Fielder, Young homer, help Tigers claw past Angels 5-2
APDETROIT -- Prince Fielder and Delmon Young homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to support Max Scherzer and help the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday.
August 28, 2012, 12:10 am TWN
Scherzer (14-6) gave up one run and struck out nine over seven innings. Joaquin Benoit struck out two more in a perfect eighth, and Jose Valverde struck out another batter while closing it out.
Angels right-hander Ervin Santana (7-11) allowed four runs and five hits over seven innings.
Detroit and Los Angeles, each vying for an AL wild card with 30-plus games left in the regular season, both rested one of their stars heading into an off day on Monday.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was out of the lineup for the first time this year, nursing his sore right ankle with the expectation he will be able to play third base Tuesday at Kansas City. Albert Pujols missed his fourth straight game with an injured right calf and the Angels also are targeting Tuesday for his return at home against Boston.
Twins 6, Rangers 5 Ben Revere had four hits, Cole De Vries won for the first time in nearly two months and Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Twins avoided getting swept in the four-game series. They finished a 10-game road trip with a 2-8 record.
Josh Hamilton hit his 35th homer for Texas and drove in four runs, giving him a major league-leading 111 RBIs.
De Vries (3-5) was 0-4 in 10 starts since beating Kansas City on June 30. The right-hander gave up two runs and struck out five in five innings.
Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in 10 chances.
Scott Feldman (6-10) lost his fourth straight start. He gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5-2/3 innings.
Red Sox 8, Royals 6 James Loney hit a tying single in his Boston debut and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run as the revamped Red Sox bounced back from a nine-player trade and a 12-inning loss.
A day after he was the only major leaguer coming to Boston in a deal that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and more than US$250 million in salary to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Loney went 1 for 5. Pedro Ciriaco had three hits for the Red Sox, who won for just the fourth time in 12 games.
Pedro Beato (1-0) allowed two runs in two-plus innings but got the win on the same day he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his first save.
Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer for the Royals. Will Smith (4-6) got the loss.
Other games on Sunday:
Yankees 4, Indians 2
White Sox 4, Mariners 3, 7 Innings