Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
TORONTO (AP) — Jo-Jo Reyes won for the first time in 29 starts by throwing his first career complete game and Jayson Nix hit a two-run home run to lead Toronto to an 11-1 rout of Cleveland on Monday night.
Reyes (1-4) allowed one run and eight hits, earning a win for the first time in nearly three years. His previous victory came with Atlanta against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 13, 2008. The left-hander went 0-13 with a 6.59 ERA in his 28 starts between wins.
Reyes avoided becoming the first pitcher to go winless in 29 starts. Oakland’s Matt Keough went 28 starts between wins in 1978 and 1979, matching the dubious mark first set by Boston’s Cliff Curtis in 1910 and 1911.
Rajai Davis went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and scored three runs as Toronto won its fourth straight.
Shelley Duncan’s solo homer was the only offense for the Indians, who have lost five of six.
Yankees 5, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout in nearly five years and Mark Teixeira homered in the first inning to help New York beat Oakland for the eighth straight time.
Robinson Cano added an RBI double in the three-run first against Trevor Cahill (6-3) and Derek Jeter recorded his 2,981st career hit and drove in a run for the Yankees, who have won 22 of 26 against Oakland since the start of the 2008 season.
The A’s were shut out for the sixth time this year, getting only four baserunners against Colon (3-3) to snap a season-longest four-game winning streak.
Colon allowed no walks and struck out six to snap a five-start winless stretch with his first shutout since blanking Seattle 4-0 on July 5, 2006, with the Angels.
Tigers 6, Twins 5
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila’s double in the eighth inning that appeared to hit a fan in the stands down the left-field line scored Jhonny Peralta from first base for Detroit.
With Peralta on first and two outs, Avila hit a ball down the line that rattled along the short fence as fans reached over for it. Umpires stopped the play after the ball appeared to strike a fan, but they let the run stand instead of sending Peralta back to third. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire came out to argue and was ejected.
Crew chief Gary Darling, who was umpiring third base, said after the game he called fan interference and ruled Peralta would have scored without it. He said the interference came from a fan in an orange shirt.
Replays showed a fan in an orange shirt standing in a small area of seats that juts out toward the field. The ball appeared to bounce up and hit the fan while he was simply standing there.
Al Alburquerque (2-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
Alex Burnett (1-4) lost.
Angels 10, Royals 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Torii Hunter’s second home run, a two-run shot off Joakim Soria in the ninth, powered Los Angeles to the come-from-behind victory.
Hunter, who had a solo home run off Everett Teaford in the seventh, drove in the 1,000th run of his career with the long drive that put the Angels on top 9-8. For Soria (3-3), a two-time All-Star, it was his fifth blown save in 12 opportunities and second in two days.
Last year he had three blown saves in 46 opportunities. The Angels added a run on an RBI fielder’s choice by Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo and Peter Bourjos hit solo home runs in the eighth off Louis Coleman to bring the Angels within a run.
Rookie Eric Hosmer homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Royals took a 6-1 lead over Ervin Santana after two innings.
Mariners 4, Orioles 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Jack Cust hit the second triple of his career, driving in a first-inning run for Seattle.
Doug Fister (3-5) went 7 1-3 innings to pick up his first victory since April 30. He allowed three runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out a career-high nine in his 49th start. He is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA over his past eight starts.
Brandon League worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Ichiro Suzuki, steeped in his worst career slump — 1 of 22 over his previous five games — had two singles and scored twice.
The Mariners have won 10 of 12 games and are 19-11 over their past 30 games. They have assured just their second winning May (14-11) since 2004.
Jake Arrieta (6-3) lasted 2 1-3 innings for the Orioles, allowing four hits, four runs and walking four.
Rangers 11, Rays 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Texas.
Napoli homered for the third consecutive day, giving him four in three games. No. 9 hitter Endy Chavez went deep for his second straight game, helping the defending AL champions amass a season-high 20 hits.
Mitch Moreland homered in support of Derek Holland (4-1), who allowed five runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander gave up home runs to Ben Zobrist and Justin Ruggiano in the sixth, when the Rays scored four times to trim an eight-run deficit to 9-5.
Napoli had a three-run homer off Wade Davis (4-5) in the third and a solo shot off Andy Sonnanstine in the sixth before adding an RBI double off Juan Cruz in the eighth.
White Sox 7, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) — Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin both had two RBIs in a four-run sixth inning as Chicago snapped Jon Lester’s seven-game winning streak.
Paul Konerko added a solo homer for the White Sox, who halted a three-game losing skid and won for the 11th time in their last 13 games against the Red Sox.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer for Boston, which lost its second straight but only its fourth in its last 17 games.
Jake Peavy (2-0), making just his fourth start after working back from season-ending right shoulder surgery last July, held Boston to three runs, six hits, striking out two and not walking anyone over seven innings.
Lester (7-2) gave up seven runs, eight hits, walked four and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings.