Monday's American League Capsules
Originally published August 7, 2012 at midnight, updated August 7, 2012 at 1:18 a.m.
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, leading the Detroit Tigers over the New York Yankees 7-2 Monday night.
Verlander (12-7) threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, and sent the Tigers to their fifth straight win.
Verlander gave up two unearned runs after his fielding error extended the fifth inning.
Ivan Nova (10-6) was roughed up for seven runs and 11 hits — matching a career high — in 5 1-3 innings.
TWINS 14, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Morneau homered twice and drove in four runs, Joe Mauer had three RBIs and Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer and the Twins handed the Indians' their 10th straight loss.
Ben Revere had four of the Twins' 14 hits and extended his hitting streak to 20 games while Josh Willingham hit his 29th homer, matching his career-high.
The Twins homered three times in their 10-run second inning.
Scott Diamond (10-5) allowed three runs in seven innings as the Twins beat the Indians for the sixth straight time this season.
Zach McAllister (4-4) threw 52 pitches in the second and didn't last the inning. He allowed nine runs — two earned — in 1 2-3 innings.
Orioles 3, Mariners 1(equals)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning to extend a run of successful starts by Baltimore pitchers, and the Orioles beat Jason Vargas and the Mariners.
Nick Markakis homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have won six of eight to improve to 58-51.
Tillman (5-1) gave up one run, five hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings.
Vargas (12-8) went the distance, allowing three runs — all in the second inning. Seeking to become the first Seattle pitcher in nine years to win six consecutive starts, Vargas yielded eight hits, struck out two and walked none.
WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham homered late, Chris Sale pitched eight solid innings and the White Sox beat Kansas City.
Konerko tied it leading off the seventh and Beckham gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a solo shot in the eighth off Luis Mendoza (5-8). Kevin Youkilis added an RBI double in the inning, and the White Sox won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Sale (13-3), meanwhile, looked sharp on nine days' rest, allowing two runs and eight hits while striking out seven without a walk. He gave up solo homers to Jeff Francoeur and Billy Butler.
RED SOX 9, RANGERS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's eight doubles, Aaron Cook pitched seven solid innings and the Red Sox beat the Rangers.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford each doubled twice and Adrian Gonzalez once as the Red Sox increased their major league high to 248 doubles. Crawford and Gonzalez drove in three runs each.
Cook (3-5) regained control of his sinker after going 0-4 in his previous five starts. Of his 21 outs, 15 came on groundballs. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out one.
Yu Darvish (11-8) also has struggled and fell to 1-4 in his last five starts. On Monday, in the rookie's first start against the Red Sox, he threw 123 pitches and allowed 11 hits, both career highs.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver pitched a four-hitter for his major league-leading 15th victory, and the Angels beat the Athletics to overtake the final spot in the crowded AL wild-card standings.
Weaver (15-1) struck out nine, walked none and faced the minimum through 4 1-3 innings. The Angels ace has won a career-best 10 straight starts, matching Chuck Finley's franchise record set in 1997.
Jarrod Parker (7-6) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked one in Oakland's third straight loss.
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