Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Mariners 5, Twins 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Pineda allowed three hits over seven innings to help Seattle break a six-game losing streak.
The Twins have lost nine straight for the first time since Sept. 9-19, 1998. They have not been 15 games below .500 since the end of the 2000 season when they were 69-93.
Pineda (5-2), the American League’s Rookie of the Month for April, struck out seven and walked none as he lowered his ERA to 2.45. He went to a three-ball count on just two of the 26 batters he faced.
Adam Kennedy and Carlos Peguero hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning. It was first time Seattle had back-to-back homers since Aug. 10, 2010.
Scott Baker (2-3) went six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs.
Indians 19, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brantley’s three-run homer and Travis Hafner’s bases-loaded double keyed a 10-run fourth inning Monday night that sent Cleveland to a 19-1 win over Kansas City.
Vin Mazzaro, the third Royals’ pitcher, was charged with 14 runs and 11 hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Brantley and Matt LaPorta both had four RBIs in the Indians’ biggest offensive outburst since scoring 22 runs at New York on April 18, 2009. Hafner and Orlando Cabrera each had three RBIs.
LaPorta reached base five times with a walk and four hits.
After giving up 10 runs, all earned, in the fourth, Mazzaro allowed four more in the fifth before he was removed.
Starter Kyle Davies (1-6) left after walking the bases full in the first inning and retiring only one batter. The Royals said he would have an MRI for soreness in his right shoulder.
Josh Tomlin (5-1) went six innings and allowed five hits and one run.
Red Sox 8, Orioles 7
BOSTON (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run double off the left-field wall with one out in the ninth inning for Boston.
Trailing 7-6 going into the inning, the Red Sox put runners at first and second on one-out walks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Gonzalez, the AL leader with 37 RBIs, then got the winning hit on the first pitch he saw from Kevin Gregg (0-1).
Alfredo Aceves (1-0) got the win, allowing one run in three innings.
The Orioles had led 6-0 before the Red Sox scored five runs in the sixth. Mark Reynolds’ solo homer gave Baltimore a two-run lead in the seventh. Then Jason Varitek singled in a run in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-6.
Boston (21-20) went over .500 for the first time this season with its fourth straight.
Rays 6, Yankees 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sam Fuld and B.J. Upton hit two-run homers to help Tampa Bay hand New York its sixth consecutive loss.
It’s the first time the Yankees have lost this many consecutive games since a seven-game skid in April 2007.
Yankees starter A.J Burnett had a four-run advantage before imploding in the sixth. After Fuld homered and Matt Joyce drove in a run with a single, Upton ended Burnett’s night with his two-run drive that put Tampa Bay up 6-5.
Burnett (4-3) allowed six runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Juan Cruz (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win. Kyle Farnsworth got the final three outs for his eighth save.
David Price of the Rays gave up five runs and six hits in five innings.
Blue Jays 4, Tigers 2
DETROIT (AP) — Kyle Drabek pitched seven strong innings as Toronto snapped Detroit’s seven-game winning streak.
Drabek (2-3) allowed one run despite walking six, and gave up three hits and struck out two. Frank Francisco pitched the ninth for his fourth save, allowing a solo homer to Jhonny Peralta.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer remained at 6-0 after pitching seven innings and allowing a run in a no-decision. Toronto won the game with three runs off Joaquin Benoit (1-3) in the eighth. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion started the inning with singles, and Aaron Hill made it 2-1 with a double.
Juan Rivera and J.P. Arencibia followed with sacrifice flies to give the Blue Jays a three-run lead.
Rangers 4, White Sox 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Texas’ Colby Lewis pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout.
Endy Chavez had three hits for the Rangers, who have won four of their last five games. Chavez was hitless in nine at-bats since he was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.
Lewis (4-4) struck out seven and walked one in his third career complete game. It was also the fourth consecutive start of at least 7 1-3 innings for the right-hander, who improved to 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA during the stretch.
A.J. Pierzynski singled with one out in the fifth for Chicago’s first hit off Lewis.
Edwin Jackson (3-5) left with one out in the sixth as Chicago kicked off a seven-game homestand with its 10th loss in its last 11 home games.
Texas put at least one runner on in each of the first seven innings and finished with 12 hits.