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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 American League 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.
Angels 6, Mariners 0
At Seattle, John Lackey pitched his second straight seven-hit shutout against the Seattle, and Los Angeles increased its lead in the AL West to three games.
Garret Anderson homered and had three RBIs as the Angels improved to 9-4 against Seattle this season.
Lackey (16-8) provided another dominant, big-game start, joining Boston's Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield as the major leagues' only 16-game winners. It was his 10th career complete game and seventh shutout.
Miguel Batista (13-10) allowed six runs in six innings and gave up 10 hits _ matching his season high. He has allowed 14 runs _ all earned _ over eight innings in his last two starts.
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.
Blue Jays 6, Athletics 2, 12 innings
At Oakland, California, Troy Glaus' run-scoring double off the wall highlighted Toronto's four-run rally in the 12th inning, and Toronto sent Oakland to its fourth straight loss.
Oakland tied it in the eighth on Dan Johnson's RBI single, and the A's bullpen retired 11 straight batters before Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas singled to lead off the 12th against Alan Embree (1-2).
Glaus then crushed a line drive off the top of the extended wall in left-center, and Aaron Hill followed with an RBI single off Ruddy Lugo. Gregg Zaun and Reed Johnson drove in additional runs for the Blue Jays, who were swept in a three-game series with Oakland last week.
Blue Jays closer Jeremy Accardo (3-3) walked two but escaped an 11th-inning jam, and Brian Wolfe pitched the 12th.
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Updated : 2021-06-13 22:45 GMT+08:00