Verlander Stuffs Jays
Toronto (ap) — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings, Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers routed the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 11-1 last night.
Jackson went 4-for-5 with a walk and scored four times as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits while playing without achy slugger Miguel Cabrera.
Torii Hunter had three RBIs and Prince Fielder drove in a pair of runs as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 11 meetings with Toronto.
Verlander (9-5) allowed three hits, all singles, while winning for the first time since June 7 at Cleveland. It was his first start in Toronto since he pitched his second career no-hitter on May 7, 2011.
White Sox 3, Orioles 2
Chicago — Adam Dunn hit a game-ending solo homer off Tommy Hunter in the ninth inning, lifting Chicago to the win.
Dayan Viciedo flied out to left before Dunn drove a full-count pitch from Hunter (3-2) over the wall in left for his 23rd homer. It was the third hit of the game for Dunn, who also had two RBIs.
Royals 10, Indians 7
Kansas City, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain hit his first career grand slam, Salvador Perez provided a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning and Kansas City rallied to get the win.
Kansas City trailed 5-0 before Cain’s slam and a solo shot by George Kottaras tied it in the sixth. The Indians regained the lead on Carlos Santana’s two-run double in the seventh, but the Royals answered in the bottom half on a two-run homer by Eric Hosmer.
Yankees 9, Twins 5
Minneapolis — Vernon Wells drove in three runs, and New York pounded rookie Kyle Gibson while finishing a four-game sweep.
Travis Hafner had three hits and scored twice, and Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run triple among his three hits for the Yankees, who scored 29 runs in the series.
Rays 7, Astros 5 (11)
Houston — Yunel Escobar drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning that sent Tampa Bay to the victory.
Escobar and Desmond Jennings each doubled twice and singled, helping the Rays win for the fifth time in six games.
Nationals 8, Brewers 5
Washington — Wilson Ramos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning in his Fourth of July return to Washington.
Back after missing 44 games with a strained left hamstring, Ramos had three hits and a career-high five RBIs as the Nationals earned a split of the four-game series and moved back above .500 in their seesaw season.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4 (15)
New York — Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and Arizona, boosted early by Gerardo Parra’s bunt double, outlasted New York.
Phillies 6, Pirates 4
Pittsburgh — Major league loss leader Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking single and Philadelphia beat Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh.
Marlins 4, Braves 3
Atlanta — Donovan Solano delivered a pinch-hit, go-ahead single off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, and Miami beat Atlanta.
Athletics 1, Cubs 0
Oakland, Calif. — Derek Norris scored on a passed ball with two outs in the seventh inning and that was enough for Oakland to get the victory.
Dan Straily (5-2) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. He made the start to allow a sore Jarrod Parker to get two extra days of rest.
Norris walked with two outs and went to third on Seth Smith’s single.
Oakland then sent Eric Sogard to the plate to hit for Adam Rosales, and Matt Guerrier threw an 0-1 pitch to the outside part of the plate. Sogard swung and missed, and it went off the glove of Welington Castillo, allowing Norris to score the unearned run.
It was the first appearance for Guerrier (2-4) since he was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ryan Cook pitched the eighth for Oakland and Grant Balfour finished for his 21st save in 21 chances, completing the two-hitter.