Saturday's American League Capsules
Sunday, April 24, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Brad Penny had a no-hit bid broken up on an infield single in the sixth and the Tigers scored five in the fifth inning in their eighth straight win over the White Sox, 9-0 Saturday.
With one-out in the sixth inning, Brent Morel hit a chopper down the third-base line. Brandon Inge backhanded it behind the bag and made a throw in the dirt that first baseman Miguel Cabrera couldn’t field cleanly to attempt a tag on Morel.
Official scorer Ron Kleinfelter called it a hit, not an error that would’ve kept the no-hitter intact, after watching the replay.
Penny (1-2) pitched seven innings, allowing a hit and walking two.
Edwin Jackson (2-2) gave up eight runs — seven earned — on 12 hits and four walks over 5 2-3 innings.
Yankees 15, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Alex Rodriguez hit a milestone grand slam and drove in six runs, CC Sabathia earned his first win of the season and New York pounded the Orioles.
Rodriguez connected with the bases full against Josh Rupe in a seven-run eighth inning. It was his 22nd career slam, pushing him past Manny Ramirez into second place on the career list behind only Lou Gehrig (23).
Russell Martin homered twice, and Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner also connected for the Yankees, who lead the majors with 35 home runs.
Sabathia (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings, striking out seven and walking one.
Brad Bergesen (0-3) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings.
Twins 10, Indians 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Morneau had a big two-run single in his return from a five-game absence and Minnesota broke out of a season-long offensive slump against Cleveland.
Brian Duensing (2-0) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings. The Twins scored more than five runs in a game for the first time this season.
Fausto Carmona (1-3) gave up six runs on seven hits and walked four in five innings for the Indians. Grady Sizemore hit a two-run homer in the eighth.
Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer and Jason Kubel had two hits and three RBIs for the Twins, who entered the day with the fewest runs scored in the majors.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) — Ben Zobrist hit a three-run home run, David Price remained perfect against Toronto and the Tampa Bay beat the Blue Jays.
Johnny Damon also went deep for the Rays, who snapped a two-game skid.
Jose Bautista hit a pair of solo home runs, the 12th multihomer game of his career, but the rest of the Blue Jays struggled against Price, now 7-0 with a 2.30 ERA in eight career games against Toronto. The Rays have won all eight games.
Price (3-2), who has won three straight starts, allowed three runs and eight hits in eight-plus innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Rangers 3, Royals 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alexi Ogando allowed only one run pitching into the seventh inning, Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 13 games and Texas beat Kansas City.
Ogando (3-0) held the Royals scoreless until Kila Ka’aihue led off the seventh with a homer on the right-hander’s 14th and final pitch. He struck out five, walked one and allowed five hits.
By losing the first two games in the three-game set, the Royals (12-9) became the last team in the majors to lose a series this season.
Kyle Davies (1-2) limited the Rangers to three runs and four hits over six innings.
Red Sox 5, Angels 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one hit and struck out nine over eight innings, Kevin Youkilis homered and Boston won its fourth straight.
Matsuzaka (2-2) allowed only four baserunners, none of which got past second base. The only hit off the right-hander came with one out in the second — a vicious line drive back to the box by Alberto Callaspo that deflected off Matsuzaka’s glove to shortstop Jed Lowrie. Callaspo just beat Lowrie’s throw to first.
The Angels’ only other hit was an infield single to deep shortstop by Erick Aybar against Daniel Bard leading off the ninth.
Ervin Santana (0-3) gave up five runs and nine hits in seven innings, raising his ERA to 5.51.
Athletics 9, Mariners 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Coco Crisp broke Oakland’s 20-inning scoreless streak with an RBI double, Cliff Pennington and Kevin Kouzmanoff both later hit his first home run of the season and the Athletics’ offense woke up in a big win.
Crisp’s two-out double into the right-center field gap in the third inning off Seattle starter Jason Vargas (0-2) scored Mark Ellis with the A’s first run since the ninth inning on Wednesday against Boston. The A’s were shutout in the first two games of this series, the first time Oakland was held scoreless in consecutive games since May 2008.
There wasn’t going to be a third straight shutout.
Oakland’s Trevor Cahill (3-0) pitched six innings, giving up just one run and seven hits to the Mariners.