Friday's American League Capsules
Originally published April 21, 2012 at 12:03 a.m., updated April 21, 2012 at 1:42 a.m.
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez took over fifth place on the career list with his 631st home run, Eric Chavez added two homers and the New York Yankees spoiled the Boston Red Sox 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park with a 6-2 win Friday.
Rodriguez’s shot on the first pitch of the fifth inning broke a tie with ex-teammate Ken Griffey Jr. and left him 29 homers behind Willie Mays. Nick Swisher and Russell Martin also connected for New York, and Derek Jeter moved into 18th place with his 3,111th career hit, passing childhood idol Dave Winfield.
The victory came exactly 100 years after the Red Sox beat the Yankees’ forerunner, the New York Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings, and one day after Curtis Granderson hit three of New York’s four homers in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Clay Buchholz (1-1) allowed all five homers in losing for the first time in 12 starts. The Red Sox have been outscored 31-8 lost their fourth straight game, a span in which they’ve been outscored 31-8.
Ivan Nova (3-0) won his 15th consecutive regular-season decision, allowing two runs in six innings.
Both teams wore throwback uniforms similar to those used in Fenway’s first major league game.
BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jose Bautista singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Toronto turned its first triple play in 33 years, handing Kansas City its eighth straight defeat.
The Royals had runners on first and second in the third inning when Eric Hosmer lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who stepped on the bag to double off Yuniesky Betancourt. Lind then fired to shortstop Yunel Escobar to retire Alex Gordon, who had strayed off second.
Luis Perez (2-0) worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Sergio Santos got three outs for his second save. Santos gave up an RBI single to Betancourt with two outs but retired Hosmer on a grounder with a runner on second to end it.
Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals but Greg Holland (0-2) gave up three runs in the eighth, blowing a 2-1 lead. Kansas City’s losing streak is its longest since dropping 10 straight from July 10-24, 2010.
TWINS 5, RAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Willingham extended his season-opening hitting streak to 14 games with a go-ahead, three-run double that lifted Minnesota over Tampa Bay.
Willingham’s hit in the seventh off Joel Peralta left him one game shy of tying Kirby Puckett’s team mark of hitting safely in 15 straight to start the 1994 season.
The Twins also got two RBIs from Joe Mauer, who went 2 for 3 with two walks.
Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered for the Rays. Brandon Gomes (0-1) replaced starter Matt Moore in the seventh and took the loss.
Matt Maloney (1-0) retired all three batters he faced. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
ANGELS 6, ORIOLES 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Howie Kendrick had three hits and three RBIs, and Los Angeles beat Baltimore to end a three-game losing streak and hand Brian Matusz his 12th straight loss.
Jerome Williams (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking one. Jordan Walden converted the first ninth-inning save situation by the Angels this season.
Matusz (0-3) was charged with six runs — four earned — and eight hits in five-plus innings. The 25-year-old left-hander’s losing streak is the longest by any active major leaguer, and one shy of the Orioles record set by Mike Boddicker between August 1987 and May 1988. Matusz, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, has an 11.64 ERA in 13 starts since his last victory on June 6, 2011, against Oakland.
INDIANS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hannahan drove in three runs against his former team and Shin-Soo Choo added two hits and an RBI, leading Cleveland over Oakland.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits over six innings as the Indians won their sixth in seven games, all on the road. Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.
Yoenis Cespedes had three hits and drove in two runs for the A’s, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Josh Reddick homered.
A’s starter Graham Godfrey (0-3) lasted five innings, allowing four runs on three hits. He walked five batters and hit two.
WHITE SOX 7, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Dunn hit two homers and drove in five runs, powering Chicago past Seattle.
Chris Sale (2-1) struck out 11 in 6 1-3 innings. He gave up three runs and seven hits for the White Sox.
Dunn connected for a three-run shot off Hector Noesi (1-2) in the second inning to make it 6-0. He hit his third of the season in the eighth, giving him 31 multihomer games and his first since joining the White Sox last season, when he hit just 11 home runs.
Noesi lasted just 1 1-3 innings. He gave up six hits and six runs. The Mariners were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
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