American League roundup
Minnesota 5, Detroit 1: Justin Morneau homered and drove in two runs, Kevin Slowey went six innings and the Twins grabbed a 11⁄ 2-game lead on the Tigers in the AL Central. Slowey (8-5) could’ve pitched more, but Magglio Ordonez’s comebacker bounced off and bruised his right ankle before he threw him out on the final play of the sixth. Detroit rookie Andy Oliver was hit hard in his second start.
Tampa Bay 9, Boston 4: Matt Garza allowed six hits in seven innings, and the struggling Rays pulled away with six runs in the eighth inning, ending the Red Sox’s seven-game home winning streak. Garza (9-5) rebounded from the worst start of his career, allowing seven runs in one inning at Florida. He left with a 9-1 lead before Boston scored three runs in the eighth. Tampa Bay is 6-12 in its last 18 games.
Seattle 7, New York 0: Felix Hernandez followed Cliff Lee with a gem of his own, pitching a two-hitter, and the Mariners secured their first road series win since April by cooling off the Yankees. Michael Saunders connected for two of the light-hitting Mariners’ four homers to support Hernandez in his third complete game this season and 10th overall.
Baltimore 9, Oakland 6: Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott hit successive homers in the seventh inning, and the Orioles tied a season-high with five longballs. Adam Jones, Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada also connected for Baltimore, which trailed 6-3 before rallying for its fifth win in six games.
Cleveland 3, Toronto 1: Aaron Laffey allowed one run over six-plus innings, and the last-place Indians picked up their fourth straight win. Laffey was 0-8 in nine starts and 29 appearances at the major league level since beating Minnesota last Aug. 16.