Saturday's American League Capsules
Sunday, April 15, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — C.J. Wilson beat the Yankees for the first time in his career, Albert Pujols and his teammates teed off and the Los Angeles Angels romped past New York 7-1 Saturday.
Howie Kendrick, Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells homered as the Angels ended their three-game skid and stopped New York's winning streak at four.
Pujols got in the swing, too, after a quiet start with his new club. He singled sharply his first time up, then hit an RBI double that one-hopped the center-field wall. He later lined out twice and flied out to the fence in left.
Wilson (2-0) effectively pitched inside and worked out of frequent trouble, allowing only one run in six innings.
Phil Hughes (0-2) gave up eight hits and six runs in 3 1-3 innings.
RANGERS 6, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yu Darvish kept wriggling out of trouble in five-plus innings, Josh Hamilton homered among his three hits and Texas beat Minnesota.
Adrian Beltre drove in two runs and put Texas ahead with a single in the seventh that scored Brandon Snyder, who had a career-high three hits.
The Twins failed to score with the bases loaded three times, and lost for the sixth time in their first eight games.
Darvish, making his second start, was removed after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth. He allowed two runs — one earned — on nine hits, striking out four and walking four.
Robbie Ross (1-0) earned the win and Brian Duensing (0-1) was the loser.
RED SOX 13, RAYS 5
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz drove in five runs and hit one of Boston's five homers as the Red Sox pounded Tampa Bay for the second straight day.
The game was tied 5-all until Mike Aviles homered off Burke Badenhop (0-1) to start a three-run seventh inning. Aviles moved into the leadoff spot in place of an injured Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Red Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning as Clay Buchholz (1-0) settled down after that rough start.
Ellsbury, last year's runner-up in the AL MVP voting, went on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a partially dislocated right shoulder. He was hurt trying to break up a double play on Friday.
INDIANS 11, ROYALS 9, 10 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning and Cleveland beat Kansas City in a testy game that included three ejections and a pair of bench-clearing scuffles.
The Royals rallied from a seven-run hole to force extra innings before Choo drove a pitch from Greg Holland (0-1) to left-center. Jarrod Dyson nearly caught it at the top of the wall, but the ball popped loose and Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley scored the go-ahead runs.
Jairo Asencio (1-1) earned his first major league win by pitching a clean ninth inning, while Chris Perez set the Royals down in order for his second save.
ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Nolan Reimold hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Baltimore beat the Blue Jays .
Wilson Betemit tied it with a home run in the eighth and Chris Davis also went deep for the Orioles, who won their second straight game at Rogers Centre. Coming into the series, Baltimore was 5-29 in Toronto dating to 2008.
Reimold hit a towering drive to left off Francisco Cordero (0-1), his second homer of the season and second ninth-inning shot in two days.
Luis Ayala (1-0) worked one inning for the win and Jim Johnson finished for his fourth save.
WHITE SOX 5, TIGERS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Gavin Floyd overcame control problem to pitch six scoreless innings and Alexei Ramirez homered as the White Sox beat Detroit.
Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk, making first big league start, was hit in his pitching shoulder by teammate Prince Fielder's foul ball while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning.
Wilk (0-1) left with a bruised shoulder but is expected to make his next start. He allowed two runs on three hits in five innings Saturday. He struck out four and walked one.
Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox, who won their fourth straight game.
Floyd (1-1) pitched around three walks and three hit batters. He struck out six and allowed only three hits.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Jesus Montero finally made the splash Seattle has been waiting for with a solo homer and a two-run double, and Hector Noesi threw eight impressive innings to beat Oakland.
The two centerpieces Seattle received in its offseason trade with the New York Yankees shined together on the same night. Montero showed off his power with a line-drive homer and later his ability to go to the opposite field by ripping a two-out double just inside the right-field line.
Meanwhile, Noesi (1-1) was brilliant on the mound, rebounding from a rough first start with the Mariners. He gave up five hits, struck out six and picked up his first major league win as a starter.
Brandon League finished with a hitless ninth.
Tommy Milone (1-1) took a one-hitter into the sixth before Seattle scored three times.
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