Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, July 18, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Harrison allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings, Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive victory.
The Rangers’ streak is baseball’s best since Philadelphia won 11 in a row last September and is tied for second-best in team history.
Harrison (8-7) allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one, continuing Texas’ run of dominant pitching. The Rangers held Seattle to two runs over 36 innings in the four-game set. Going back to before the All-Star break, Texas has allowed just two runs in its last 47 innings.
Neftali Feliz struck out a pair in the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.
Blake Beavan (1-1) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings for Seattle, which has lost nine straight and trails AL West-leading Texas by 11 1/2 games.
Red Sox 1, Rays 0, 16 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs in the top of the 16th inning, snapping a scoreless tie and giving the Red Sox a victory over the Rays.
Josh Beckett and five relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter for the Red Sox, who won for the eighth time in nine games, retaining a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
Pedroia lined a single to right field off Adam Russell (1-2), driving in Josh Reddick from third base. Reddick drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on Marco Scutaro’s infield hit.
Alfredo Aceves (5-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. Jonathan Papelbon worked the bottom of the 16th for his 21st save in 22 opportunities.
It was the longest 1-0 game in the major leagues since the Brewers at Angels on June 8, 2004 went 17 innings, according to STATS LLC. The longest 1-0 game ever was 24 innings between the Mets and Astros in 1968.
Twins 4, Royals 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run and Joe Nathan picked up the save for the second day in a row, lifting Minnesota to the win.
Thome’s tiebreaking three-run drive off Felipe Paulino soared into the upper deck in right-center field in the sixth inning, leaving him four shy of becoming the eighth player to hit 600 home runs.
Jeff Francoeur homered and Melky Cabrera added two hits for Kansas City. Paulino (1-3) struck out eight in seven innings, yielding four runs and seven hits.
Brian Duensing (7-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings for the Twins, who started a crucial 12-game homestand by taking three of four from the Royals.
Nathan, who resumed his closer role when Matt Capps began to struggle, worked the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Tigers 4, White Sox 3
DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Guillen hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Detroit’s three-run sixth inning, leading the Tigers to the victory.
The Tigers came back from a 3-0 deficit and avoided a three-game sweep.
Chicago led 3-1 when Victor Martinez tied it with a two-run single in the sixth. Jhonny Peralta then singled, and Guillen followed with a line drive to right field that drove in Martinez.
Detroit’s Brad Penny (7-6) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. Three relievers finished for the Tigers, with Jose Valverde working the ninth for his 25th save in 25 chances.
Phil Humber (8-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings for the White Sox.
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) — Phil Hughes pitched six effective innings to earn his first win of the season as the Yankees salvaged a split of the four-game series.
Brett Gardner had three hits and Curtis Granderson finished with three RBIs for the Yankees, who were outscored 23-8 over the first two games in the set.
Making just his fifth start of the season and his second since missing 84 games with a sore right shoulder, Hughes (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits to win for the first time since Oct. 2, 2010, at Boston.
Carlos Villanueva (5-2) lost for just the second time in 10 starts since joining the rotation in late May, giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Athletics 9, Angels 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Conor Jackson hit his first career grand slam to highlight Oakland’s eight-run first inning.
Hideki Matsui added a two-run single as the A’s sent 14 batters to the plate and chased Joel Pineiro (5-4) after just one-third of an inning. Seven of the runs came before an out was recorded, a first for Oakland in its history at the Coliseum.
All-Star Gio Gonzalez (9-6) pitched seven shutout innings, rebounding from his worst outing of the season. The left-hander allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none.
Alberto Callaspo went 3 for 4 but the Angels, who went into the All-Star break trailing first-place Texas by one game in the AL West, didn’t do much else and dropped four games back.
Orioles 8, Indians 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Robert Andino homered and had a career-high four RBIs, and Baltimore secured its first winning streak in nearly a month.
Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters hit solo shots for the Orioles, who scored the final eight runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. Baltimore had not put together successive victories since June 19-20 before winning twice to earn a split of the series.
It was the first time since May 26 that the Orioles rallied from three runs down to win.
Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana homered for the Indians, who have dropped five of seven. Jeanmar Gomez (0-2) got the loss.