Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Mariners flailed away helplessly against CC Sabathia in their 17th straight loss, managing only one hit and striking out 18 times overall in a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on a rain-soaked Tuesday night.
Sabathia (15-5) did not allow a baserunner until Brendan Ryan singled with one out in the seventh inning in beating Seattle for the seventh consecutive start. He struck out 14 of the 25 batters he faced, seven in a row at one point.
The Mariners are four shy of matching the Baltimore Orioles’ American League-record 21-game losing streak to start the 1988 season. The 1961 Phillies dropped 23 straight for the modern major league mark.
Curtis Granderson homered off Doug Fister (3-12) to put New York ahead 1-0 in the fourth and Mark Teixeira connected for his 100th homer with the Yankees in the eighth.
Twins 9, Rangers 8
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joe Mauer drove in the go-ahead run with a pinch hit double off closer Neftali Feliz in a two-run ninth and Minnesota bounced back from Monday night’s 20-6 rout by the Rangers.
The Twins trailed 8-7 when they put runners on second and third off Feliz (0-2) on Delmon Young’s single and Jim Thome’s pinch double.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who fumbled the ball for an error as Young scored to tie it at 8.
Mauer, getting a game off on a 101-degree night, lashed a double to left to score pinch-runner Jason Repko and put the Twins in front.
Glen Perkins (3-1) worked a scoreless eighth for the win and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances.
Orioles 12, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) — J.J. Hardy homered twice, Derrek Lee and Nolan Reimold also connected and the Orioles beat the Blue Jays.
It was the first multihomer game of the season for Hardy and the fifth of his career. He went 2 for 5 with four RBIs.
Lee went 4 for 5 with five RBIs. Baltimore finished with 16 hits, with every member of the starting lineup collecting at least one.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings to snap a five-start winless streak. Arrieta (10-7) walked two and struck out four to win for the first time since June 20, at Pittsburgh.
The last Oriole to record his 10th victory in July was left-hander Erik Bedard, who did it on July 25, 2007.
Angels 2, Indians 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jered Weaver earned his eighth straight win as Mark Trumbo doubled home two runs and the Angels defeated the Indians.
Weaver (14-4) gave up one run over seven innings — a home run by Matt LaPorta in the seventh — and lowered his ERA to 1.79, best in the majors. In going 8-0 in 12 starts since May 23, he has a 1.27 ERA over 92 1-3 innings.
Scott Downs worked the eighth for the Angels. Jordan Walden, who blew the save Monday night when Cleveland scored twice in the ninth to win 3-2, earned his 24th save in 31 chances.
Cleveland loaded the bases with no outs. Walden then got LaPorta to ground into a home-to-first double play. Jason Kipnis, whose first career hit won Monday’s game, then struck out.
Red Sox 13, Royals 9
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz had four hits and five RBIs, and Dustin Pedroia had four of Boston’s 16 hits to lead the Red Sox to a victory over the Royals, their 18th win in 22 games.
Hours after the teams took a 1-1 pitcher’s duel into the 14th inning and finished up at 1:59 a.m., they combined for 31 hits and 22 runs against nine pitchers — including Royals outfielder Mitch Maier, who threw a scoreless inning.
Alfredo Aceves (6-1) threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings in relief to improve to 20-2 in his career. Nathan Adcock (1-1) got just one out for the Royals, allowing three earned runs, three hits and three walks as Boston scored six times in the fifth inning to turn a back-and-forth game into a blowout.
Tigers 5, White Sox 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Verlander got his 14th win and Wilson Betemit had a two-out, go-ahead single in the eighth inning as the Tigers beat the White Sox and increased their lead in the AL Central.
Verlander (14-5), beaten by the White Sox 11 days ago in Detroit, allowed four runs and seven hits in eight innings, including two-run homers to Adam Dunn in the first and Paul Konerko in the sixth. Verlander, who threw 125 pitches, came back to strike out Konerko and Dunn with a runner on in the eighth.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 27th save in as many chances.
Detroit leads the division by two games over Cleveland and the third-place White Sox are 4 1-2 games out.
Athletics 6, Rays 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cliff Pennington had three hits to remain the hottest hitter in the major leagues since the All-Star break, Brandon McCarthy pitched eight innings and the Athletics beat the Rays.
Conor Jackson went 3 for 4 and Hideki Matsui added an RBI double as Oakland won for the third time in four games. The A’s are 7-4 since the break.
Ben Zobrist homered and Johnny Damon hit his 506th double to tie Babe Ruth for 47th on baseball’s all-time list but the Rays continued to struggle with men on base and lost for the 10th time in 14 games.
Pennington singled twice and had an RBI double in the sixth, extending his career-high hitting streak to 10 games. He raised his average to .500 (18 for 36) since the All-Star break.