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Upton, Tigers remain red-hot

White Sox leftfielder Melky Cabrera bangs against the wall while catching Cameron Maybin’s fly ball in the first inning.

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White Sox leftfielder Melky Cabrera bangs against the wall while catching Cameron Maybin’s fly ball in the first inning.

CHICAGO — Miguel Cabrera reached 300 home runs with the Tigers, Justin Verlander eclipsed 200 strikeouts on the season and Francisco Rodriguez moved into fourth place on the career saves list.

Yet it took Justin Upton coming through in the clutch for a second straight day to keep Detroit tied for the final AL playoff spot.

Upton hit a three-run home run in the 11th inning, and the Tigers beat the White Sox 5-3 on Monday for their 11th win in 14 games.

Chris Beck issued consecutive two-out walks to Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez before Upton crushed a 1-and-2 fastball to right. It was his second winning homer in two days after he connected in the eighth inning Sunday against the Royals.

"That's what you live for, man," said Upton, who has eight home runs in his past 14 games. "That's what you play the game for, the big moment when you can help your team out."

PADRES 2, RED SOX 1: Former Ray Edwin Jackson struck out 11 in seven shutout innings to outpitch former San Diego ace Drew Pomeranz, and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer as the host Padres won a second straight one-run game over Boston.

YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer on R.A. Dickey's third pitch of the game, and host New York remained 31/2 games back in the AL wild-card race.

MARINERS 14, RANGERS 6: Robinson Cano homered during a five-run first as host Seattle knocked out starter Cole Hamels early then pulled away with a six-run sixth inning.

ASTROS 6, INDIANS 2: Rookie Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer, and visiting Houston ended Cleveland's six-game winning streak.

ROYALS 11, TWINS 5: Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer homered for visiting Kansas City, which overcame three homers by Brian Dozier to win for the second time in six games.

CUBS 7, BREWERS 2: Major-league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings and visiting Chicago broke away in the seventh and eighth.

CARDINALS 12, PIRATES 6: Adam Wainwright drove in three runs and survived five occasionally bumpy innings, and visiting St. Louis held on to the second NL wild-card spot by sending Pittsburgh to its seventh straight loss.

METS 5, REDS 0: Bartolo Colon pitched six five-hit innings and Matt Reynolds homered for visiting New York, which won its sixth in eight games and beat Cincinnati for the 12th straight time.

ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 0: Chad Bettis pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game and Carlos Gonzalez hit a grand slam in a six-run third for host Colorado. San Francisco starter and former Ray Matt Moore lasted 22/3 innings, his shortest outing this season.

NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 4: Trea Turner and Chris Heisey homered during a five-run third inning and Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings for host Washington.

PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 2: Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer for visiting Philadelphia, which snapped a six-game losing streak and handed Miami its fourth straight loss.

Around the league

PITCHER HAS SURGERY: Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker had surgery to stop bleeding on his brain after he was struck in the head by a line drive Sunday against the Mariners.

ASTROS: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel was shut down because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder and sent to Houston for an examination.

MARLINS: Rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton, on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a strained groin, might be available to pinch-hit soon, manager Don Mattingly said.

Numbers of the day


Three-homer games by individuals this season, second most in history (22 in 2001)


Home runs by Twins 2B Brian Dozier since the All-Star break, most in the majors

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