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Tigers drop fourth straight

Mark Buehrle looked more like his old self. The Chicago White Sox appear to be revisiting the past, too.

They got a solid effort from their starting pitcher, took advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and gained another game on the Tigers in the AL Central with a 4-3 victory yesterday in Chicago.

The Tigers, who have the best record in the majors, allowed four unearned runs and tied a season high with their fourth straight loss, trimming their lead over the White Sox to 6 1/2 games.

``I'm certainly not going to let a four-game losing streak stand in the way or jump ship -- I'm going to be there for them," manager Jim Leyland said.

After tying it with three unearned runs in the fifth, the White Sox went ahead, 4-3, in the seventh, thanks to third baseman Brandon Inge's throwing error and Sandy Alomar's sacrifice fly.

Jermaine Dye hit a leadoff single, and Inge threw wildly to second trying to start a double play on Joe Crede's grounder. Dye then scored the go-ahead run on Alomar's fly to right.

Buehrle lasted six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while striking out seven and walking none. His last win was June 27. His only major mistakes came in the fifth -- a two-run homer by Sean Casey and an RBI double by Curtis Granderson.

Reliever Mike MacDougal (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings for the win. Tigers starter Kenny Rogers (11-6) took the loss despite holding the White Sox to four hits in seven innings.

Yankees 5, Angels 2 -- Jaret Wright had another sweet but relatively short start, and New York rode second-inning home runs by Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon to the home win.

Wright (9-6) walked four for the second straight start but allowed one run for his third outing in a row. He fell behind on Juan Rivera's RBI single in the first, then allowed just one other hit before Scott Proctor relieved with one out in the sixth.

Los Angeles starter Kelvim Escobar (8-10) lost for the first time since June 25, giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked Alex Rodriguez leading off the second, gave up a single to Jason Giambi, and allowed a one-out, three-run homer to Cano. Damon connected for a two-run homer with two outs.

Proctor allowed Jose Molina's seventh-inning sacrifice fly, Kyle Farnsworth pitched the eighth, and Mariano Rivera wrapped up the four-hitter by reaching the 30-save plateau for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

Indians sweep Royals, 5-4, 6-5 -- Travis Hafner singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Cleveland a victory in the first game of a day-night doubleheader, then doubled home the go-ahead run in the nightcap to reach 100 RBIs for the third straight season.

Rangers 5, Mariners 4 -- Edinson Volquez (1-1) threw seven shutout innings for his first career win and Gary Matthews and Gerald Laird both homered in the fourth straight win for host Texas.

Blue Jays 4, Twins 0 -- Reed Johnson hit a two-run homer and Scott Downs (6-1) made a solid spot start for visiting Toronto.

Dodgers 6, Giants 5 -- Brad Penny (13-5) became the NL's top winner and Wilson Betemit hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to lift host Los Angeles to its 14th win in 15 games.

Padres 6, Astros 3 -- At Houston, Todd Walker, Josh Barfield, and Mike Cameron all homered in the fourth for San Diego and Jake Peavy (6-11) earned only his second win since May 28.

Mets 6, Nationals 4 -- At Washington, Jose Valentin hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth as New York overcame Alfonso Soriano's 37th homer.

Pirates 3, Cardinals 2 -- Ian Snell (10-8) tossed seven effective innings for host Pittsburgh, shaking off Albert Pujols's 35th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth.

Reds 9, Phillies 7 -- Ryan Freel drove in three runs and Edwin Encarnacion supplied the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth to lift Cincinnati in Philadelphia.

Brewers 8, Braves 5 -- Milwaukee's Bill Hall (No. 26) and Prince Fielder (No. 22) homered to back seven strong innings by Ben Sheets (3-4) in Atlanta.

Rockies 8, Cubs 4 -- Matt Holliday homered and drove in four runs in Denver to help Colorado's Josh Fogg (8-7) earn his first win since July 5.

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