Tigers claw way to 6-5 victory over Royals
APDETROIT -- A hobbled Miguel Cabrera led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his 39th home run, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Saturday night.
August 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Cabrera has been slowed by a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg, but he was healthy enough to take a victory lap.
Joaquin Benoit (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Aaron Crow (7-4) threw five pitches, with Cabrera hitting a 3-1 offering for an opposite-field homer to right.
Prince Fielder hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the Detroit seventh and made a good defensive play at first base in the ninth.
Hours earlier, Royals infielder Miguel Tejada was suspended 105 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an amphetamine. The 2002 AL MVP was already on the 60-day disabled list.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 1Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, David Ortiz homered and John Lackey held down New York's resurgent offense as the Boston Red Sox broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Yankees.
Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp and Daniel Nava each had two hits for the AL East leaders, who won for only the third time in nine games.
Alfonso Soriano singled twice for the Yankees, but was held without an RBI after matching a major league record with 18 over his previous four games. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers.
Lackey (8-10) gave up one run and six hits over 6 2-3 innings, ending a career-worst four-game losing streak.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) matched a season high by giving up five runs — three earned — and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Indians 7, Athletics 1 Ubaldo Jimenez carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn homered as Cleveland beat Oakland.
Jimenez (9-7) didn't allow a hit until Josh Donaldson lined a run-scoring single to shallow center with two out in the sixth, ending the pitcher's night after 105 pitches. He struck out eight and walked five.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs and Michael Brantley hit a pair of doubles for Cleveland.
A day after the Indians matched a season high with 13 stranded base runners, they took advantage of timely opportunities.
Swisher drove the first pitch from Dan Straily over the right-field fence for his 13th home run, staking Jimenez to an early lead in the first. Cabrera later added a run-scoring single before hitting an RBI double in the sixth.
Dan Straily (6-7) extended his losing streak to five games.
Other games on Saturday:
Blue Jays 6, Rays 2
Rangers 15, Mariners 3
White Sox 8, Twins 5
Angels 6, Astros 5, 10 Innings
Orioles 8, Rockies 4