Cabr­era rocks Cleve­land, hits 2 homers in Tigers’ 8-5 win

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Miguel Cabr­era home­red twice and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers won its first six games of the sea­son for the first time in 30 years with an 8-5 victory over the Cleve­land In­di­ans on Sun­day.

Cabr­era hit a two-run homer in the first off T.J. House (0-1), and J.D. Martinez added a solo shot in the ninth as the Tigers fin­ished off a three-game sweep. Cabr­era went 4 for 4 with his first two homers this sea­son, a dou­ble and sin­gle. With Cabr­era need­ing a triple for the cy­cle, In­di­ans manager Terry Fran­cona in­ten­tion­ally walked him in the eighth even though there was a run­ner on first. New York slug­ger Alex Ro­driguez hit a three-run dou­ble in a seven-run first-in­ning out­burst as the Yan­kees trounced the Bos­ton Red Sox 14-4 for their sec­ond win in six games to avoid what would have been their worst start since 1989. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew had con­sec­u­tive homers against Clay Buch­holz (1-1), who al­lowed 10 runs — nine earned — and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings. Ro­driguez drove in four runs, and New York had 16 hits. Masahiro Tanaka (1-1) sur­vived one wild stretch to earn his first victory and with five solid innings some­what put to rest con­cern about his right el­bow. Brian McCann hit his 200th ca­reer homer.

Pitts­burgh’s An­drew McCutchen home­red and drove in four runs in his re­turn to the Pi­rates lineup and Neil Walker hit a three-run shot in a dom­i­nat­ing 10-2 win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

In Miami, Nathan Karns (1-1) al­lowed two runs — one earned — and two hits in seven innings for his sec­ond ca­reer victory as the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Mar­lins 8-5. Miami re­serve third base­man Don Kelly and backup catcher Jeff Mathis suf­fered sim­i­lar in­juries that forced them from the game. Each broke the ring fin­ger on his right hand. David DeJe­sus hadt a three-run homer off Hen­der­son Al­varez (0-2) that helped the Rays build a 7-2 lead.

Wash­ing­ton’s Wil­son Ramos drove in the de­ci­sive run in the 10th with his sec­ond RBI of the day as the Na­tion­als edged the Philadel­phia Phillies 4-3, while Bar­tolo Colon helped him­self with his first RBI in a decade in the New York Mets’ 4-3 win over the At­lanta Braves.

Chris Sale (1-0) struck out eight bat­ters over six innings in his re­turn from a bro­ken bone in his right foot, al­low­ing one run and five hits as the Chicago White Sox downed the Min­nesota Twins 6-2, the Hous­ton Astros de­feated the Texas Rangers 6-4, the Kansas City Roy­als trounced the Los An­ge­les An­gels 9-2 and the Seat­tle Mariners sneaked past the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 8-7. Ex-Rock­ies Dex­ter Fowler hit a two-run homer off a hang­ing slider from LaTroy Hawkins (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth in­ning as the Chicago Cubs pre­vailed 6-5 over Colorado.

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