Blue Jays win 7-3 to complete sweep of the Tigers
June 7, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
DETROIT, Michigan -- Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Detroit and closed within half a game of the American League lead by beating the Tigers 7-3 on Thursday, with Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hitting consecutive home runs in the sixth inning off ace Justin Verlander.
The Blue Jays moved closer to overall AL leader Oakland, whose powerful bats were tamed by New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Elsewhere, San Francisco completed a series win in Cincinnati for the first time in five years, and Arizona racked up double figures for the second-straight game against Colorado.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (5-2) allowed seven hits in 6 1-3 innings and Melky Cabrera also homered for Toronto, which has won 19 of 23, including sweeps of defending champion Boston, AL West-leading Oakland and AL Central-leading Detroit.
Verlander (6-5) had a rare off night, allowing six runs in seven innings.
New York's Tanaka muted the highest-scoring team in the majors in a 2-1 win over Oakland that arrested the Yankees' four-game skid.
Facing the A's for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got an early jolt when John Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run Tanaka allowed in six innings, and he left with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.
The A's came close to tying the game in the ninth. With one out, Stephen Vogt singled and pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second. Alberto Callaspo followed with a hard grounder that deflected off pitcher David Robertson's leg, and first baseman Mark Teixeira gathered the ball and flipped to the pitcher covering the base for an out. Derek Norris looked at strike three for the final out.
San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win as the Giants won 6-1 at Cincinnati.
Bumgarner (8-3) gave up one run in eight innings and retired the last 16 batters he faced as the majors-leading Giants moved a season-best 18 games over .500.
Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot for San Francisco.
Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer against his former team to spark the Brewers' comeback 8-5 win over Minnesota.
The New York Yankees hold a moment of silence in honor of former Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer prior to a game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Thursday, June 5. (AFP)