Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, May 9, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Derek Jeter homered twice after going 62 games without a long ball, Curtis Granderson went deep again and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 12-5 Sunday despite an erratic outing by CC Sabathia.
Jeter had gone 259 at-bats without a homer since last Aug. 24 before leading off the fifth with a liner that barely cleared the eight-foot wall into the Rangers’ bullpen in right-center.
Jeter didn’t wait long for his next homer, leading off the seventh against Arthur Rhodes (1-2) with a deeper shot into the bullpen to break a 4-all tie.
Under scrutiny all season, the 36-year-old Jeter had four hits, three RBIs and his first stolen base of the year while raising his batting average from .256 to .276.
Granderson, who homered twice in Friday’s 4-1 victory, followed Jeter’s second homer with his AL-leading 11th of the season.
Francisco Cervelli hit a grand slam and Mark Teixeira added two-run shot in the eighth, a six-run outburst off rookie Cody Eppley.
Sabathia (3-2) pitched into the seventh with a season-low two strikeouts while matching a season high with four walks, all of those in the first four innings. The big left-hander gave up five runs, three earned, and five hits.
Angels 6, Indians 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Peter Bourjos drove in the tying run in the eighth inning with an infield single, Erick Aybar followed with a two-run double and Los Angeles beat Cleveland to give Mike Scioscia his 1,000th victory as a major league manager.
Angels reliever Fernando Rodney (2-1) got credit for the win, despite blowing a 3-2 lead for Dan Haren in the top of the eighth. Travis Hafner had an RBI infield hit and Orlando Cabrera a run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Rafael Perez gave up a double to Howie Kendrick in the bottom half and was relieved by Joe Smith (1-1). Rookie Mark Trumbo had an infield single before Bourjos hit a chopper off the plate that Smith fielded and had no play on. Aybar put the Angels back in front with a drive to left-center for two runs.
Red Sox 9, Twins 5
BOSTON (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez homered, Kevin Youkilis scored four runs and Daisuke Matsuzaka settled down to pitch six innings after a rough first, leading Boston over Minnesota.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Gonzalez, J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie each drove in two runs for the Red Sox.
Danny Valencia had a solo homer and two-run single for the Twins, who have lost nine of their last 10 games in Fenway Park. Minnesota committed three errors, one leading to a pair of unearned runs.
Matsuzaka (3-3), gave up three runs in the first and threw 34 pitches. After that, he held the Twins to two hits over the next five innings. He allowed four earned runs, struck out four and walked two.
Carl Pavano (2-4) gave up seven runs on 10 hits in five innings. He’s 0-4 in five starts away from Target Field, giving up 27 runs in 19 innings in the losses.
Tigers 5, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) — Brad Penny pitched well into the eighth inning and Detroit followed Justin Verlander’s no-hitter by beating Toronto.
Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking home run, Jose Valverde struck out the side in the ninth for seventh save and the 200th of his career, becoming the 41st player in major league history to reach the mark.
Jose Bautista homered in his return to the lineup after missing five games with a stiff neck.
Penny (3-3) responded to the third-inning shot by retiring 10 straight batters and 14 of the next 15. The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in a season-high 7 2-3 innings, walked none and struck out one.
Jackson broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer to left in the seventh, his second. The drive came off Blue Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3), who has gone 25 starts since his last win. Reyes’ last victory came June 13, 2008, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he was pitching for Atlanta.
Rays 5, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — B.J. Upton drove in four runs, and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore for a three-game sweep.
Matt Joyce hit two doubles and scored twice for the Rays, who set a single-season franchise record with their eighth consecutive road win. Tampa Bay is 20-8 overall since starting the season with six straight defeats, including three at home against the Orioles to open the season.
After hitting a three-run homer Saturday, Upton had a pair of two-run singles Sunday. He went 5 for 9 over the weekend and is batting .297 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in 39 games at Camden Yards.
Tampa Bay’s Wade Davis (4-2) allowed three runs, four hits and five walks in five innings. He has won his past four starts.
Kyle Farnsworth got four outs for his seventh save in eight opportunities.
Baltimore starter Brad Bergesen (0-4) yielded five runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Athletics 5, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kevin Kouzmanoff and Kurt Suzuki each homered for Oakland and Conor Jackson collected three hits to help Tyson Ross win his first game in four starts.
Ross (2-2), who moved into the rotation last month when Dallas Braden went on the disabled list, went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. He has not allowed a home run in 28 2-3 innings.
Brian Fuentes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save in 11 opportunities.
Kevin Kouzmanoff’s home run off winless starter Jeff Francis with two out in the sixth put the A’s on top 3-0. Suzuki added a solo shot in the ninth off Louis Coleman.
Francis (0-4) was charged with three runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
White Sox 5, Mariners 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Konerko returned to the White Sox lineup and tied his career high with five hits, including a single in the 10th inning that helped Chicago beat Seattle.
Alexei Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run with a double to the left-center field gap.
Konerko was lifted for a pinch-hitter Saturday night because of stiffness in his left wrist. He went 5 for 5 and raised his batting average from .295 to .323.
Brent Morel opened the 10th with a single to left off closer Brandon League (0-1), who was working more than one inning for the first time this season. Juan Pierre bunted Morel to second before Ramirez hit a 1-0 fastball.
Adam Dunn followed with a hard RBI double into the right-field corner and Alex Rios finished it with a RBI single.
Sergio Santos (1-0) earned his first decision with two innings of hitless relief. He has yet to allow a run in 12 appearances.