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Tigers Rally To Bet Rays In 11; Other MLB Scores
Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 12:00am

Tigers rally to beat Rays in 11 innings
(TAMPA BAY) - The Detroit Tigers found a way to win a wild, long game against Tampa Bay. Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning, and the Tigers beat the Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night. Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour (1-5), a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass. Hunter scored on Jeff Beliveau's wild pitch, and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead. Jim Johnson (5-2) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria's RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save. The Tigers, second in the American League wild-card chase, won for the fifth time in 13 games. They still trail Kansas City by 2 games in the AL Central. James Loney homered for the Rays, who had a club-record stretch of 13 consecutive games holding opponents to four runs or fewer end. Detroit starter Max Scherzer came up short in his bid to become the AL's first 15-game winner when Joba Chamberlain gave up an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to Vince Belnome that tied it at 5. Scherzer allowed four runs and four hits over seven innings. J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer that put the Tigers up 5-4 in the eighth.

Orioles beat White Sox 5-1
(CHICAGO) - The Baltimore Orioles moved 20 games over .500 thanks to another strong pitching performance from Chris Tillman. Manager Buck Showalter wasn't exactly ready to celebrate the milestone after his team's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Tillman (10-5) threw eight strong innings and matched a career high with nine strikeouts, giving up one run and three hits. He won for the third time this month as Baltimore improved to 38-26 away from Camden Yards as Tillman and reliever Tommy Hunter held Chicago without a hit after the third inning. Nick Hundley homered, Chris Davis had a two run double as the Orioles' lead in the division ballooned to 8 1-2 games over the New York Yankees and nine over the Toronto Blue Jays. Tillman's lone mistake came in the first when he allowed Jose Abreu's 32nd home run, tying the Orioles' Nelson Cruz and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the most in baseball. The homer was Abreu's first of the month on a night the White Sox offense couldn't generate much. Jose Quintana (6-10) lost his third straight start, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings. Chicago matched a season worst by falling eight games below .500.

Houston 7 – NY Yankees 4
LA Angels 4 – Boston 3
Cleveland 7 – Minnesota 5

Seattle 5 – Philadelphia 2
Miami 4 – Texas 3
Milwaukee 6 – toronto 1
Kansas City 7 – Colorado 4
Oakland 6 – NY Mets 2

Cubs beat Giants 2-0 in rain shortend game
(CHICAGO) - The San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs played 4 1/2 innings in 6 hours, 9 minutes. And when the game was finally called early Wednesday morning, they still hoped to play some more. An unplayable field following a downpour led to the game being called off at 1:16 a.m. The teams had played just enough on Tuesday night for the Cubs to earn a rain-shortened 2-0 victory. The field conditions got so bad partly because the grounds crew couldn't get the tarp on when the storm hit. The game was delayed a total of 4 hours, 34 minutes, and fewer than 1,000 fans remained at the finish. Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, his 29th of the year, and Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings to send the Cubs to victory. Nonetheless, the Giants believed they had sufficient reason for a "probable" protest, according to a team official. They lost for the seventh time in 10 games to fall 4 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race. When the rain and the wind intensified in the middle of the fifth inning, home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt stopped play. The grounds crew couldn't get the manual tarp fully in place, leaving large portions of the infield exposed to the downpour for more than 10 minutes. After the rain eased up, it took nearly 1 1/2 hours for workers to remove water from the soggy infield and spread dozens of bags of compound on the dirt area.

Washington 8 – Arizona 1
Atlanta 11 – Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis 5 – Cincinnati 4
LA Dodgers 8 – San Diego 6

J.D. Martinez celebrates his tie-breaking homer in the 8th inning for the Tigers. The lead wouldn't last (photo courtesy of Kim Klement/USA Today Sports).
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