Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and the Detroit Tigers won their 10th straight game on Monday night with a 14-4 rout of the Chicago White Sox.
It’s the Tigers’ first 10-game streak since they won 11 in a row in September 1968 before going on to win the World Series that year.
Raburn finished the game with four hits and three RBIs, and Peralta added two hits and three RBIs for the first-place Tigers, who reduced their magic number to six in the AL Central.
Detroit starter Rick Porcello (14-8) coasted to an easy victory, allowing three runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He was tagged for one of Brent Morel’s two home runs.
White Sox starter John Danks (6-12) lasted five innings and allowed eight runs — seven earned — on 11 hits.
Yankees 9, Mariners 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run double, Mark Teixeira and Chris Dickerson homered and New York rolled past Felix Hernandez and Seattle.
Phil Hughes (5-5) pitched six strong innings to help New York increase its AL East lead to a season-high four games over idle Boston. With the one-sided victory, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera didn’t need to leave the bullpen for a chance at his 600th save.
The Yankees did most of their damage against Hernandez (14-12), last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner. He worked six innings, giving up nine hits and six runs — one fewer than his season high. He struck out four with no walks.
Athletics 6, Angels 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Willingham hit his 25th home run and drove in four runs to help Oakland again chase Los Angeles starter Joel Pineiro early.
Willingham’s three-run shot in the first inning off Pineiro (6-7) started a second straight brief outing for the Angels right-hander at the Coliseum. Pineiro allowed four runs on five hits in three-plus innings as the Angels fell three games behind first-place Texas in the AL West.
Gio Gonzalez (13-12) struck out six and gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings.
Erick Aybar and Vernon Wells each hit solo home runs late for the Angels, who had won six of their last eight games to climb back into the playoff race.
Rays 5, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — B.J. Upton doubled twice and took two walks to set a Tampa Bay record by reaching base in nine straight plate appearances, and the Rays won their fifth straight.
Ben Zobrist had three hits and three RBIs for the Rays, who have won eight of nine to move within three games of idle Boston in the AL wild-card race.
Rays starter Jeff Niemann (10-7) gave up two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings to improve to 7-2 on the road this season and Joel Peralta worked the ninth for his third save.
Rookie Zach Britton (9-10) gave up five runs, five hits and four walks in five innings, and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, who have dropped three straight.
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