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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minnesota Slaughters Tigers in 35-Run Game

DETROIT -- In the highest scoring game in the major leagues in 17 years, the Minnesota Twins scored 17 straight runs on the way to a 24-11 rout of the Detroit Tigers.


They were the most runs in a major league game since the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 23-22, on May 17, 1979.


Paul Molitor and Greg Myers each drove in five runs Wednesday and Chip Hale belted a pinch-hit three-run homer to cap the Minnesota scoring.


Myers was 5-for-6 and Matt Lawton collected four hits.


Minnesota trailed 10-7 in fifth, but scored four times to take the lead. Scott Stahoviak drove in three runs with a double and scored on an error for an 11-10 advantage. The Twins added three more runs in the sixth as Marty Cordova and Pat Meares had RBI singles and Myers drove in a run with a double.


"That wasn't very pretty and all I can do is apologize to the fans in the stands who sat through that so-called exhibition of major league baseball," said Twins manager Tom Kelly. "The only thing good about that game is that we won it."


Yankees 10, Indians 8. In New York, the Yankees maintained their mastery over Dennis Martinez and Cleveland, scoring six times in the first inning to stop the Indians' five-game winning streak.


Martinez fell to 2-15 lifetime when facing the Yankees. He was in the midst of another dismal outing against his No. 1 nemesis when he was ejected in the fourth inning by plate umpire Gary Cederstrom for arguing a close pitch to Wade Boggs.


Tino Martinez hit his first homer for the Yankees as they beat the Indians for the 20th time in their last 26 meetings.


Red Sox 11, Rangers 9. In Boston, Reggie Jefferson's third double broke a seventh-inning tie helped Boston rally from a 7-0 deficit to win.


Kevin Elster hit a three-run homer in the Rangers' seven-run second inning and added a two-run shot in the third for a career-high five RBIs. But Rich Garces and Mike Stanton (1-1) shut Texas down the rest of the way.


Garces, who was called up from Pawtucket earlier in the day, pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Stanton retired the Rangers in order in the seventh. Stan Belinda pitched a perfect eighth and Heathcliff Slocumb struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.


Orioles 11, Royals 8. In Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Hoiles hit two of Baltimore's five home runs and Cal Ripken went 4-for-5 with a homer as the Orioles stopped a six-game losing streak.


Mike Devereaux and Brady Anderson added homers for the Orioles, who got a season-high 18 hits while handing the Royals their ninth loss in 11 games.


Hoiles homered in the fifth and ninth innings, and Ripken hit his first home run of the season and added a double and two singles.


Braves 8, Giants 3. In San Francisco, Fred McGriff homered for the first time in 18 games with a two-run shot, and Chipper Jones went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer.


John Smoltz (4-1) allowed three runs on seven hits over eight innings, striking out five and walking one. He had blanked the Giants until Matt Williams' three-run homer tied it 3-all in the sixth.


But the Braves finally solved Allen Watson (1-3), who had come into the game unbeaten in five previous decisions against Atlanta, the most recent during the season-opening series against Smoltz.


Phillies 10, Rockies 8. In Denver, Pete Incaviglia and Todd Zeile each drove in three runs, and Philadelphia walked 11 times as they beat Colorado.


Incaviglia's three-run homer in the third inning helped the Phillies take a 6-1 lead, but Colorado scored five runs in its half.


Trailing 8-7, the Phillies scored two unearned runs in the seventh, helped by two errors.


Toby Borland (1-1) pitched 3 1-3 innings, and Ricky Bottalico got three outs for his sixth save.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)