Blue Jays beat Tigers with big 9th inning
June 5, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
DETROIT -- Toronto got the better of Detroit in Tuesday's clash of American League divisional leaders, winning 5-3 after a dour defensive contest suddenly burst into life in the ninth inning.
The other AL divisional leader, Oakland, also won with a late scoring burst, beating the New York Yankees in 10 innings.
Elsewhere, Cincinnati notched its fourth-straight win by downing majors-leading San Francisco, and Minnesota won at Milwaukee in a game delayed by a fan falling into the bullpen.
Toronto and Detroit played eight scoreless innings before pouncing on the relievers in the ninth inning.
Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer off Joe Nathan (2-2) as the Blue Jays banged on five runs.
J.D. Martinez responded with a three-run homer of his own with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the Tigers, but Casey Janssen came on to pitch and struck out Don Kelly to end the game.
Oakland's Brandon Moss hit his second homer of the game leading off the 10th inning as the Athletics rallied for a 5-2 win at the Yankees.
Returning to the lineup after missing two games with a calf strain, Moss drilled a full-count pitch from Adam Warren (1-3) into the second deck of the right-field stands, giving the AL West-leading A's their first lead of the game.
Dan Otero (5-1) pitched an inning to take the win for the A's, who notched a fourth-straight victory.
Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer and Jay Bruce emerged from a slump by driving in a pair of runs as the Reds beat San Francisco 8-3.
Mesoraco hit his homer off Tim Lincecum (4-5), who has beaten the Reds during the playoffs but never during the regular season.
Bruce knocked in his first run since April 25, with his season interrupted by knee cartilage surgery.
Minnesota's Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer to help the Twins beat Milwaukee 6-4.
Willingham connected in the third inning off Yovani Gallardo (3-4) for a 4-1 lead.
The game was held up at the start of the eighth inning after a man fell into the bullpen in left-center field. The Brewers said he was conscious and alert.
Chicago's Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game and Tyler Flowers also went deep to lead the White Sox to a 4-1 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chicago's Hector Noesi (1-3) ended a stretch of 19 winless starts, winning as a starter for the first time since 2012 when he was with Seattle, after going 0-12 with a 5.42 ERA. He allowed one run over six innings with six strikeouts.
The movie character Robocop throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays in Detroit, Tuesday. (AP)
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