with a win. Vladimir Guerrero had three hits for the Angels, including a pair of doubles, and Jarrod Washburn (3-1) pitched five effective innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Darin Erstad had three hits, including a two-run double and a run-scoring single. Glaus also had an RBI single.
Rangers 10, Mariners 8 -- Hank Blalock keyed a four-run fourth with a two-run double and Laynce Nix drove in two insurance runs, leading host Texas. David Dellucci and Kevin Mench homered and Alfonso Soriano had three hits for the Rangers, who are over .500 (9-8) after 17 games for the first time since 1999.
Twins 7, Royals 5 -- Michael Ryan's RBI single highlighted a three-run ninth and visiting Minnesota came from behind to beat Kansas City. Corey Koskie had a two-run triple in the eighth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth as the Twins scored six times in the final two innings to erase a 5-1 deficit. Koskie also had two doubles.
White Sox 3, Devil Rays 2 -- Joe Crede hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th for host Chicago after three key miscues by Tampa Bay. Magglio Ordonez led off the 10th with a routine grounder to shortstop, but Julio Lugo bobbled the ball and Ordonez reached safely. After Kelly Dransfeldt failed to bunt Ordonez over, Danys Baez (1-1) moved the runner up with a balk.