Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, August 11, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez won in his home debut and rookie Jason Kipnis went 5 for 5 with four runs and three RBIs as Cleveland shaved another game off Detroit’s lead in the AL Central with 10-3 victory Wednesday night.
With its 13th straight win at Progressive Field over Detroit, Cleveland closed within two games of first place.
Jimenez (1-0), acquired in a blockbuster deal from Colorado at the trading deadline, allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Kipnis hit a two-run homer off Rick Porcello (11-7) in the second. He added three singles and a double and became the first Cleveland rookie in 59 years to get five hits and score four times. Jim Fridley did it on April 11, 1952, at Philadelphia.
Kipnis’ sixth homer in 58 career at-bats gave the Indians, who won the series opener in 14 innings, a 4-0 lead in the second.
Twins 5, Red Sox 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jim Thome hit a tiebreaking RBI double during Minnesota’s three-run eighth inning.
Thome also had a run-scoring single and the Twins got an outstanding effort from Nick Blackburn to snap a six-game losing streak and avoid a sweep.
Thome hit the 119th pitch from Jon Lester (11-6) to left field for a 3-2 lead. Blackburn gave up an unearned run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings and Joe Nathan picked up his ninth save.
David Ortiz went 2 for 4 with a homer and Lester gave up four runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings for the Red Sox. The left-hander issued five walks, tying a season-high.
Danny Valencia added an RBI double and Tsuyoshi Nishioka came through with a run-scoring single in the eighth.
Mariners 4, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Casper Wells had the tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning for Seattle.
Wells walked twice and had two singles, the last one driving in Mike Carp, who started the seventh with a bloop single off reliever Koji Uehara (1-2).
Jason Vargas (7-10) went seven innings with three strikeouts and four walks. The left-hander threw a season-high 121 pitches to get his first win in his last seven starts.
Brandon League worked the ninth for his 27th save.
Rangers starter Derek Holland struck out seven and walked five over six innings. The left-hander allowed three runs, one of them unearned after his fielding error.
Josh Hamilton led off the Rangers fourth with his 14th homer. An inning later, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer, his 18th, for a 3-all tie.
Yankees 9, Angels 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer off Garrett Richards before the rookie got his first major league out and New York snapped its three-game losing streak.
Granderson added his 31st homer. Robinson Cano tacked on a two-run shot in the seventh, getting within a single of hitting for the cycle.
Ivan Nova (11-4) took over the big league lead in wins for rookies, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.
Peter Bourjos homered and Vernon Wells hit an RBI single for the Angels, who lost for the fourth time in 13 games.
Richards (0-1) allowed six runs and six hits in five innings. He was called up from Double-A by Los Angeles to take Jered Weaver’s turn in the rotation while the Angels ace serves a six-game suspension.
Orioles 6, White Sox 4, 10 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) — Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer off Jason Frasor in the 10th inning, and Baltimore ended Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
J.J. Hardy went 4 for 5 with a home run for the last-place Orioles, who blew a four-run lead before winning for the second time in eight games.
After Chris Davis singled off Frasor (2-2) with one out in the 10th, Reimold hit the next pitch over the wall in center.
Mike Gonzalez (2-2) worked the 10th for the Orioles, who also got a home run from Adam Jones.
The loss ended Chicago’s seven-game road winning streak and kept the White Sox four games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. The defeat also ruined Chicago’s bid to reach .500 for the first time since July 29.Making his second start for Baltimore since coming over in a July 30 trade with Texas, Tommy Hunter gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Blue Jays 8, Athletics 4
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie hit his first career grand slam for Toronto.
The Athletics were seeking their fourth consecutive win, all coming on the road. Instead they dropped to 6-11 in their last 17 games in Toronto, dating to 2009.
Promoted from Triple-A on Friday, Lawrie drove a 2-0 pitch from left-hander Craig Breslow into the bullpen in left in the sixth. He doubled off the wall in left in the eighth. He went 2 for 4 and is hitting .389 in five games since his promotion.
Casey Janssen (4-0) got one out for the victory and Jesse Litsch gave up a ninth-inning homer to Josh Willingham but worked the final 2 2-3 innings for his first career save.
Gio Gonzalez (9-10) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings.
Rays 8, Royals 7
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sam Fuld hit a game-tying triple and then scored on an errant throw to complete Tampa Bay’s five-run ninth inning.
Fuld hit a drive to right center off closer Joakim Soria (5-5) and wound up scoring the winning run when second baseman Johnny Giavotella was charged with an error for a bad relay throw to third.
After Aaron Crow gave up consecutive singles in the ninth, Soria entered and gave up an RBI double to Evan Longoria, a run-scoring grounder by Ben Zobrist and Casey Kotchman’s RBI infield single before Fuld’s two-out hit. Soria has blown seven saves in 28 opportunities this season.
Melky Cabrera homered and drove in five runs for Kansas City. He had two sacrifice flies and extended the lead to 7-3 with a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Jake McGee (1-1).
Matt Joyce homered for the Rays. Johnny Damon singled in the ninth to tie George Davis for 65th place on the career hits list with 2,683.
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