Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Rick Porcello struck out 10 over six strong innings and the Detroit Tigers went on to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 4-2, in the opener of a four-game set at Comerica Park. Porcello (13-8) scattered five hits and two walks, with his only real blemish coming on Abraham Almonte's solo home run. Torii Hunter and Omar Infante each delivered two hits and an RBI for Detroit, which holds a comfortable lead over second-place Cleveland for the lead in the AL Central. Victor Martinez also knocked in a run in the victory. Joe Saunders (11-15) was pegged with the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames. Seattle has dropped seven of its last eight contests.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Texas 2
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb threw eight strong innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the free-falling Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night in the opener of a four-game series. Wil Myers hit a solo homer and had three RBI and Ben Zobrist reached base four times with three hits and a walk for the Rays, who remained atop the AL wild card standings with their fourth win in five games. The Rangers were tied for the wild card lead with Tampa Bay coming into the game but fell to 2-12 in their last 14 games. Cobb (9-3) struck out 10, walked one and gave up two runs and six hits. The Rays won for the first time in his last five starts. Matt Garza (3-5) was charged with six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first-ever start against his former team. Garza, who pitched for Rays from 2008-10, gave up eight hits and two walks and struck out three. Garza made his first appearance at Tropicana Field since the Rays dealt him to the Cubs on Jan. 8, 2011.
Final Score: Chicago 12, Minnesota 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox ended their scoring slump by batting around during a seven-run first inning, and went on to crush the Minnesota Twins, 12-1, to end a six-game losing streak. Chicago's first inning outburst totaled the amount it scored over its most recent slide, with the team's 1-8 hitters each recording at least one hit, one run scored and one RBI in the victory. Backed by plenty of support, Erik Johnson (1-2) cruised over six scoreless innings to pick up his first major league victory. He allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - James Shields struck out 10 over six innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Shields (12-9) allowed one run on six hits for the Royals, who moved within 2 1/2 games of the Rangers for the final wild card spot in the AL. The right-hander improved to 6-1 over his last eight outings, giving up three runs or fewer in all but one of those. Shields, Wade Davis, Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins combined for 17 strikeouts, a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, David Lough, Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez and Billy Butler each drove in a run for Kansas City, which had 14 hits. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a homer for the Indians, who were coming off a four-game sweep of the White Sox. Scott Kazmir (8-9) gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out six over five-plus innings for Cleveland, which is a half-game behind Texas for the second wild card spot.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 12, Oakland 1
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got home runs from Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout in a 12-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Trumbo, Trout and Kole Calhoun each knocked in three runs for the Angels, who have won three in a row and six of seven. Andrew Romine, Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger added an RBI apiece. LA starter C.J. Wilson (17-6) allowed one run on four hits while striking out six over seven innings. The left-hander won his fourth straight start and ninth consecutive decision. Derek Norris drove in the lone run for the Athletics, who remained 6 1/2 games ahead of the Rangers for first place in the AL West. Texas lost to Tampa Bay on Monday. Jarrod Parker (11-7) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings for Oakland, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. The right-hander entered Monday the owner of a nine-game winning streak and 19-start unbeaten streak, the longest in Oakland history and the longest by an A's pitcher since Lefty Grove had a 21-start streak without a loss in 1931.
Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Houston 1
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Johnny Cueto made a successful return while Zack Cozart homered and drove in four runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Houston Astros, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Cueto (5-2) missed nearly three months with a strained right lat muscle but showed no rust in limiting the Astros to five hits over five scoreless frames. Jay Bruce added a two-run single for the Reds, who rebounded from a 2-4 stretch and extended their lead over the Washington Nationals to five games for the NL's second wild card spot. Erik Bedard (4-11) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits over four innings of work in Houston's third straight setback.