Tigers make it 6 straight victories

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Manning pitched six strong innings and the Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game, beating the skidding Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday night.

Robbie Grossman, Zack Short and Akil Baddoo hit home runs as the Tigers matched their longest winning streak since an eight-game run in 2016. Detroit has allowed a total of seven runs during this success string.

“This is just a lot of fun right now,” Short said. “We’re going out there every day expecting to win, and we’re picking each other up. I’ve struggled a little lately, and we’ve kept winning. Today, it was my turn to help.”

The Rangers have lost eight in a row. They’ve been outscored 47-5 in six games since the All-Star break and have played 69 straight innings without holding a lead.

“I feel better than I did, because we’ve at least given ourselves a chance in the last two games,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We weren’t doing that for a while.”

On Tuesday, Grossman and Eric Haase homered as the Tigers collected a rain-delayed 4-1 win.

Called up from Triple-A Toledo to make his sixth career start, Manning (2-3) gave up one earned run on four hits and two walks. He struck out four.

“I’ve put a lot of work in between starts to get more life on my fastball,” he said. “That’s starting to show up in games, and that gives me a mix I can use to attack guys. My change and my slider look like my fastball when I’m pitching well.”

Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his 10th save, but only after a bloop single, a hit batter and a balk put the tying runs in scoring position.

The Rangers’ Jordan Lyles (5-7) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. He has allowed seven homers in 11 innings in two starts since the All-Star break.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nicky Lopez hit a bases-loaded, tiebreaking double, Brad Keller earned his first win in over six weeks and Kansas City completed a season sweep of Milwaukee.

On an afternoon when the Brewers made a pair of errors that caused Kansas City’s first five runs to be unearned, two of the loudest ovations at the stadium came when the scoreboard showed video clips of Milwaukee Bucks players asking fans to get loud.

Jorge Soler added a towering homer in the eighth inning as the Royals continued their improbable season-long mastery of the Brewers. Keller (7-9) struck out six and allowed three runs and two walks in 6 2/3 innings to pick up a win for the first time since June 4. Scott Barlow retired the side in order in the ninth for his fifth save.

Kansas City scored three runs off Brent Suter (9-5) in the sixth to take the lead for good.


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