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Santana slam lifts Indians past Tigers


Carlos Santana hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a 9-5 win over the Detroit Tigers as the surging Indians extended their home winning streak to 11 games on Friday.

It was the latest dramatic win for the Indians, who mobbed Santana at home plate after the switch-hitter drove a 3-1 pitch from Joaquin Benoit (0-1) over the right-field wall.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run homer in the seventh tied the score. Matt LaPorta hit a solo homer off Tigers starter Max Scherzer to tie it at 5 in the seventh.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez.

Angels 8, Rays 5

In St Petersburg, Florida, Mark Trumbo homered and drove in four runs, and Ervin Santana won for the first time this season as Los Angeles dominated Tampa Bay ace David Price.

Trumbo, who entered with one hit in 20 at-bats over his previous seven games, had two hits, including a two-run homer. The Angels have won nine of 13 road games this year.

Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer for the Rays, who had won five in a row.

Price (3-3), coming off three consecutive wins, gave up five runs and a career-high 12 hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3

In New York, Ricky Romero got right back up after a frightening line drive flattened him, twice retired Alex Rodriguez in dicey spots and pitched Toronto past New York.

Jose Bautista hit his AL-leading ninth home run and J.P. Arencibia also connected off Freddy Garcia (1-1) for the Blue Jays. Rajai Davis returned from the disabled list and stole two bases, then scored when reliever David Robertson botched a first-and-third pickoff play and made a wild throw.

Robinson Cano hit a pair of solo home runs for the Yankees, including a shot in the eighth inning. New York went on to load the bases with one out, but Derek Jeter struck out and Nick Swisher grounded out.

In the third, Mark Teixeira hit a line drive directly at Romero’s head.

Mariners 5, Red Sox 4

In Boston, Jason Vargas pitched seven innings for his first victory of the season as Seattle took advantage of Daisuke Matsuzaka’s injury to beat Boston for its fourth straight win.

Jack Cust hit a go-ahead double in the seventh as the Mariners roughed up reliever Bobby Jenks (1-2), who was booed after allowing two runs in the inning and coughing up a one-run lead.

Justin Smoak drove in two runs and Brandon League earned his sixth save as the Mariners held Boston hitless after the fourth inning.

Mike Cameron homered twice for the Red Sox.

Royals 4, Twins 3

In Kansas City, Missouri, Jarrod Dyson scored with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as Kansas City rallied past Minnesota to snap a six-game losing streak. Kansas City trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, when Wilson Betemit doubled with one out and moved to third on Kila Ka’ahiue’s single. After Dyson ran for Ka’ahiue, Betemit scored on catcher Drew Butera’s throwing error to second with Dyson advancing to third.

Dyson then came home on Alcides Escobar’s pop up to shallow left that shortstop Alexi Casilla caught with his back to the infield.

In other league action, it was:

‧ Orioles 10, White Sox 4

‧ Athletics 3, Rangers 1

AP, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania

Ryan Howard hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to back rookie fill-in Vance Worley and lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday.

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