Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
BOSTON (AP) — Mike Napoli hit two of Texas' six home runs and the Rangers romped past the Boston Red Sox 18-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Josh Hamilton homered and matched his career high with five RBIs. Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz also connected for the Rangers.
Texas finished with a season-high 21 hits, tagging Jon Lester for eight of them before the Boston ace was pulled in the third inning. The Rangers provided more than enough run support for Colby Lewis (2-0), who settled down after a shaky start and finished pitched seven solid innings.
It was the most home runs for the Rangers in a game since they hit six against Detroit in August 2008.
YANKEES 8, TWINS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia shook off early trouble to get a rare April win for the Yankees and backup catcher Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single and had three RBIs for the first time in his career to lead New York over the Twins.
Sabathia (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After falling behind 3-1 in the third, he didn't allow a hit and retired 13 in a row during one stretch.
In going 19-8 last year, Sabathia didn't get his first win until his fifth start. He is just 7-4 in March and April since joining the Yankees in 2009 and 18-14 through April in his career.
Francisco Liriano (0-2) had his third straight poor outing, allowing five runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1-3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, RAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie homered and the Blue Jays took advantage of a three-error game by normally sure-handed Evan Longoria to beat the Rays.
It was a career worst performance for Longoria, the AL's Gold Glove third baseman in 2009 and 2010. He became the seventh player in Rays history to make three errors in a game.
Matt Joyce homered for the Rays, who have lost six of eight.
Ricky Romero (2-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings to win.
Jeff Niemann (0-2) allowed five runs — two earned — on just three hits in five-plus innings.
ORIOLES 3, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Nolan Reimold homered for the fourth consecutive game and made a terrific diving catch in left field, helping the Orioles beat the White Sox.
Baltimore had just one hit before Robert Andino singled with one out in the sixth. Reimold then hit a drive to left-center off John Danks, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead. J.J. Hardy followed with a drive to virtually the same spot for his third homer.
Reimold also had a big home run Monday night, helping Baltimore rally for a 10-4 victory over the White Sox in 10 innings. He is batting .394 (13 for 33) in the past eight games.
Wei-Yin Chen earned his first major league win in his second career game, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera snapped out of his slump with a pair of hits, driving in the go-ahead run and helping the Tigers to a win over the Royals.
Cabrera was 0 for 22 before his single in the third inning, but it was his RBI single off reliever Greg Holland in the eighth that proved most important. It came on the heels of singles by Andy Dirks and Brennan Boesch, and snapped a 1-all tie.
Prince Fielder added an RBI single to make things a bit more comfortable for Octavio Dotel (1-0), who had worked around Brayan Pena's double during a scoreless seventh inning.
Joaquin Benoit pitched around a two-out triple by Jeff Francoeur in the eighth, and Jose Valverde took care of the ninth for his second save in three tries.
Bruce Chen (0-1) took the loss.