Saturday's American League Capsules
Sunday, July 31, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Haren pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game against the Detroit Tigers in 25 days, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory Saturday.
Haren (11-6) walked one and struck out one while improving to 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this season.
Jacob Turner, Detroit’s top prospect, allowed two runs and three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his major league debut.
The Tigers announced before the game that Turner (0-1) would return to the minors after the game, with his rotation spot going to Doug Fister. Fister and reliever David Pauley were acquired from the Mariners in a six-player trade earlier Saturday, and Fister is scheduled to start Wednesday against Texas.
Mariners 3, Rays 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie Michael Pineda had a career-high 10 strikeouts, Dustin Ackley homered, doubled and scored twice, and Seattle won for just the second time in 20 games.
Pineda (9-7) pitched 6 1-3 innings of one-hit ball, and Jeff Gray and Brandon League combined to finish the one-hitter. League earned his 24th save.
Mike Carp hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning, helping Seattle win at home for the first time since July 3 — although the Mariners spent most of the month on the road.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb (3-1) struck out a career-high nine in 6 1-3 innings, but was handed his first major league loss.
Ben Zobrist hit a tying RBI single in the sixth for the Rays, who have dropped four of their last six games.
Rangers 3, Blue Jays 0
TORONTO (AP) — Derek Holland pitched a four-hitter to win his fourth straight decision, leading Texas to the victory.
Holland (10-4) reached double digits in victories for the first time and improved to 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA since losing to Florida on July 2. The left-hander, who walked one and struck out five, leads the AL with four shutouts this season and is tied with Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee for the major league lead.
Mitch Moreland and Mike Napoli homered for the Rangers.
Brad Mills (0-1) matched a career high by lasting seven innings in his first start of the season for Toronto. He allowed two runs and six hits.
Colby Rasmus went 0 for 4 and is 0 for 12 with a walk in three games since being traded to Toronto on Wednesday.
Yankees 8, Orioles 3, 1st game
Yankees 17, Orioles 3, 2nd game
NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and the Yankees broke loose for 12 runs in the first inning of the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader, setting a franchise record en route to a rout of the Orioles that completed a painfully embarrassing sweep.
Cano went 5 for 5 with five RBIs, a career high for hits, and Swisher smacked his second two-run homer of the day in the second game. Curtis Granderson added four hits for the Yankees, who roughed up both young pitching prospects called up from the minors to start for Baltimore.
New York opened a 15-0 lead after two innings, making it an easy night for Ivan Nova (9-4) in his return from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In the first game, Swisher had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Yankees backed Bartolo Colon (8-6) with plenty of production from the bottom of their lineup.
Mark Reynolds hit his 23rd homer for Baltimore. Chris Tillman (2-4) got the loss.
Indians 5, Royals 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt LaPorta’s three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning gave Cleveland its 12th home win its last at-bat.
LaPorta connected off Royals closer Joakim Soria (5-4) on a 1-1 pitch. It was Soria’s sixth blown save in 25 changes.
Tony Sipp (6-2) pitched the top of the ninth.
Kosuke Fukudome, acquired for two minor leaguers on Thursday from the Chicago Cubs, hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 2 before Lonnie Chisenhall walked and LaPorta delivered his 10th homer, a line shot just over the wall in left.
Red Sox 10, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched eight strong innings and Boston got homers from Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis and three RBIs from Marco Scutaro to earn its first win in its last eight games against the White Sox.
Lester (11-4) allowed two runs and four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts to get his first victory since June 30. He lost the shutout in the seventh when Paul Konerko hit his 25th homer and gave up a solo shot to Gordon Beckham in the eighth.
Boston put it away with five runs in the top of the ninth. The Red Sox finished with 15 hits.
Phil Humber (8-7) surrendered six hits and the four runs in 4 2-3 innings.