DETROIT — Justin Verlander struck out a career-high 14 in his latest masterful performance, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 on Saturday night.
Verlander (10-3) allowed four hits over eight innings, and Alex Avila's three-run homer in the fourth broke the game open. The Tigers pulled into a virtual tie with Cleveland atop the AL Central.
The Diamondbacks fell a half-game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
Verlander walked only one batter. In the eighth inning, he reached 100 miles per hour on the stadium scoreboard — on his 116th pitch.
Arizona rookie Josh Collmenter (4-4), from the town of Homer in south-central Michigan, allowed six runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings.
GIANTS 1, INDIANS 0: At San Francisco, Tony Sipp balked home the only run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
Sipp slightly flinched his left arm before throwing a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, allowing Miguel Tejada to score and sending San Francisco to its fourth straight win. There also were two errors in the inning by second baseman Cord Phelps that spoiled a strong start by Justin Masterson (5-6).
Matt Cain (7-4) pitched seven-plus innings of four-hit ball for San Francisco. Brian Wilson worked the ninth for his 23rd save.
YANKEES 8, ROCKIES 3: At New York, CC Sabathia tossed eight stingy innings to win for the seventh time in his last eight starts and Alex Rodriguez drove in three runs for New York.
A dozen pitchers began the day with nine wins, but Sabathia (10-4) won the race to double digits. The big left-hander allowed one run while striking out nine, improving to 19-7 in interleague play.
Ty Wigginton had a two-run homer for Colorado. Aaron Cook (0-3) got the loss.
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer for New York.
WHITE SOX 3, NATIONALS 0: At Chicago, Jake Peavy threw four dominant innings in his first career relief appearance.
Peavy (4-1) gave up a hit and struck out seven, combining with starter John Danks, Brian Bruney and closer Sergio Santos on a two-hitter that snapped Washington's five-game winning streak. White Sox pitchers also combined for 13 strikeouts.
Tom Gorzelanny (2-6) matched his longest outing of the season with seven innings, allowing one run and seven hits while striking out eight.
ANGELS 6, DODGERS 1: At Los Angeles, Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings, fellow rookie Mark Trumbo homered and Vernon Wells added a three-run shot and the Angels earned their second straight win in the Freeway Series.
The Angels are 10-3 in their last 13 games at Dodger Stadium, and improved the AL West's only winning road record to 24-19.
The Dodgers lost their third straight and eighth in their last 11.
Chatwood (5-4) allowed one run and four hits while improving to 3-0 in his first three career interleague starts.
Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda (5-9) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings, equaling his shortest outing of the season.
METS 14, RANGERS 5: At Arlington, Texas, Lucas Duda matched a Mets record with three doubles while going 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Carlos Beltran snapped out of a slump with three hits and New York had season highs for runs and hits.
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