New York’s Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by hitting his 30th homer of the season and driving in four runs to help the Yankees beat Detroit 12-8 on Wednesday, ending the Tigers’ six-game winning streak.
Granderson batted sixth in the lineup for the first time since May because he had two straight zero-for-five games and just four hits in his previous 25 at-bats. The change seemed to work as he had an RBI single in the first, a home run in the third and a double in the seventh.
Down 7-0 at one point, the Tigers closed to 8-7 in the seventh, ending the game for New York starter C.C. Sabathia (12-3), who gave up eight hits and struck out seven over 6-2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 9, MARINERS 2
In Baltimore, Maryland, Steve Johnson struck out nine over six innings in his first major league start, guiding Baltimore to a three-game sweep of Seattle.
Johnson (1-0) gave up two runs after being called up from the minors to sub for Tommy Hunter, who was scratched because he threw in the bullpen on Tuesday.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Rangers 10, Red Sox 9
‧ Athletics 9, Angels 8
‧ Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
‧ Royals 2, White Sox 1
‧ Indians 6, Twins 2
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San Francisco’s Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, as the Giants romped past St Louis 15-0 in the National League on Wednesday.
Scutaro had an RBI single in the third, a two-run double in the eighth and then hit his third career slam in the ninth.
Ahead 2-0, the Giants broke it open with five runs in the sixth. They turned the game into a rout with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth.
NATIONALS 4, ASTROS 3
In Houston, Texas, Gio Gonzalez pitched nine innings and hit a home run — both career firsts — to lead Washington past Houston.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson was hoping Gonzalez (14-6) could go deep into this game after his bullpen had been taxed with games of 11 and 12 innings to start this series. He got just what he wanted from Gonzalez, whose other complete game was an eight-inning outing with Oakland in 2010. Things got dicey in the ninth when he allowed three hits and a run and had the tying run on third before striking out Matt Downs to end the game.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6
‧ Brewers 3, Reds 2
‧ Braves 12, Phillies 6
‧ Marlins 13, Mets 0
‧ Dodgers 6, Rockies 4
‧ Padres 2, Cubs 0