Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, May 2, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday to extend their home winning streak to 13 games.
Cleveland’s sixth straight win overall increased the Tigers’ losing streak to six. The three-game sweep gave the Indians four series sweeps this season, matching their total for 2010 when they went 69-93.
Brantley followed a tying RBI single by Orlando Cabrera by lining an 0-1 pitch from Joaquin Benoit (0-2) to left, scoring Shelley Duncan from second base.
Matt LaPorta added a sacrifice fly for his third RBI and a 5-3 lead as Cleveland extended its best home start in 70 years. The Indians are 13-2 at home for the first time since 1941 and have baseball’s best record at 19-8.
Royals 10, Twins 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Aviles homered and drove in four runs to help the Royals beat the Twins.
The Twins have lost six in a row and were swept in a three-game series by the Royals for the first time since Aug. 4-6, 1998. Minnesota dropped to 9-18, the worst record in the majors.
Minnesota fell to nine-games below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2000 season 69-93.
Aviles, who matched his career high with four RBIs, hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Twins reliever Dusty Hughes.
Luke Hochevar (3-3), who gave up 12 runs in 12 1-3 innings in losing his previous two starts, held the Twins to five hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Carl Pavano (2-3) took the loss.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer, Mark Teixeira also went deep and the Yankees powered their way to a victory over the Blue Jays.
Jorge Posada broke out of an 0-for-19 slump and Francisco Cervelli added an RBI groundout in his first game back from the disabled list, helping the Yankees take the final two games against the Blue Jays and remain unbeaten (5-0-1) in home series.
Ivan Nova (2-2) pieced together his second straight positive outing for New York, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1-3 innings. He worked around six hits and four walks.
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save.
Adam Lind hit a solo homer, Rajai Davis swiped three bases and David Cooper had his first two career hits for Toronto, but it still wasn’t enough support for Jesse Litsch (2-2) against a team fast becoming his nemesis.
Angels 6, Rays 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hank Conger homered and nifty baserunning by Vernon Wells helped the Angels rally from a five-run deficit to beat the Rays.
Angels ace Jered Weaver (6-0) was scratched from his scheduled start because of a stomach virus. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia hopes Weaver will be able to pitch Monday night at Boston.
Los Angeles went ahead 6-5 in the eighth thanks in part to Wells, who drew a one-out walk from Joel Peralta (1-1) with Torii Hunter on third. Wells slowed up on Conger’s grounder and forced second baseman Ben Zobrist to throw to first for an out. Wells then prolonged a rundown long enough for Hunter to score.
Red Sox 3, Mariners 2
BOSTON (AP) — Jed Lowrie tripled when right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki lost his fly ball in the sun, and Carl Crawford singled him home with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a victory over the Mariners.
Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) earned the win with a perfect ninth inning.
Jamey Wright (0-1) took the loss despite getting his first four batters before Lowrie lofted one to right, where Suzuki looked helplessly as the ball hit him in the hip. After Marco Scutaro’s grounder was fielded by a drawn-in infield for the second out, Crawford lined one to center to end it.
The Red Sox won for just the second time in six games.
Seattle had won five straight.
Orioles 6, White Sox 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Markakis hit a three-run double and Zach Britton pitched six strong innings to lead the Orioles to a win over the struggling White Sox.
Luke Scott and Mark Reynolds added solo home runs for Baltimore, who has won five of its last six. The Orioles will try to complete a four-game sweep Monday night.
Britton (5-1) allowed one run on five hits, struck out one and had three walks. The 23-year old rookie left-hander lowered his ERA to 2.63.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was back in the dugout after being suspended two games for tweeting comments about an umpire earlier in the week.
Gavin Floyd (3-2) took the loss for Chicago, which got a pinch-hit homer from Adam Dunn.
Athletics 7, Rangers 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Conor Jackson had two hits and two RBIs, Gio Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning to snap a three-start skid and the Athletics snapped out of their scoring slump in a win over the Rangers.
Leadoff hitter Coco Crisp added two hits in his return to the lineup and Kurt Suzuki had two RBIs to help the A’s score more than six runs for only the fourth time this season. They knocked out Rangers starter Matt Harrison (3-3) in the second inning.
Gonzalez (3-2) scattered five hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2-3 innings to win for the first time since April 9. The left-hander didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning and allowed only three runners past second base.
Michael Young and Ian Kinsler drove in runs for Texas.