Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, leading the Tigers over the New York Yankees, 7-2, Monday night in Detroit.
Verlander (12-7) threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, and sent the Tigers to their fifth straight win.
The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner struck out former teammate Curtis Granderson — for the first of three times — with an 85-mile-per-hour breaking pitch to lead off the game and struck out the first two Yankees in the second inning. Verlander also fanned Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira three times each.
‘‘In the eighth inning, he still had a 100 m.p.h. fastball,’’ Suzuki said through an interpreter. ‘‘The rest of his pitches are great, too.’’
Verlander gave up two unearned runs after his fielding error extended the fifth inning.
Manager Jim Leyland visited Verlander at the mound in the eighth after he gave up a walk to Raul Ibanez, and left him in the game following a brief chat.
With many fans on their feet, Verlander responded by striking out Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, and Suzuki to tie his strikeout high set last year against Arizona.
Verlander raised his left hand to acknowledge a roaring, standing ovation as he walked off the field.
Closer Jose Valverde retired the side in order in the ninth.
Orioles 3, Mariners 1 — Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning and Nick Markakis homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI for host Baltimore, which has won six of eight.
Tillman (5-1) gave up one run, five hits, and a walk in 7⅓ innings. In two outings against Seattle this season, the righthander has allowed one earned run in 15⅔ innings.
Nationals 5, Astros 4 — Roger Bernadina scored when Houston made two errors on the same play in the 11th inning and visiting Washington picked up its third straight win.
Angels 4, Athletics 0 — Jered Weaver (15-1) pitched a four-hitter for his major league-leading 15th victory, and visiting Los Angeles beat Oakland to overtake the final spot in the crowded AL wild-card standings.
Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0 — Erik Bedard (6-12) allowed two hits over seven innings as Pittsburgh opened a season-long 11-game homestand with a win over Arizona.
Braves 6, Phillies 1 — Ben Sheets (4-1) pitched into the eighth inning and Jason Heyward homered to lead Atlanta past host Philadelphia.
White Sox 4, Royals 2 — Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham homered late, Chris Sale (13-3) pitched eight solid innings and host Chicago won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Cardinals 8, Giants 2 — Jake Westbrook (11-8) threw six solid innings and Carlos Beltran hit his 26th home run as St. Louis won its fourth in a row and seventh straight at home.
Brewers 6, Reds 3 — Yovani Gallardo (10-8) pitched seven innings, and Martin Maldonado homered and drove in three runs to lift host Milwaukee.
Twins 14, Indians 3 — Justin Morneau homered twice and drove in four runs, Joe Mauer had three RBIs, and Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer to lead Minnesota past host Cleveland.
Padres 2, Cubs 0 — Eric Stults (2-2) and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, leading host San Diego past Chicago, which has lost six in a row.
Rockies 2, Dodgers 0 — Adam Ottavino (3-1) took over in the fifth inning for a tiring Drew Pomeranz and gave up one hit in three innings as Colorado prevented host Los Angeles from overtaking NL West-leading San Francisco.