Martinez lifts Tigers to win

MIKE COOK Associated Press Published:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With Miguel Cabrera on the bench and Max Scherzer struggling, the Detroit Tigers still found a way to win big.

Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs, to lead Detroit to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Rajai Davis also connected for the Tigers, who have won two straight to earn a split of this four-game series.

"We were having better at-bats, we weren't chasing as many pitches," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "We've been kind of waiting for this for a while. ... It was nice to have those guys pick Miggy up."

Detroit trials Kansas City by two games in the AL Central and is one back of Seattle for the second AL wild card.

Minnesota scored 32 runs in winning the first two games of the series and Detroit had 21 in taking the last two.

The Tigers' 60 hits in the four games is their most in a four-game series since having 60 at Chicago from July 6-8, 1956. Minnesota set a franchise record for most hits allowed in a four-game series, surpassing the 59 yielded at Texas July 25-28, 2011.

Cabrera didn't play after aggravating a sore right ankle Saturday. With the Tigers off Monday, Ausmus thought giving the slugger two days to rest was not a bad thing, adding he'd be "shocked" if Cabrera does not play Tuesday.

Martinez homered off Brian Duensing in the sixth for a 7-3 lead. His 25th home run of the season ties his career high set in 2007 with Cleveland.

Davis hit his two-run homer in the seventh to make it 9-3. A bases-loaded triple by Hunter made it 13-4 in the eighth.

"Just to bounce back from losing 20-whatever and 12-whatever, to bounce back shows the fight we have," Hunter said.

Kennys Vargas had three hits for Minnesota.

After Justin Verlander won Saturday night, Scherzer (15-4) lasted just five innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs, but the Detroit bullpen allowed just one earned run on five hits the rest of the way.

"They fouled off pitches, worked counts, did anything they could to grind me out," Scherzer said.

The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Brian Dozier flew out to short left against Al Alburquerque and Phil Coke struck out Joe Mauer.

Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson (11-10) only pitched 42⁄3 innings on a hot and humid afternoon, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. He also walked four, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. This was the third time in four stars the right-hander allowed five runs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, on the 15-day DL since Aug. 9 with a right pectoral strain, has not been ruled out to pitch during next Saturday's doubleheader in Chicago. The right-hander is scheduled to throw Monday and, if that goes well, off a mound two days later. "Just because he gets off the mound Wednesday, he may not quite feel right," Ausmus said. ... Reliever Joakim Soria was scheduled to throw again Sunday. He's been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 10 with a left oblique strain. "In the last three days he's trended upward quite a bit," Ausmus said.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10) is to get the ball when the Tigers start a three-game home series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01) is scheduled to pitch for New York.

REDS 5, BRAVES 3

CINCINNATI -- Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win in eight starts since the All-Star break and Todd Frazier homered as the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Simon (13-8), who was 0-5 since pitching in the All-Star Game, opened with six shutout innings before yielding a run in the seventh. He allowed five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings.

Manny Parra and Jumbo Diaz pitched the eighth. Logan Ondrusek allowed Evan Gattis's 20th homer leading off the ninth and Jonathan Broxton gave up Jason Heyward's RBI single before coaxing Justin Upton into grounding into a base-loaded forceout for his seventh save for the Reds, who salvaged a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two games.

ANGELS 9, ATHLETICS 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three runs, Mike Trout also went deep and the Los Angeles Angels regained the best record on baseball, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Sunday night.

Jered Weaver (14-7) struck out eight in 62/3 innings while improving to 7-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his last 13 starts. He allowed three runs and eight hits.

Scott Kazmir (14-6) matched his season highs in runs (seven) and hits (10) in three-plus innings.

NATIONALS 14, GIANTS 6

WASHINGTON Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs apiece, helping the streaking Nationals rally for the win

Craig Stammen (4-4) allowed a run in two innings of relief for NL-East leading Washington, which has won 12 of 13.

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt (3-2) allowed five hits and five runs in the sixth without retiring a batter after the departure of starter Ryan Vogelsong.

PHILLIES 7, CARDINALS 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins homered and Jerome Williams tossed eight strong innings to lead the Phillies over the Cardinals.

Williams (2-0) continued his fine form with Philadelphia, his third team this season. The right-hander allowed one run and five hits.

Justin Masterson (2-2) was lifted after giving up five runs and six hits in three innings.

BREWERS 4, PIRATES 3

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers held Pittsburgh to two hits in seven innings for his fourth straight win since coming up from Triple-A, and the Brewers avoided a three-game sweep at home.

Fiers (4-1) fanned seven. He allowed Starling Marte's two-run shot in the second before retiring 16 of the next 17 batters.

Milwaukee knocked around Vance Worley (5-4) for four runs over the first two innings, with each hit coming with two outs.

METS 11, DODGERS 3

LOS ANGELES -- Lucas Duda homered twice, drove in a career-high five runs and was involved in the Mets' first triple play in over four seasons, allowing a grieving Bartolo Colon to breeze to a victory over the Dodgers.

Colon (12-10) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings and struck out five in his first start since his mother Adriana passed away on Monday from breast cancer.

Kevin Correia (2-1) lasted only three innings on his 34th birthday, giving up seven runs and seven hits.

PADRES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4

PHOENIX -- Yasmani Grandal homered and drove in four runs, Ian Kennedy won in his second game back at Chase Field, and the Padres beat the Diamondbacks.

After struggling his first game back in the desert a year ago, Kennedy (10-11) was sharp against his former team before tiring late, striking out six in 52/3 innings.

Grandal provided plenty of support, hitting a deep sacrifice fly in the first inning and clearing the wall easily in the fifth for a three-run homer off Chase Anderson (7-6).

ROCKIES 7, MARLINS 4

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer for Colorado, and Christian Bergman pitched into the seventh to earn his first major league win.

Bergman (1-2) was reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day after missing 51 games with a broken left hand. He gave up nine hits and four runs in his first start since June 20.

Miami's Brad Hand (2-6) settled down after giving up two early homers. But he lasted just 41/3 innings and was charged with four runs and nine hits.

YANKEES 7,

WHITE SOX 4, 10 INNINGS

NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Yankees beat the White Sox to complete a three-game sweep.

Carlos Beltran doubled off Jake Petricka (0-3) with two outs in the 10th, and Chase Headley was intentionally walked. McCann, batting for backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, laced a full-count pitch over the 314-foot sign in the right-field corner

David Huff (3-1) threw a called third strike past slugger Jose Abreu with two on to end the top of the 10th.

MARINERS 8, RED SOX 6

BOSTON -- Dustin Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle's bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and the Mariners handed the Red Sox their eighth straight loss.

Dominic Leone (7-2) worked 22/3 innings of hitless relief for the win.

Trailing 5-3, Seattle scored a run in the fourth and took the lead with two in the fifth against Allen Webster (3-2).

RANGERS 3, ROYALS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Baker won as a starter for the first time in more than three years and the Rangers beat the AL Central-leading Royals to avoid a series sweep.

Baker (2-3) went five innings in a spot start.

Jason Vargas (10-6) allowed 11 hits and walked four in his six innings.

RAYS 2, BLUE JAYS 1, 10 INNINGS

TORONTO -- Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Rays beat the Blue Jays.

Facing Sergio Santos (0-3), who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, Ben Zobrist walked to begin the 10th and went to third on Logan Forsythe's flyball that Nolan Reimold dropped for a two-base error. Longoria followed with a groundball single to left, scoring Zobrist.

Jake McGee (4-1) worked two innings for the win and Brad Boxberger finished for his second save in five chances as the Rays won for the eighth time in 11 road games. They have won nine of their past 10 series away from home.

CUBS 2, ORIOLES 1

CHICAGO -- Tsuyoshi Wada allowed Steve Pearce's leadoff homer in the seventh inning for Baltimore's only hit, and the Cubs beat the AL East-leading Orioles for a three-game sweep.

Wada (4-1) got a popout after the homer that landed on Waveland Avenue and departed to a standing ovation from the crowd of 32,774. He struck out a career-high eight and walked one in 61/3 innings in his eighth career start.

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