- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2011

DETROIT (AP) - Carlos Guillen hit a two-run triple in Detroit’s four-run sixth inning and the Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 12-2 on Friday night.

Guillen and Victor Martinez had four RBIs apiece, while Ramon Santiago added three hits for Detroit. Rick Porcello (11-6) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, striking out six.

Tyler Chatwood (6-7) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Angels, who had won three straight and five of seven.

Martinez hit a one-out RBI single to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the sixth, and Guillen followed with his first triple since July 9, 2010.


Twins 9, Athletics 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Francisco Liriano rebounded from his worst start of the season to go seven innings, Michael Cuddyer hit his team-leading 16th homer of the season.

Trevor Plouffe scored the go-ahead run on a double play in the third and added a pair of RBI singles, and three other players had two hits apiece.

The Twins won for the third time in their last four games.

Josh Willingham homered twice but the A’s didn’t do much else and dropped their second straight.

Liriano (7-8) wasn’t sharp but did enough to beat the A’s for only the second time in nine career starts, finishing with four strikeouts and two walks.

Gio Gonzalez (9-8) allowed five runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings.

Rays 8, Mariners 0

SEATTLE (AP) _ Jeff Niemann allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 11 in 6 2-3 innings, and Tampa Bay supported him with an eight-run second inning.

Niemann (5-4) gave up a two-out single to rookie Dustin Ackley in the first, and singles to Adam Kennedy and Chone Figgins in the seventh. He has won his past four decisions.

Ben Zobrist hit his 14th home run, a two-run shot in the second. Over the past nine games, Zobrist has 15 hits in his past 37 at-bats (.405).

Story Continues →