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Verlander sharp as Tigers triumph


July 15. 2013 12:17AM
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The Associated Press


DETROIT — Justin Verlander held Texas hitless until the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers backed their ace with three home runs in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.


Mitch Moreland’s two-out double to right-center broke up Verlander’s bid for his third career no-hitter. Verlander (10-6) left the game after the seventh with a tight right quad muscle, having allowed just one hit and three walks. He struck out three.


Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers off Texas starter Martin Perez (3-2). The Rangers finished with two hits.


Twins 10, Yankees 4


Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer a pitch after shortstop Eduardo Nunez made a two-out throwing error, and Minnesota took advantage of New York miscues and misfortune to beat CC Sabathia for the first time in six years and end more than a decade of misery in the Bronx.


Justin Morneau had three hits — two very well placed — as Minnesota took two of three from New York to win a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since taking a set at the old ballpark in 2001. Still, the Twins are 9-31 in the Bronx since 2002.


They had even less success against Sabathia (9-8), going 0-11 in 12 games including the postseason after beating him in 2007. Sabathia gave up a season-high eight runs — three earned — and matched his low of four innings this year.


The Yankees (51-44) made two errors that led to five unearned runs. They also hit into four double plays.


Indians 6, Royals 4


CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double to cap Cleveland’s comeback in the sixth inning, and the Indians charged into the All-Star break with a three-game sweep of Kansas City.


Orioles 7, Blue Jays 4


BALTIMORE — Chris Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL record before the All-Star break, and Baltimore cruised past Toronto.


Rays 5, Astros 0


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Chris Archer pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and Tampa Bay beat Houston.


Mariners 4, Angels 3


SEATTLE — Hisashi Iwakuma won for the first time in over a month, and Seattle completed its first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels.


Athletics 3, Red Sox 2, 11 innings


OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Donaldson blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning, and Oakland beat Boston despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.




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