Detroit’s Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts, leading the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the New York Yankees in the American League on Monday.
Verlander (12-7) threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, and sent the Tigers to their fifth straight win.
He got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova (10-6) was roughed up for 11 hits — matching a career high — in 5-1/3 innings.
WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 2
In Chicago, Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham homered late to lift Chicago over Kansas City.
Konerko tied it leading off the seventh, while Beckham gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a solo shot in the eighth off Luis Mendoza (5-8).
Chicago starter Chris Sale (13-3) looked sharp on nine days’ rest, allowing two runs in eight innings, while striking out seven without a walk.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 0
In Oakland, California, Jered Weaver pitched a shutout for his major league-leading 15th victory as Los Angeles beat Oakland to overtake the final spot in the crowded AL wild-card standings.
Weaver (15-1) struck out nine, walked none and faced the minimum through 4-1/3 innings. The Angels ace has won a career-best 10 straight starts, matching Chuck Finley’s franchise record set in 1997.
A’s starter Jarrod Parker (7-6) allowed four runs in 6-2/3 innings.
RED SOX 9, RANGERS 2
In Boston, Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston’s eight doubles as the Red Sox beat Texas.
Boston increased their major league-leading doubles total to 248.
Red Sox starter AaronCook (3-5) regained control of his sinker after going 0-4 in his previous five starts. Of his 21 outs, 15 came on groundballs.
Texas’ Yu Darvish (11-8) also has struggled. In his first start against the Red Sox, he threw 123 pitches and allowed 11 hits, both career highs.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Orioles 3, Mariners 1
‧ Twins 14, Indians 3
AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri
St Louis’ Jake Westbrook pitched six solid innings as the Cardinals extended their strong recent home record by beating the San Francisco Giants 8-2 in the National League on Monday.
Westbrook (11-8) won his fourth decision in a row, mirroring his team’s form. The Cardinals have won four in a row overall and seven straight at home.
Carlos Beltran hit his 26th home run of the season for St Louis.
Giants starter Matt Cain (10-5) tied a season worst by giving up five earned runs in 5-2/3 innings.
PIRATES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Erik Bedard pitched seven scoreless innings to steer Pittsburgh past Arizona, opening a season-long sequence of 11 home games in winning style.
Bedard (6-12) did not walk a batter and faced just one over the minimum, striking out five. He retired 17 in a row until his final batter singled. He leads the majors in losses, but lowered his home ERA to 2.38.
Andrew McCutchen had two hits and scored two runs for the Pirates. Diamondbacks rookie Wade Miley (12-7) did not allow an earned run over six innings, but took the loss.
BREWERS 6, REDS 3
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Yovani Gallardo pitched seven strong innings to guide Milwaukee to victory over Cincinnati.
Gallardo (10-8) gave up one run to equal his longest outing of the season and reach a double-digit win total for the fourth straight year.
Martin Maldonado homered and drove in three runs for the Brewers.