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Angels' Weaver wins his 15th by handcuffing A's

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jered Weaver gave the Los Angeles Angels all the relief they needed.

Weaver pitched a four-hitter for his major-league leading 15th victory, and the Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Monday night to overtake the final spot in the crowded AL wild card standings. After a burned-out bullpen was taxed while losing four of the previous five, the Angels ace gave the staff a much-needed night off.

"He's one of the best," catcher Chris Iannetta said. "And that's what the best do."

Weaver (15-1) struck out nine, walked none and faced the minimum through 41/3 innings. The right-hander has won nine straight and a career-best 10 consecutive decisions since his only loss of the season May 13 against Texas, ranking second in franchise history to Jarrod Washburn, who won 12 consecutive decisions in 2002.

"There's really no answer," Weaver said about his impressive run. "Things have been going my way."

Tigers 7, Yankees 2

At Detroit, Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, leading Detroit past New York.

Verlander (12-7) threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, and sent the Tigers to their fifth straight win.

Verlander gave up two unearned runs after his fielding error extended the fifth inning.

Ivan Nova (10-6) was roughed up for seven runs and 11 hits — matching a career high — in 51/3 innings.

Twins 14, Indians 3

At Cleveland, Justin Morneau homered twice and drove in four runs, Joe Mauer had three RBIs and Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer and the Twins handed the Indians' their 10th straight loss.

Ben Revere had four of the Twins' 14 hits and extended his hitting streak to 20 games while Josh Willingham hit his 29th homer, matching his career-high.

The Twins homered three times in their 10-run second inning.

Orioles 3, Mariners 1

At Baltimore, Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning to extend a run of successful starts by Baltimore pitchers, and the Orioles beat Jason Vargas and the Mariners.

Nick Markakis homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have won six of eight to improve to 58-51.

Tillman (5-1) gave up one run, five hits and a walk in 71/3 innings.

White Sox 4, Royals 2

At Chicago, Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham homered late, Chris Sale pitched eight solid innings and the White Sox beat Kansas City.

Konerko tied it leading off the seventh and Beckham gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a solo shot in the eighth off Luis Mendoza (5-8). Kevin Youkilis added an RBI double in the inning, and the White Sox won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Red Sox 9, Rangers 2

At Boston, Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's eight doubles, Aaron Cook pitched seven solid innings and the Red Sox beat the Rangers.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford each doubled twice and Adrian Gonzalez once as the Red Sox increased their major league high to 248 doubles. Crawford and Gonzalez drove in three runs each.

Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0

At Pittsburgh, Erik Bedard allowed two hits over seven innings and Pittsburgh Pirates opened a season-long 11-game homestand with a win over Arizona.

Bedard did not walk a batter and faced just one over the minimum, striking out five. He retired 17 in a row until his final batter, Paul Goldschmidt, singled. Goldschmidt was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit by left fielder Starling Marte.

Brewers 6, Reds 3

At Milwaukee, Yovani Gallardo pitched seven innings, and Martin Maldonado homered and drove in three runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati.

Gallardo (10-8) gave up six hits, three walks and one run to equal his longest outing of the season and reach a double-digit win total for the fourth straight year.

Cardinals 8, Giants 2

At St. Louis, Jake Westbrook threw six solid innings and Carlos Beltran hit his 26th home run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Matt Cain and the Giants.

The Cardinals have won four in a row overall and seven straight at home. San Francisco had a three-game winning streak stopped.

Jon Jay went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs for the Cardinals.

Braves 6, Phillies 1

At Philadelphia, Ben Sheets pitched into the eighth inning and Jason Heyward homered to lead the streaking Atlanta Braves over Philadelphia.

Sheets (4-1) had his longest outing since joining Atlanta's rotation on July 15 after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He allowed one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out none.

Nationals 5, Astros 4, 11 innings

At Houston, Roger Bernadina scored when Houston made two errors on the same play in the 11th inning and Washington picked up its third straight win.

Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and two RBIs, and Michael Morse added two hits for Washington.

Padres 2, Cubs 0

At San Diego, Eric Stults and four relievers combined on a five-hitter for San Diego.

Stults (2-2) allowed five hits as he pitched 51/3 innings in his first start since June 3. He struck out five and walked two.

Yonder Alonso and Everth Cabrera both drove in a run and the Padres won for the fourth time in 10 games. Chicago lost its sixth straight.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 0

At Los Angeles, Colorado's Adam Ottavino gave up one hit in three innings of relief, a single that was the result of a reversed call.

Ottavino (3-1) took over in the fifth inning for a tiring Drew Pomeranz, who allowed three hits and walked three while striking out seven.

Carlos Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and rookie Jordan Pacheco added an RBI single in the third for the Rockies.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy was ejected by third base umpire and crew chief Mike Everitt in the bottom of the seventh when he slammed his cap to the ground following the reversal of a call on a sinking liner by Shane Victorino which was first ruled an out. TV replays showed center fielder Dexter Fowler trapped the ball.