Saturday's American League Capsules
Sunday, May 8, 2011
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter and the second in the big leagues this week, leading Detroit to a 9-0 victory over Toronto on Saturday.
The only runner he allowed came with one out in the eighth inning when J.P. Arencibia walked on a full count.
Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter against Chicago on Tuesday night.
Verlander (3-3) struck out 12 in his first no-hitter against Milwaukee on June 12, 2007. This time, he fanned Rajai Davis to end it for his fourth strikeout of the game. The overpowering right-hander threw 108 pitches.
Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta homered for the Tigers, who have won four of five.
This was the fourth time the Blue Jays have been no-hit since entering the AL in 1977.
Ricky Romero (2-4), who has lost four of his past five starts, allowed six runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Red Sox 4, Twins 0
BOSTON (AP) — Clay Buchholz combined with four relievers on a three-hitter and Boston bounced back from two lopsided losses in a game delayed by rain for over two hours.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Red Sox, who lost their previous two games by a combined score of 20-2.
Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who collected 12 hits. Jed Lowrie and Kevin Youkilis each had RBI singles.
Minnesota, which had won three straight, managed just three singles.
Buchholz (3-3) pitched five innings despite having to wait through a 2-hour, 7-minute delay, allowing two singles, walking one and striking out six for his third win in four starts.
Brian Duensing (2-2) pitched two innings, allowing one run and three hits before he was lifted after the lengthy delay.
Rays 8, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Evan Longoria homered and drove in four runs, B.J. Upton hit a three-run drive and Tampa Bay tied a season club record with its seventh straight road win.
Longoria doubled in a run in the first inning and hit a three-run shot off Jeremy Guthrie (1-5) in the third. It was his first homer after spending a month on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Upton’s home run made it 7-0 in the fifth. He also doubled twice.
Ben Zobrist tied a career high with four hits and scored three runs to back Jeremy Hellickson (3-2), who gave up three hits and five walks over five scoreless innings.
The Rays’ seven successive road wins ties the record set by the 2004 team. Tampa Bay had an eight-game run that began in September 2009 and ended in April 2010.
Royals 4, Athletics 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly scored Jarrod Dyson from third base to give Kansas City its sixth walkoff win this season.
Billy Butler singled leading off the ninth against Brandon McCarthy (1-3), who experienced his second complete-game loss of the year.
Dyson, a pinch-runner, sped to third when Jeff Francoeur singled. Rookie Eric Hosmer, who earlier singled for his first major league hit, was walked intentionally to bring up Aviles.
Joakim Soria (2-0) worked the ninth and got the victory.
McCarthy went eight innings plus four batters, gave up seven hits and four runs, with two walks and three strikeouts. He lost a complete game 1-0 decision to Seattle on April 21.
Rangers 7, Yankees 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julio Borbon drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run with a squeeze bunt, and Texas held on after blowing an early five-run lead.
With Mitch Moreland running toward home on a 1-1 pitch in the sixth, Borbon laid down the bunt and almost beat the throw to first. That broke a 5-all tie before Michael Young had an RBI single, his fourth hit, later in the inning.
Young homered and Borbon had a two-run triple as the Rangers built a 5-0 lead after two innings off Bartolo Colon.
Arthur Rhodes (1-1), the third of five Texas pitchers, struck out the only two batters he faced. Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Moreland, who had three hits, led off the bottom of the sixth with a double off Boone Logan (1-2) before going to third on Chris Davis’ single. Borbon followed with the squeeze bunt.
Indians 4, Angels 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alex White pitched six innings for his first major league win and Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs to snap an 0-for-18 drought since his arrest on DUI charges.
White (1-0) allowed three runs and seven hits, including a two-run homer by Vernon Wells, in his second major league start. He struck out six and walked two.
Tony Sipp and Vinnie Pestano each pitched a scoreless inning and Chris Perez worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Jered Weaver (6-2) went six innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks without striking out anyone. It was only the second time in 152 big league starts that last year’s major league strikeout leader did not fan a batter.
White Sox 6, Mariners 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Gavin Floyd held Seattle to three singles in eight innings.
Floyd (4-2) struck out six and walked two. Tony Pena pitched the ninth. It was the second shutout of the season for the White Sox. The Mariners have been blanked three times.
The bottom three White Sox hitters — Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel — combined to score four runs and drive in two. Rios was 4 for 4. Entering the game, the three had a combined .192 average.
Adam Dunn had two hits and two RBIs.
Ichiro Suzuki had two of the Mariners’ three hits. It was his AL-leading 16th multihit game, the 707th of his career.
Doug Fister (2-4) took the loss, giving up five runs and 14 hits in 5 2-3 innings.