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Scherzer Gets 18th Win

San Diego Padres' Will Venable is doused by teammate Yonder Alonso after his ninth-inning walkoff home run to defeat the New York Mets 4-3 in a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

San Diego Padres' Will Venable is doused by teammate Yonder Alonso after his ninth-inning walkoff home run to defeat the New York Mets 4-3 in a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Detroit (ap) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run and had an RBI single to help Max Scherzer become baseball’s first 18-game winner this season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Sunday.

The reigning Triple Crown winner became the third player since 1921 to have at least 40 homers and 120 RBIs while batting .350 or better through 116 games, joining Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx, according to Stats LLC.

Scherzer (18-1) gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings. Scherzer and Roger Clemens are the pitchers since 1919 to have 18 wins in their first 19 decisions, Stats said.

White Sox 5, Twins 2

Minneapolis — Alexei Ramirez homered and had three RBIs, Hector Santiago won for the first time since June 21, and Chicago beat Minnesota.

Ramirez finished a triple shy of the cycle. He homered to lead off the fifth inning, giving Chicago a 4-2 lead and helping his team win its first road series in more than a month.

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1 (10)

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run in the 10th inning, and Tampa Bay edged Toronto.

Mariners 4, Rangers 3

Arlington, Texas — Kyle Seager hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Seattle over Texas.

Astros 7, Angels 5

Anaheim, Calif. — Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Houston won back-to-back series for the first time in nearly two months with a victory over Los Angeles.

Athletics 7, Indians 3

Oakland, Calif. — Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo homered in the fifth inning of Oakland’s win over Cleveland.

National League

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2

Philadelphia — Carlos Ruiz had four hits, and Philadelphia benefited from two ninth-inning errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to beat Los Angeles, giving interim manager Ryne Sandberg his first victory and ending the Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak.

Sandberg took over when Charlie Manuel, the winningest skipper in club history, was fired on Friday. The Phillies, shut out by the Dodgers in each of Sandberg’s first two games, snapped a four-game skid and won for the fifth time in 26 games.

Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 2

Pittsburgh — Adam Eaton’s bloop double in the 16th inning drove in two runs, and Arizona outlasted Pittsburgh.

Eaton’s career-high fourth hit came during his seventh at-bat, with A.J. Pollock and Didi Gregorius on and two outs. Eaton fought off a 1-0 pitch from Kris Johnson and dunked the ball into shallow left-center.

Reds 9, Brewers 1

Milwaukee — Homer Bailey allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, and Cincinnati routed Milwaukee.

Braves 2, Nationals 1

Atlanta — Julio Teheran pitched around trouble through six scoreless innings, and a tired Atlanta bullpen held on in a win over Washington.

Marlins 6, Giants 5

Miami — Jeff Mathis hit an early home run, then lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that bounced off center fielder Andres Torres and sent Miami over San Francisco.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 1

Chicago — Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright struck out 11 and allowed one run through seven innings, and Jon Jay drove in four runs with a homer and double to lead St. Louis past Chicago.

Padres 4, Mets 3

San Diego — Will Venable hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning to give San Diego a victory over New York.

Interleague

Orioles 7, Rockies 2

Baltimore — Chris Davis went 4-for-5 with his major league-leading 45th home run, Adam Jones had a two-run shot among his three hits and Baltimore topped Colorado.

Scott Feldman (3-3) pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first win in nearly a month. Davis scored three times and got hits in his final four at-bats.

After the All-Star slugger’s two-out double off Jhoulys Chacin (11-7) in the third, Jones launched his 25th home run for a 3-0 lead.

Feldman allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings for his victory since July 22.

Chacin, who entered with a 1.87 road ERA, gave up nine hits and three runs over 5 1-3 innings.