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Game roundup: Tigers pound Dodgers in comeback

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 08 2014 10:13:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 08 2014 10:13:18 PM CDT

DETROIT -- Rajai Davis had three hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers recorded a season-high in runs to erase an early five-run deficit and thump the Los Angeles Dodgers 14-5 on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

First baseman Miguel Cabrera and right fielder Torii Hunter each had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for the American League Central Division-leading Tigers (49-37). Third baseman Nick Castellanos added three hits, three runs scored and an RBI.

Justin Verlander (8-7) gave up five first-inning runs, then held the Dodgers scoreless over the next five innings to get the win. He is 23-2 in 30 career interleague starts and 12-0 in his last 14.

The Tigers erased a five-run deficit by the third inning and knocked out Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the process. Los Angeles scored five first-inning runs against Verlander on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's two-run double, left fielder Matt Kemp's RBI single and Uribe's two-run homer.

Detroit got all of those runs back in the second while rapping eight hits. Davis drove in the go-ahead run in the third with a single, chasing Ryu from the game.

Indians 5, Yankees 3

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley had two doubles, a home run and three RBIs, and right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched seven strong innings as Cleveland beat New York.

First baseman Nick Swisher also homered for the Indians, who roughed up right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka, the Yankees' ace, came into the game with a record of 12-3 and a 2.27 ERA, but Cleveland reached him for five runs on 10 hits, both of which were season highs for Tanaka.

Bauer (3-4) pitched seven innings, holding New York to two earned runs on four hits. Bauer and right-handers Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined to retire the last 13 batters to end the game, with Allen picking up his 10th save.

Trailing 3-2, the Indians took the lead for good in the sixth inning as Swisher pounded a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field for a two-run home run, his seventh of the season.

Mets 8, Braves 3

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jacob deGrom struck out 11 in seven shutout innings, and the top seven batters in New York's lineup each had at least two hits in a rout of Atlanta.

The Mets racked up a season-high 18 hits as they improved to 4-1 on a 10-game homestand. The win was also the 4,000th in franchise history for the Mets, who are 4,000-4,374 since beginning play in 1962.

Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson homered on the second pitch of the game, and the Mets did not let up against All-Star right-hander Julio Teheran and a pair of relievers. New York was retired in order just once all night.

Rays 4, Royals 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had a solid but short season debut, and Tampa Bay continued its recent roll with a victory over Kansas City.

Hellickson, making his first start since January elbow surgery, didn't last long enough to get a decision, charged with one run and six hits over 4 1/3 innings and 84 pitches. But the Rays scored twice in the sixth on a single by third baseman Evan Longoria to take the lead for good, giving them nine wins in their past 11 games.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Conor Gillaspie, who missed Monday night's game with a bruised right knee, snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Chicago past Boston.

The win was the fifth in the last six games and eighth in the last 11 for Chicago, while the Red Sox fell to 1-7 on their homestand.

Gillaspie singled in a two-run second inning, doubled and scored in the fourth and then, after the Red Sox snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak with three runs in the fifth, hit his second homer of the season in the sixth.

Reds 4, Cubs 2 (Game 1)

CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce homered and Johnny Cueto pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, lifting Cincinnati past Chicago in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Left fielder Chris Coghlan and center fielder Ryan Sweeney hit back-to-back homers in the sixth for Chicago in the makeup of a rainout on April 28. Cueto (9-6) ranks second in the National League with a 1.15 daytime ERA.

Orioles-Nationals, ppd.

WASHINGTON -- The scheduled game between Baltimore and Washington was rained out. A makeup game is scheduled for Aug. 4. Tuesday's scheduled starters -- Baltimore's Bud Norris and Washington's Doug Fister -- will start Wednesday when the series shifts to Baltimore for two games.

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