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Verlander wins his 19th

Justin Verlander became the first 19-game winner in the majors and Alex Avila hit his 15th homer as the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers beat the host Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2, Monday night.

Verlander (19-5) won his seventh consecutive start, giving up one run and three hits in seven innings. The 19 wins match his career high.

"He's just not out there throwing, trying to throw 100 mph," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He pitches. He has a definite idea of what he's doing. He's blessed with a very good arm, but he's also a pitcher."

Avila is 25-for-59 (.424) with five homers and 14 RBIs this month. Tampa Bay centerfielder B.J. Upton left with a right shoulder strain.

Rangers 4, Red Sox 0: C.J. Wilson threw 62/3 scoreless innings for his 13th victory and Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer for host Texas. Wilson (13-5) struck out four while limiting Boston to four singles.

Mariners 3, Indians 2: Franklin Gutierrez lifted a bases-loaded sac fly in the ninth and Seattle scored the go-ahead run without getting a hit to beat host Cleveland.

Orioles 4, Twins 1: J.J. Hardy homered against the team that traded him in the offseason and Zach Britton won for the first time in 10 weeks as visiting Baltimore snapped a five-game losing streak.

Braves 3, Cubs 0: Jair Jurrjens (13-5) pitched in and out of trouble for 61/3 innings and Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run for visiting Atlanta, the fifth straight season he has hit 30 homers. No other second baseman in major-league history has done it more than three times. The Cubs benched Starlin Castro, a day after television cameras showed the 21-year-old all-star shortstop not paying attention as a pitch was thrown.

Brewers, Pirates split. Chris Narveson pitched shutout ball for 51/3 innings before leaving with a finger problem. He also knocked in two runs and Ryan Braun hit his 25th home run as Milwaukee beat host Pittsburgh, 8-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. In Game 2, the Pirates scored seven runs in the seventh inning for a 9-2 win.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1: Aaron Miles' RBI triple keyed a two-run, ninth-inning rally for the Dodgers in St. Louis. Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan took a leave of absence to tend to his ailing wife, Jeanine, who had major surgery Sunday night, and Matt Holliday had to leave the game in the eighth inning because a moth got stuck deep in his right ear. Holliday was taken into a dark room and trainers put a light by his ear to try to lure the moth out. That didn't work, so they used a utensil to get the moth, which was still alive.

Nationals 4, D-backs 1: Starter Ross Detwiler gave up one run in 62/3 innings and Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer for host Washington. Star Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out six and allowed one run in three innings in his latest minor-league rehab start.

Rockies 9, Astros 5: Brett Myers gave up six runs in the bottom of the first to host Colorado. -- AP

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