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Verlander's arm and Tigers' bats take care of Mussina, Yankees in 16-0 victory

Verlander's arm and Tigers' bats take care of Mussina, Yankees in 16-0 victory

Justin Verlander shut down the New York Yankees while the Detroit Tigers roughed up Mike Mussina and a couple of relievers in their highest-scoring game this season, a 16-0 win on Monday.
Verlander (14-5) gave up just three hits over seven innings and Placido Polanco was one of three Tigers with at least three hits, including his homer after Mussina was chased.
The Tigers, who outhit the Yankees 20-3, took three of the four games and won a series for the first time since sweeping Minnesota from July 17-19. New York, meanwhile, has lost five of seven games and fallen eight games behind AL East-leading Boston.
Mussina (8-10) might've pitched himself out of the rotation, lasting just three innings and giving up six runs, nine hits and a walk. Mussina has allowed 19 earned runs in 9 2-3 innings _ an ERA of 17.69 _ in his last three starts, his season ERA rising from 4.50 to 5.53.
Indians 8, Twins 3
At Cleveland, Paul Byrd beat Minnesota once again, Victor Martinez homered and Cleveland turned a triple play in slowing Minnesota's climb in the AL Central.
Byrd (13-5) allowed three runs in six innings to move to 4-0 this season and 10-3 in his career against the Twins.
With runners at first and second in the top of the seventh, Indians reliever Rafael Perez came on and got Mike Redmond to hit a hard grounder to third baseman Casey Blake, who fielded it and quickly stepped on the bag. Blake then threw to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, whose relay to first baseman Victor Martinez easily beat the slow-footed Twins catcher.
Martinez hit a two-run homer in the third off Carlos Silva (10-13). Kelly Shoppach and Travis Hafner each added two RBIs for the Indians.
White Sox 5, Devil Rays 4
At Chicago, Jose Contreras got his first win as a starter in two months and rookie Josh Fields put the White Sox ahead with Chicago's fourth home run of the seventh inning.
Contreras (7-16), who leads the major league in losses, had dropped nine straight starts since beating Florida on June 18. He allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay starter Edwin Jackson took a 4-0 lead into the seventh before A.J. Pierzynski, Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe homered consecutively to make it 4-3.
Danny Richar doubled to finish Jackson and, one out later, advanced on Dan Wheeler's wild pitch. Wheeler (0-2) fanned Jerry Owens for the second out, but Fields lined his 17th homer to give Chicago the lead.


Updated : 2021-04-22 11:58 GMT+08:00