Jhonny Peralta brought home the go-ahead run when Andy Dirks’ hard slide broke up a potential inning-ending double play in the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera was robbed of a tiebreaking homer in the fifth inning by Alex Gordon’s catch above the left-field wall. Detroit, who started the day tied with the Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central for the first time since Sept. 2, found a way to break through the eighth, though.
Delmon Young hit an infield single with one out in the eighth off Kelvin Herrera (4-3) and was replaced by Kelly, who stole second base and took third on Dirks’ single.
Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Austin Jackson had a solo shot in the fourth inning to tie the game.
Luis Marte got two outs in the fifth and Al Alburquerque gave up only one hit over 2-1/3 innings. Joaquin Benoit (4-3) allowed one hit in the eighth. Jose Valverde closed the game for his 32nd save in 37 chances.
ORIOLES 12, BLUE JAYS 2
In Baltimore, Maryland, Chris Davis and Manny Machado each connected twice as the Baltimore Orioles tied a team record with seven home runs and stayed within 1.5 games of the AL East lead.
The Orioles ended a two-game losing skid against the Blue Jays and remained close to the division-leading New York Yankees, who won 8-2 in Minnesota.
Nate McLouth hit a leadoff shot in the first inning, while Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds also homered. Baltimore have hit seven home runs three times, most recently on Aug. 26, 1985.
Davis finished with a career-high five RBIs.
Davis’ three-run drive gave the Orioles a five-run inning and finished Carlos Villanueva (7-7).
Miguel Gonzalez (8-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He allowed Edwin Encarnacion’s 42nd home run with two outs in the top of the first.
INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 4
In Chicago, the slumping Chicago White Sox fell out of the AL Central lead for the first time in two months, walking 12 batters in a loss to Cleveland.
Chicago, who have lost seven of eight, had been in sole possession or tied at the top every day since July 24, but Detroit moved ahead by a game, beating Kansas City 5-4 with a week left in the regular season.
The White Sox have lost seven of their past eight and have seven games remaining — four at home against Tampa Bay and three at Cleveland next week. They will need to regroup in a hurry.
Choo Shin-soo had a go-ahead RBI grounder in the seventh off Matt Thornton (4-9) and Vinny Rottino hit his first homer for Cleveland in the eighth off Brett Myers. The Indians — who are 21-50 since the All-Star break — won two of three at US Cellular Field.
Tony Sipp (1-2) pitched one-third of an inning for the win and Chris Perez finished in the ninth for his 38th save in 42 chances. He issued the Indians’ sixth walk of the game and after a throwing error by shortstop Brent Lillibridge, he retired Paul Konerko on a fly to shallow left to end it.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Rays 4, Red Sox 2
‧ Yankees 8, Twins 2
‧ Angels 4, Mariners 3
‧ Athletics 9, Rangers 3
AP, CINCINNATI, Ohio
Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 41st home run on Wednesday night as Milwaukee kept their wild-card chances flickering with an 8-1 victory over Cincinnati.
Milwaukee moved within 3.5 games of St Louis for the final NL wild-card spot, a long shot that left them with no margin for error. The Cardinals lost 2-0 to Houston.