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  • Hunter's walk-off HR lifts Tigers to win over Athletics

  • DETROIT — Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit over the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Thursday and boosting the Tigers after Max Scherzer was denied his 20th win and Miguel Cabrera limped off with an injury.
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  • DETROIT — Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit over the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Thursday and boosting the Tigers after Max Scherzer was denied his 20th win and Miguel Cabrera limped off with an injury.
    The Tigers scored four times in the ninth off Grant Balfour (0-3). A two-out walk set up Victor Martinez' RBI single, then Hunter homered as the Tigers avoided a sweep.
    Scherzer gave up six runs in five innings. The no-decision left him with a 19-1 record.
    Cabrera hurt his abdomen making an awkward slide while trying to stretch a single into a double in the fifth inning. He was listed as day to day with discomfort.
    The reigning Triple Crown winner has been hobbled this month with a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area. He's also had a banged-up left leg.
    Cabrera got two hits before being injured, increasing his major league-leading batting average to .359. He leads baseball with 130 RBIs, and his 43 homers trail only Baltimore's Chris Davis.
    Scherzer's bid to be the first pitcher in the major leagues with 20 wins this season didn't look good at the start.
    Coco Crisp led off the game with a double and Lowrie hit a one-out, two-run homer on a thigh-high, 92-mph fastball. Scherzer held the A's to only one hit over the next two innings, but they built a four-run cushion in the fourth on sacrifice flies by Daric Barton and Eric Sogard.
    Josh Donaldson hit a leadoff triple in the fifth and Brandon Moss homered deep into the right-field seats to make it 6-1.
    A's starter Bartolo Colon was in a position to win his 15th game. He allowed only one run and five hits without a walk over five innings in his first start since Aug. 13, when a groin injury landed him on the disabled list.
    Prince Fielder hit a solo homer in the sixth off Jerry Blevins, who gave up another run and retired only one batter to let the Tigers pull within three runs.
    Mariners 3, Astros 2
    At Houston, Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer after Nick Franklin gave Seattle an early lead with a solo shot, and the Mariners ended a six-game skid.
    Franklin put the Mariners on top with his one-out homer off Jordan Lyles (6-7) in the first inning.
    Raul Ibanez singled to start the fourth inning. Gutierrez's homer to left field with one out pushed Seattle's lead to 3-0.
    Orioles 3, Red Sox 2
    At Boston, Chris Tillman pitched seven strong innings to earn his 15th victory of the season and Baltimore avoided a three-game sweep.
    The Red Sox remained 21/2; games ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East, with Baltimore another four games back.
    Manny Machado had two hits for the Orioles, including a two-run double that gave them the lead for good in the third inning. Danny Valencia had two doubles, and Adam Jones also had a pair of hits for Baltimore.
    Angels 2, Rays 0
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jason Vargas allowed two hits over seven innings, helping the Angels win for the fifth time in six games.
    Vargas (8-5) gave up a leadoff double to Desmond Jennings in the first and Ben Zobrist's sixth-inning infield single. The left-hander struck out seven and walked three.
    AL wild card-leading Tampa Bay has dropped four of five. Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi (0-1) gave up one run and four hits in five innings.
    Royals 3, Twins 1
    At Minneapolis, Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and Kansas City completed a sweep for their fifth straight win.
    The Royals outscored Minnesota 17-3 in sweeping the three-game series. They finished the season with a 15-4 record against their AL Central rival.
    Chen (6-2) gave up one run and five hits in 52/3 innings. In his past two starts, he allowed 13 runs in nine innings.
    National League
    Brewers 4, Pirates 0
    At Pittsburgh, Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sharp innings to beat Pittsburgh once again and Aramis Ramirez homered against his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pirates.
    The Pirates fell one game behind NL Central-leading St. Louis. The Cardinals were idle, and start a three-game series at Pittsburgh tonight.
    Making his Pirates' debut, catcher John Buck went 3 for 3 as he subbed behind the plate while starter Russell Martin got the night off. Pittsburgh acquired Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd from the New York Mets on Tuesday.
    Nationals 9, Marlins 0
    At Washington, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer, leading Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals over Miami.
    Bryce Harper also homered as the Nationals won for the eighth time in nine games. They pulled within 61/2; games of idle Cincinnati for the second NL wild-card slot.
    Gonzalez (8-6) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in his first victory in six weeks.
    Mets 11, Phillies 3
    At New York, Carlos Torres did his best Matt Harvey imitation, carrying a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning for the New York Mets in a victory over Philadelphia.
    Daniel Murphy had four hits, Eric Young Jr. got three and Anthony Recker added a two-run homer on his 30th birthday.
    Interleague
    Braves 3, Indians 1
    At Atlanta, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer, Kris Medlen pitched seven scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves completed a sweep of Cleveland.
    McCann went deep in the third after Justin Upton kept the inning going with a two-out single. Upton had to leave the game in the sixth after being struck on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays were negative. He is day to day.
    Medlen (11-12) capped a series of dominant pitching by the Braves, who surrendered just three runs in three games. David Carpenter gave up a pinch-hit homer to Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth, but Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth for his 43rd save in 46 chances.
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