Thursday's American League Capsules
Friday, July 29, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Mark Trumbo homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Detroit Tigers 12-7 on Thursday.
Trumbo also tripled, doubled and scored three times in the rookie's fourth three-hit game. Needing just a single for the cycle, he grounded out leading off the ninth inning.
Bobby Cassevah (1-0) worked 2 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the Angels' three-run second. He tripled in the fourth and doubled in the seventh.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected in the third for arguing that a pitch had hit Austin Jackson, and things got hot in the fourth when Brad Penny argued with catcher Victor Martinez.
Penny (7-8) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Rangers 4, Twins 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Harrison worked into the eighth inning to cap his unbeaten July for AL West-leading Texas and outpitched Scott Baker.
Harrison (9-7) allowed one run over 7 1-3 innings with two strikeouts and a walk. The left-hander won all three of his decisions in his five starts this month.
After Yoshinori Tateyama and Arthur Rhodes retired the only batters they faced, Neftali Feliz rebounded from his two earlier flops in the series with a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances.
Baker (8-6) struck out four with no walks while allowing two runs over seven innings in his second start since returning from the disabled list because of a right flexor strain. The right-hander was 6-1 with a 1.50 ERA his previous seven starts, including five scoreless innings in his return Saturday against Detroit.
Royals 4, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) — Billy Butler hit a three-run homer and Luke Hochevar pitched seven strong innings as Kansas City handed Josh Beckett his first loss in over a month.
Hochevar (7-8) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while matching his season high for strikeouts with six. He retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced and gave up just one extra-base hit, a third inning double by Yamaico Navarro.
Joakim Soria worked the ninth for his 19th save.
Beckett (9-4) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. The Red Sox had won six of seven to move three games ahead of New York in the AL East.
Rays 10, Athletics 8
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Desmond Jennings hit his first career home run and later added a two-run double in a seven-run seventh inning as Tampa Bay rallied from five runs down.
B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria also homered, helping make a winner out of right-hander Wade Davis (8-7), who struggled early before settling down to retire 17 straight batters. Upton, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, hit his team-leading 16th home run after sitting out one game.
Conor Jackson had a two-run home run in the first inning when the A's hit for the cycle with four consecutive batters.
Brad Ziegler (3-2) allowed three runs — including a bases-loaded walk — to take the loss.
Blue Jays 8, Orioles 5
TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames hit back-to-back home runs, Carlos Villanueva won for the first time in five starts and Toronto beat Baltimore.
Encarnacion went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who have won 27 of 31 home games against the Orioles dating to 2008.
Acquired from St. Louis on Wednesday, center fielder Colby Rasmus went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts in his Blue Jays debut. He was the only Toronto starter not to reach base.
J.J. Hardy hit two solo homers and Vladimir Guerrero also went deep for the Orioles, who have lost eight straight series.
Villanueva (6-2) had not won since beating St. Louis on June 25. He allowed four runs in five innings.
Orioles starter Brad Bergesen (2-7) allowed six runs, four earned, and six hits in three innings, his shortest outing of the season.