Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, May 16, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Bautista hit three homers for the first time in his career Sunday, adding to his major league-leading total and sending the Toronto Blue Jays to an 11-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins and a sweep of their three-game series.
Jose Molina also had three hits for the Blue Jays, who scored in each of the first four innings. Yunel Escobar and Aaron Hill also had a pair of hits for Toronto.
The victory extended Toronto’s winning streak to a season-best five games and allowed the Blue Jays (20-20) to get back to the .500 mark for the first time in nearly a month.
Minnesota has lost eight straight and 14 of 17 as it heads out for a weeklong West Coast road trip. The defending AL Central champions have the worst record in baseball.
Rangers 5, Angels 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chris Davis homered and later drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and the Rangers beat the Angels, winning only their second series in the past month.
The Rangers loaded the bases to start the eighth after Rich Thompson (1-2) failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Davis then singled to right off Hisanori Takahashi.
Adrian Beltre also homered for Texas, which won two of three against AL West-leading Los Angeles after having won only one of its previous nine series. The defending AL champion Rangers moved within a half-game of the division lead.
Davis’ opposite-field homer over the left-field wall in the fourth off Ervin Santana put the Rangers up 4-1. It was the second homer of the season for Davis.
Mark Lowe (1-0) got out the only batter he faced before Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
White Sox 4, Athletics 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alexei Ramirez had three hits, including a home run off previously unbeaten Trevor Cahill, and the White Sox topped the Athletics.
Mark Buehrle (3-3) won for only the second time in 15 appearances at Oakland. The White Sox went 6-3 on their road trip, winning all three series.
Cahill (6-1) gave up four runs, just two of them earned, and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings.
Ramirez drove in two runs and Omar Vizquel had two hits.
Daric Barton drove in two runs and Coco Crisp homered for the A’s, who have lost three of their last four.
Orioles 9, Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — J.J Hardy hit a grand slam, Nick Markakis added a solo shot and the Orioles beat the Rays.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs as Rays reliever Rob Delaney walked all three batters — one intentionally — he faced. Hardy then put Baltimore up 8-2 when he hit his third career grand slam on a 2-0 pitch from Cesar Ramos. It was Hardy’s first grand slam since May 12, 2007 while with Milwaukee against the New York Mets.
Jake Arrieta (5-1) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings for the Orioles, who took two of three from Tampa Bay. The right-hander has won a career-best four consecutive decisions.
The Orioles (19-20) didn’t reach 19 wins last season until June 19th, when their record was 19-49.
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