AROUND THE HORN

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Twins: SS Jorge Polanco home­red and drove in four runs, 2B Brian Dozier added three more hits to his tor­rid se­cond half and the Twins beat the Tigers 8-1 on Tues­day night. The Tigers lost for the third time in 14 games against the Twins, cost­ing them pre­cious ground in a crowded race for the se­cond Amer­i­can League wild card.

Reds: 1B Joey Votto home­red and drove in two runs, RHP Dan Straily threw a ca­reer-high eight in­nings and the Reds took ad­van­tage of some sloppy field­ing to beat the Brew­ers 6-4 for their fifth straight win. Straily pitched around solo home runs by OF Keon Brox­ton and 2B Jonathan Vil­lar to im­prove to 8-2 since the All-Star break. He al­lowed three hits and struck out eight.

A’s: PH Yon­der Alonso de­liv­ered a two-run dou­ble in the eighth in­ning and the Ath­let­ics ral­lied past the Roy­als 5-4. The de­fend­ing world cham­pi­ons dropped five games out of the wild-card race with only 18 games left.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly pitched 52⁄ in­nings to re­main un­beaten at Rogers Cen­tre, SS Alexei Ramirez and OF Steven Souza Jr. hit home runs and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 6-2. The Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 11 Septem­ber games, en­tered one game ahead of the Ori­oles for the first AL wild card.

Mar­lins: OF Ichiro Suzuki had three hits Mon­day night to pass Lou Brock for the 25th spot on the ca­reer list with 3,025 hits. Brock fin­ished his ca­reer with 3,023. Suzuki is 28 hits be­hind 24th-place Rod Carew.

Pi­rates: RHP Ger­rit Cole was placed on the 60-day DL on Tues­day with a right el­bow in­jury, end­ing his sea­son. Cole re­turned to the mound Mon­day af­ter miss­ing three weeks and gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in two in­nings of a 6-2 loss to the Phillies. He fin­ishes with a 7-10 record in 21 starts and a 3.88 ERA. A year ago he was fourth in the Na­tional League Cy Young Award vot­ing af­ter go­ing 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA.

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