Miguel Cabrera’s grand slam capped a wild fourth inning in which Detroit hit four home runs and Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was ejected as the Tigers beat Baltimore 10-3 on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Prince Fielder hit a sixth-inning drive for the Tigers, whose five homers were a season high.
Justin Verlander (7-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings to win his third straight start.
After Victor Martinez opened the inning with a home run off Hammel (7-3), Jhonny Peralta followed with a shot to left and Alex Avila made it three in a row with a drive to center.
Hammel’s next pitch struck Matt Tuiasosopo in the shoulder or the helmet — replays were inconclusive — and home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately tossed the right-hander from the game.
INDIANS 5, RAYS 0
In Cleveland, Ohio, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings as the Indians beat the Rays.
Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-run homers in the game that began about 10 hours after the conclusion of Friday night’s contest, that ended at 2:53am on Saturday after five hours of rain delays.
Jimenez (4-3) allowed four hits and struck out seven in stopping Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak. The Rays, who rolled to a 9-2 win earlier on Saturday morning, had only two runners reach second base.
Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer (0-1), called up from Triple A-Durham before the game, allowed five runs in four innings.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Twins 5, Mariners 4
‧ Royals 4, Rangers 1, 10 Inns
‧ Athletics 4, White Sox 3
‧ Red Sox 11, Yankees 1
‧ Astros 2, Angels 0
AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri
Adam Wainwright struck out 10 in his 14th complete game and third this season, as the St Louis Cardinals completed a day-night doubleheader sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 7-1 win on Saturday night.
Rookie Shelby Miller pitched six-hit ball for seven innings and backup catcher Tony Cruz hit two doubles and drove in a pair of runs for St Louis in an 8-0 win in the opener.
Wainwright (8-3) allowed eight hits and one run without walking a batter.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Rockies 7, Dodgers 6, 10 Inns
‧ Brewers 4, Phillies 3
‧ Marlins 8, Mets 1
‧ Braves 2, Nationals 1, 10 Inns
‧ Reds 2, Pirates 0
‧ Diamondbacks 12, Cubs 4
In interleague play, it was:
‧ Padres 4, Blue Jays 3