Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Bobby Abreu hit his second homer of the game, a two-out, two-run shot off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, and Los Angeles pulled a trick to trap Curtis Granderson for the final out and beat New York 6-4 on Tuesday night.
With runners at the corners, two outs and Mark Teixeira up, reliever Jordan Walden faked a pickoff throw to third base. Granderson broke from first and was caught in no man’s land, and Walden’s throw got him in a rundown for his 26th save.
The Angels saddled New York with its first three-game losing streak since early June.
Abreu’s drive deep into the seats in right was only the second homer allowed this season by Rivera (1-2). The Yankees closer faltered for the second straight appearance — he blew a ninth-inning lead Sunday night in Boston.
Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo opened the ninth with a single. After two outs, Abreu hit his sixth of the season.
Scott Downs (6-2) got Russell Martin to ground out with two runners on to end the eighth.
Indians 3, Tigers 2, 14 innings
CLEVELAND (AP) — Reliever David Pauley hit Kosuke Fukudome with the bases loaded in the 14th inning to give Cleveland the win that tightened the AL Central race as the Indians closed within three games of first-place Detroit.
In the 14th, Pauley (5-5) walked Asdrubal Cabrera with one out before Travis Hafner singled sending him to third. The Tigers intentionally walked Carlos Santana to load the bases and face Fukudome, who was acquired last month from the Chicago Cubs.
Fukudome was then drilled in the arm on a 1-2 pitch by Pauley, giving the Indians their 13th walk-off win at home this season.
Frank Herrmann (3-0), Cleveland’s eighth pitcher, pitched two hitless innings for the win.
Cleveland won the opener of the series and it took nearly seven hours to do it. The game was delayed for more than two hours by rain.
The Indians have won 12 straight over the Tigers at home.
Red Sox 4, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Darnell McDonald hit a two-run homer for first-place Boston.
David Ortiz gave the Red Sox the lead for good on an infield single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save.
Erik Bedard gave up two runs and three hits with six strikeouts in five innings in his second start since coming to Boston in a trade with Seattle.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka had a double and an RBI for the Twins, who lost their sixth straight. Francisco Liriano walked a career-high seven and allowed three runs and four hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
Matt Albers (4-3) gave up one run in one inning of relief for the win, helping the Red Sox move 2 1/2 games up on the Yankees in the AL East after New York lost at home to the Angels.
Matt Capps (3-6) took the loss after giving up one run on one hit and walking two in one inning.
Rangers 7, Mariners 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning and AL West-leading Texas rallied from a three-run deficit.
Ian Kinsler and Endy Chavez homered for the Rangers, whose division lead over second-place Los Angeles remained at 1 1/2 games with the Angels beating the Yankees.
Jeff Gray (0-1) walked Kinsler leading off the ninth. Aaron Laffey relieved and Chavez reached on a bunt single that sent Kinsler to second. Hamilton followed with a single to left.
Kinsler’s two-run homer in the seventh off Josh Lueke had pulled Texas within 6-5. Yorvit Torrealba’s RBI double tied it.
Neftali Feliz (2-3) pitched the ninth for the victory.
Adam Kennedy drove in three runs for the Mariners, who started the night with a major league-worst team batting average of .228, having scored three runs or less in 18 of its previous 28 games.
White Sox 4, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brent Morel homered and drove in two runs and Carlos Quentin also connected as Chicago won its season-high fifth straight.
Chicago built a 4-0 lead after four innings, let the margin dwindle to a run in the fifth, then held on to secure its seventh straight road win.
Gavin Floyd (10-10) gave up three runs in 6 2-3 innings for the White Sox. Floyd improved to 4-1 in his last five starts.
Sergio Santos struck out Robert Andino for the final out to earn his 24th save and extend his road scoreless streak to 29 games.
Making his first start with Baltimore after being obtained on waivers from Toronto, Jo-Jo Reyes (5-9) allowed four runs and five hits in four innings. Chris Jakubauskas followed with four innings of two-hit relief.
By losing the first two games of the four-game series, Baltimore will again fail to win its first series since June 24-26.
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO (AP) — Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki homered and Rich Harden pitched seven strong innings for his first career win over Toronto.
Harden (3-2) came in 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA in eight starts against the Blue Jays, including 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in three starts north of the border. He allowed five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight to win his second straight decision.
Andrew Bailey pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his 14th save.
The Athletics have won three straight and have homered in a season-high seven straight, connecting 11 times in that span.
Brett Cecil (4-5) allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Edwin Encarnacion provided Toronto’s only run with a leadoff homer in the second, his 10th.
Rays 4, Royals 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Shields threw a six-hitter for his major league-best eighth complete games this season and Evan Longoria homered and had four RBIs for Tampa Bay.
Shields (11-9) also has four shutouts this year. The right-hander is 6-2 in nine career starts against Kansas City.
Longoria drove in two runs on a single during the first and hit a two-run homer in the sixth. He has driven in 12 runs over his last 12 games despite having just nine hits during the stretch.
Jeff Francis (4-12) gave up four runs and five hits over seven innings for the Royals. The left-hander retired 15 straight after allowing the first three batters to reach base in the first.
The time of the games was 1 hour, 53 minutes — the fastest nine-inning game in Tampa Bay history.
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