Tigers rally, stay 2 games up
Cabrera lifts Detroit; Twins breeze at KC
No matter how much they win, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers can’t seem to shake Minnesota in the AL Central.
Cabrera got four hits and drove in four runs, giving him at least 100 RBIs for the sixth consecutive season, and Detroit rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the White Sox, 12-5, last night in Chicago and remain two games ahead of the Twins.
Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Gerald Laird each had three of Detroit’s 20 hits, including singles in the decisive seventh inning, to help the Tigers win for the fifth time in six games.
“They’re just not losing,’’ Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “They’re putting good pressure on us. If you handle it right, it’s good pressure. If you handle it wrong, it’s bad pressure. I thought we responded tremendously. It was a hell of a comeback.’’
Cabrera responded with his bat - as he’s done since he reached the majors at age 20 with Florida.
“[Getting 100 RBIs] is something you have in your mind before the season,’’ he said. “I hit it today, but the more important thing is we came back.’’
Twins 11, Royals 6 - Denard Span had four hits and a career-high six RBIs, leading Minnesota past host Kansas City for its 11th victory in 12 games.
The Twins batted around in a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by Span’s bases-loaded triple. Four runs were unearned after shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt’s wild throw.
Dodgers 8, Pirates 4 - Los Angeles locked up its fourth playoff appearance in six years by beating host Pittsburgh.
Pinch hitter Jim Thome’s two-run single highlighted a four-run eighth inning for the Dodgers.
Cardinals 6, Rockies 3 - Matt Holliday celebrated another playoff clincher at Coors Field, only this time it was with St. Louis and not Colorado.
Jason LaRue homered to break a seventh-inning tie as the Cardinals clinched the NL Central crown behind righthander Adam Wainwright’s 19th victory.
Athletics 15, Angels 10 - Jack Cust, Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis homered, and Oakland rallied from a seven-run deficit to hand host Los Angeles its season-high fourth straight loss.
Braves 11, Nationals 5 - Tommy Hanson pitched seven innings for his 11th win, Yunel Escobar drove in three runs, and visiting Atlanta won in Washington for its fifth consecutive victory.
Rangers 15, Rays 3 - Marlon Byrd homered twice, including his sixth career grand slam in an 11-run fifth inning, and host Texas beat Tampa to move within six games of Boston in the AL wild-card race.
Reds 10, Astros 4 - Jay Bruce and Laynce Nix homered and drove in three runs apiece, helping Cincinnati over host Houston in its sixth consecutive win.
Cubs 6, Giants 2 - Aramis Ramirez homered and Jake Fox hit a two-run single, helping Chicago win at San Francisco for its sixth win in seven games.
Marlins 9, Mets 6 - Injury replacement Cameron Maybin hit a three-run homer in Florida’s seven-run fifth and the Marlins rallied to beat New York in Miami.
Brewers 7, Phillies 5 - Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer off reliever Tyler Walker in the ninth, leading host Milwaukee over Philadelphia.
Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5 - Seldom-used Chad Tracy snapped an 0-for-18 slump with a pinch-hit grand slam, sparking host Arizona.
Indians 9, Orioles 8 - Jhonny Peralta hit a game-ending RBI single in Cleveland’s victory which extended Baltimore’s losing streak to nine games.
Blue Jays 5, Mariners 4 - Adam Lind homered twice, including a game-ending solo drive in the 10th inning, to power host Toronto.