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Scott's hits send the Tigers packing

Matt Wieters' debut is overshadowed by a grand slam show from Luke Scott who led the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-2 win.

The hitting of Baltimore Orioles' Luke Scott, right, overshadowed the debut of teammate Matt Wieters against the Detroit Tigers.
The hitting of Baltimore Orioles' Luke Scott, right, overshadowed the debut of teammate Matt Wieters against the Detroit Tigers.

Luke Scott continued his recent good form with a grand slam and a solo shot to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday. On a day when fans were excited to see the major league debut of the ace catching prospect Matt Wieters, it was the man in front of him in the batting order who stole the show as Scott collected his second consecutive two-homer game, including his first grand slam - a third-inning shot that put Baltimore up 5-0.

It was a performance the Tigers manager Jim Leyland had warily anticipated. "Scott is a good hitter, and we've continually thrown the ball in the area he likes," Leyland had said before the game. "That's not good. He's killed us." Meanwhile, Scott Feldman allowed five hits over six innings as the Texas Rangers completed a double-header sweep over the Oakland Athletics with a 5-2 win. Feldman gave up two runs, struck out two and walked three to help the Rangers win for the sixth time in eight games, while earlier Andruw Jones hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth to send Texas to a 6-3 win.

Scott Rolen and Rod Barajas each had two RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays recovered from their poor road show with a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Blue Jays returned home after losing all nine games on a three-city trip to Boston, Atlanta and Baltimore that dropped them from first to third in the American League (AL) East. The Red Sox loss means the New York Yankees go top of the AL East after they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1.

Andy Pettitte pitched five scoreless innings before leaving because of a stiff back in the sixth. The win also brought to an end Cleveland's season-high four-game winning streak. Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford hit home runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays end a season-high five-game losing run by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-3. James Shields allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to get his first win since May 3.

A first-inning homer from Jermaine Dye ignited a 17-hit attack as the Chicago White Sox hammered the Kansas City Royals 11-2. Everyone in Chicago's starting line-up scored at least one run. The Seattle Mariners won back-to-back games for the first time since late April with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-5 with an RBI single and extended his hitting streak to 22 games.

* Agencies