Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, August 8, 2011
BOSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Sunday night.
With the win, the Red Sox took over sole possession of first place in the AL East and clinched a win in the season series against New York for the first time since 2004.
The Yankees led 2-1 on homers by Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner before Mariano Rivera came in to close it out in the ninth.
But Marco Scutaro led off with a double for his fourth hit of the game. He moved up on a sacrifice and scored on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings.
It was the fifth blown save of the season for Rivera, who pitched a scoreless inning in each of his first two appearances against Boston this season.
David Ortiz sparked the game-ending rally with a one-out double against Phil Hughes (2-4). Darnell McDonald came in to run and the Yankees opted to walk Carl Crawford, who had three hits.
Reddick then hit a liner into the corner in left, driving in McDonald as the Fenway Park crowd erupted in cheers.
Daniel Bard (2-5) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
White Sox 7, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Peavy pitched eight crisp innings to win for the first time in more than six weeks, and Chicago swept a three-game series in Minnesota for the first time in more than seven years.
Brent Lillibridge, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios homered for the White Sox, who had lost 29 of 36 games to Minnesota until winning three straight at Target Field this weekend. The backsliding Twins have lost seven of their last eight games overall.
Peavy (5-5) last picked up a victory by pitching four shutout innings in his first career relief appearance, June 25 against the Washington Nationals, three days after he beat the crosstown rival Cubs with a so-so start. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner hasn't been the same since coming to Chicago in a trade with the Padres, but the 30-year-old right-hander was in such a rhythm it looked like his old San Diego form.
Rangers 5, Indians 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus hit a go-ahead two-run single in Texas' five-run eighth.
Josh Tomlin shut out the Rangers over seven innings, but the 25-year-old right-hander walked Mike Napoli leading off the eighth and gave up a single to Mitch Moreland, his final batter.
Sidearm right-hander Joe Smith (2-3) came in, giving up an infield single to Yorvit Torrealba to load the bases.
David Murphy delivered an RBI single to make it 3-1, and Smith walked Ian Kinsler to force in a run. Andrus followed with his two-run single to center.
Darren Oliver (4-5) got two outs for the win. Mike Adams threw a perfect ninth for his first AL save.
Michael Young, Texas' career hits leader, reached 2,000 with infield singles in the fifth and seventh.
Michael Brantley homered and drove in two runs for the Indians.
Royals 4, Tigers 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Johnny Giavotella hit his first major league home run and doubled, leading Kansas City to the victory.
Giavotella, promoted Friday after hitting .338 in 110 games with Triple-A Omaha, is 5 for 11 in his first three games.
Giavotella led off a three-run fourth with a double and hit a solo home run in the fifth.
Bruce Chen (6-5) left in the sixth after a 46-minute rain delay. He gave up three runs and five hits, striking out five without a walk.
Chen allowed three hits to start a three-run sixth. Rookie Louis Coleman replaced Chen after play resumed.
Joakim Soria worked a flawless ninth for his 21st save in 27 opportunities.
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ricky Romero pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Brett Lawrie hit his first major league homer.
John McDonald had three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from the Orioles and have won seven of 11 overall.
Romero (10-9) struck out five and walked none to win his third straight start, a streak that began on July 27 with a victory over Baltimore. The only runs the left-hander allowed were on solo homers by Mark Reynolds.
Romero is 6-1 in his last eight starts against Baltimore.
Lawrie, who made his big league debut on Friday, hit a 2-1 pitch from Alfredo Simon (3-5) into the right-field bleachers to make it 6-1 in the sixth.
Athletics 5, Rays 4, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Willingham led off the 10th inning with a home run for Oakland.
Willingham lined a pitch from Jake McGee (0-1) into the left field stands for his 17th homer this season. Fautino De Los Santos (1-0) threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his first major league win and Andrew Bailey allowed two singles in the 10th before getting his 13th save.
Hideki Matsui also homered for Oakland, which stopped a stretch of 12 consecutive non-winning road series by taking two of three from the Rays.
Tampa Bay got homers from Casey Kotchman and Evan Longoria.
David DeJesus scored the go-ahead run in the fifth on J.P. Howell's wild pitch.
Angels 2, Mariners 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched into the ninth inning of his fourth straight phenomenal start, and Mark Trumbo homered off Felix Hernandez.
Santana (8-8) held the Mariners to seven hits and won his duel with Hernandez (10-10), whose 12 strikeouts were one shy of his career high. Santana lost his shutout bid on Mike Carp's one-out homer in the ninth, and manager Mike Scioscia pulled him two outs short of his third consecutive complete game.
Santana, who threw a no-hitter against Cleveland two starts ago, is 5-0 in eight starts since June 21, yielding just 17 hits and two runs in 33 2-3 innings over his last four starts. He has struggled for run support throughout the season, but the Angels provided just enough to beat Hernandez, the defending AL Cy Young winner.
After Trumbo's no-doubt homer in the third inning, Vernon Wells added a run-scoring single in the seventh for the Angels, who have won 17 of 22 at home while keeping pace with AL West leader Texas.
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