Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter homered, and Anibal Sanchez pitched six scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers overcome Miguel Cabrera’s absence in a 6-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday night in Chicago.
Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, left Monday’s game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left hip flexor injury. He hasn’t played since and might sit out Thursday, too, when the Tigers go for a four-game sweep.
Detroit has won four straight and 13 of 21.
Sanchez (8-7) earned his first win since July 6, allowing six hits and striking out five.
John Danks (2-8) lost his second straight start and is winless since July 2. He worked seven innings and gave up six runs and 11 hits – including three home runs. Danks is 4-8 against Detroit.
Danks has yielded 17 homers in 12 starts for Chicago, which dropped to 20 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 26, 2007. The White Sox are a season-high 16 games out of first place.
Fielder gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the first with his 17th home run. Hunter reached on a fielder’s choice, and Matt Tuiasosopo walked before Fielder hit a 1-0 pitch into deep right-center field for his first homer since July 10.
Danks retired the first two batters in the second before Jackson hooked the first pitch around the foul pole in left to make it 4-0.
Cardinals 11, Phillies 3: Jake Westbrook pitched seven solid innings and contributed offensively with his second career steal, leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Phillies in St. Louis.
Matt Adams had two hits and three RBIs, and Shane Robinson’s three-run triple in the fifth was his third hit of the game for the Cardinals, who are 4-1 since the All-Star break and lead the majors with a 61-37 record.
Allen Craig had two hits and a walk to give him 16 hits during a nine-game hitting streak. He’s second in the league in hitting at .337 behind teammate Yadier Molina, who had two hits and an RBI and is batting .339.
Westbrook (7-4) had his first career three-hit game and helped knock out John Lannan (2-4) when he drew a two-out walk in the fourth, stole second and scored on Carpenter’s single for a 4-0 lead.
Cubs holding off snakes on deadline: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning cut the Cubs’ lead from 6-2 to 6-5 when SVM hit its print deadline.