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Tigers widen lead

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(AP) — The Detroit Tigers were able to tack another game on their lead in the American League Central.

Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Tigers completed a three-game sweep by beating the Indians 6-4. The victory, coupled with Kansas City’s loss to Boston, increased the Tigers division lead to 1 ½ games over the Royals.

In Kansas City, Daniel Nava hit a grand slam to lead Boston to an 8-4 win over the Royals. Xander Bogaerts added a three-run homer to help the Red Sox win three of four from Royals.

In other major league finals:

— Clayton Kershaw picked up his major league-leading 19th victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a three-game lead in the NL West by beating the second-place Giants 4-2 in San Francisco. Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to back Kershaw, who’s 19-3 with a major league-best 1.70 ERA after yielding two runs and seven hits in eight innings.

— Oakland strengthened its hold on a wild-card berth by blanking Seattle 4-0 as Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter. Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs for the Athletics, who hold a 1 1/2-game advantage over Kansas City and a 2 1/2-game lead over the Mariners.

— The Angels’ 10-game winning streak is over after being no-hit by Dallas Keuchel for six innings of Houston’s 6-1 triumph at Anaheim. Gregorio Petit hit a three-run homer and Robbie Grossman added a two-run single in the Astros’ ninth win in 13 games.

— Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Kelly Johnson doubled as the Baltimore Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 3-2. The rally trims the Birds’ magic number for winning the AL East to three over Toronto and two over the Yanks.

— Washington won with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound for a ninth straight start in a 3-0 win over the Mets. The right-hander improved to 11-5 with his sixth consecutive win. Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help the Nationals reduce their magic number for clinching the NL East to five.

— Matt Clark hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee’s five-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat Cincinnati 9-2 to stay 1 ½ games behind Pittsburgh for the final NL wild-card berth. Mark Reynolds added a solo shot in the eighth as the Brewers won for the fourth time in five games.

— Rookie Marco Gonzales struck out nine and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Sunday for their third straight win. Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals who held onto their 3 1/2-game NL Central lead over Pittsburgh.

— Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs to pace Texas to a 10-3 win over Atlanta, completing the Rangers’ first series sweep in nearly five months. The Braves completed a 2-7 road trip that leaves them four games behind Pittsburgh for the National League’s second wild card with 13 games left.

— Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon made a lewd gesture to fans and was ejected after giving up four runs in the ninth inning during the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to Miami. Papelbon allowed five of his first six batters to reach.

— Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the tenth inning to give Tampa Bay a 6-5 win over Toronto. The loss is a blow to the Blue Jays wildcard chances. They entered the day four games back.

— Zeke Spruill allowed one hit in three shutout innings of long relief to pick up his firts major league victory in Arizona’s 8-6 verdict over San Diego. The Diamondbacks took advantage of three fielding blunders to score five times in the third inning.

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