Twins strike back in victory
Verlander fans 13, but Tigers' pen fails
Joe Crede capped another Minnesota comeback with a two-run, two-out single in a six-run seventh inning that ruined Justin Verlander's strong start and sent the host Twins past the Detroit Tigers, 6-5, yesterday to finish a three-game sweep.
Crede's blooper into shallow center against struggling reliever Zach Miner, who walked Michael Cuddyer to load the bases, put the Twins ahead about 14 1/2 hours after his grand slam in the 13th ended Wednesday night's game.
After a five-run, two-out rally in the sixth by the Tigers against starter Scott Baker, Minnesota's bullpen held up. Craig Breslow (1-1) got five outs, Matt Guerrier got one, and Joe Nathan notched his sixth save with a perfect ninth.
Verlander struck out a career-high 13, fanning Crede on a high heater to start the seventh, but he needed 122 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings and was removed for Bobby Seay (0-1) after a single and a walk.
Matt Tolbert's walk forced in the first run, Joe Mauer knocked in another with a grounder and Justin Morneau cut the lead to 5-3 on a sharp single. Jason Kubel's double to right-center bounced over the wall and pulled Minnesota within one, prompting Tigers manager Jim Leyland to summon Miner.
Rangers 3, Mariners 2 - Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, giving Texas a three-game sweep of Seattle.
The Rangers didn't score until Hank Blalock led off the ninth against closer Brandon Morrow (0-3) with a home run into the second deck of right-field stands. After David Murphy's one-out double, Davis homered to center to give AL West-leading Texas its 10th win in 12 games.
Matt Harrison (4-2) threw a five-hitter for his second complete game in a row.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2 - Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui delivered key hits to lead CC Sabathia and New York past host Toronto.
Jeter tied the score with an RBI single in the seventh inning, Matsui put New York ahead with a solo homer in the eighth, and Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Indians 11, Rays 7 - Victor Martinez had four hits and drove in four runs, raising his batting average to .400 and helping visiting Cleveland beat Tampa Bay.
Martinez hit a two-run double off James Shields (3-4) in the fifth, an RBI double off Joe Nelson in the sixth, and a run-scoring single off Grant Balfour in the eighth.
Astros 5, Rockies 3 - Wandy Rodriguez struck out a career-high 11 and Michael Bourn became the latest player to steal home, leading visiting Houston over Colorado.
Carlos Lee homered in the eighth inning and swiped second base in the first on the front end of a double steal with Bourn, one of baseball's fastest runners. Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury and Philadelphia's Jayson Werth recently pulled off straight steals of home.
Mets 7, Giants 4 - David Wright hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth and finished with four of New York's franchise-record seven stolen bases, leading the Mets in San Francisco.
Cubs 11, Padres 3 - Bobby Scales drove in four runs with two doubles and Ryan Dempster went seven innings and drove in two runs as host Chicago took advantage of 10 walks to hand San Diego its 11th straight road loss, the Padres' longest skid in 38 years.
Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 - Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Matt Kemp followed with an RBI double to lift visiting Los Angeles.
Orioles 9, Royals 5 - Cesar Izturis and Nick Markakis each drove in three runs and Baltimore won for the 15th time in its last 18 games in Kansas City, Mo.
Brewers 5, Marlins 3 - Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead homer and Dave Bush pitched a strong seven innings as host Milwaukee finished a three-game sweep.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 1 - Colby Rasmus's two-run homer in the second inning helped visiting St. Louis avoid being swept by last-place Pittsburgh.