Amer­i­can League roundup

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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.

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