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Baseball: Tigers Rout Orioles

In Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers ended a scoring slump in a big way Friday, trouncing the Baltimore Orioles, 17-2.

The Tigers scored eight runs in the fourth inning, before Brandon Inge hit a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning.

Detroit increased its slim American League Central division lead when the Minnesota Twins dropped a 5-4 decision to the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings.

The Twins are two games behind the Tigers in the standings with two weeks to play in the regular season.

The defending World Series champion Chicago White Sox dropped four games back with a 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The White Sox and Twins are battling for the American League wild-card playoff spot.

In other American League games Friday, Toronto's Aaron Hill hit a game-ending two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Seattle Mariners rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-8. And, the Los Angeles Angels used Vladimir Guerrero's leadoff homer in the 11th inning to get by the Texas Rangers, 2-1.

In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates prevented the New York Mets from clinching the East division with a 5-3 victory. Philadelphia's Pat Burrell hit a grand slam off Houston pitcher Roger Clemens in the first inning to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Astros. The St. Louis Cardinals routed the San Francisco Giants, 14-4. The Florida Marlins got by the Atlanta Braves, 6-4. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 4-0. The Milwaukee Brewers downed the Washington Nationals, 5-2. The Arizona Diamondbacks tripped up the Colorado Rockies, 5-1. And, the Los Angeles Dodgers built their National League West division lead to a game-and-a-half with a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Some information for this report provided by AP.