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Tigers beat Royals, sweep series; other MLB scores
Monday May 05, 2014 12:00am

Tigers beat Royals 9-4, sweep series
(KANSAS CITY) - It was little surprise that Billy Butler broke up Justin Verlander's no-hit bid Sunday. The Detroit ace was cruising until Butler's two-out single in the sixth inning of Tigers' 9-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, giving the Tigers a sweep of their three game series. Butler singled cleanly to right on a 1-2 pitch, leaving him with a .432 career average in 74 at-bats against Verlander. Verlander won his fourth straight decision and the Tigers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games. Verlander (4-1) allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run triple in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aoki. Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, who had 16 hits. Torii Hunter had three hits and 3 RBI's and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Detroit is 5-0 against the Royals this year. Kansas City, outscored 26-8 in the series, is 0-4 this month after going 8-20 last May. Jason Vargas (2-1) gave up seven runs and 11 hits in five innings.


White Sox beat Cleveland 4-3
(CLEVELAND) - One swing by Dayan Viciedo provided a dramatic turnaround for the Chicago White Sox. Viciedo hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off John Axford, lifting the White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 and stopping a four-game losing streak. Other than Jose Abreu's major league-leading 12th homer, a solo drive in the first inning, the AL's highest-scoring team couldn't manufacture any runs. Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings, including a team-record seven straight. He allowed three hits and two walks, leaving with a 3-1 lead after 110 pitches. Axford (0-2) walked Gordon Beckham leading off the ninth, but struck out Abreu. Adam Dunn walked, and Viciedo homered on a 2-2 pitch. Axford has blown two saves in 11 chances, both against the White Sox. He gave up a walkoff homer to Alexei Ramirez in the ninth inning on April 13 at Chicago. Daniel Webb (2-0) pitched the eighth, and Matt Lindstrom threw a one-hit ninth for his fourth save in seven chances.


OTHER SUNDAY A.L. SCORES
Tampa Bay 5 – NY Yankees 1
Oakland 3 – Boston 2
Minnesota 5 – Baltimore 2
Seattle 8 – Houston 7
Texas 14 – LA Angels 3


SUNDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Toronto 7 – Pittsburgh 2


Cardinals edge Cubs 5-4
(CHICAGO) – Yadier Molina had a simple goal for his ninth-inning at-bat with the bases loaded and the score tied on Sunday. After fouling off some tough two-strike pitches, Molina hit a ground-ball single up the middle to drive in two runs and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped out of an offensive funk with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The defending National League champions had lost four of five to fall a game below .500. The Cardinals scored all their runs with two outs. Molina, moved into the No. 2 spot to jump start the lineup, was 0 for 4 before coming through in the ninth. But it was a wild pitch in the seventh inning that allowed the Cubs to tie the score at 3 that had Molina more frustrated. The pitch from reliever Carlos Martinez was in the dirt and trickled through Molina's legs, allowing Luis Valbuena to score. Kevin Siegrist got the win in relief while Trevor Rosenthal picked up his eighth save in as many opportunities depsite a scare in the ninth inning. Hector Rondon (0-1) took the loss for the Cubs, who were attempting to win four straight games for the first time since July.


OTHER SUNDAY N.L. SCORES
Miami 5 – LA Dodgers 4
San Francisco 4 – Atlanta 1
Philadelphia 1 – Washington 0
Cincinnati 4 – Milwaukee 3
San Diego 4 – Arizona 3
NY Mets 5 – Colorado 1


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