Tigers gain breathing room
Polanco, bullpen help avoid sweep by Twins
Placido Polanco drove in three runs and Detroit’s bullpen pitched four shutout innings as the visiting Tigers avoided a three-game sweep yesterday with a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins that increased their AL Central lead to three games.
Ryan Raburn homered for slumping Detroit, which won for the second time in six games and fourth in 13.
Minnesota, which had won six straight, got two hits from Joe Mauer, who increased his batting average to a major league-best .374.
The teams meet again for four games at
In his fourth start after missing two months following elbow surgery, Tigers lefthander Nate Robertson (2-2) allowed just two earned runs in five innings.
Detroit’s Zach Miner, Bobby Seay, and Fernando Rodney combined to allow two singles in four scoreless innings of relief.
Minnesota’s Scott Baker (13-9) allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. In three starts against the Tigers this year, Baker has given up 15 earned runs in 15 innings.
Angels 10, Rangers 5 - Howie Kendrick drove in five runs with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple as the AL West leaders stretched their lead over host Texas to 7 1/2 games with 13 to play.
Kendrick’s two-run homer tied the game in the sixth. An inning later, after Los Angeles loaded the bases following two quick outs, Kendrick hit a liner that glanced off the stretched-out glove of center fielder Marlon Byrd and rolled to the wall. Kendrick had three hits and is batting .420 (34 of 81) in his last 20 games.
Dodgers 6, Giants 2 - Andre Ethier hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Tim Lincecum and Ronnie Belliard added a two-run single against the reigning NL Cy Young winner as host Los Angeles moved 30 games over .500 (90-60) for the first time since 1985.
Mariners 7, Yankees 1 - Ken Griffey Jr. homered and drove in four runs, putting visiting New York’s playoff-clinching party on hold. Griffey, 39, lined an RBI double in the first, then hit a three-run homer in the second off Joba Chamberlain.
Brewers 6, Astros 0 - Prince Fielder hit his 40th homer and Yovani Gallardo, who will be shut down the rest of the season to keep his innings down, pitched five strong innings to help Milwaukee complete a sweep of visiting Houston.
Royals 2, White Sox 1 - Despite suffering from a blister, Robinson Tejeda won his third straight start as Kansas City won in Chicago. Mitch Maier had an RBI single for the Royals, who have won 10 of their last 13 games.
Cubs 6, Cardinals 3 - Jake Fox hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning as visiting Chicago took advantage of an interference call on Matt Holliday in the ninth that negated the winning run.
Phillies 4, Braves 2 - Philadelphia ended rookie Tommy Hanson’s streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings, beating host Atlanta and damaging the Braves’ faint wild-card hopes.
Padres 4, Pirates 0 - Kevin Correia allowed six hits in seven strong innings and Heath Bell struck out the last two batters for his National League-leading 39th save for visiting San Diego.
Mets 6, Nationals 2 - John Maine pitched five shutout innings to get his first win since May 31 and Daniel Murphy had two RBIs to lead host New York.
Rays 3, Blue Jays 1 - Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer as host Tampa Bay became the first team to beat Toronto’s Roy Halladay four times in the same season.
Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 1 - Jason Giambi homered for the second consecutive game as visiting Colorado padded its wild-card lead to 4 1/2 games.
Athletics 11, Indians 4 - Adam Kennedy had three hits and drove in three runs to help host Oakland win its seventh straight game.
Reds 8, Marlins 1 - Corky Miller hit a rare home run to back Kip Wells’s strong pitching for host Cincinnati.