Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs as the Texas Rangers pounded out the most runs and hits in the majors this season with a 20-6 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
Texas became just the third team to put up at least three runs in each of the first five innings as the Rangers added five in the fourth and four in the fifth.
It happened to Texas 20 years ago when the Oakland Athletics beat them 19-5. Philadelphia also did it against Pittsburgh way back in 1900, according to information provided by the Rangers from the Elias Sports Bureau.
Things were so one-sided that Michael Cuddyer moved from right field to the mound to pitch the eighth for the Twins. Cuddyer gave up a double to Napoli, a bloop single to Mitch Moreland, and walked Kinsler with one out to load the bases.
But Cuddyer retired Elvis Andrus on a fly ball and David Murphy on a pop-up for a scoreless inning.
The last Twins position player to pitch was outfielder John Moses against California on July 31, 1990.
Indians 3, Angels 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis delivered his first career hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning to give the Indians a victory over the Angels.
Kipnis hit a 1-0 pitch from Hisanori Takahashi between first and second base to give the Indians their 11th home win in their last at-bat and break a four-game losing streak.
Tony Sipp (5-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win after Bobby Abreu’s two-run homer off Vinnie Pestano put the Angels ahead 2-1 in the eighth.
Angels closer Jordan Walden blew his seventh save in 30 tries.
Yankees 10, Mariners 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each homered and drove in three runs, Freddy Garcia stifled his former team and the Yankees handed the snakebit Mariners their 16th straight loss.
A rain delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes was the only thing that slowed this loss for Seattle. The game was barely under way when Teixeira crushed any pregame hopes Seattle had of jumping out early and snapping the streak, hitting a rare homer into the second deck in left field after Curtis Granderson walked in the first. In the third, Jeter hit his first homer since connecting for hit No. 3,000 on July 9. He also tripled in the eighth.
White Sox 6, Tigers 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Buehrle pitched six innings and Carlos Quentin hit a bases-loaded double and Chicago beat Detroit to pull within 3 1/2 games of first in the AL Central.
Buehrle (8-5) allowed 10 hits and Detroit had a runner on in each of his six innings, but the Tigers managed just two unearned runs off the left-hander.
Detroit rookie Duane Below (0-1) surrendered six hits and four runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected before the start of the sixth. There was no immediate word on why he was thrown out.
Paul Konerko hit his 23rd homer and A.J. Pierzynski his fourth for the White Sox.
Miguel Cabrera connected on his 21st homer for Detroit, a solo shot off reliever Jesse Crain in the seventh.
Athletics 7, Rays 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Conor Jackson hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and the Athletics rallied from three runs down to beat the Rays.
Cliff Pennington homered for the second time in four games and David DeJesus added two hits, including an RBI single to start the A’s uprising against Tampa Bay’s bullpen.
Ben Zobrist homered and doubled twice for the Rays, who lost for the third time in four games and dropped to 4-7 since the All-Star break.
Brian Fuentes (2-8), the second of five A’s pitchers, worked two-thirds of an inning for his first win since April 27. Andrew Bailey gave up two-out double and walk but retired Matt Joyce on a called third strike for his 12th save in 14 tries.
J.P. Howell (2-2) took the loss.
Royals 3, Red Sox 1, 14 innings
BOSTON (AP) — Eric Hosmer doubled to lead off the 14th inning and scored when Mike Aviles bunted the ball over the head of charging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to give the Royals a victory over the Red Sox.
Louis Coleman (1-2) went two innings and twice pitching out of jams. Joakim Soria struck out three in the bottom of the 14th to earn his 18th save and send Boston to just its fourth loss in 21 games.
The Red Sox threatened to score five times in the last six innings, but the Royals made their best chance count. Hosmer doubled off Randy Williams (0-1) to start the 14th.