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Verlander, Tigers Sweep A's In 9-3 Win
Thursday Jul 03, 2014 12:00am

Verlander, Tigers sweep A's with 9-3 win
(DETROIT) – Justin Verlander knows he isn't going to make a sixth straight All-Star team. A few more performances like the one Wednesday might mean he's heading in the right direction, however. Verlander overcame a pair of long home runs in the first inning and left with a comfortable lead after the sixth as the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-3 for a three-game sweep. Verlander (7-7) started the day looking like the pitcher who has been searching for his mechanics for most of the season. Coco Crisp began the game with a shot over the access tunnel down the right-field line, and Brandon Moss went even deeper into the right-field stands with two out. That, though was the last time the A's scored off the pitcher who has dominated them in each of the last two postseasons. Verlander wasn't sharp, allowing nine hits, but he didn't walk a batter. Torii Hunter hit three RBI singles and capped a six-run burst in the sixth inning. The three-time AL Central champion Tigers won for the 11th time in 13 games. The division leaders reached the halfway mark with a 47-34 mark. Oakland still has the best record in the majors despite its stumble at Comerica Park.


White Sox top Angels 3-2
(CHICAGO) – Leury Garcia did all he could to stay ready, to be prepared when his chance came. When he got it, he sure did deliver. Garcia drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit single off Michael Morin in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. The White Sox shook off a doubleheader sweep and finally took out the Angels after dropping their first five games this season and seven straight overall to them. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games, and Chicago prevailed after blowing a two-run lead on a cool, rainy night. Los Angeles tied it on solo homers by David Freese in the seventh and Josh Hamilton in the eighth, only to lose on Garcia's line-drive single in the ninth, a big hit by a backup infielder with just a .192 average. Alejandro De Aza, who entered earlier as a runner for Paul Konerko, started the winning rally with a one out single off Morris (2-2). Conor Gillaspie followed with a broken-bat single past a diving Albert Pujols at first base to put runners on the corners. Zach Putnam (3-1) notched the win after working 1 1/3 scoreless innings.


OTHER WEDNESDAY A.L. SCORES
Tampa Bay 6 – NY Yankees 3
Kanasa City 4 – Minnesota 0
Seattle 5 – Houston 2
Baltimore 6 – Texas 4


WEDNESDAY N.L. SCORES
San Diego 3 – Cincinnati 0
Washington 4 – Colorado 3
Pittsburgh 5 – Arizona 1
Atlanta 3 – NY Mets 1
Miami 5 – Philadelphia 0
St. Louis 2 – San Francisco 0


Cubs rock Boston in 16-9 win
(BOSTON) – Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt spent some of his childhood days in Fenway Park thinking about what it would be like to hit a homer over the Green Monster. He made that dream a reality Wednesday night. Olt, who grew up in Branford, Connecticut, attended UConn and made a nearly 2½ hour trek to Boston a handful of times to watch the Red Sox, belted a two-run homer, one of four hit by Cubs in a 16-9 rout that completed a three-game interleague series sweep. Justin Ruggiano and Welington Castillo also hit two-run homers for the Cubs, who won for the sixth time in seven games away from Wrigley Field and posted their first interleague sweep of three or more games since taking three from Cleveland in 2009. Ruggiano drove in five runs, Darwin Barney had four hits and Nate Schierholtz added a solo homer for Chicago. It was the Cubs' first interleague sweep on the road since winning three against the crosstown rival White Sox in 2007. Mookie Betts hit his first major league homer for the Red Sox, who lost for the ninth time in 13 games. Red Sox DH David Ortiz became the 36th player in major league history to collect 1,000 extra-base hits with a ground-rule double. Carlos Villanueva (4-5) allowed two runs in two innings of relief for the win.


OTHER WEDNESDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Toronto 7 – Milwaukee 4
Cleveland 5 – LA Dodgers 4

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