Detroit’s Austin Jackson hit an inside-the-park home run and a triple as the Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday in a clash of American League heavyweights.
Jackson notched his first career inside-the-park homer in the seventh inning after the right fielder made a diving attempt to catch the ball, which bounced in front of him and then over his glove and to the wall.
Prince Fielder hit his 20th homer, a three-run shot in the sixth that put the Tigers up 4-2 and chased Scott Feldman (6-7). Detroit starter Max Scherzer (11-6) struck out eight in six innings.
Jackson led off the fourth with a triple and was driven in by Miguel Cabrera, whose 96 RBIs tied him again with Josh Hamilton of the Rangers for most in the majors.
Hamilton got his 96th RBI in the first inning with his 31st homer of the season, tying him with Adam Dunn of the White Sox for the major league lead.
WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 3
In Chicago, Illinois, Jordan Danks hit his first major league homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as Chicago overcame a three-run deficit to top Oakland.
With two outs in the ninth, Danks sent the first pitch he saw from Pat Neshek (1-1) deep into the right-field seats for a solo shot.
Chicago reliever Brett Myers (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning to take the win.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Yankees 10, Blue Jays 4
‧ Angels 6, Mariners 5
‧ Orioles 7, Royals 1
‧ Rays 12, Twins 6
‧ Red Sox 3, Indians 2
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Washington’s Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit over six innings as the Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Friday, notching their seventh straight win.
Strasburg (13-5) struck out six and threw 58 of his 104 pitches for strikes. He raised his season innings total to 133 1-3, closing in on the 160-inning cap the Nationals have planned for him in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse homered for the Nationals, who remained 4.5 games ahead of second-placed Atlanta in the National League East.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (9-10) went six innings, allowing four runs.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Braves 4, Mets 0
‧ Padres 9, Pirates 8
‧ Dodgers 5, Marlins 2
‧ Phillies 3, Cardinals 1
‧ Reds 10, White Sox 8
‧ Rockies 3, Giants 0
‧ Astros 4, Brewers 3