Saturday's American League Capsules
Sunday, June 5, 2011
BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Drew singled in Carl Crawford with two out in the 14th inning Saturday, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics after closer Jonathan Papelbon blew a four-run lead in the ninth.
Crawford had four hits and drove in three runs and Adrian Gonzalez had a solo homer and three hits for the Red Sox, who posted their 15th win in 20 games.
Conor Jackson had a tying, pinch-hit two-run single in the ninth and a key double in the 11th as Oakland grabbed the lead, but Andrew Bailey couldn’t hold it. The Athletics lost their fifth straight.
Alfredo Aceves (3-1) pitched four innings for the win. Guillermo Moscoso (2-1) got the loss.
Oakland, which entered with the second-fewest runs in the AL, scored four times in a wild ninth against Papelbon after second baseman Dustin Pedroia booted a potential game-ending double play grounder. Catcher Jason Varitek and Papelbon were ejected by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the inning.
Rangers 4, Indians 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Derek Holland tossed a five-hitter for his second career shutout and Texas won for the seventh time in eight games.
Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each hit a two-run homer as the Rangers improved to 15-8 since May 10. Texas has won 15 of the last 18 meetings against the Indians and 10 of 11 at Progressive Field.
Holland (5-1) struck out five, walked one and hit a batter in his first shutout since he threw a three-hitter in Texas’ 7-0 victory at the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 9, 2009.
Cleveland has lost eight of 11 and a season-high five straight at home.
Both homers came off Fausto Carmona (3-7), who hasn’t won since May 3 and is 0-4 in his last six starts. Hamilton and Cruz also homered in Texas’ 11-2 win Friday night.
Tigers 4, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, sending Justin Verlander and the Tigers to the victory.
Austin Jackson opened the ninth with a triple against Jesse Crain (2-2), who nearly wriggled out of the jam. Don Kelly popped out and Brennan Boesch struck out before Cabrera hit a 1-2 pitch over the right-field fence to put the Tigers ahead 4-2.
Jose Valverde retired the White Sox in the bottom half for his 15th save in 15 chances. Alex Rios led off with a walk, but Valverde set down the next three batters to end the game.
Jackson had three hits and scored twice for the Tigers, who have won four of five. Verlander (6-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings to improve to 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA in his last seven starts against Chicago.
Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who had won a season-high four straight games.
Rays 3, Mariners 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson picked up where he left off in May, pitching neatly into the eighth inning to lead Tampa Bay to the victory.
Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run and three hits over 7 1-3 innings, improving to 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his last seven starts. The 6-foot-1 right-hander recorded five wins and gave up just six earned runs in 40 1-3 innings last month, earning the AL pitcher of the month award.
Joel Peralta replaced Hellickson in the eighth and yielded a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Miguel Olivo, cutting Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2. But Peralta got Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to end the inning and Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Tampa Bay scored three times in the second inning against Doug Fister (3-6).
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam and Jake Arrieta pitched six effective innings for Baltimore.
With the Orioles trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Reynolds hit the first pitch from Ricky Romero into the left-center stands for his eighth homer of the season and the first slam of his career in 2,166 at-bats.
Arrieta (7-3) allowed three runs and five hits. He retired his last seven batters. Kevin Gregg allowed two hits in the ninth, but retired the final two batters for his 10th save in 13 chances.
Romero (5-5) lost for the first time in his last five starts.
Twins 7, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alexi Casilla matched a career high with four hits and drove in two runs, helping the Twins to their third straight win, equaling a season high.
Casilla stroked RBI singles in the third and seventh innings. His other four-hit game was Sept. 3, 2007, against the Cleveland Indians.
Nick Blackburn (5-4) allowed two runs and seven hits, but departed after five innings and 80 pitches with tightness in his back. Five relievers held the Royals to a single over the final four innings.
Kansas City’s Luke Hochevar (3-6) gave up six runs and 11 hits in six-plus innings. The Royals have lost 11 of 14 to drop a season-low eight games below .500.
Yankees 3, Angels 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — CC Sabathia came within one out of his second complete game in three starts, Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Robinson Cano also went deep for New York.
The two RBIs increased A-Rod’s total to 1,864, tying Mel Ott for ninth place on the all-time list. Derek Jeter was 1 for 3 with a walk, tying Sam Rice for 28th on the career hit list.
Sabathia (7-3) allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three. The 2007 AL Cy Young winner has won his last four starts, tying his longest career winning streak, and is 7-2 since April 23 after going 0-1 in his first four outings.
Mariano Rivera closed it out by retiring Erick Aybar on a first-pitch popup to shortstop for his 15th save in 18 chances. It was Rivera’s 1,003rd career appearance, overtaking former Yankees Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage for 14th place all-time.
Ervin Santana (3-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings for Los Angeles.