Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings, Victor Martinez homered and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland 7-5 on Friday night to take a 3 1/2-game lead over the Indians atop the AL Central.
Martinez and Torii Hunter had three hits each for the Tigers in the opener of this three-game series. Detroit led 5-0 before Cleveland scored three runs in the fifth off Verlander.
That was all the Indians could manage against the Tigers' ace. Verlander (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits on the night. He walked two and struck out six.
Detroit's Jose Valverde came on with a four-run lead in the ninth. He allowed solo homers to Jason Giambi and Drew Stubbs but held on.
Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) allowed five runs - three earned - in three-plus innings.
BLUE JAYS 6, RANGERS 1
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double, Neil Wagner earned his first major league win and Toronto won for the ninth time in 13 home games.
Melky Cabrera homered, scored twice and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays.
Texas batters struck out 13 times against five Blue Jays pitchers as the slumping Rangers lost for the seventh time in 11 games.
Making his second start of the season, Blue Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers allowed one run and three hits in four innings.
Aaron Loup struck out four of the five batters he faced, Wagner (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings, Brett Cecil worked the eighth and Steve Delabar fanned two in the ninth.
Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5) lost for the fourth time in his past five decisions.
RAYS 2, ORIOLES 1
Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings and Desmond Jennings hit a two-run homer to lead Tampa Bay over Baltimore.
Archer (1-1) limited the Orioles to Manny Machado's third-inning RBI single and Ryan Flaherty's fifth-inning double in his second start of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander spent the first two months of the season at Triple-A Durham and allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings of a 5-0 loss to Cleveland after being promoted to the majors last weekend.
Jennings homered to the deepest part of the ball park in the seventh inning off Jason Hammel (7-4), who lost on the road for the first time this year after winning his first six decisions away from Camden Yards.
Joel Peralta worked the eighth for the Rays, and Fernando Rodney finished the combined two-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 18 opportunities.
ATHLETICS 4, WHITE SOX 1
Josh Donaldson hit his first career grand slam, Josh Reddick made a homer-saving catch in the ninth inning, and Oakland rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Chris Sale and Chicago.
Donaldson's ninth home run of the season came in the sixth inning and helped Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker (5-6) earn his fourth win in five decisions.
Reddick made a leaping catch to take away a home run from Chicago's Conor Gillaspie with one out in the ninth to preserve the win.
Sale (5-4) hadn't given up more than two earned runs since April 13, and he cruised out to a 3-0 lead through five innings in this one.
ROYALS 4, ASTROS 2
Billy Butler drove in Eric Hosmer with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Kansas City beat Houston for its third straight win.
Kelvin Herrera (3-4) worked a perfect eighth inning in relief of James Shields, and Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 11th save and second during the Royals' modest winning streak.
Shields engaged in a pitchers' duel with the Astros' Jordan Lyles, but the game came down to the bullpens. Houston brought in Wesley Wright (0-2) in the eighth and Hosmer greeted him with a single, and then Butler doubled off Josh Fields for the go-ahead run.
MARINERS 4, YANKEES 1
Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay both hit two-out, two-run singles in Seattle's four-run fourth inning, and Jeremy Bonderman pitched six sharp innings to win for the first time since 2010.
All of Seattle's offense came in one stretch of the fourth inning when six straight batters reached base, capped by the clutch hits from Ryan and Bay off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. Seattle entered the night hitting .221 with runners in scoring position, but capitalized on the few chances they got against Kuroda.
The surprise was the effort by Bonderman, who won for the first time since Sept. 8, 2010, while still pitching for Detroit. He struggled to get through the first two innings, but shut down the Yankees from there.