Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer, and the Detroit Tigers ended a three-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
A year after winning the Triple Crown, Cabrera has 38 homers, 114 RBIs and is hitting .360 for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had lost four of five following a 12-game winning streak.
Despite surrendering a season-high 11 hits, Tigers starter Rick Porcello (9-6) allowed just three runs in six innings to get the victory.
The White Sox closed to 6-4 in the eighth on an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez. John Danks (2-10) pitched into the eighth, allowing six runs – four earned – and nine hits for Chicago.
The Tigers had a pair of three-run innings in the third and sixth to answer the White Sox’s three-run
first, which featured RBIs from Avisail Garcia, Jeff Keppinger and Connor Gillaspie.
Besides Cabrera’s homer, Detroit’s only other earned run came in the form of an RBI by Omar Infante, who had a pair of hits.
Reds 5, Cubs 0: Bronson Arroyo pitched seven crisp innings, Todd Frazier homered, and Cincinnati completed a three-game series sweep at Wrigley Field.
Arroyo (11-9) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked none in his second straight win. He retired his first nine batters and faced the minimum through six innings.
The Cubs wasted a solid start by Chris Rusin (2-2) in their fourth straight loss. The left-hander allowed two runs and three hits while throwing just 76 pitches over six innings.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 1: Francisco Liriano was dominant coming off the worst outing of his career, and Pittsburgh got home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones at Busch Stadium.
Liriano (13-5) needed just 94 pitches to beat St. Louis for the second time this year. He allowed four hits with six strikeouts, after giving up 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings in Colorado in his last start.
The Pirates had a five-run cushion after four innings against rookie Shelby Miller (11-8), who didn’t miss a turn 5 days after getting drilled on the elbow and lasting just two pitches against the
• Pirates (Burnett 5-8) at Cardinals (Lynn 13-6), 12:45 p.m. (FSN/95.7 FM)
• White Sox (Rienzo 0-0) at Twins (Pelfrey 4-10), 7:10 p.m. (CSN/670 AM)