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MLB roundup: Verlander rides out rough 9th

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2012 12:22 a.m. MDT

Detroit's Justin Verlander fanned nine Royals in a complete game on Monday.

Ed Zurga, Getty Images

KANSAS CITY — Justin Verlander beat Kansas City once again, surviving a shaky ninth inning for a 3-2 win on Monday.

Austin Jackson hit a leadoff homer and Brandon Inge added a two-run shot in the fifth for the Tigers, giving their reigning AL Cy Young winner enough support when things got tight.

RAYS 1, RED SOX 0: At Boston, James Shields allowed four hits in 81/3 innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a four-game sweep.

The only run came when Daniel Bard (0-2) walked Evan Longoria on four pitches with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Shields (2-0) led the majors with 11 complete games last year and had a chance for another until he walked Dustin Pedroia with one out in the ninth.

TWINS 7, YANKEES 3: At New York, Carl Pavano quieted an unfriendly Yankee Stadium crowd with seven solid innings, Justin Morneau played in the field for the first time this season and hit a long homer, and the Minnesota Twins earned a rare victory in New York.

Joe Mauer had three hits, including two doubles, and every position player had a hit in a tweaked Minnesota lineup. Josh Willingham was one of seven Twins to drive in a one run.

ORIOLES 10, WHITE SOX 4 (10 INNINGS): At Chicago, Matt Wieters homered twice, including a 10th-inning grand slam, lifting the Baltimore Orioles to a come-from-behind win.

The White Sox took a 4-1 lead into the eighth, but Baltimore hit three solo homers against a pair of relievers to send the game into extra innings.

Chicago reliever Zach Stewart (0-1) allowed six runs in the 10th.

ANGELS 6, ATHLETICS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Kendrys Morales collected four RBIs on three hits and Jered Weaver fanned six batters in 62/3 innings in the shutout.

National League

NATIONALS 6, ASTROS 3: At Washington, Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings for his second win of the season.

Strasburg looked nearly unhittable for five innings, allowing just three singles, but the Astros got to him in the sixth for two runs and three hits.

METS 6, BRAVES 1: At Atlanta, Ike Davis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and Dillon Gee pitched four-hit ball over seven innings as the Mets snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak and kept up their early dominance in the NL East rivalry, winning again after a three-game sweep of the Braves in New York to start the season.

PADRES 7, ROCKIES 1: At Denver, Cory Luebke threw seven efficient innings and Chase Headley tied a team record with three doubles, helping the San Diego Padres snap a four-game skid.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, PIRATES 1: At Phoenix, Chris Young had three hits, including his team-best fifth home run and Joe Saunders pitched seven strong innings for the Diamondbacks.

Aaron Hill and Gerardo Parra also homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won two straight. Arizona is 25-4 in its last 29 home games.

PHILLIES 5, GIANTS 2: At San Francisco, Roy Halladay outlasted Tim Lincecum in a matchup of two-time Cy Young Award winners.

Halladay (3-0) struck out six and allowed seven hits in eight innings. He also had an RBI single in a rematch of aces from the 2010 NLCS.

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