Monday's American League Capsules
Originally published May 24, 2011 at midnight, updated May 24, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz both homered in their return to the Texas Rangers lineup and Alexi Ogando threw a five-hitter for his first career shutout, 4-0 over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
The sluggers were back in the Texas lineup together for the first time in almost six weeks.
Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, got his first homer of the season when he pulled a liner over the right-field wall in the first off John Danks (0-7), who also threw a complete game. Hamilton added a double in the eighth.
Cruz hit his eighth homer, a two-run homer in the sixth.
Ogando (5-0) struck out six and walked three.
Danks struck out three and walked two in his third career complete game.
Indians 3, Red Sox 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-out RBI double in the eighth inning — the latest big hit delivered by Cleveland’s shortstop — rallied the Indians to a win over the Red Sox, who also lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a leg injury.
Cabrera, who went 5 for 5 with two homers and five RBIs on Sunday, drove his double off reliever Daniel Bard (1-4) to the wall in left field, scoring Michael Brantley and helping the Indians win their fourth straight and improve to 19-4 at home.
Cabrera also homered in the fourth, his third homer in two days.
Joe Smith (2-1) got one out in the eighth, and closer Chris Perez got Carl Crawford to bounce into a game-ending double play for his 13th save.
The game started after a 61-minute rain delay.
Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3
NEW YORK (AP) — J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning and Jose Bautista homered to back spot starter Carlos Villanueva and lift the Blue Jays to a victory over the Yankees.
Starting in place of injured Jesse Litsch, Villanueva (2-0) limited the Yankees to two hits and a run in five innings. With a looping curveball, he struck out the side to open his first start since Oct. 3, 2009, for Milwaukee.
Arencibia added an RBI single in the eighth, and Bautista didn’t disappoint in his matchup with Curtis Granderson as the top two sluggers in baseball. Bautista crushed a pitch from Bartolo Colon (2-3) in his first at-bat, sending a line drive over the 399-foot marker in left-center for his 19th homer of the season.
Tigers 6, Rays 3
DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez hit a two-run double and Jhonny Peralta had a two-run single in the eighth inning, lifting the Tigers to a win over the Rays.
Charlie Furbush (1-0) pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings of relief in his major league debut after Detroit starter Phil Coke was injured.
Former Rays reliever Joaquin Benoit worked a scoreless eighth. Jose Valverde gave up two runs in the ninth but avoided a total collapse by getting former Tiger Johnny Damon to line out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera with two on.
Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had a shot to be the first Tampa Bay rookie to win five straight starts, but his light-hitting teammates weren’t much help.
Mariners 8, Twins 7, 10 innings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Mariners rallied to win their sixth straight game, beating Jim Thome and the Twins.
Carlos Peguero’s single in the ninth scored Michael Saunders and tied the game, helping the Mariners overcome Thome’s powerful return to the lineup.
In his first game off the disabled list, Thome homered twice — including a 465-foot shot that bounced high in the air after landing on the Target Field pavilion in the fourth inning.
He also hit a line drive that had just enough height to clear the wall in left field in the seventh.
The slugger took a curtain call after his second homer, and the Twins held a 7-4 lead.
Angels 4, Athletics 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Torii Hunter threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the seventh inning and doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth, leading the Angels over the Athletics.
Bobby Abreu grounded into a fielder’s choice after former Angels closer Brian Fuentes (1-7) opened the inning by walking Erick Aybar. Hunter greeted Michael Wuertz with a double to the wall in right-center on a 2-2 pitch, easily scoring Abreu. Jeff Mathis capped the rally with a two-out, two-run single off Wuertz, who came in with .103 opponents batting average — the best among AL relievers.
Fuentes has been charged with the loss in each of his last four appearances, setting an Oakland record.
Scott Downs (2-1) got the win with a scoreless eighth, retiring David DeJesus on a groundout after giving up two-out singles to Hideki Matsui and Conor Jackson. Rookie Jordan Walden pitched a perfect ninth ninth save in 12 chances.