Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, May 5, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings, and Magglio Ordonez homered for the first time this season to lead Detroit to a 4-0 win over New York on Wednesday night.
Ordonez has been in a horrendous slump to start the year, but he had two hits Wednesday, including a two-run homer in the third that gave the Tigers a four-run lead. Detroit has won its last two since a seven-game losing streak.
Scherzer (5-0) allowed four hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
Freddy Garcia (1-2) pitched seven-plus innings for the Yankees, allowing four runs and 10 hits. He walked two and struck out eight.
Scherzer allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter in the first, then retired 10 straight hitters, striking out four in a row at one point.
Twins 3, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Blackburn earned his first win in a month and Jason Kubel had two RBIs as Minnesota swept the two-game series.
Minnesota won the opener Tuesday night 1-0 when Francisco Liriano held the White Sox hitless. Last-place Chicago has lost 17 of 21.
Blackburn (2-4) held the White Sox to four hits and a run in 6 2-3 innings, including Alex Rios’ solo homer in the third that tied the game 1-1.
John Danks (0-5), a 15-game winner a year ago, gave up eight hits and three runs over eight innings for Chicago. Matt Capps got his fifth save in six chances.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and Brandon Morrow pitched into the seventh inning for Toronto.
Lind connected in the first inning and finished with four hits. He has five homers and 16 RBIs in his last 12 games.
Morrow (1-1) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked four. Frank Francisco yielded Sam Fuld’s RBI single in the ninth before finishing for his first save.
Both managers were ejected in the bottom of the seventh, and Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton was kicked out in the ninth.
Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (1-4) left after four innings with back tightness. He allowed three runs and six hits.
Orioles 3, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nick Markakis homered, Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings and Baltimore snapped Kansas City’s four-game winning streak.
It was 3-1 in the eighth when Alcides Escobar singled with one out against Orioles reliever Jim Johnson. Mike Aviles followed with a double. Melky Cabrera drove in one run with an infield out, but reliever Michael Gonzalez retired Alex Gordon on a flyball.
Arrieta (4-1) gave up three hits and one run, a homer by Jeff Francoeur. He walked two and struck out eight.
Kyle Davies (1-4) went a season-long 6 1-3 innings and was charged with three runs and seven hits.
Athletics 3, Indians 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David DeJesus hit his first two home runs of the season and Trevor Cahill pitched another gem as Oakland snapped Cleveland’s seven-game winning streak.
DeJesus’ two solo shots handed Josh Tomlin (4-1) his first loss of the year. They were two of Oakland’s four hits in the game.
Cahill (5-0) gave up five hits and three walks in seven innings and struck out five. Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his first save.
Tomlin struck out five and walked none in 7 2-3 innings. He didn’t allow a baserunner besides DeJesus until Mark Ellis reached on an error in the eighth when third baseman Jack Hannahan bobbled a grounder, and Coco Crisp drove him in on a single to give Oakland a 3-1 lead.
Rangers 5, Mariners 2
SEATTLE (AP) — C.J. Wilson struck out 12 in a six-hitter while Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis homered off Seattle rookie Michael Pineda.
Wilson (4-1) retired the final 14 batters in his fourth career complete game. The Rangers stopped their losing streak at three.
Pineda (4-2) didn’t make many mistakes in seven strong innings.
Wilson matched his high for strikeouts and allowed one earned run and walked one. He didn’t allow a runner after Chone Figgins’ single with one out in the fifth.
Pineda matched his season high with nine strikeouts. He allowed seven hits and walked none.
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