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Toronto beat Detroit in home run derby



Edwin Encarnacion, Colby Rasmus and Yunel Escobar homered off Detroit newcomer Anibal Sanchez, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Tigers 5-1 on Saturday.

The Tigers have lost three straight and four of five after a five-game winning streak that briefly lifted them into first place in the AL Central.

Sanchez, acquired from Miami earlier in the week along with infielder Omar Infante, gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings in his Detroit debut.

Sanchez (5-8 overall) lost to Toronto for the second time this season; he gave up six runs in 3-1/3 innings of a 12-5 loss on June 22, while pitching for the Marlins.

Henderson Alvarez (7-7) pitched seven innings for the win.

Encarnacion hit his 28th home run and Rasmus went two for three with three RBIs in his first start of the season at designated hitter.


In Seattle, Washington, Kevin Millwood pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Jesus Montero hit a two-run homer and Seattle beat Kansas City.

Millwood (4-8) gave up one unearned run and six hits in 6-1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked one and was aided by two excellent plays from shortstop Brendan Ryan. Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his 13th save. Lorenzo Cain hit an RBI triple with two outs before Alex Gordon grounded out.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas sprained his right knee while diving for a grounder in the first inning. He is day to day and will be examined again yesterday.

Billy Butler was three for three for Kansas City.

Montero hit his 10th home run, connecting in the third off Bruce Chen (8-8).

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Athletics 6, Orioles 1

‧ Red Sox 8, Yankees 6

‧ White Sox 5, Rangers 2

‧ Twins 12, Indians 5

‧ Rays 3, Angels 0



Matt Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Chad Billingsley took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Saturday.

Hanley Ramirez had three RBIs in helping the Dodgers beat San Francisco for the second straight day to pull within a game of the NL West-leading Giants.

Billingsley (6-9) drove in a run for Los Angeles with a sacrifice fly.


In Chicago, pinch-hitter Reed Johnson drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the seventh inning and the Cubs got past St Louis, ending the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak.

The Cubs had lost five in a row to St Louis, but has won nine of their last 11 overall at Wrigley Field.

Johnson caught the Cardinals by surprise when he squared up on the first pitch with runners on first and third and two outs.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Braves 2, Phillies 1

‧ Pirates 4, Astros 3

‧ Nationals 4, Brewers 1

‧ Marlins 4, Padres 2

‧ Reds 9, Rockies 7

‧ Diamondbacks 6, Mets 2

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