Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, July 28, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched the first solo no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years, striking out 10 and leading Los Angeles over Cleveland 3-1 on Wednesday.
Santana allowed two runners — an error on the leadoff batter that resulted in a first-inning run and a walk in the eighth.
Santana (6-8) threw the Angels' first complete-game no-hitter since Mike Witt's perfect game on Sept. 30, 1984, against Texas. Mark Langston (7 innings) and Witt (2 innings) combined to hold Seattle hitless on April 11, 1990.
This was the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season. Minnesota's Francisco Liriano did it against the White Sox on May 3 and Detroit's Justin Verlander beat Toronto on May 7.
This was the first no-hitter at Progressive Field, a ballpark that opened as Jacobs Field in 1994. The last pitcher to hold the Indians hitless was Jim Abbott of the Yankees on Sept. 4, 1993.
The win was Santana's third in 11 starts since May 30.
Mariners 9, Yankees 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle snapped its 17-game losing streak as Ichiro Suzuki and rookie Dustin Ackley led a 17-hit attack.
Felix Hernandez (9-9) pitched seven innings for his third straight win in the Bronx. Suzuki had four hits and scored two runs. Ackley tripled among his three hits and drove in three runs.
Seattle scored five runs off three relievers in the seventh — highlighted by Mike Carp's bases-loaded triple.
It was the longest skid in the major leagues since Kansas City lost 19 in 2005.
The Mariners came in hitting .218 during the streak. Phil Hughes (1-3) allowed nine hits and two runs over six innings.
Hernandez gave up five hits, walked four and struck out five to win for the first time since June 24.
White Sox 2, Tigers 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season for Chicago.
De Aza, who was called up earlier in the day to fill a roster spot opened by a trade, connected against Max Scherzer (11-6) in the second for his first major league homer.
Austin Jackson hit a leadoff homer in the seventh but that was it for Detroit against John Danks (4-8) and two relievers.
Danks matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while improving to 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his last six starts. The left-hander allowed six hits and walked three.
Sergio Santos got the last out for his 21st save.
Scherzer (11-6) struck out eight in six innings, yielding six hits and four walks.
The White Sox closed within 3½ games of Detroit in the AL Central.
Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0
TORONTO (AP) — Ricky Romero came within two outs of a complete game to win for the first time in five starts and J.P. Arencibia homered for Toronto.
Romero (8-9) struck out Adam Jones to begin the ninth, but was replaced by Jon Rauch after Vladimir Guerrero reached on a wild third strike and Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch. The left-hander allowed four hits, walked three and struck out nine.
Rauch got Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds to fly out, recording his eighth save in 12 opportunities.
Romero had not won since June 26 at St. Louis, going 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in four starts. He is 5-1 in his past seven starts against Baltimore, including 4-0 at home.
Returning to the lineup one night after he was hit on the helmet by a pitch, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista singled home a run in the first.
Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon (2-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.
Red Sox 12, Royals 5
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's David Ortiz hit a grand slam to cap a five-run fourth inning and Dustin Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games with a solo homer.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia, Boston's first two batters, homered. It was the first time since July 21, 1995, that the first two Red Sox homered. The Red Sox won for the 19th time in 23 games.
Pedroia added two singles and a sacrifice fly. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and three RBIs to raise his major-league leading total to 87.
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer and Billy Butler added a solo shot for the Royals.
John Lackey (9-8) won his fourth straight start, allowing four runs — three earned — and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Boston had 16 hits, reaching double digits for the 11th straight home game.
Bruce Chen (5-4) was tagged for 10 runs and 10 hits in four innings.
Twins 7, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer homered to back a solid start by Minnesota's Brian Duensing.
Duensing (8-8) limited Texas to one run over 6 2-3 innings. Texas scored 28 runs in the first two games of the series.
Colby Lewis (10-8) had won five consecutive decisions over seven starts. The right-hander has allowed an AL-high 26 homers after the solo shots by Mauer and Cuddyer.
Mauer's two-out homer in the first inning was his first in 54 games, dating to September. He spent two months on the disabled list this season. Cuddyer led off the fourth with his 15th homer.
In the fifth, Mauer and Cuddyer had consecutive RBI singles to put the Twins up 4-1.
Duensing struck out six and walked one while scattering seven hits.
Lewis gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked two in his first loss since June 11.
Athletics 13, Rays 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hideki Matsui and Ryan Sweeney both homered in Oakland's nine-run fourth inning.
Matsui was 3 for 5 with five RBIs, Jemile Weeks had three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, and Scott Sizemore added two hits and two RBIs to lead the A's to their third straight win over the Rays.
Trevor Cahill went 7 1-3 innings with six strikeouts for his first win in more than a month.
The Rays, who broke one of baseball's oldest records when they played their 705th consecutive game with a starting pitcher younger than 30 years old, lost for the 11th time in 15 games.
The A's had a season-high 17 hits. Sweeney had three hits and scored twice — both times in the fourth when Oakland broke the game open against starter James Shields (9-9).
Matsui hit an RBI double in the third, homered in the fourth and had a run-scoring single in the fifth.
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