The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 2-1 in North American Major League baseball action Thursday.
The two American League Central division rivals were tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning when Detroit's Marcus Thames broke up a potential inning-ending double play with a hard slide into White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. Thames then scored the go-ahead run on Chris Shelton's double.
The win extended Detroit's lead over Chicago to a season-high five-and-a-half games. The White Sox have now lost seven of their last nine games.
Thursday's other American League winners include Minnesota, Boston, Toronto and Kansas City. The New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Arizona won in the National League.
The Minnesota Twins extended their current winning streak to seven with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Toronto's Vernon Wells homered in the 11th inning off New York's Mariano Rivera to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. The Kansas City Royals downed the Los Angeles Angels 9-4.
The New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in 10 innings. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Houston Astros 4-1. Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano struck out 10 Houston batters over eight innings. The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Florida Marlins 5-3.
Barry Bonds hit his 722nd career home run to help the San Francisco Giants trounce the San Diego Padres 9-3. The hit came hours after a federal grand jury failed to indict him in connection with an illegal steroid case.
The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrated a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona rookie Carlos Quentin hit his first career home run in the game.