Justin Verlander gave up one run in seven innings, helping the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 7-2 on Thursday and extending their American League Central lead to five games over the second-place Twins.
Verlander (16-7) struck out five and walked two, allowing a seventh-inning homer to Michael Cuddyer. Detroit, which once led by 10 games, is a mere 10-18 since Aug. 7.
Curtis Granderson hit a tone-setting homer on the third pitch of the night by Scott Baker (4-8), and Marcus Thames took him deep in the second, a two-run shot that put Detroit up 3-0.
Joe Mauer, clinging to the AL batting lead, went 1-for-4 and saw his average drop to .3444, just ahead of the Yankees' Derek Jeter (.3439).
Indians 9, White Sox 1
At Chicago, Cliff Lee (12-10) gave up one run and five hits in six innings and Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez homered off Mark Buehrle (12-12). Chicago has lost six of eight, remained one-half game behind Minnesota for the AL wild card and dropped five-and-a-half games behind Detroit in the AL Central.
The Florida Marlins' bid for back-to-back no-hitters ended in the first inning, and Ryan Howard's 54th home run -- his 10th in 15 games -- helped the Philadelphia Phillies rally for a 14-8 victory on Thursday.
Chris Coste, Chase Utley and Jeff Conine also homered, and Philadelphia overcame a 3-0 deficit against Josh Johnson (12-7) to win the opener of a four-game series.
Pirates 7, Cubs 5
At Chicago, Chris Duffy homered leading off the game, then hit a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Scott Eyre (0-2) for his third homer in 353 career at-bats. One out later, Xavier Nady homered against Ryan Dempster.
Mets 7, Dodgers 0
At New York, Tom Glavine (13-6) won for the first time since Aug. 5, and Jose Reyes flew around the bases for his first career inside-the-park home run as New York trounced Los Angeles.
Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 2
At Phoenix, Scott Spiezio homered twice in a game for the first time since May 2003 as the Cardinals opened a six-and-a-half-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL Central and sent Arizona to its eighth loss in nine games.
Jeff Weaver (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings. Miguel Batista (10-6) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 in 13 starts since losing to Tampa Bay on June 20.
Rockies 10, Nationals 5
At Denver, Jamey Carroll got the go-ahead hit, one of three straight infield singles in a five-run eighth and Colorado downed Washington.
Austin Kearns hit an RBI single in the top half and scored on Brian Schneider's double off Jeremy Affeldt.
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