Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia fouled off nine pitches in a 13-pitch at-bat against Jered Weaver before lining a go-ahead, two-run single that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 on Monday night.
The loss was Weaver’s first of the season. Weaver (6-1), who was scratched Sunday due to a stomach virus, gave up three runs, six hits, struck out six and walked one over six innings.
Weaver failed to become the first pitcher since 1891 to go 7-0 by May 2 or sooner. Sadie McMahon of the Baltimore Orioles from the American Association was the last to open 7-0 by the second day of May.
Adrian Gonzalez had a three-run double and Clay Buchholz (2-3) pitched 6 2-3 solid innings for the win.
Yankees 5, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) — Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth off closer Jose Valverde and New York handed Detroit its seventh straight defeat.
The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit, tying it in the seventh on Alex Avila’s second solo home run of the night, but the Yankees broke through in their last at-bat against Valverde (2-1). With runners on first and second and one out, Swisher singled up the middle and Mark Teixeira scored from second with a slide. Alex Rodriguez added another run when he scored from third on a passed ball by Avila.
Joba Chamberlain (2-0) got the win by pitching a scoreless eighth, and Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
White Sox 6, Orioles 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko homered twice and Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings to help Chicago snap a five-game slide.
Konerko hit a two-run home run and a solo shot for the White Sox, who won only their fourth in 19 games to avoid a four-game sweep.
Juan Pierre had an RBI single and Alex Rios added a solo homer to help the White Sox end a seven-game home skid with their first win at U.S. Cellular Field since April 12.
Buehrle (2-3) scattered eight hits, walked four and struck out four.
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (1-4) allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two, remaining winless since Opening Day.
Athletics 5, Rangers 4, 10 innings
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hideki Matsui hit the first pitch of the 10th inning from Darren Oliver into the right-field seats to lift the Athletics.
Grant Balfour (2-1) walked three batters in the top of the 10th to load the bases for pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba, who struck out swinging on the right-hander’s 30th pitch.
Josh Willingham hit a tying home run leading off the eighth against Texas reliever Arthur Rhodes, and the A’s took three of four from the reigning AL champions.
Matsui’s shot against Oliver (1-3) was just the third of the season for the designated hitter and Oakland’s first walkoff homer of 2011.
Texas has lost six of eight and 12 of 19 following a 9-1 start.
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