Willis getting back on track
Pitcher earns first victory as a Tiger
Dontrelle Willis earned his first victory with the Tigers yesterday, allowing one hit while working into the seventh inning in a 4-0 win against the visiting Texas Rangers last night.
Willis (1-0), the former All-Star who began the season on the disabled list because of an anxiety disorder, struck out five in 6 1/3 innings in his second start since coming off the DL.
The victory extended Detroit's winning streak to four games and halted the Rangers' seven-game winning streak.
Andruw Jones's walk with one out in the seventh ended Willis's outing. He left to a loud ovation and four relievers finished the shutout.
"I appreciate it," Willis said of the cheers. "Now that I feel healthy and strong, I think I can start building some trust out there."
Brandon McCarthy (3-2) allowed all four runs and nine hits in the seven innings for Texas.
Jeff Larish and Gerald Laird had sacrifice flies for the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera added an RBI double in the seventh.
Yankees 9, Orioles 1 - Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira launched more long home runs, CC Sabathia dominated into the late innings, and host New York beat Baltimore for its seventh win in a row.
Rodriguez homered for the fourth straight game, connecting for a two-run shot in the first inning. It was the 558th of his career, putting him five behind Reggie Jackson for 11th place all-time.
Braves 8, Rockies 1 - Jair Jurrjens (4-2) pitched seven strong innings and lowered his ERA to 1.96 and Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs to help host Atlanta beat Colorado.
One of the few highlights for Colorado, which has lost five of seven, was Todd Helton's 2,000th career hit. The Rockies' first baseman singled in third to become the 255th player to reach the milestone.
Dodgers 5, Mets 3 - Casey Blake hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off John Maine in the sixth inning as host Los Angeles extended its division lead to 7 1/2 games. Chad Billingsley (6-1) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings for the win.
Athletics 4, Rays 1 - Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in a four-run 11th inning to help visiting Oakland beat Tampa Bay, preventing the defending AL champions from moving above the .500 mark for the first time since they were 4-3.
Royals 6, Indians 5 - Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen hit back-to-back home runs off Cleveland closer Kerry Wood (1-2) and Willie Bloomquist capped the four-run ninth inning with a game-winning sacrifice fly to lift host Kansas City.
Angels 6, Mariners 5 - Bobby Abreu had three hits and a pair of RBIs to help Matt Palmer win his fifth straight start for visiting Los Angeles. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 615th career homer for Seattle.
Phillies 4, Reds 3 - Ryan Howard hit a solo homer, and lefthander Cole Hamels improved to 4-0 in five career starts against Cincinnati, helping visiting Philadelphia win its fifth in a row.
Padres 2, Giants 1 - Barry Zito's first complete game since 2003 was spoiled by home runs by Scott Hairston and Nick Hundley, which carried host San Diego, which won its fourth straight.
Brewers 4, Astros 2 - Dave Bush pitched six solid innings to improve to 3-0 and Trevor Hoffman earned his 10th save in 10 chances, leading visiting Milwaukee to its seventh straight win.
Pirates 8, Nationals 5 - Adam LaRoche had a two-run double in the 10th inning and visiting Pittsburgh won its season-high fourth straight and handed Washington its sixth straight loss.
Cardinals 3, Cubs 0 - Joel Pineiro threw a three-hitter for his first shutout in six seasons and first complete game since 2006 as host St. Louis snapped a three-game slide.
White Sox 6, Twins 2 - Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer and Mark Buehrle (6-1) pitched seven solid innings to help host Chicago snap a five-game losing streak.
Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 3 - Mark Reynolds homered leading off a five-run seventh and Jon Garland pitched six strong innings to lift visiting Arizona.