Saturday's American League Capsules
Originally published September 11, 2011 at midnight, updated September 11, 2011 at 4:11 a.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning, helping the Tampa Bay Rays rebound after blowing a ninth-inning lead to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Saturday night and pull within 4½ games of the AL wild card leaders.
Desmond Jennings opened the 11th with a triple off Daniel Bard (2-7) that lunging center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury couldn't reach. After B.J. Upton hit a grounder to first, Longoria lined a single to center on an 0-2 pitch.
Brandon Gomes (2-1) worked 1 1-3 perfect innings for the Rays.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury hit consecutive one-out solo homers in the ninth off closer Kyle Farnsworth to pull the Red Sox even at 5.
Angels 6, Yankees 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dan Haren pitched a four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and retired 18 straight batters as the Los Angeles Angels climbed within 1½ games of the AL West lead with a victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.
Haren (15-8) went the distance for the 15th time in 253 career starts, striking out seven and walking none for the 13th time this season. He threw 113 pitches and held the AL East leaders to a pair of eighth-inning singles after giving up a ground-rule double to Derek Jeter on his second pitch and a single by rookie Jesus Montero leading off the second.
Jeff Mathis and Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, who have won six of seven and are as close to first-place Texas as they've been since Aug. 10. They were a season-worst seven games out on Aug. 17.
Sabathia (19-8) threw 119 pitches in six innings, allowing a run and eight hits. He struck out five and walked four — escaping bases-loaded jams in the first and sixth innings — but failed in his bid to become the first Yankees pitcher in 31 years with back-to-back 20 win seasons.
White Sox 7, Indians 3, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rios hit a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over Cleveland.
Rios' one out, first-pitch shot off Chris Perez (3-7) was Chicago's first game-ending home run this season and his first career grand slam.
Alejandro De Aza doubled twice, walked and scored two runs for Chicago. Gordon Beckham had a double, two walks and two RBIs.
Sergio Santos (4-4) threw a scoreless inning to get the win in relief. Santos combined with Chris Sale to strike out six straight batters during the late innings.
Shelley Duncan doubled, homered and scored two runs for Cleveland. Matt LaPorta added a two-run double and Jim Thome singled twice.
Tigers 3, Twins 2
DETROIT (AP) — Brandon Inge hit his second game-ending homer of the season, giving the Tigers a victory over the Twins.
With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Inge hit a 2-1 pitch into the left-field stands off Glen Perkins (4-4) to give Detroit its eighth straight victory.
Inge hit a game-ending homer on April 13 against Texas' Darren Oliver. His only other homer this season came in his first at-bat with the Tigers after an monthlong exile to Triple-A Toledo.
Al Alburquerque (6-1) picked up the victory with a perfect ninth inning.
Neither starting pitcher was involved in the decision. Detroit's Max Scherzer allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings, while Anthony Swarzak gave up a pair of runs on four hits in six innings.
Athletics 8, Rangers 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore's grand slam in the sixth inning helped the Athletics end a nine-game skid against Texas.
With the score tied at 3, Rangers starter Alexi Ogando (12-8) hit Josh Willingham with a pitch leading off the sixth, and David DeJesus followed with a single. Texas manager Ron Washington replaced Ogando with left-hander Mike Gonzalez.
Ryan Sweeney attempted to bunt, and Gonzalez made a nice play to get a force at third. After Brandon Allen was retired on a foul popup, Gonzalez walked Kurt Suzuki to load the bases, and Washington again went to his bullpen and brought in Yoshinori Tateyama.
Sizemore was sent in by manager Bob Melvin to hit for Eric Sogard, and the pinch-hitter ripped Tateyama's 1-0 pitch into the left field seats for his first career grand slam and a 7-3 lead.
Trevor Cahill (11-13) got the victory.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4
TORONTO (AP) — Pinch-hitter J.P. Arencibia hit a game-winning single with two out in the ninth as the Blue Jays rallied to beat the Orioles, snapping Baltimore's winning streak at three games.
Trailing 4-3 to begin the inning, Toronto's David Cooper struck out against Clay Rapada before Orioles manager Buck Showalter called closer Kevin Gregg (0-3) in to finish. Gregg struck out Brett Lawrie but couldn't close it out, walking Kelly Johnson, giving up a single to Jose Molina and hitting pinch-hitter Adam Loewen to load the bases. The closer then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Johnson to score the tying run. Arencibia followed with a game-winning single to left.
The blown save was Gregg's seventh in 27 chances.
Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 41st home run, a two-run blast in the first, and Lawrie also went deep for the Blue Jays.
Jesse Litsch (6-3) pitched two innings for the win.
Royals 4 Mariners 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Felipe Paulino struck out 11 and allowed two hits in seven innings, and Eric Hosmer his a two-run homer in the first to lead Kansas City over Seattle.
Paulino (3-10) gave up homers to Justin Smoak and Mike Carp, but he tamed the rest of the Mariners. He tied his career high in strikeouts and walked none.
The Royals scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Hosmer's 17th homer. Jeff Francoeur added a ninth-inning solo shot, his 18th homer this season.
Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 34 opportunities. The two hits allowed were a season low for the Royals.
Michael Pineda (9-10), who worked a career-high eight innings, took the loss. He allowed three runs and five hits.