Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run off Mike Adams amid an eighth-inning rain shower, sending the Detroit Tigers to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Adams (0-1) was making his debut for the Rangers after coming over from San Diego just before the trade deadline Sunday. He got the first out of the eighth, but as the rain began falling harder, Boesch lined his 16th homer of the season over the wall in right field.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for Detroit, earning his 29th save in 29 chances.
Joaquin Benoit (3-3) blew a 5-2 lead in the top of the eighth, allowing a solo homer to Nelson Cruz and a tying two-run shot by Mike Napoli.
Alex Avila homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Romero and Jon Rauch combined on a three-hitter, Jose Bautista hit his 32nd homer and Toronto finally beat David Price.
Romero (9-9), who didn’t allow a hit until Desmond Jennings started the sixth with a homer, struck out seven and walked four over eight innings. Rauch allowed two-out singles in the ninth to Casey Kotchman and B.J. Upton before retiring Matt Joyce on a fly to left on a 3-0 pitch for his 10th save.
Toronto, which is three games over .500 (56-53) for the first time since April 8, also got a homer from Yunel Escobar.
Price (9-10), an AL All-Star who entered with eight wins and a no-decision in nine career starts against Toronto, gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 inning.
Orioles 8, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered, doubled and drove in five runs as Baltimore beat the Royals in a game in which the temperature at first pitch was 107 degrees.
Reynolds hit his 24th home run in the ninth with Nick Markakis and Vladimir Guerrero aboard to break open a 5-2 game. Chris Davis also homered in the ninth off Royals rookie left-hander Everett Teaford, who was just recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Reynolds, who leads the Orioles with 60 RBIs, stroked a two-out double in the third, scoring J.J. Hardy, who snapped an 0-for-18 slide with a single, and Markakis, who had walked.
Reynolds’ five RBIs matched a career high, done three times previously.
Alfredo Simon (3-4) curbed the Royals on four hits for seven innings to pick up the victory.
Bruce Chen (5-5) did not make it out of the fifth, requiring 115 pitches in 4 2-3 innings. Chen who is 0-3 in his past four starts, gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks.
Yankees 6, White Sox 0, 6 1/2 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Teixeira set a major league record by homering from both sides of the plate for the 12th time and Phil Hughes pitched six innings to send New York to its fifth straight victory.
Teixeira broke a tie with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis, who each homered 11 times from both sides in the same game.
Hughes (2-3), who spent nearly two months on the disabled list this season, allowed only three hits against the punchless White Sox.
Chicago has lost four straight.
John Danks (4-9), who spent time on the disabled list with an oblique strain, was 4-0 in his previous six starts and hadn’t lost since May 29. He gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Angels 5, Twins 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ervin Santana followed up his no-hitter with an eight-hitter and the Angels got home runs from Torii Hunter and rookie Mark Trumbo in a victory over Minnesota.
Santana’s bid to duplicate Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of back-to-back no-hitters in 1938 with the Cincinnati Reds ended in the second inning when Jason Kubel lined a leadoff single to right field on Santana’s 20th pitch.
Santana (7-8) struck out six and walked two in his 193rd career start, posting consecutive complete games for the first time in the big leagues on the heels of his 3-1 gem last Wednesday at Cleveland.
Brian Duensing (8-9) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Casper Wells hit a two-run homer in his third game with Seattle and Brendan Ryan sparked the Mariners’ offense with some nifty baserunning in a win over Oakland.
Wells, acquired Saturday in a four-player trade with Detroit, connected on a full-count pitch from Rich Harden (2-2) in the sixth inning. The drive to left was his first homer since he went deep on June 24 for the Tigers against Arizona.
Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (10-9) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked three in 6 1-3 innings.
Seattle grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, helped by alert baserunning from Ryan.
Ryan reached on a one-out infield single to deep shortstop. As he walked back to first base, Ryan noticed second base completely uncovered so he took off and made it without a throw. He popped up immediately and noticed the same lax defense at third, sliding in safely again without an throw.
Red Sox 3, Indians 2
BOSTON (AP) — Pinch-runner Jarrod Saltalamacchia dived across home plate to score the winning run on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single in the ninth inning and the Red Sox beat Cleveland.
Jonathan Papelbon (3-0) got the win after shutting down the Indians on just 10 pitches in the ninth. Boston posted its six walk-off win of the season.
Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall hit solo homers for Cleveland’s runs.
Vinnie Pestano (1-1) got the loss.
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