DETROIT: The Detroit Tigers blanked the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Saturday to record their first back-to-back win in nearly a month and maintain a two-game lead in the American League (AL) Central.

Nate Robertson (13-12) scattered six hits over eight shutout innings before turning the game over to Todd Jones, who tossed a spotless ninth for his 36th save of the season.

But the Minnesota Twins kept up the pressure on the division leaders with a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. "If every guy isn't out there to prove something, to prove what they're made of, I don't think they're in the right business," Robertson told MLB.com. "Every day that we take the field, we have something to prove.

"We have an opportunity to prove something, whether or not we belong somewhere, whether or not we belong in the post-season, whether or not we have guys who can come up with big performances.

Ivan Rodriguez doubled-in the Tigers' first run in the third inning, before Omar Infante added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

LOS ANGELES: The San Diego Padres rocked Los Angeles 11-2 on Saturday to cut the Dodgers' lead in the National League (NL) West to a half-game.

Adrian Gonzalez, Todd Walker and Mike Cameron belted two-run homers in an explosive eight-run third inning as the Padres kept up the pressure on the division leaders and maintained a one game lead in the NL wild card race over Philadelphia. Righthander Woody Williams (9-5) allowed one run on five hits in six innings of work. Holding a 3-1 lead going into the third, the Padres came alive with an eight-run burst featuring two-run blasts from Gonzalez, Walker and Cameron, along with an RBI double from Brian Giles and RBI single from Dave Roberts.

In Houston, Cole Hamels took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and David Dellucci had a solo home run to spark a four-run seventh inning as the Philadelphia Phillies eased past the fading Astros 7-2.

The win prevented the New York Mets from clinching the National League East but more importantly allowed them to keep pace with the Padres in the wild card race. Hamels (8-8) flirted with a no-hitter until Adam Everett stroked an RBI double with two outs in the seventh.

The lefthander worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out 11 and walking four before turning the game over to the bullpen. "When you get through five, six innings and you're doing as well as I was, you start to understand and see that everything's working really well —you're executing and your timing's working well — I think it (a no-hitter) does cross your mind," Hamels told MLB.com.

Abraham Nunez and Jimmy Rollins each drove in a pair of runs as the Phillies took command with a four-run burst in the seventh then pushed across three more in the eighth on the way to their fourth win in five games.

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