Tigers put lumber to Glavine
Mets roughed up by heavy-hitting Detroit
Tom Glavine had one of the worst outings of his stellar career against baseball's highest-scoring team.
Gary Sheffield contributed to Glavine's rough day with a homer and an RBI triple yesterday, helping the Tigers beat up the New York Mets, 15-7, and win the series in Detroit.
Glavine (5-4) gave up nine earned runs for just the second time, matching the career-high total he allowed eight years ago. The lefthander with 295 career wins gave up a season-high 11 hits and lasted just 4 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season.
Sheffield said it was an uncharacteristic performance from Glavine, whom he faced 55 times previously, but fell short of saying Detroit was lucky.
"It's not a fluke," he said. "We're a good team, also."
Brandon Inge had a career-best five RBIs, helping the Tigers score six runs in the fifth inning and four in the eighth to surpass their previous season high of 14 runs. Detroit leads the majors with 374 runs, an average of just over six per game.
Manager Jim Leyland, however, is unhappy that his shaky bullpen is leading to softball-like scores for the defending American League champions.
"We have to win games 5-3 and 3-2 like we did last year," Leyland said. "If we don't, we won't be anywhere to be found later on."
The only other time Glavine gave up nine earned runs was May 24, 1999, for Atlanta against the Brewers, and he allowed nine runs total in two other games.
"It was one of those days where no matter what you tried to do, or whatever adjustments you tried to make, it didn't work," Glavine said.
Andrew Miller (2-0) allowed a three-run homer to David Wright in the first before settling down -- finishing with four runs allowed, five hits, and three walks over 5 1/3 innings in his second major league start.
Cardinals 9, Angels 6 -- Albert Pujols had two homers and five RBIs, giving him six homers in seven games for host St. Louis.
Pujols got his first against Angels starter Jered Weaver in the third, a two-run shot that tied the game at 3-3. Weaver left after the inning with tightness in his lower back.
Braves 5, Cubs 4 -- Host Atlanta scored three runs in the eighth off Chicago closer Ryan Dempster (1-3), with Willie Harris scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch with two outs.
Reds 1, Indians 0 -- Alex Gonzalez's RBI single in the 12th lifted host Cincinnati in the teams' second extra-inning game in less than 24 hours.
Brewers 9, Rangers 6 -- Geoff Jenkins hit a three-run homer in the top of the 12th for Milwaukee, which also benefitted from Prince Fielder's league-leading 23d homer.
Devil Rays 9, Marlins 4 -- At Miami, Brendan Harris had five RBIs and Tampa Bay rookie Andy Sonnanstine (1-0) struck out 10 in his second career start, including seven in a row to fall one short of tying the AL record.
Athletics 2, Giants 0 -- Marco Scutaro homered in the top of the eighth to break up a scoreless game and Oakland shut out San Francisco for the second straight day to complete a three-game sweep.
Twins 6, Nationals 3 -- Jason Bartlett drove in two runs as Minnesota avoided being swept at home for the first time by a National League team since interleague play began in 1997.
White Sox 6, Astros 3 -- Mark Buehrle (3-3) pitched eight strong innings for his 100th career victory and Paul Konerko had a homer among his three hits for host Chicago, which broke a five-game skid.
Blue Jays 11, Dodgers 5 -- Roy Halladay (6-2) lasted seven innings after a rocky start and Troy Glaus had a pair of homers to carry Toronto in Los Angeles.
Royals 17, Phillies 5 -- Mark Grudzielanek homered and tied his career high with five RBIs as host Kansas City rocked Jamie Moyer (5-5) in its highest-scoring output since Sept. 4, 2005.
Mariners 4, Padres 3 -- Jose Lopez's RBI ground out in the ninth put visiting Seattle ahead and pinned an unearned run on San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman (2-3).
Rockies 6, Orioles 1 -- Ryan Spilborghs homered twice and drove in all six runs for Colorado in Baltimore.