|Tiger Jeremy Bonderman did not strike out a Yankee in 5 2/3 innings, falling to 0-6 in his last eight starts. (DUANE BURLESON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Yankees wake up in time
After long night, bats come alive in Detroit
Johnny Damon homered and tripled, Melky Cabrera added a three-run triple, and Chien-Ming Wang delivered eight effective innings, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Tigers last night in Detroit.
Most of the Yankees didn't arrive at the ballpark until two hours before game time, after a 9-6 loss the night before that started more than four hours late because of strong storms.
Wang (15-6) improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits. He held the Tigers without an extra-base hit, ending their streak at 89 games. It was Detroit's longest such streak in at least 50 years.
Wang is now 5-0 in six career starts against the Tigers, including two wins over Jeremy Bonderman this month. Bonderman (10-7) fell to 0-6 in his last eight starts. He gave up seven runs, eight hits, and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. Bonderman did not strike out a batter as Detroit fell to 12-25 since July 19.
Cardinals 5, Braves 4 -- Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols had two hits and an RBI each and host St. Louis beat Atlanta, snapping Tim Hudson's nine-game winning streak.
Hudson (15-6), who had not lost since June 4, saw an even longer streak go by the boards. He had been 76-0 when given a lead of three or more runs, dating to Aug. 23, 2000, when Hudson was with Oakland and lost, 7-5, to Cleveland.
Blue Jays 9, Angels 2 -- In Anaheim, Calif., Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer, Frank Thomas had a two-run double, and Gregg Zaun also drove in a pair as Toronto rolled.
Shaun Marcum (11-5) won for the sixth time in his last seven starts, allowing two runs and eight hits over six innings with two walks and one strikeout.
Indians 9, Royals 4 -- Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez homered, and Aaron Laffey won his third big league start as Cleveland defeated host Kansas City.
The Indians batted around in a five-run first against Kyle Davies before Sizemore led off the second with his 22d home run. Martinez, who had three hits, delivered his 19th with two outs to make it 7-0.
Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 1 -- Conor Jackson hit a two-run homer and Doug Davis won for the sixth time in seven decisions, leading Arizona past Chicago in Phoenix.
Ted Lilly (13-7) allowed one run on four hits over six innings for the Cubs, who maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee following the Brewers' loss in San Francisco.
Mets 4, Dodgers 3 -- Orlando Hernandez pitched seven sharp innings to improve to 5-0 in his last nine starts, and Carlos Delgado snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a two-run single to lead host New York.
David Wright, who homered Friday, had an RBI single, scored twice, and reached base all four times up. Jeff Conine added a run-scoring double in his first start for the Mets, who have won nine of their last 12.
Rangers 5, Mariners 3 -- Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer, and Texas Rangers took advantage of two Adrian Beltre errors to win at home.
Kinsler's homer in the fifth tied the game at 3, one pitch after Beltre's throwing error on a play that would have ended the inning. In the seventh, Travis Metcalf singled and Kinsler dribbled a grounder to Beltre at third. His throw ended up in right field, allowing Metcalf to score and make it 4-3.
Padres 4, Phillies 3 -- Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a go-ahead homer off Brett Myers in the ninth inning as San Diego handed slumping Philadelphia its fourth straight loss.
San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman, who blew save opportunities against the Mets Tuesday and Thursday, gave up an RBI single to Ryan Howard in the ninth before striking out Aaron Rowand to end it.
Reds 11, Marlins 7 -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit career homer No. 591 and drove in four runs, leading host Cincinnati to its season-high fifth straight victory.
Devil Rays 14, Athletics 3 -- At St. Petersburg, Fla., Scott Kazmir struck out a franchise-record 13 batters as Tampa Bay routed Oakland.
Twins 8, Orioles 1 -- Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer to spoil the major league debut of Orioles starter Radhames Liz, Jason Bartlett went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, and visiting Minnesota handed Baltimore its fifth straight loss.
Pirates 4, Astros 1 -- Jose Bautista homered twice and Matt Morris won his first game for visiting Pittsburgh.
Giants 6, Brewers 2 -- Barry Bonds drove in two runs as San Francisco beat Milwaukee, sending the visiting Brewers to their third straight defeat.
Rockies 5, Nationals 1 -- Ubaldo Jimenez threw a three-hitter over seven innings and Brad Hawpe hit his career-high 23d home run for Colorado in Denver.