Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Closer's meltdown sinks Tigers

DETROIT — Francisco Rodriguez's rough ninth inning hurt the Tigers in the AL wild-card race.

Paulo Orlando hit a tying two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer against Rodriguez, capping a ninth-inning comeback Saturday that led the Royals over the Tigers 7-4.

Detroit's five-game winning streak was stopped, and the Tigers dropped into a tie for the second AL wild card with the Orioles, who played Arizona at night.

"It's a bad position to fail the way that I failed," Rodriguez said. "Just unacceptable. This one hurts, big time. I let my team down."

Given a 4-2 lead, Rodriguez allowed singles to Alex Gordon and Hunter Dozier before Orlando's double. Cheslor Cuthbert walked ahead of Hosmer's homer.

"We've got eight games left. This is going to be a dogfight," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "We lost this one, but that doesn't mean we can't come back (today) and win."

ORIOLES 6, D'BACKS 1: Trey Mancini hit his third homer in nine major-league at-bats, Mark Trumbo hit his league-leading 45th and host Baltimore pulled a half-game ahead of the Tigers for the AL's second wild card.

WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1: Host Cleveland blew some early chances against Jose Quintana and failed to get closer to an AL Central title.

BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 0: Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning for host Toronto. New York has been shut out in three straight games for the first time July 27-28, 1975.

ANGELS 10, ASTROS 4: Visiting Los Angeles scored nine in the final two innings to rally for the second straight game.

TWINS 3, MARINERS 2: Miguel Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning as host Minnesota damaged Seattle's wild-card bid. The Mariners' Nelson Cruz hit a home run estimated by MLB's Statcast at 493 feet, the second longest in the majors this season behind a 504-foot strike by the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton in Colorado's Coors Field.

RANGERS 5, A'S 0: The lone veteran in the lineup a day after visiting Texas won the AL West title, Elvis Andrus hit two two-run homers to back Yu Darvish.

NATIONALS 6, PIRATES 1: Visiting Washington clinched a postseason berth and no worse than a tie for the NL East title.

CARDINALS 10, CUBS 4: Yadier Molina drove in four runs and Stephen Piscotty homered as visiting St. Louis boosted its playoff hopes by getting to former Ray Jason Hammel early.

Around the league

QUESTIONS ANGER GIRARDI: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he walked out of Friday's postgame media session because he was upset by questions about his bullpen usage, not because the Yankees lost ground in the AL wild-card race.

ASTROS: Closer Ken Giles injured his right wrist when he was hit by a line drive during batting practice.

DODGERS: Left-hander Rich Hill was scratched from today's start for maintenance of a blister issue that has sidelined him twice this season.

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