Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Late substitute Brent Lillibridge made two spectacular catches in a row to save the White Sox in the ninth inning, and Gavin Floyd pitched Chicago to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the suddenly slumping New York Yankees.
Lillibridge entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and scored on Paul Konerko’s go-ahead homer off struggling setup man Rafael Soriano (1-1).
Lillibridge stayed in the game in right field and, with two on in the ninth, raced back to the wall to make a terrific catch of Alex Rodriguez’s opposite-field drive for the second out, robbing the slugger of a game-tying hit and keeping the runners at first and second.
Robinson Cano then hit a line drive to right and Lillibridge charged in, making an all-out dive to snag the ball for the final out.
Sergio Santos got two outs — thanks to Lillibridge — for his second straight save and Chicago’s third in nine chances this season.
Floyd (3-1) took a three-hitter into the ninth but was pulled after Derek Jeter led off with an infield single.
Mariners 7, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Olivo hit a blooper-reel home run and Felix Hernandez extended his dominance of the Tigers.
Hernandez (3-2) beat the Tigers for the seventh straight time, allowing three runs — two earned — on four hits in six innings.
Phil Coke (1-4) was routed by Seattle for the second time in a week, giving up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Olivo hit a routine-looking fly to deep left but Ryan Raburn struggled to find it in the sun. While still short of the warning track, Raburn lunged back, only to deflect the ball high into the air and into the Tigers’ bullpen for Olivo’s first homer of the season.
Orioles 4, Red Sox 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Zach Britton allowed one run in six innings to earn his fourth win, Derrek Lee had two hits and scored twice, and the Orioles ended Boston’s five-game winning streak.
Adam Jones drove in two runs for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in 14 games, and Vladimir Guerrero had his first three-hit game since coming to Baltimore as a free agent during the offseason.
Britton (4-1) became the first rookie starter in franchise history to win four games in April.
Boston starter Clay Buchholz (1-3) yielded four runs and 12 hits in 6 2-3 innings, his longest outing of the year.
Indians 9, Royals 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Masterson won his fifth straight start, a stunning personal turnaround from last season, Jack Hannahan homered twice and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot for the Indians.
Masterson (5-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. A year ago, the right-hander started 0-5.
Hannahan hit solo shots in the third and fifth off Luke Hochevar (2-3), and Choo connected in the seventh on reliever Louis Coleman’s first pitch to make it 7-3.
Grady Sizemore went 3 for 4 and hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the Indians, who are 14-8 for the first time since 2007.
Melky Cabrera homered and Alex Gordon extended his hitting streak to 19 games for the Royals. Kansas City has dropped four in a row.
Blue Jays 10, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adam Lind homered twice and drove in five runs for Toronto in a rout of AL West-leading Texas.
Lind had an RBI single in Toronto’s five-run outburst in the first off Matt Harrison (3-2). Lind then homered leading off the third and hit a three-run homer the next inning for his fifth career multihomer game — his third at Rangers Ballpark.
Jesse Litsch (2-1), recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to make the start, held Texas to three runs and seven hits over six innings. The big right-hander struck out one and walked two. Angels 8, Athletics 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double on the third pitch he ever saw in the major leagues and added a sacrifice fly, and Howie Kendrick had three hits and scored three runs for the Angels.
Tyler Chatwood (2-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits, including Conor Jackson’s two-run homer.
Brandon McCarthy (1-2) surrendered seven runs and 14 hits over 5 1-3 innings in his fifth start, raising his ERA from 2.10 to 3.57.