Avila home run lifts Tigers

Price strikes out 10 in first game with Detroit

AP, Kyodo

David Price gave his new team a chance to win. Later, his catcher delivered the deciding stroke.

Price struck out 10 in his Detroit debut and was long gone when Alex Avila homered in the 12th inning to lift the Tigers over the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.

“Happy it’s over and happy we won,” Price said. “Finally feel part of the team.”

Price pitched 8⅔ innings and left with the score 3-3.

The AL Central leaders got Price from Tampa Bay last Thursday in a three-team deal minutes before the trading deadline. The lefty ace got to keep his No. 14 — center fielder Austin Jackson, who wore it with the Tigers, was sent to Seattle in the big swap.

Price leads MLB in strikeouts (199) and innings (179⅓).

“He really looked exactly like he did in Tampa, except he had the Tiger uniform,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Bushy bearded Joba Chamberlain relieved Price, and the crowd booed the formerly clean-shaven Yankees reliever.

“I was a little worried about him being amped up, being in New York,” Ausmus said.

Chamberlain got four outs without permitting a hit.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I definitely had to take a couple of deep breaths.”

Avila homered with one out off Matt Daley (0-1).

Hiroki Kuroda worked seven solid innings for the Yankees but did not figure in the decision.

Going head-to-head against Price at Yankee Stadium, Kuroda dueled the star lefty to a standstill through seven innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, striking out five without issuing a walk.

Kuroda took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but left with the game tied after seven. He gave up a leadoff homer to No. 9 hitter Andrew Romine in the sixth and a game-tying, two-out single in the seventh to Avila.

“The second run on the home run cost me,” Kuroda said. “We were up against Price and you can’t score more runs off him very easily.

“To get a result I ended up pitching defensively to protect our three runs. In my final innings, they adjusted and began laying off pitches low out of the zone. In the seventh they went after pitches up and that resulted in the RBI single.”

New York’s Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in a pinch-hit appearance.

Athletics 3, Rays 0

In Oakland, Jason Hammel pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning to snap a four-start losing streak.

Rangers 16, White Sox 0

In Chicago, Robinson Chirinos homered twice, and Colby Lewis pitched a six-hitter to lead Texas to a rout of the White Sox.

Orioles 9, Blue Jays 3

In Toronto, Chris Davis homered and Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop added back-to-back shots.

Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-2 for Toronto.


Cardinals 3, Red Sox 2

In St. Louis, Jon Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead St. Louis over Boston.

Reliever Junichi Tazawa (1-3) allowed the hit and ended up being charged with the loss for the Red Sox.

Twins 3, Padres 1

In Minneapolis, Kennys Vargas hit a three-run homer in his first home game for Minnesota.

Mariners 4, Braves 2

In Seattle, Felix Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings, extending his major league record streak of games with at least seven innings and two or fewer runs to 15.

Royals 12, Diamondbacks 2

In Phoenix, Billy Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, Norichika Aoki hit a grand slam, and Kansas City gave Danny Duffy rare run support by bashing Arizona.

Aoki was 1-for-4 with four RBIs for the Royals in the win.

Dodgers 5, Angels 4

In Los Angeles, Juan Uribe scored on David Freese’s errant throw to the plate in the ninth inning, and the Dodgers evened the Freeway Series.

Reds 9, Indians 2

In Cleveland, Johnny Cueto threw his fourth complete game of the season as Cincinnati, aided by a bizarre play in which an Indians runner was fooled by a second ball on the field, thrown by reliever Jumbo Diaz, rolled behind second base.


Mets 6, Nationals 1

In Washington, Zack Wheeler allowed one run in 6⅔ innings to win his fourth consecutive decision.

Cubs 6, Rockies 5 (12)

In Denver, Javier Baez homered in the 12th inning in his MLB debut for Chicago.

Marlins 6, Pirates 3

In Pittsburgh, Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and drove in a run during a decisive five-run rally in the eighth.

Brewers 4, Giants 3

In Milwaukee, Gerardo Parra snapped a tie with a home run in the seventh — his first hit since been acquired by the Brewers — and Milwaukee recorded the final out when video replay overturned a safe call at first base.

Phillies 2, Astros 1 (15)

In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 15th inning.