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Porcello Wins 15th As Tigers Beat Yankees; Other MLB Scores
Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 12:00am

Tigers top Yankees 5-2
(DETROIT) – Rick Porcello was sharp, Joe Nathan was composed and the Detroit Tigers gave their home fans reason to cheer again. What they didn't do was gain ground in the AL Central race. Porcello pitched eight impressive innings to set a career high for victories at 15, and the Tigers snapped New York's five-game winning streak Tuesday night, beating the Yankees 5-2. But division-leading Kansas City rallied past Minnesota with a ninth-inning homer, leaving Detroit still 1 1/2 games behind. Porcello (15-8) joined teammate Max Scherzer as the American League's only 15-game winners, allowing two runs and nine hits. The 25 year old right-hander threw a shutout in his previous start against Tampa Bay, and he blanked the Yankees until Jacoby Ellsbury's homer in the fifth. Ellsbury added another solo shot in the eighth. The Tigers haven't played all that well in August, but they've now won three in a row, and the vibe at Comerica Park on Tuesday was a positive one. Nathan has struggled all season, and he's had a strained relationship with Detroit fans of late, but the home crowd was chanting "Let's go, Joe!" in the ninth as the right-hander worked through his first perfect inning since Aug. 5. It was his 28th save in 34 chances this season.


Cleveland tops Chicago in 10 innings
(CHICAGO) – Zach Walters couldn't get a bunt down. And his manager was just fine with that since Walters came through with a go-ahead home run instead. Walters hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 victory over the sliding Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to lead off the 10th against Jake Petricka (0-4), and after failing to sacrifice Chisenhall to third, Walters hit a 3-2 pitch well into the right-field bleachers to give the Indians the lead. Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win, keeping Cleveland 5 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. Cleveland won its third straight, moved to a season-high four games above .500 and kept pace in the tightly bunched hunt for an AL wild-card spot. Chicago lost its seventh straight and saw Petricka give up a go-ahead home run in his second consecutive appearance after allowing Brian McCann's 10th inning walk-off Sunday against the New York Yankees. Chicago didn't get much from starter Jose Quintana, who went five innings and allowing six earned runs to match a season-high. His ERA also rose from 3.25 to 3.48 as he got his 11th no-decision of the year and major league-leading 38th since the start of the 2012 season.


OTHER TUESDAY A.L. SCORES
Baltimore 4 – Tampa Bay 2
Boston 11 – Toronto 7
Kansas City 2 – Minnesota 1
Houston 4 – Oakland 2
Seattle 5 – Texas 0


TUESDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
LA Angels 8- Miami 2


Cubs shut out Reds 3-0
(CINCINNATI) – Travis Wood got his first win in months and impressed his former pitching coach along the way. Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Wood (8-11) struck out five and walked one in his first victory since he pitched eight innings in a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on June 15. The left-hander, who made the All-Star team last season, was 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his previous 12 starts. Arismendy Alcantara hit a two run shot and Anthony Rizzo connected for his 30th homer for the Cubs, who have won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4. Cincinnati was shut out for the 12th time this season. Johnny Cueto (15-8) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings in his second straight loss after winning seven consecutive decisions. Neil Ramirez struck out the side in the seventh, Pedro Strop pitched the eighth and Hector Rondon finished for his 22nd save. Rizzo joins Miami's Giancarlo Stanton as the only two National Leaguers with at least 30 home runs.


OTHER TUESDAY N.L. SCORES
Philadelphia 4 – Washington 3
Pittsburgh 5 – St. Louis 2
NY Mets 3 – Atlanta 2
LA Dodgers 9- Arizona 5
San Diego 4 – Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 3 – Colorado 0


Rick Porcello works against the NY Yankees in Tuesday night action. (photo courtesy of Julian H. Gonzalez/DFP).
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