Tigers Blast Royals 16-4; Other MLB Scores
Friday Jul 11, 2014 12:00am
Everybody hits as Tigers blast Royals 16-4
(KANSAS CITY) – Torii Hunter insisted the first-place Tigers weren't trying to send a message to the second-place Royals as the AL Central rivals began a four-game series leading into the All-Star break. They did it anyway. Everybody who stepped to the plate for Detroit had at least one hit and scored one run, and a season-best offensive onslaught spurred the Tigers to a 16-4 rout of Kansas City on Thursday night. Hunter led off the fifth with a homer, added another hit later in the inning and finished with three RBI's. With the win, the Tigers extended their lead to 5 1/2 games over the Royals by capturing their third straight victory and fourth in a row in Kansas City. Drew Smyly (5-8) was the beneficiary, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings for Detroit. He had lost six of his previous eight outings. Jeremy Guthrie (5-8) gave up a career-worst eight earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two hit batters. He was mercifully pulled with no outs in the fifth, which means the Royals' veteran has allowed 16 earned runs in eight-plus innings covering his last two starts. The Tigers stunned the Royals with three runs in the first, added three in the fourth and put up a season-best eight in the fifth. They ended up with 19 hits for the game. Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez joined Hunter in driving in three runs apiece, while Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos and Eugenia Suarez each drove in two.
Boston tops Chicago 4-3 in 10 innings
(BOSTON) – Mike Carp spent more than a month on the disabled list with a broken right foot. He watched the Boston Red Sox struggle, wishing he could contribute. He was smiling Thursday after delivering a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning that gave the Red Sox a 4-3 win, their second consecutive walk-off victory over the Chicago White Sox. There haven't been many of those this season for the Red Sox, the defending World Series champions who are in last place in the AL East. With two straight wins to end their 3-7 homestand, they head to Houston for a three-game series with a chance to build some momentum going into the All-Star break. Jon Lester gave up seven hits and no walks. In his last six starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA, 39 strikeouts, six walks and 33 hits allowed in 44 2/3 innings. He extended his streak to 45 innings without giving up a homer. David Ortiz had a two-run double that gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the sixth after Jose Quintana retired Boston's first 15 batters. Chicago had runners at first and third with two outs in the 10th, but Alexei Ramirez was retired on a grounder to pitcher Andrew Miller (3-5).
OTHER THURSDAY A.L. SCORES
Cleveland 9 – NY Yankees 3
LA Angels 15 – Texas 6
Minnesota 4 – Seattle 2
THURSDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Oakland 6 – San Francisco 1
Baltimore 4 – Washington 3
Cubs top Reds 6-4 in 12 innings
(CINCINNATI) – Arismendy Alcantara needed just one day to get the feel of the big leagues. After going 0-for-4 in his major league debut on Wednesday, the highly regarded Cubs prospect had four hits and scored the tying and winning runs as Chicago snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-4, 12-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Alcantara and Starlin Castro both reached base with infield singles in the 12th off of J.J. Hoover (1-6). Luis Valbuena, 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field that Skip Schumaker couldn't catch up with and was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The out call stood after a umpire crew chief request for a replay review to make sure the new rule regarding home plate collisions wasn't violated. Blake Parker (1-0) pitched the last two innings and the Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati. Ryan Ludwick homered, but the Reds couldn't overcome a lineup missing more than half of its regulars and the loss of starter Homer Bailey to an injury after five innings. The Reds were hoping to sweep the Cubs in a five-game series for the first time since 1931, but instead failed for the third time to extend a winning streak to six games.
OTHER THURSDAY N.L. SCORES
Philadelphia 9 – Milwaukee 1
Atlanta 3 – NY Mets 1
Pittsburgh 9 – St. Louis 1
LA Dodgers 2 – San Diego 1