Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, August 4, 2011
BOSTON (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury got the winning hit for the second night in a row, homering with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
Joe Smith (2-2) got the first two batters on groundouts before Ellsbury hit an 0-1 pitch over the wall in straightaway center field. Ellsbury singled to center with one out to end Tuesday night’s game.
Jonathan Papelbon (4-0) pitched a perfect ninth.
Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez each had two hits for Boston, which won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Jason Kipnis homered for the fourth straight game for Cleveland, which lost for the 10th time in 13 games to fall to .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the year.
Yankees 18, White Sox 7
CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Jeter had five hits, Curtis Granderson drove in five runs and the surging New York Yankees pounded Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox.
Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits and four RBIs for the Yankees, who have won six straight. Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner scored four times and Mark Teixeira drove in three runs in New York’s highest-scoring game of the season.
Cano capped the Yankees’ four-run first with a three-run drive to right for his 17th homer. Granderson added a two-run triple in the second and New York chased Floyd (9-10) during its seven-run third inning.
Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the slumping White Sox, who have lost five straight.
The Yankees staked A.J. Burnett to a 13-1 lead, but he still wasn’t able to able to snap a six-start winless streak. The right-hander gave up seven runs and 13 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Cory Wade (2-0) followed Burnett with 1 1-3 scoreless innings to get the victory.
Tigers 5, Rangers 4
DETROIT (AP) — Doug Fister pitched seven effective innings to win his Detroit debut while Alex Avila and Ryan Raburn homered as the Tigers beat the Texas Rangers.
Fister (4-12), acquired from Seattle on July 30, earned his first victory since May 30 — a span of 10 starts. He allowed two earned runs and eight hits without walking or striking out a batter.
Fister became the first Tigers starter to go seven or more innings without a walk or strikeout since Justin Verlander on May 17, 2006.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 30th save in as many tries, despite allowing a solo homer to Mike Napoli.
Matt Harrison (9-8) took the loss, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings.
Royals 6, Orioles 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luke Hochevar pitched neatly into the eighth inning, Billy Butler homered and drove in four runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Orioles.
Hochevar (8-8), the first player picked in the 2006 draft, is 4-0 in his past seven starts and has matched the longest winning streak of his career. He also set a personal high for wins in a season, having gone 7-13 in 2009.
Hochevar allowed one earned run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and retired 16 straight batters during one stretch.
Jeremy Guthrie (5-15) yielded six runs on eight hits in seven innings. He leads the majors in losses.
Greg Holland picked up his first career save in his second opportunity.
Rays 9, Blue Jays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Robinson Chirinos hit his first major league homer and drove in four runs, James Shields pitched into the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Chirinos had a three-run shot off Carlos Villanueva (6-3) during a four-run third that put the Rays up 8-1. An inning earlier, he drove in a run with a bunt single.
Shields (10-9) allowed one run and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked three.
The AL All-Star was coming off a start last Wednesday where he gave up 10 runs over four innings in a 13-4 loss to Oakland.
Mariners 7, Athletics 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Charlie Furbush retired the first 13 batters in five strong innings and the Seattle Mariners swept past the Oakland Athletics.
Furbush (2-3), acquired Saturday in a four-player deal with Detroit, allowed one run and two hits with three strikeouts and no walks. He had a perfect game through 4 1-3 innings before Conor Jackson ended it with a fifth-inning double off the left-field wall that was inches away from being a home run and needed a video review.
Casper Wells, who came along with Furbush from the Tigers, had a pair of hits and two RBI, and Mike Carp had three hits and a pair of RBI.
Brandon League got the last two outs for his 26th save.
Gio Gonzalez (9-9) fell to 1-4 with a 6.26 ERA in his last five starts. He allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings with nine strikeouts and four walks.
Angels 11, Twins 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young each homered twice and the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels.
Cuddyer’s grand slam in the fifth inning broke a 4-all tie. Jason Kubel also went deep to give the Twins a season-high five home runs.
Peter Bourjos homered for the Angels, who squandered a chance to tie Texas for the AL West lead for the first time since July 5. Manager Mike Scioscia returned to the dugout after serving a one-game suspension.
Anthony Swarzak (3-3) was credited with the victory, allowing one hit in five scoreless innings of relief after taking over for ineffective starter Scott Baker.
Joel Pineiro (5-6) was charged with seven runs and seven hits in 4-1 innings. He is 0-3 with a whopping 14.85 ERA over his last four starts.
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