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Giants win against Detroit with Peavy in command

RAIN OR SHINE:Peavy had San Francisco leading 6-0 when a severe storm delayed play for 2 hours, 40 minutes, returned and gave up no earned runs in six innings

AP, DETROIT

Jake Peavy of the San Francisco Giants returns to the mound in the fourth inning after sitting through a rain delay in a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday in Detroit, Michigan.

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MAJOR LEAGUES

San Francisco pitcher Jake Peavy was in such dominant form that he even resumed after a rain delay of almost three hours and steered the Giants to an 8-2 win over Detroit in Friday’s key interleague clash of playoff aspirants.

The victory moved the Giants within two games of the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Tigers slipped two games behind American League Central leaders Kansas City, who prevailed in a defensive struggle against the New York Yankees.

New York missed an opportunity to make up some ground on runaway AL East leader Baltimore, who lost to Tampa Bay, while the key NL clash saw Milwaukee end a run of nine-successive defeats by beating St Louis, who had won their previous six.

San Francisco scored six runs in three innings and led 6-0 when a severe storm came through, delaying the game for 2 hours, 40 minutes. When play resumed, Peavy (4-4) surprisingly went back to the mound and did not give up any earned runs in his six innings.

Kansas City capitalized on Detroit’s defeat by beating the Yankees 1-0, with a superb performance by pitcher James Shields.

Two starts after putting in one of his worst outings this season against New York, Shields (13-7) showed his best by retiring his first 11 batters. It was one of his two 11-batter stretches of the game, and he induced 12 groundouts in 8-1/3 scoreless innings.

Nori Aoki’s run-scoring single in the third proved the winner as the Royals notched a fourth-straight win and moved 17 games over a .500 record for the first time in 25 years.

Baltimore remained 9.5 games ahead of New York atop the AL East after a 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay.

Rays’ starter Alex Cobb and two relievers combined for Tampa Bay’s AL-best 19th shutout this season.

Cobb did not get the decision, despite going seven innings and allowing two runs or less for the 11th consecutive start; a team record. He gave up only one walk and struck out six.

Reliever Brad Boxberger (4-1) pitched a perfect eighth to take the win.

Milwaukee finally got back on the winners’ list by beating St Louis 6-2, closing back within three games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Los Angeles’ Kole Calhoun had three hits and scored four times, sliding into home for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 7-6 victory over Minnesota.

The Angels moved six games clear atop the AL West.

Washington’s Rafael Soriano blew another save, and an error by Bryce Harper on a routine fly ball in the 11th inning led to the go-ahead runs, giving Philadelphia a 9-8 win over the Nationals.

The Nationals stayed seven games clear atop the NL West because Atlanta lost 11-3 at Miami.

Houston’s Chris Carter hit his 36th homer of the season and drove in three runs against his former team to help the Astros beat slumping Oakland 4-3.

Los Angeles’ Dan Haren pitched well on two extra days of rest to steer the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over Arizona.

The game between Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs was suspended by rain with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning and was to resume yesterday.

Cleveland’s David Murphy drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning to five the Indians a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Boston’s Yoenis Cespedes had four hits, including a game-winning single that capped a three-run 10th inning, as the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 9-8.

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