Verlander leads Tigers over Yankees
August 8, 2012, 12:22 am TWN
DETROIT -- Detroit's Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts, leading the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the New York Yankees in the American League on Monday.
Verlander (12-7) threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, and sent the Tigers to their fifth straight win.
He got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova (10-6) was roughed up for 11 hits — matching a career high — in 5-1/3 innings.
White Sox 4, Royals 2 In Chicago, Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham homered late to lift Chicago over Kansas City.
Konerko tied it leading off the seventh and Beckham gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a solo shot in the eighth off Luis Mendoza (5-8).
Chicago starter Chris Sale (13-3) looked sharp on nine days' rest, allowing two runs in eight innings while striking out seven without a walk.
Angels 4, Athletics 0 In Oakland, Jered Weaver pitched a shutout for his major league-leading 15th victory as Los Angeles beat Oakland to overtake the final spot in the crowded AL wild-card standings.
Weaver (15-1) struck out nine, walked none and faced the minimum through 4-1/3 innings. The Angels ace has won a career-best 10 straight starts, matching Chuck Finley's franchise record set in 1997.
A's starter Jarrod Parker (7-6) allowed four runs in 6-2/3 innings.
Red Sox 9, Rangers 2 In Boston, Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's eight doubles as the Red Sox beat Texas.
Boston increased its major league-leading doubles total to 248.
Red Sox starter Aaron Cook (3-5) regained control of his sinker after going 0-4 in his previous five starts. Of his 21 outs, 15 came on groundballs.
Texas' Yu Darvish (11-8) also has struggled. In his first start against the Red Sox, he threw 123 pitches and allowed 11 hits, both career highs.
Orioles 3, Mariners 1 In Baltimore, Chris Tillman steered Baltimore to a win, holding Seattle scoreless into the eighth inning.
Tillman (5-1) gave up one run, five hits and a walk in 7-1/3 innings.
Nick Markakis homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles.
Mariners starter Jason Vargas (12-8) pitched a complete game, having given up all three runs in the second inning.
Twins 14, Indians 3 In Cleveland, Justin Morneau homered twice and drove in four runs as Minnesota handed Cleveland its 10th straight loss.
Joe Mauer had three RBIs and Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer for the Twins, who scored 10 runs in the second inning alone.
Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (10-5) allowed three runs in seven innings as the Twins beat the Indians for the sixth straight time this season.
Cleveland starter Zach McAllister (4-4) threw 52 pitches in the second and didn't last the inning. He allowed nine runs in 1-2/3 innings.
Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit on Monday. (AP)
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