Aug 29 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games
Tigers 7, A's 6
Torii Hunter's three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Detroit a 7-6 victory over Oakland.
Hunter, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, lined a 1-2 pitch to left center for the game-winning home run, his 16th.
Joaquin Benoit (4-0) allowed two hits in the top of the ninth but did not allow a run to get the win.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera pulled up with what they described as "discomfort in his abdomen" when he tried to limp out what should have been an easy double into right center in the fifth.
Max Scherzer gave up eight hits in his five innings including two home runs, a triple and three doubles while being denied in his first try for his 20th victory.
Angels 2, Rays 0
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jason Vargas held the Tampa Bay Rays to two hits through the first seven innings as the Angels defeated the Rays 2-0.
The Angels pushed across a run in the top of the second inning when Luis Jimenez singled to left to score Hank Conger from second base, and another in the sixth on Kole Calhoun's base hit and that turned out to be more than enough for the Angels starter.
The Rays were unable to deliver any timely hits. Sean Rodriguez and Yunel Escobar, batting fifth and sixth respectively, left a total of 10 runners on the bases.
Evan Longoria continued his hitting slump, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Longoria is now hitless in his last four games, going 0-for-15.
Mets 11, Phillies 3
Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with two RBI and Carlos Torres allowed one run over 6-2/3 innings as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3.
The Mets scored once in the third and twice in the fourth against Phillies starter Ethan Martin before beating up on a trio of relievers with a run in the fifth, two in the sixth, four in the seventh and one more in the eighth.
The four-hit game was the fourth of the season for Murphy and the 10th of his career.
Royals 3, Twins 1
Personal temperatures boiled in the 92-degree (33C) heat at Target Field as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 to sweep the three-game series.
The Royals built an early lead as Twins starter Samuel Deduno faltered in the second inning, and they hung in for their 15th win of the season over Minnesota.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had a disagreement with home plate umpire Alan Porter after Porter warned the teams when Deduno hit Justin Maxwell. Gardenhire lost the argument and got an early shower.
(Editing by Ben Everill)