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Cabrera shines as Tigers rip Angels

DETROIT slugger Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs to power the Tigers to a 10-7 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

In a contest between two first-place teams and billed as a pitching showdown between Detroit ace Justin Verlander and Anaheim's Jered Weaver, Cabrera stole the show.

Detroit's first baseman delivered his 26th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, to help the Tigers take a commanding 10-0 lead. He also drove in runs in the first and sixth innings.

The American League West-leading Angels (74-49) cut the deficit with four runs in the sixth before and Bobby Abreu's three-run homer in the eighth gave the home fans hope.

However, Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney snuffed out the rally by pitching a scoreless 1 1/3 innings to end the game and earn his 27th save of the year.

"You can see why they're a first-place team," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters.

"They're going to play nine innings every night. They're very good (and) very talented. They don't quit. That's one of their trademarks."

The Tigers (66-58) stretched their lead in the AL Central to more than three games.

Elsewhere in the AL, it was: Rays 12, Blue Jays 7; Red Sox 12, White Sox 8; Twins 2, Orioles 1; Indians 10, Royals 6; and Mariners 3, Athletics 1.

In the National League, it was: Phillies 6, Mets 2; Brewers 7, Nationals 1; and Rockies 6, Giants 4 (in 14 innings).

In Anaheim, California, Detroit ace Verlander picked up his 14th win of the season but allowed 10 hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

He also struck out seven to add to his AL-leading strikeout total.

Angels right-hander Weaver (13-5) was charged with five runs and relieved in the sixth where Detroit scored seven times. Carlos Guillen sent a three-run homer to left-center field to cap the scoring for the visitors.

"Getting down 0-10 is tough and it changes the whole dynamics of the ball game," said Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia.

"It's not a position you want to be in - it taxes your bullpen. I'm proud of the way we came back, but 10 runs is too much, we have to do a better job of containing teams."

In New York, Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in five runs, and Cliff Lee won his eighth straight start as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Mets 6-2.

Lee (5-0) did not allow an earned run in seven innings, lowering his ERA with the Phillies to 0.68 in five outings since he was acquired in a July 29 trade with Cleveland. His record is 12-9 overall.

One day after second baseman Eric Bruntlett became the second major leaguer to end a game with an unassisted triple play, the Phillies beat their injury-riddled rivals in more conventional fashion.

Lee, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, yielded six hits and no walks against a light-hitting lineup. The left-hander struck out five.

Philadelphia took the final three in a four-game series and won for the 11th time in 13 games overall, increasing its NL East lead to seven games over idle Atlanta.


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