Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Papelbon labored through the ninth inning to earn his 200th save, leading the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 6-4 Tuesday night.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a home run and Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI triple as the Red Sox roughed up Freddy Garcia (4-5) early to move within two percentage points of the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Working on seven days’ rest, Jon Lester (8-2) gave up three runs and eight hits — seven singles — in six innings.
Derek Jeter had two hits to move within 12 of 3,000. He entered the 10-game homestand with 2,986 and said the most pressure he feels in his march toward the milestone is reaching the mark at Yankee Stadium.
Indians 1, Twins 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Indians pushed across an unearned run to defeat the Twins, ending a season-high five-game skid.
Carrasco (5-3) gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one over 8 1-3 innings as Cleveland avoided its first eight-game losing streak ever at Progressive Field. The Indians opened the year 14-2 at home. They have not lost eight in a row at home since June 8-21, 1975, at old Cleveland Stadium.
Chris Perez replaced Carrasco after Ben Revere slapped a one-out single through the hole at shortstop in the ninth. Revere took second on a weak groundout by Alexi Casilla before Perez got Michael Cuddyer on a called third strike for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Minnesota had a five-game winning streak snapped despite Francisco Liriano (3-6) coming off the disabled list and matching Carrasco for five innings.
Orioles 4, Athletics 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy, Luke Scott and Adam Jones hit solo homers, Chris Jakubauskas pitched five shutout innings and the Orioles beat Oakland to stretch the Athletics’ losing streak to a season-high eight games.
Jones had three hits for the Orioles, who will try to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday night. Baltimore had lost eight straight series to Oakland since July 2007.
Hardy and Scott connected against Guillermo Moscoso (2-2), and Jones made it 3-0 in the sixth with a drive off Michael Wuertz. Mark Reynolds added an RBI double in the seventh against Craig Breslow.
Oakland’s skid is its longest since an eight-game slide from Sept. 27, 2009, to April 5, 2010. The A’s are 5-15 since May 17.
Jakubauskas (1-0) came into the game with a 6.39 ERA over five appearances, all in relief. He was pressed into duty because the Orioles are carrying only four starters and were playing for a fifth straight day.
White Sox 5, Mariners 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin homered, and Phil Humber held Seattle’s offense in check as the White Sox beat the Mariners.
Konerko’s solo shot in the second inning was his second in as many days and fourth in six games. The homer also marked the 1,000th run of his career.
Quentin’s two-run shot in the third inning was his 15th of the season and second off Seattle starter Felix Hernandez this year.
Humber (5-3) worked 7 2-3 innings, yielding just one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Hernandez (6-5) allowed five runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Blue Jays 8, Royals 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia each hit a two-run homer to lead the Blue Jays to a victory over the Royals.
Lind homered off Vin Mazzaro (0-1) in a three-run first inning. Jose Bautista was aboard on a single.
Blue Jays rookie right-hander Kyle Drabek (4-4), who failed to get out of the first inning in his previous start, a loss against Cleveland, labored through 5 1-3 innings to pick up the victory. He gave up five runs on nine hits, three walks and four wild pitches.
Rookie left-hander Luis Perez replaced Drabek and threw 2 2-3 scoreless innings, extending his shutout streak to 10 innings. Jon Rauch worked the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.
Tigers 8, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Austin Jackson had three of Detroit’s season-high 20 hits and Rick Porcello won for the sixth time in his last seven outings to help the Tigers beat the Rangers.
Porcello (6-3) gave up a run over six innings against the AL West-leading Rangers as the Tigers improved to 8-1 in their last nine games. Porcello has allowed less than two runs in five of his last nine starts.
A night after getting 18 hits, Jackson helped Detroit win its fourth straight with three RBIs. The Tigers scored four runs in the fourth off Matt Harrison (5-5). Every Tiger in the lineup had at least one hit, including Casper Wells, Alex Avila, and Victor Martinez, who also had three hits apiece.
Rays 4, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rookie Alex Cobb pitched 6 1-3 strong innings to earn his first major league victory, B.J. Upton homered and the Rays beat the Angels.
The Rays won the series opener 5-1 a night earlier, giving them back-to-back victories for the first time since May 11-13, when they won three in a row. Despite the wins, they’ve lost 14 of their last 23 since they were a season-high eight games over .500 on May 13.
The Angels dropped their fourth in a row and sixth in their last seven.
Cobb (1-0) allowed seven hits and one run in his third major league start and first on the road.
Dan Haren (5-4) gave up eight hits and three runs in seven innings.