Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brian Matusz and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Oakland 4-2 Monday night to extend the Athletics’ losing streak to a season-high seven games.
Matt Wieters had two hits, an RBI and scored a run for the Orioles, who took a 4-0 lead after two innings against Gio Gonzalez (5-4).
Adam Rosales homered for the A’s, who have lost 15 of 19 to fall a season-worst seven games under .500 (27-34). Rosales was playing in his first game of the year after a stint on the disabled list with a broken right foot.
Matusz (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings to earn his first win of the season. He spent the first two months on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle.
Twins 6, Indians 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Scott Baker survived a shaky start and Matt Tolbert drove in two runs as the Twins extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a win over the falling-fast Indians, who lost their fifth in a row.
Baker (3-4) was down 2-0 after throwing just four pitches as the Indians hit screaming line drives all over Progressive Field in the first. However, the right-hander bobbed and weaved his way around trouble and stayed in until the eighth. He allowed three earned runs and nine hits.
Josh Tomlin (7-3) lasted six innings for the Indians, who led the AL Central by seven games as recently as May 23 but dropped their seventh straight at home.
White Sox 3, Mariners 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko homered and John Danks pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory of the season, leading the White Sox to a win over the Mariners.
The White Sox beat the Mariners for the ninth straight time at U.S. Cellular Field and are 13-1 at home against Seattle dating to August 18, 2008. The White Sox also matched a club record for the most consecutive home wins against the Mariners.
In his 12th start of the season, Danks (1-8) did not resemble the pitcher that lost his first eight decisions. The left-hander pitched 7 1-3 innings and only allowed one unearned run on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.
Seattle rookie starter Michael Pineda (6-3) was the hard luck loser.
Tigers 13, Rangers 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brennan Boesch had two of Detroit’s four home runs while setting career highs with five hits and five RBIs, and Max Scherzer pitched just long enough for his first win in nearly a month in the Tigers’ victory over the Rangers.
Scherzer (7-2) hadn’t won since May 9 at Toronto, when the right-hander won his sixth consecutive decision to open the season. He gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
All of Detroit’s homers came off Colby Lewis (5-6), who gave up nine runs in 3 1-3 innings only five days after pitching eight scoreless innings at Tampa Bay to start a five-game winning streak for the AL West-leading Rangers.
Royals 3, Blue Jays 2, 11 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a game-ending single, helping the Royals beat the Blue Jays to snap a four-game losing streak.
Hosmer had a hand in all three of Kansas City’s runs with two RBIs and scored a run.
Chris Getz led off the Royals 11th with a bunt single off Frank Francisco (1-3) and stopped at second on Brayan Pena’s groundball single to left. Alcides Escobar moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Alex Gordon was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. After Melky Cabrera lined out to third, Hosmer delivered the game-winning hit.
Joakim Soria (4-3), who was removed from the closer’s role May 30 after blowing three saves in a week, picked up the victory. He did not allow a hit in two innings.
Rays 5, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning, Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in three runs, and the Rays defeated the Angels.
Price (7-5) allowed five hits and one run in seven-plus innings, struck out seven and walked none. The left-hander struck out the side in the fifth.
The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first on Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly and Ruggiano’s RBI single.
Ruggiano hit his second homer of the season to extend the Rays’ lead to 4-0. He sent a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Chatwood into the Rays’ bullpen in left field.
Joyce’s RBI single in the seventh made it 5-0.
Chatwood (3-3) gave up nine hits and five runs in seven innings.