Tigers 19, Rangers 6
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run home run and Carlos Guillen had three of his five RBI in an 11-run sixth inning, helping the Detroit Tigers rout the Texas Rangers 19-6 Wednesday night.
Jacque Jones also homered as Detroit scored its most runs this season and handed Texas its sixth straight loss. The Tigers led 7-6 going into the sixth, when they had their biggest inning since scoring 11 in the sixth inning on April 23, 2004, against the Cleveland Indians.
Clay Rapada (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings in relief, striking out two, for the win.
Frank Francisco (0-1) allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings in relief. Rangers pitchers walked 10 and hit two batters.
Both starters were ineffective: The Tigers’ Kenny Rogers allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, and the Rangers’ Luis Mendoza gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Angels 6, Red Sox 4
BOSTON — Casey Kotchman’s solo homer put Los Angeles ahead in the sixth, Gary Matthews Jr. hit two solo homers of his own and the Angels snapped Boston’s six-game winning streak.
Kotchman hit his sixth of the season off Craig Hansen (0-1), who was recalled before the game. Matthews hit solo shots in the first and fifth off emergency starter Jon Lester, giving him four homers for the season and 100 for his career.
Lester, starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, pitched in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was scratched with flulike symptoms.
Jon Garland (3-2) allowed four runs in six innings.
Yankees 6, White Sox 4
CHICAGO — Mike Mussina pitched seven strong innings and moved ahead of Bob Gibson on the career wins list with victory No. 252, and the Yankees won again without Alex Rodriguez.
Jorge Posada had four hits, including a career-high three doubles, and drove in two runs. While Rodriguez missed his second game because of a strained quadriceps and the birth of his second daughter, the Yankees matched a season high with their third straight win.
Mussina (3-2) moved sole possession of 42nd place on baseball’s wins list after losing two straight to Boston. The 39-year-old allowed two runs and four hits while striking out three and walking one in a season-high seven innings.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
Javier Vazquez (3-2) gave up a season-high 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings after winning three straight starts.
Athletics 3, Twins 0
OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Sweeney returned to the starting lineup for the first time in six games and ended a 39-game homerless streak spanning 140 at-bats with a solo shot in the eighth inning. He also had an RBI single and scored Oakland’s first run.
His drive into the left-field seats on the first pitch from Matt Guerrier was his first home run since last June 8 for Kansas City — the longest drought of his 14-year career.
Chad Gaudin (2-1) went seven innings and retired 11 straight and 18 of 19 during one stretch on the way to his second straight victory. The right-hander was efficient, too, throwing only 84 pitches. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter for the first time in four starts.
Boof Bonser (1-4) allowed two runs on three hits in six innings, striking out two.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 3
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Evan Longoria drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to help the Rays rally against Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays in a game played at Disney World.
The Rays improved to 5-0 in games they’ve played here the past two seasons in home-away-home series designed to bolster fan support in the Orlando area, about 90 miles from St. Petersburg.
Longoria’s hit was the big blow in a four-run sixth against Halladay (2-3), who carried a 3-0 lead into the inning, thanks to a pair of homers by streaking Matt Stairs. Carl Crawford and Eric Hinske also had RBI singles off the Toronto ace, who’s lost two straight complete games.
Jason Hammel (2-1) allowed three runs, struck two and walked four before being replaced by Dan Wheeler at the start of the seventh inning. Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth for the second straight night, earning his third save in as many opportunities.