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Tillman steers Orioles past Rays 6-2

BALTIMORE/ST. LOUIS -- Baltimore starter Chris Tillman was dominant on the mound, leading the Orioles to a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League on Thursday, preventing a three-game sweep.

Tillman (3-1) allowed two runs in six-plus innings.

Chris Davis homered and drove in four runs for the Orioles, who had scored only one run in each of their three previous games.

Rays starter James Shields (8-7) gave up five runs and five walks in six innings.

Indians 5, Tigers 3 In Cleveland, Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning as Cleveland rallied to beat Detroit.

Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner had tied it at 3-3 by homering on the first two pitches of the inning by Justin Verlander (11-6).

Indians reliever Joe Smith (7-2) threw just two pitches to get the win, including an inning-ending double play in the top half.

The loss dropped Detroit half a game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4 In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and Kelly Johnson added a solo shot as Toronto ended Oakland's seven-game winning streak.

Johnson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep and rebounded from Wednesday's 16-0 loss.

Brandon Lyon (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first win since joining Toronto in a 10-player trade with Houston on Friday.

Oakland's Tommy Milone (9-7) gave up eight runs in seven innings.

Mariners 4, Royals 1 In Seattle, Jason Vargas allowed one hit in eight innings to win his career-high 11th game, guiding Seattle past Kansas City.

Vargas (11-7) allowed only a fourth-inning double while striking out five.

Kansas City did not get a runner to second base against Vargas after the fourth.

Mike Carp had three hits for the Mariners.

Royals starter Luis Mendoza (4-7) threw five innings and allowed four runs.

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 4 The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their second straight game since acquiring Hanley Ramirez as the St. Louis Cardinals won 7-4 in the National League on Thursday.

Ramirez, obtained a day earlier from Miami, started at third base and had an infield hit, two walks and a steal, and he hit into a double-play grounder.

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