Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, September 5, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter tied a career high with five RBIs, CC Sabathia earned his 19th win and the New York Yankees polished off a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 9-3 victory Sunday.
Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher all homered for the AL East leaders, while Sabathia (19-7) struck out 10 in 7 1-3 innings to win his seventh consecutive start against Toronto.
One big reason for that success: Sabathia has dominated his matchups with slugger Jose Bautista. The major league home run leader is 0 for 18 with eight strikeouts against the big lefty after going hitless in three tries Sunday.
Bautista did hit a colossal homer off Rafael Soriano in the eighth.
Brett Cecil (4-8) went six innings for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 11.
Rangers 11, Red Sox 4
BOSTON (AP) — Josh Hamilton capped Texas' seven-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded triple and Matt Harrison had a solid start, carrying Texas to a win over the Red Sox.
Ian Kinsler homered, drove in three runs and made a stellar defensive play for the AL West-leading Rangers, who took two of three in a weekend series.
Marco Scutaro had a two-run single for the Red Sox.
Harrison (11-9) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings in his first start since he struggled in a loss to the Red Sox on Aug. 24.
The Rangers broke it open in the sixth, chasing John Lackey (12-11) while building a 9-0 lead.
Rays 8, Orioles 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson threw a four-hitter and Reid Brignac had three RBIs for Tampa Bay.
Hellickson (12-10) has two complete games this season, both against the Orioles.
Adam Jones hit his 23rd homer of the season for the Orioles. Jeremy Guthrie (6-17) gave up seven runs — three earned — and seven hits over five innings en route to his major league-leading 17th loss.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the second for Tampa Bay. Rodriguez's two-out drive to left on a 1-2 pitch was his seventh homer of the season.
Indians 9, Royals 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Shelley Duncan had a career high five RBIs on a pair of homers into the gusting wind, Asdrubal Cabrera returned to the lineup to drive in two more runs and Cleveland held off the Royals.
Duncan hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a two-run shot in the eighth for his third career multihomer game. Jason Donald and Jerad Head also had RBIs for the Indians (70-67), who surpassed their win total from last season as they try to keep pace with Detroit in the AL Central.
Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) was effective again in his second start since getting recalled from Triple-A Columbus, allowing six hits and only Mike Moustaksas' RBI groundout in 5 1-3 innings.
Jeff Francis (5-15) couldn't end his home woes. He allowed four runs — all in the first two innings — and nine hits over five shaky innings, and still hasn't tasted victory at Kauffman Stadium since May 31.
Angels 4, Twins 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joel Pineiro posted his first victory in almost two months and Bobby Abreu homered, leading the Angels to a win in the rubber game of the weekend series.
Pineiro (6-6) allowed a run and five hits over seven innings. The right-hander, making his third start since a brief demotion to the bullpen, was 0-3 with a whopping 10.30 ERA in six starts since beating Seattle 9-3 on July 9 at Angel Stadium.
Kevin Slowey (0-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings for Minnesota. Twins catcher Joe Mauer returned to the lineup as the designated hitter, going 1 for 2 with a homer and two walks after missing two games because of an upper respiratory infection.
Athletics 8, Mariners 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David DeJesus and Ryan Sweeney each drove in two runs, Hideki Matsui doubled three times and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep.
Kurt Suzuki, Brandon Allen and Josh Willingham also drove in runs for the A's, who won their third straight following a five-game losing streak.
Trevor Cahill (10-13) allowed a run and five hits over five innings to improve to 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA over his last seven starts. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer and Ichiro Suzuki drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped four straight games. Luis Rodriguez added a two-run single.
Blake Beavan (3-5) pitched five innings for Seattle and was charged with four runs and seven hits.
Tigers 18, White Sox 2
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, and Detroit finished a three-game sweep of Chicago in emphatic fashion.
Max Scherzer (14-8) allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, and Alex Avila had a career-high four hits for the Tigers, who lead the AL Central by 6½ games heading into a three-game series at second-place Cleveland. Chicago is 8½ back.
Mark Buehrle (11-7) allowed seven earned runs in 3 1-3 innings for the White Sox.
The Tigers trailed 8-1 in the fifth Saturday before rallying to win 9-8. They'd scored 26 consecutive runs and led 18-0 Sunday when the White Sox finally scored two in the ninth.