Jake Peavy delivered the kind of performance the Detroit Tigers desperately need.
Peavy delayed host Detroit’s chance to move closer to the AL Central title, pitching the Chicago White Sox past the slumping Tigers, 8-0, last night.
The Tigers, who couldn’t take advantage of an opportunity Thursday to win the division with a win over Minnesota, heard a smattering of boos during their series opener against the White Sox.
“For the last day or so, they’ve been disappointed,’’ Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “Most people when they’re disappointed, they express their disappointment in the form of boos. There’s nothing wrong with that.’’
The Tigers’ two-game lead over Minnesota, which defeated Kansas City, 10-7, was cut to one. Both teams have two games left.
Scott Podsednik hit a leadoff home run and Detroit lost for the fourth time in six games.
Peavy (3-0) pitched eight scoreless innings and Carlos Quentin also homered. Out for three months because of an injured right ankle, Peavy gave up just two hits and showed the form he had as the 2007 NL Cy Young winner.
“I still don’t feel 100 percent,’’ Peavy insisted.
Edwin Jackson (13-9) gave up a career-high eight runs and seven hits over five-plus innings.
“The one thing you have to have when you pitch against a guy like Peavy, your pitcher has to pitch good,’’ Leyland said. “[Jackson] just made way too many bad pitches in the middle of the plate.’’
Twins 10, Royals 7 - Jeff Manship’s first major league win was well-timed for host Minnesota, which got a grand slam from Delmon Young and hung on for a victory over Kansas City.
Young had five RBIs, beginning with his first career slam in the first inning against Lenny DiNardo (0-3) that launched the Twins to their 14th win in 18 games. Minnesota faces Royals ace Zack Greinke today.
Rockies 4, Dodgers 3 - Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 and visiting Colorado forced the NL West race down to the final two games by winning its fifth straight.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer and Yorvit Torrealba had a two-run double for the Rockies. The Dodgers, losers of five in a row, lead the division by one game.
Rays 13, Yankees 4 - B.J. Upton ruined CC Sabathia’s bid to become a 20-game winner, going 5 for 5 while hitting for the cycle and driving in a career-high six runs to help host Tampa Bay rout New York.
Sabathia (19-8) failed to get through the third inning, matching a personal worst by allowing nine runs - five earned - in 2 2/3 innings and losing for the first time in more than two months.
Brewers 12, Cardinals 6 - Adam Wainwright’s hope for a 20th victory unraveled along with the St. Louis bullpen as visiting Milwaukee rallied for a victory.
In other games, Michael Aubrey hit a two-run homer and his first career grand slam, Matt Wieters added a three-run shot, and host Baltimore ended Toronto’s six-game winning streak with a 13-7 victory . . . Ian Desmond homered, tripled, and drove in three runs and visiting Washington kept up its strong finish to a dismal season by beating Atlanta, 6-3 . . . Rookie Daniel McCutchen pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win and Lastings Milledge homered, leading Pittsburgh to a 3-1 victory in Cincinnati . . . Rick VandenHurk pitched six solid innings and Jorge Cantu drove in three runs for Florida in a 7-2 road win over Philadelphia . . . Eric Byrnes homered twice and drove in five runs as Arizona routed the Cubs, 12-3, in Chicago . . . Jeff Francoeur and Daniel Murphy each homered to help host New York beat Houston, 7-1 . . . Barry Zito’s last start of the season was marred when he was hit near his left elbow by Adrian Gonzalez’s line drive in the sixth inning of San Francisco’s 7-2 win in San Diego . . . Juan Rivera homered to help Jered Weaver end a three-start losing streak and visiting Los Angeles sent Oakland to its fifth straight loss, 5-2 . . . Taylor Teagarden’s RBI single wrapped up a three-run ninth for Texas in a 7-4 win at Seattle.