Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in a terrific performance, helping the Detroit Tigers top the White Sox, 1-0, Wednesday night in Chicago.
Sanchez (14-7) allowed five hits and walked four in 7⅓ innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.50. Joaquin Benoit got three outs for his 18th save in 18 opportunities, completing a five-hitter for Detroit’s 11th shutout of the season.
Omar Infante drove in the game’s only run with a two-out single against Matt Lindstrom (2-4) in the eighth inning.
White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana pitched seven innings of five-hit ball. But he remained winless over his last five starts despite a 3.03 ERA.
AL Central-leading Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Quintana got Victor Martinez to foul out and struck out Nick Castellanos to end the inning.
The Tigers’ next solid opportunity occurred when Infante led off the seventh with a hustle double to left and advanced to third on a ground out. Quintana then struck out Jose Iglesias, hit Austin Jackson with a pitch, and got Torii Hunter to ground out to end the threat.
Prince Fielder and Martinez hit consecutive one-out singles in the eighth to set up Infante’s run-scoring single to left.
Athletics 18, Twins 3 — Jed Lowrie’s foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as visiting Oakland pounded Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one run, and one RBI as the A’s recorded a season-high 22 hits and extended their lead over Texas in the AL West to three games.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 1 — Matt Adams had a two-run home run and host St. Louis broke open a tight game with four in the eighth to beat Milwaukee. The Cardinals won their fifth consecutive game.
Marlins 5, Braves 2 — In his season finale, rookie sensation Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings, hit his first major league homer, and engaged in a standoff with Atlanta that cleared both benches and bullpens in helping host Miami to a win. Shoves were swapped but no punches were evident, and no one was ejected.
Reds 6, Cubs 0 — Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run in more than a month and Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer as host Cincinnati avoided a sweep by last-place Chicago.
Pirates 7, Rangers 5 — Clint Barmes homered and drew a bases-loaded walk as visiting Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep in an interleague matchup of wild-card leaders against slumping Texas.
Giants 4, Rockies 3 — Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt hit consecutive RBI singles in the eighth inning to help host San Francisco edge Colorado.
Royals 6, Indians 2— Alex Gordon homered on the game’s first pitch and James Shields dominated after a shaky first inning as visiting Kansas City took two of three from Cleveland.
Angels 5, Blue Jays 4 — Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and C.J. Wilson won his eighth straight decision for visiting Los Angeles.
Nationals 3, Mets 0 — Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Ryan Zimmerman homered, and Washington shut out host New York.
Phillies 4, Padres 2 — Cliff Lee pitched eight sharp innings and Freddy Galvis had three hits to lead host Philadelphia over San Diego.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1 — Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs to help visiting Arizona top Los Angeles, snapping a five-game skid against the Dodgers and avoiding a sweep.
Astros 6, Mariners 1 — Brad Peacock gave up one run in six innings and Chris Carter singled in two runs as visiting Houston won all three games in Seattle for its third sweep of the season.