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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tigers Muffle Rangers for 4-0 Win

DETROIT -- Scott Sanders pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a fifth-inning single to Domingo Cedeno, for his first career shutout as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Texas Rangers 4-0.


Sanders (5-12), just 1-6 with a 6.04 ERA in 10 previous starts with Detroit, struck out a season-high eight and walked one.


Sanders retired the first 14 batters Tuesday before Cedeno singled cleanly to left-center field with two outs in the fifth. Sanders set down the next 12 hitters before walking Tom Goodwin with two outs in the ninth.


The right-hander's other win since the Tigers obtained him July 18 in a trade with Seattle was Aug. 9 at Toronto. His only other win as a starter this year was May 26 at Minnesota in his final start for the Mariners.


Rookie Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run triple for the Tigers, who swept the two-game series and won for the ninth time in their last 12 games. Texas has lost five in a row, scoring just four runs in that span.


Rick Helling (2-2) gave up six hits in 7 2/3 innings, but four came in the second inning when the Tigers scored all their runs.


Mariners 4, Royals 3. In Kansas City, Rob Ducey led off the ninth with a home run and five relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings as the Seattle Mariners edged the Royals 4-3 for a split of their two-game series.


Ducey, who entered the game in left field with two out in the bottom of the eighth, has 23 hits in his last 63 at-bats.


Seattle moved five games ahead of Anaheim in the American League West.


Ken Griffey Jr, who leads the majors with 50 home runs, was 0-for-3 with two walks.


Blue Jays 2, Angels 0. In Toronto, rookie Chris Carpenter pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout as Toronto won its fifth straight.


Carpenter (2-7) allowed only one runner to reach second, struck out four and walked three while facing just 28 batters. The right-hander retired the final 11 in a row for his first complete game in 10 starts.


Anaheim, which began the night trailing first-place Seattle by four games in the AL West, has lost seven of eight.


The shutout was Toronto's league-leading 14th this season.


Phillies 1, Mets 0. In New York, Rico Brogna sent the Mets a little closer toward elimination from postseason contention, hitting an eighth-inning homer against his former team.


On a sad night for the Phillies following the death of Hall of Famer and longtime broadcaster Richie Ashburn, Brogna connected off Dave Mlicki (7-11) for his 19th homer and raised his RBI total to 77, one more than he had for New York in 1995.


It was just the third hit of the night for Philadelphia, which has won eight of nine. The Phillies finished with four hits overall. New York began the night seven games behind Florida in the wild-card race.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)