Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, September 8, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Verlander won his 10th straight start and earned his 22nd victory overall when Victor Martinez hit a late grand slam that sent Detroit over Cleveland 8-6 on Wednesday.
Verlander (22-5) gave up two two-run homers to Shelley Duncan and trailed 4-2 before Detroit rallied against Justin Masterson (11-9) and the Indians’ bullpen.
The slam by Martinez highlighted a five-run seventh inning.
Verlander leads the majors in wins and is 20-2 since May 1. He gave up four runs and three hits in six innings, striking out eight.
Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 42nd save, tying the team record sent by Todd Jones in 2000. Valverde has not blown a save this year.
Detroit dropped Cleveland 9 1/2 games back in the AL Central.
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 10
TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Toronto rallied to deny Tim Wakefield his 200th career win.
Toronto trailed 8-6 heading into the eighth against Daniel Bard (2-6). The Blue Jays tied it when Bard issued consecutive walks with the bases loaded to Eric Thames and Jose Bautista.
Matt Albers came on and gave up a three-run double to Encarnacion.
Encarnacion went 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and matched his career-high with five RBIs.
Shawn Camp (4-3) pitched one inning for the win and Frank Francisco survived a two-run ninth to record his 13th save.
Jacoby Ellsbury homered and finished with four hits and David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez also went deep, but the Red Sox couldn’t give Wakefield his first win since July 24 against Seattle.
Wakefield allowed five runs, four earned, and three hits in five innings.
Angels 3, Mariners 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Maicer Izturis hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning to reward Los Angeles’ Jerome Williams for pitching eight innings of one-hit ball.
Peter Bourjos added a run-scoring single in the eighth as Los Angeles trimmed the Texas Rangers’ AL West lead to 2 1/2 games with its 10th win in 12 home games.
Williams (3-0) narrowly outdueled Seattle rookie left-hander Charlie Furbush (3-8), who held the Angels scoreless until the eighth.
Trayvon Robinson’s sixth-inning leadoff homer was the Mariners’ only hit off Williams, a journeyman right-hander who has made three strong starts for Los Angeles down the playoff stretch.
Jordan Walden pitched a hitless ninth for his 29th save.
Williams struck out five and walked one. Furbush yielded five hits and one walk, throwing 100 pitches in the longest start of his career.
Athletics 7, Royals 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Guillermo Moscoso held Kansas City hitless until rookie Salvador Perez singled with two outs in the eighth inning.
Moscoso (8-8) wound up allowing two hits in 8 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out four in his 18th major league start.
Moscoso set an Oakland record by retiring 30 consecutive hitters — the final 13 against Seattle last Friday and the first 17 against the Royals. He walked Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar with two outs in the sixth.
Perez broke up the no-hit bid by lining a clean, opposite-field field single to right.
Jemile Weeks had four hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Sizemore doubled home two runs and Hideki Matsui, Josh Willingham and Adam Rosales also drove in runs.
Bruce Chen (10-7) allowed six runs and eight hits in his 6 1-3 innings.
Orioles 5, Yankees 4, 11 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore’s Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning after striking out four times.
Less than 11 hours after the Yankees completed a rain-delayed victory, the teams were back at it. The showers returned, too, though the game started on time and was never interrupted.
Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer off A.J. Burnett and the Orioles took advantage of four Yankees errors.
New York put runners at the corners with two outs in the bottom of the 11th. but pinch-hitter Eric Chavez hit into a forceout to end the game after 4 hours, 23 minutes.
Pedro Strop (1-1) worked 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Jim Johnson got three outs for his third save.
Reynolds’ two-out RBI single came off Hector Noesi (2-1).
Rays 5, Rangers 4, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Desmond Jennings homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th for Tampa Bay.
Jennings won the game with his ninth homer of the season off Mark Lowe (2-3).
Texas tied it at 4 in the ninth when Ian Kinsler hit his second homer of the game. Kinsler’s 28th home run came with one out against Tampa Bay closer Kyle Farnsworth. Kinsler has seven homers in his last seven games.
The win was the 1,000th overall for the Tampa Bay franchise. The Rays have lost 1,245.
Jake McGee (2-1) allowed a single during a scoreless 10th for the victory.
Ben Zobrist put the Rays ahead 2-0 with a two-run double in the first. He joined Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun as the only big leaguers to have 100 doubles, 50 stolen bases and 50 homers over the last three seasons.
Twins 5, White Sox 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Valencia’s two-run single snapped Minnesota’s 20-inning scoreless streak and rookie Chris Parmelee added a two-run double to help the Twins avoid a sweep.
Carl Pavano (8-11) pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up three runs — one earned — and 10 hits as Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak. Joe Nathan closed the game for his 13th save in 16 chances.
Minnesota had been shutout in consecutive games and scored just one run in the first three games of the four-game series.
Chicago’s John Danks (6-11) lost his second straight start, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks, while striking out four.
Valencia, who had the team’s only hit in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader, is 12 for 22 with 27 RBIs in his career with the bases loaded.
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