Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, May 26, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jon Lester coasted to his AL-leading seventh win and the Boston Red Sox bludgeoned Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot for seven runs in the first inning on their way to a 14-2 victory Wednesday, the Indians’ most-lopsided loss of the season.
Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer for Boston in the first off Talbot (1-1).
Carl Crawford went 4 for 4 with a homer and two doubles, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer and David Ortiz added an estimated 431-foot solo shot that looked even farther to help the Red Sox win the series finale and take two of three from the major league-leading Indians.
Lester (7-1) won his seventh straight decision. He allowed three hits in six shutout innings.
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, Mark Teixeira also hit a two-run shot and Mariano Rivera made a milestone appearance in New York’s victory over Toronto.
Rivera pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation, the 1,000th game he’s played for the Yankees. The 11-time All-Star closer became the first player in major league history to reach the plateau for one team and the 15th to make it overall. Freddy Garcia (3-4) avoided his third straight loss, allowing eight hits but limiting the damage to three runs over 6 1-3 innings.
Jones homered in the second inning and Teixeira in the third off Jo-Jo Reyes (0-4), who matched a major league record by making his 28th consecutive start without a win.
Jones, who went 3 for 3, also hit a rocket off Luis Perez over the center field wall in the sixth inning. It was Jones’ 41st multihomer game and first since May 1, 2010, when he went deep twice at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
Orioles 9, Royals 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones had two hits and two RBIs in an eight-run fourth inning, and Baltimore beat Kansas City for its fourth straight victory.
Baltimore sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth against Luke Hochevar (3-5), who yielded six hits, walked three and threw a wild pitch. It was the Orioles’ biggest inning since an eight-run sixth against Washington on June 26, 2009. Jones hit a game-ending home run Tuesday night.
Jake Arrieta (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking three.
Melky Cabrera homered for the Royals. Kansas City has lost four in a row and nine of 11 and is 5-13 on the road, the worst record in the majors.
Rangers 2, White Sox 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched into the seventh inning, and Ian Kinsler singled in the deciding run in the third inning in Texas’ victory over Chicago.
Wilson (5-3) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. The left-hander struck out five.
Neftali Feliz allowed consecutive one-out walks in the ninth, but got A.J. Pierzynski to fly out with runners on first and third for his 10th save in 12 chances.
Gavin Floyd (5-4) allowed two runs and three hits in seven-plus innings.
Mariners 3, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Erik Bedard threw six shutout innings, and Franklin Gutierrez hit his first home run of the season to help Seattle beat Minnesota.
David Pauley threw two scoreless innings in relief, Brandon League pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 15 attempts and the Twins managed only seven singles on their way to their fifth shutout loss of the season. They have the worst record in the majors at 16-32 and the fewest runs with 164.
Bedard (3-4) stretched his scoreless innings streak to 14. The Canadian left hander, sidelined last season because of a shoulder injury, allowed six hits and one walk and struck out four.
Brian Duensing (2-5) allowed four hits and all three runs in seven innings.
Angels 4, Athletics 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back homers, Ervin Santana allowed one run in six solid innings, and Los Angeles beat Oakland for its fourth victory in six games.
Reggie Willits had a run-scoring double for his first hit of the season, and Peter Bourjos added an RBI single. Los Angeles has won two of three in the four-game series with its upstate AL West rivals.
Santana (3-4) yielded six hits and two walks in his second straight victory after winning just once in his first nine starts. Jordan Walden pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances.
Hunter and Callaspo connected in the fifth inning against Trevor Cahill (6-2).
The A’s have lost seven of eight.