MLB roundup: Hunter's two-out walk-off HR lifts Tigers over Athletics
DETROIT — Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday, lifting Detroit over Oakland, 7-6, thereby boosting the Tigers after Max Scherzer was denied his 20th win and Miguel Cabrera limped off with an injury.
Detroit scored four times in the ninth off Grant Balfour (0-3). A two-out walk set up Victor Martinez's RBI single, and then Hunter connected as the Tigers avoided a four-game series sweep.
Scherzer gave up six runs in five innings. The no-decision left him with a 19-1 record.
Cabrera hurt his abdomen making an awkward slide while trying to stretch a single into a double in the fifth.
Prince Fielder hit his 21st homer for Detroit, and Joaquin Benoit (4-0) pitched the ninth for the win.
Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss each hit a two-run homer for Oakland.
Royals 3, Twins 1 — In Minneapolis, Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and Kansas City completed a sweep and won its fifth straight game, beating Minnesota to hand the Twins their fifth straight loss.
The Royals took all three games at Target Field. Chen (6-2) gave up one run and five hits. In his past two starts, he allowed 13 runs in nine innings.
Greg Holland earned his 36th save in 38 chances.
Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz and Alex Gordon hit RBI singles for the Royals.
Brian Dozier homered for Minnesota.
Angels 2, Rays 0 —In St.Petersburg, Fla., Jason Vargas allowed two hits over seven innings and Los Angeles held off Tampa Bay.
The Rays have lost four of five. The Angels have won five of six.
Vargas (8-5) gave up a leadoff double to Desmond Jennings in the first and Ben Zobrist's sixth-inning infield single. The left-hander struck out seven and walked three.
Rays rookie Wil Myers drew a leadoff walk from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth and went to third on Yunel Escobar's one-out double. Frieri rebounded to earn his 28th save.
Mets 11, Phillies 3 — In New York, Carlos Torres did his best Matt Harvey imitation, carrying a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning against Philadelphia.
Daniel Murphy had four hits, Eric Young Jr. got three and Anthony Recker added a two-run homer on his 30th birthday as the Mets broke loose for their most runs since beating Washington, 11-0, in the first game of a July 26 doubleheader.
Nationals 9, Marlins 0 — In Washington, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer, leading Gio Gonzalez and Washington over Miami.
Werth connected in the sixth and Desmond went deep an inning later, breaking open a close game and powering Washington to its eighth victory in nine games.
Braves 3, Indians 1 — In Atlanta, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer, Kris Medlen pitched seven scoreless innings as Atlanta completed a sweep of Cleveland.
McCann went deep in the third after Justin Upton kept the inning going with a two-out single. Upton had to leave the game in the sixth after being struck on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays were negative. He is day-to-day.
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