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Roundup: Peralta's HR lifts Tigers; Damon leads Indians
Updated 5/5/2012 1:05 AM ET
DETROIT (AP) — Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Chicago led 4-2 after Gordon Beckham's tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh, but Detroit got a run back in the eighth on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. After Alex Avila's one-out single in the ninth, Peralta ended it with a homer to right-center off Matt Thornton (1-1).

Jose Valverde (2-0) pitched the top of the ninth for the win.

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Chicago's Jake Peavy allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead for him.

Detroit outfielder Delmon Young was reinstated Friday from the restricted list following a seven-day suspension, but he didn't play. Young was arrested last week and accused of yelling anti-Semitic epithets in New York.

The Tigers didn't need him. Avila hit his fourth homer of the year for Detroit, and Peralta's opposite-field shot — his first of the season — gave the Tigers the win.

Indians 6, Rangers 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Damon hit a two-run triple and Jeanmar Gomez pitched seven strong innings to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.

Gomez (2-1) gave up seven hits and three runs as Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games. Texas has lost five of seven, but still leads the AL West.

Shin-Soo Choo and Jack Hannahan homered off Colby Lewis (3-1) as Cleveland took an early lead.

Damon's drive off the wall in center was nearly caught by Josh Hamilton, who returned to the Rangers' lineup after missing three games because of a sore back.

Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 10th consecutive save. He is perfect since blowing the save in the season opener April 5.

Blue Jays 4, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Henderson Alvarez pitched his first major league shutout with a six-hitter, Jose Bautista homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Friday night.

Toronto handed Ervin Santana his sixth loss in as many starts this season and kept Albert Pujols homerless.

Alvarez (2-2) threw just 97 pitches, striking out three and walking one. The 22-year-old right-hander, whose only other appearance at Angel Stadium was in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game, has won back-to-back starts after going winless in his previous nine.

It was the first time in six outings this season that he did not allow a home run.

Yankees 6, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Jeter belted a two-run homer, CC Sabathia went eight innings for the third straight time and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on an encouraging Friday night.

It began with closer Mariano Rivera's announcement that he plans to return from a devastating knee injury rather than retire, and ended when David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to give Sabathia (4-0) his fourth straight victory.

Jeter singled and scored on Mark Teixeira's homer in the first inning, and then broke the game open with his fifth homer during a four-run seventh. Jeter hit only six homers all last year, his fifth coming on Sept. 4. He's batting a robust .404 so far this season.

All the damage came against Royals left-hander Bruce Chen (0-4), who has lost four straight after getting saddled with a pair of no decisions to start the year.

Rays 7, Athletics 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price struck out 12 over eight strong innings and Jose Molina hit his first homer of the season to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their sixth straight win, 7-2 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

The Rays, who are a major league-best 19-8, improved to 13-1 at home and won for the 12th time in 13 games overall.

Price (5-1) threw just 106 pitches while allowing an earned run, three hits and a walk. He is the second AL pitcher to win five games this season, joining teammate James Shields, who got his fifth victory Wednesday.

Price also struck out each A's starter once, including Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes twice.

Tyson Ross (1-2) had his second-straight rough outing, giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 1-3 innings. Less than a week ago, Ross gave up nine runs on 11 hits against Baltimore.

Molina hit a two-run homer in the Rays' four-run fourth.

Twins 3, Mariners 2

SEATTLE (AP) — Joe Mauer's two-out RBI single in the seventh inning helped the Minnesota Twins rally for a 3-2 win on Friday night, handing the Seattle Mariners their seventh straight loss.

The Twins snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak when they scored three runs in the seventh inning as Seattle's bullpen was unable to hold a 2-0 lead after 6 1-3 strong innings from starter Jason Vargas.

But Vargas was just a spectator while Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) struggled through four batters in the seventh and made a costly throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. Mauer then followed with a single up the middle that glanced off the glove of shortstop Brendan Ryan and allowed Trevor Plouffe to score. The Twins won for just the second time in 11 games.

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Posted 5/4/2012 10:32 PM ET
Updated 5/5/2012 1:05 AM ET
Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta belts a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, giving Detroit the win over Chicago.
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Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta belts a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, giving Detroit the win over Chicago.

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