DETROIT — The Yankees sure didn’t look like a team suffering from a lack of sleep.
Johnny Damon homered and tripled, Melky Cabrera added a three-run triple and Chien-Ming Wang delivered eight effective innings, leading New York to a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
The win evened the three-game series, and gave the Yankees a three-game edge on the Tigers in the wild-card race. New York still trailed the Seattle Mariners by 2 1/2 games.
Most of the Yankees didn’t arrive at the ballpark until two hours before gametime, after a 9-6 loss the night before that started more than four hours late because of strong storms. Several players said they did not get to sleep until 5 a.m.
Wang (15-6) improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits. He struck out six, walked one and held the Tigers without an extra-base hit, ending their streak at 89 games. It was Detroit’s longest such streak in at least 50 years.
CHICAGO— Tim Wakefield allowed three hits in seven shutout innings and joined teammate Josh Beckett as the major league’s only 16-game winners as Boston pounded Chicago pitching for a third straight game in a win.
Wakefield (16-10) allowed a leadoff single to Jerry Owens in the first and not another hit until Jermaine Dye doubled and Danny Richar singled in the seventh. He walked three and struck out six.
The 41-year-old Wakefield won for the 11th time in his last 14 starts. He has a decision in all of his 26 starts, the first to reach that number since Jack McDowell posted decisions in his first 27 starts with the Chicago White Sox in 1993.
ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scott Kazmir struck out a franchise-record 13 batters and Tampa Bay routed Oakland.
Kazmir’s 13 strikeouts were a career high, one more than the previous team mark shared by teammates James Shields and Dan Wheeler, now a reliever. Wheeler was a starter in 1999 for Tampa Bay.
The Devil Rays have won two in a row over Oakland, by a combined score of 26-5.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez homered, and Aaron Laffey won his third big league start as Cleveland defeated Kansas City.
The Indians batted around in a five-run first against Kyle Davies before Sizemore led off the second with his 22nd home run. Martinez, who also had three hits, delivered his 19th with two outs to make it 7-0.
The Indians, who began the day leading the Detroit Tigers by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central, had been struggling offensively, scoring three runs or less in 18 of their previous 29 games while hitting just .238.