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Avila's Hit Gives Tigers Win Over Yankees; Other MLB Scores
Friday Aug 29, 2014 12:00am

Avila's hit gives Tigers win over Yankees
(DETROIT) – Brad Ausmus saw the ball come off Brian McCann's bat and sail toward the foul pole in right field, a potentially devastating drive with the game tied in the ninth inning. It ended up foul by a few feet, and Phil Coke went on to strike McCann out. Then the Tigers took advantage of the reprieve, scoring in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Thursday. Alex Avila's two-out single off the wall in right gave Detroit the victory. The Tigers, still chasing Kansas City for the AL Central lead, pulled even with Seattle in the race for the American League's second wild card. The Yankees are three games back. A day after David Price gave up nine straight hits, the Tigers sent Kyle Lobstein to the mound for his first major league start. The rookie performed well, allowing one earned run in six innings. Phil Coke (2-2) got one very eventful out for the win.


Cleveland beats Chicago 3-2
(CHICAGO) – Michael Bourn and the Cleveland Indians are feeling pretty good heading into a big series with Kansas City. Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading Carlos Carrasco and the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Cleveland took two of three from scuffling Chicago and has won 11 of 16 overall. The Indians begin a three-game series at the AL Central-leading Royals on Friday night. The Indians trail the Royals by 5 1/2 games, with Detroit in second place. But the Indians have six games left against Kansas City and seven against Detroit. Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning for Cleveland, and Jason Kipnes and Michael Brantley each singled in a run. Alexei Ramirez had two hits for the White Sox, and John Danks (9-9) pitched six solid innings. Carrasco (6-4) improved to 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in four starts since he returned to the rotation. The right-hander also began the year as a starter, but then lost three of his first four outings.


OTHER THURSDAY A.L. SCORES
Baltimore 5 – Tampa Bay 4
Minnesota 11 – Kansas City 5
Houston 4 – Texas 2
LA Angels 4 – Oakland 3


Reds beat Cubs 7-2
(CINCINNATI) - The Cincinnati Reds came up with a game plan to steal a game from Jake Arrieta, and they ran with it. Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Reds swiped six in all, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Thursday. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice, and Kristopher Negron added one more. The last time the Reds stole at least six was 2006 against Washington. The Reds had six steals in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Arrieta (7-5). Dylan Axelrod (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball and struck out eight. Axelrod was taking injured Homer Bailey's spot in the starting rotation and made his first start for the Reds since Aug. 16 in Colorado. Axelrod left that game with a lead, only to have the bullpen give it up. A water main break in Denver caused a doubleheader that taxed the Reds' bullpen and Axelrod was sent to the minors in favor of bullpen help. Cubs rookie Jorge Soler doubled and singled in his second major league game and drove in a run. He homered and singled in his debut on Wednesday.

OTHER FRIDAY N.L. SCORES
San Francisco 4 – Colorado 1
Atlanta 6 – NY Mets 1


Alex Avila lines a shot to the outfield, bringing in the winning run in Detroit's 3-2 win over the NY Yankees (photo courtesy of Julian H. Gonzalez/DFP)
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