Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, June 9, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz hit one of three Boston homers to back a tireless Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox extended their domination of the Yankees this season, beating New York 11-6 on Wednesday night to take over first place in the AL East.
Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew also connected, both in the ninth inning to break the game open for a second time. Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Adrian Gonzalez added two RBIs.
Facing his most familiar foe in Wakefield (3-1), Derek Jeter finished 1 for 5 to move within 11 hits of 3,000. He had a run-scoring double but also grounded into a rally-killing double play.
Alex Rodriguez homered for the banged-up Yankees, who have lost seven of eight meetings with their longtime rivals this season — including all five at home.
Rangers 7, Tigers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alexi Ogando scattered six hits over 7 2-3 innings to remain unbeaten, Adrian Beltre homered, and the Rangers avoided a three-game sweep by Detroit.
Detroit had 21 runs and 38 hits while winning the first two games of the series and had taken four straight overall.
Ogando (7-0) struck out seven to match a career high and walked two.
Ogando became the first major league pitcher to win his first seven decisions as a starter since Jered Weaver went 9-0 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2006.
Elvis Andrus had three hits for the AL West-leading Rangers.
Phil Coke (1-6) gave up six runs — four earned — and 10 hits in five innings in his return to Detroit’s rotation.
Orioles 3, Athletics 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Zach Britton took a four-hitter into the seventh inning, Mark Reynolds homered, and the Orioles beat the skidding Athletics for a three-game sweep.
It was the ninth consecutive loss for the Athletics, their longest skid since a 10-game run in 2008. Oakland scored only four runs in the series and never held a lead.
A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks went 2 for 3 and scored both Oakland runs. The former first-round draft pick went hitless in his major league debut Tuesday night.
J.J. Hardy drove in a run for the Orioles, who have won four of five. It was their first three-game sweep of the A’s in Baltimore since July 21-23, 1998.
Britton (6-4) allowed four hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Josh Outman (1-1) took the loss.
Twins 3, Indians 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ben Revere’s two-out RBI single in the 10th inning off closer Chris Perez gave the coming-to-life Twins a win over the slumping Indians, who can’t seem to shake free of their June swoon.
After Drew Butera doubled with two outs off Perez (2-2), Revere flared his base hit into shallow left. Butera scored sliding ahead of outfielder Michael Brantley’s one-hop throw to the plate, helping the last-place Twins take the series and win for the sixth time in seven games.
Matt Capps (2-3) got the win after giving up Jack Hannahan’s tying, two-out homer in the ninth. Phil Dumatrait gave up a two-out double in the 10th before retiring Shin-Soo Choo on a comebacker for his first career save.
Blue Jays 9, Royals 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adam Lind hit a grand slam and Jayson Nix added a three-run homer to power the Blue Jays to a victory over the Royals.
Corey Patterson snapped an 0-for-11 skid with four hits and scored two Toronto runs.
Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva (4-0) had one rough inning, the fourth when he allowed four runs, but pitched seven innings, allowing six hits. Villanueva has won his past eight decisions since his last loss, Aug. 17, 2009 at Pittsburgh.
Danny Duffy (0-2) was pulled after four innings and 96 pitches, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks.
Mariners 7, White Sox 4, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Olive drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run double in the 10th inning, and the Mariners beat the White Sox.
Justin Smoak started the winning rally with a leadoff bloop double off White Sox closer Sergio Santos (2-2). Adam Kennedy drew a walk, then Olivo — who had a solo homer in the eighth against his former team — drove in both runners with a grounder just inside of third base and into the left-field corner.
White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin homered twice, a solo shot in the first off Jason Vargas and a tying two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Jamey Wright.
Aaron Laffey (1-1) threw a scoreless inning to earn the win and Brandon League pitched a perfect 10th for his AL-leading 17th save of the season.
Rays 4, Angels 3, 10 innings
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Reid Brignac got Tampa Bay’s offense started with his first homer of the season and delivered the deciding run with a safety squeeze bunt in the 10th for the Rays, who completed their first-ever three-game sweep in Anaheim.
The Angels lost their fifth straight game, equaling their longest skid this season.
Rays manager Joe Maddon used two pinch-hitters to start the winning rally against Fernando Rodney (2-3). John Jaso walked and Evan Longoria reached on an infield hit past the mound while batting for Kelly Shoppach. Jaso stole third and scored on Brignac’s bunt up the first base line.
Juan Cruz (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth to get the victory and Kyle Farnsworth got three outs for his 13th save in 14 attempts.