Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth inning off Tampa closer Kyle Farnsworth to force in the winning run and give Cleveland its 14th straight win at home, 5-4 over the Rays on Tuesday night.
The victory continued the Indians’ recent run of late-inning magic at Progressive Field. They have won their last four at home in their final at-bat. Cleveland loaded the bases against Joel Peralta (1-2) before Farnsworth came on and issued his first walk in 16 outings this season.
Brantley and Grady Sizemore homered for the Indians, who are 14-2 at home for the first time since becoming an AL charter member in 1901.
Chris Perez (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria homered for the Rays, who came in with baseball’s best road record but had their winning streak stopped at four.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 6, 10 innings
TORONTO (AP) — David Cooper hit his first major league homer and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as Toronto beat Boston.
Jose Bautista hit his 11th home run of the season and rookie J.P. Arencibia also went deep for Toronto.
Adrian Gonzalez homered twice for the Red Sox, the 11th multihomer game of his career, and David Ortiz added a solo shot.
Rajai Davis hit a one-out single off Matt Albers (0-1) in the 10th and stole second on a pitchout, sliding in just ahead of the tag. Davis stole third on the very next pitch, and the Red Sox brought their infield in. Cooper won it with a fly to center.
Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Orioles 7, Mariners 6, 13 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Wieters singled home the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning, part of a stunning comeback that gave Baltimore a victory over Seattle.
After the Mariners got the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th, the Orioles scored twice in the bottom half against Brandon League (0-2), who blew his first save opportunity in 10 chances this season.
J.J. Hardy homered and had four hits for Baltimore in his first game back from the disabled list. The Orioles, who bounced back from a 4-3 deficit in the eighth, snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-17 when trailing after seven innings.
Adam Kennedy homered for the Mariners, who took the lead in the 13th on Mike Wilson’s first major league hit.
Jeremy Accardo (2-0) got the win despite allowing a run in the top half of the 13th.
Yankees 3, Royals 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Freddy Garcia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter provided the offense and New York’s bullpen made it stand up in a victory over Kansas City.
Brett Gardner tripled and scored twice as the Yankees won for the eighth time in 10 games at home against the Royals. Kansas City has a major league-best 15 wins at Kauffman Stadium but dropped to just 3-9 on the road this season.
Garcia (2-2) gave up six hits and a pair of walks in six-plus innings to win for only the second time in nine decisions against the Royals. He outpitched Kyle Davies (1-5), who allowed three runs in five-plus innings for Kansas City.
Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera provided the Royals with their only run, a solo homer to center field in the fourth inning that briefly tied the game.
Jeter had two more hits after his four-hit, two-homer game Sunday at Texas. He drove in the Yankees’ first run with a crisp single in the third inning.
Angels 6, White Sox 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alberto Callaspo drove in three runs and Maicer Izturis homered for Los Angeles in a victory over Chicago.
Joel Pineiro (2-0) allowed two runs and eight hits over 7 2-3 innings in his third start. The right-hander, whose season was delayed because of a sore shoulder, struck five and walked one in his home debut. Fernando Rodney got the final out of the eighth inning and Scott Downs finished up with a perfect ninth.
John Danks (0-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings, raising his ERA to 4.50.
Rangers 7, Athletics 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis pitched neatly into the eighth inning and Texas got a two-run homer from slumping Adrian Beltre in a rain-delayed victory over Oakland.
Lewis (3-4) allowed one run and five hits over 7 1-3 innings. He walked one and failed to register a strikeout for the Rangers, who had lost seven of nine and 11 of 15.
The right-hander got 16 outs on balls hit in the air and threw a season-high 115 pitches.
Beltre, who was given a night off Monday and had gone 4 for 31 over his previous nine games, connected in the fifth to chase starter Brett Anderson (2-3).
Tigers 10, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Martinez had three hits and four RBIs to push Detroit past Francisco Liriano and Minnesota in a rain-delayed victory.
Jhonny Peralta’s two-run homer in the second inning ended Liriano’s bid for back-to-back no-hitters, and the left-hander’s outing was over after three innings due to an illness. Liriano fell to 2-5.
Brennan Boesch drove in two runs for the Tigers, who have won four straight and seven of eight overall. Rick Porcello (3-2) pitched five crisp innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Rene Tosoni hit his first career homer, but the stumbling Twins managed only five hits and dropped their majors-worst record to 12-22.