Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Swisher hit a grand slam off Ryan Dempster and drove in five runs, Derek Lowe closed with four shutout innings in his Yankees debut and New York beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Monday night.
David Phelps, starting in place of injured ace CC Sabathia, picked off two runners and pitched a career-high five innings for the win. New York has won six straight against Texas at home.
Swisher's second slam this season was his 200th career homer. Eric Chavez also homered off Dempster (1-1), who matched a season high by allowing eight runs. In three starts since coming from the Chicago Cubs, Dempster has allowed 19 runs — 16 earned — in 17 1-3 innings.
New York won for the fifth time in six games.
Phelps (3-3) turned over a 5-2 lead to Lowe in the sixth. Released by Cleveland on Friday, Lowe signed with New York earlier Monday and made his first appearance since July 31.
Lowe earned his first regular-season save since 2001 while with Boston.
BLUE JAYS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 11 innings
TORONTO (AP) — David Cooper singled home the winning run in the 11th inning as Toronto beat the Chicago White Sox.
Rajai Davis popped out to open the 11th before left-hander Leyson Septimo came on to replace Jesse Crain. After Septimo (0-2) walked Johnson on four pitches, White Sox manager Robin Ventura brought in Nate Jones to face Edwin Encarnacion, whose single moved Johnson to third. Cooper followed with a liner that bounced just in front of a hard-charging Alex Rios in right, scoring Johnson easily.
Steve Delabar (3-1) struck out six batters in two innings to earn the win.
Chicago's Adam Dunn hit two home runs, including a game-tying shot in the ninth inning, boosting his major league-leading total to 33. It was his 32nd career multihomer game and second this season.
TWINS 9, TIGERS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Darin Mastroianni and Ryan Doumit each homered and drove in three runs, Samuel Deduno baffled struggling Detroit for seven innings, and Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak.
Deduno (4-0) held the Tigers hitless through four innings and retired nine of 10 batters before getting into trouble in the eighth. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out six and remained undefeated in seven career starts.
Doumit broke it open with a three-run homer off reliever Duane Below that made it 8-1 in the seventh. Joe Mauer added three hits to raise his average to .321.
Miguel Cabrera got his 99th RBI for Detroit, which has lost three straight and five of six.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (1-3) took a grounder off his left knee in the first, but stayed in the game. He allowed five runs and 12 hits over 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander has an 8.41 ERA since being acquired in a trade with Florida on July 23.
RAYS 4, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer, and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings to help Tampa Bay top Seattle and win its season-high seventh straight game.
Cobb (7-8) allowed a run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two in his fourth consecutive quality start and third win in a row. His ERA is 1.93 over his last four outings.
Fernando Rodney recorded his major league-leading 37th save in 38 tries by pitching a scoreless ninth that extended his club record to 22 consecutive saves.
The Rays have won 10 of 12.
Seattle's Blake Beavan (7-7) pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Beavan allowed all four runs on five hits in the third inning.
INDIANS 6, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Masterson pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Cleveland bounced back from its most lopsided loss of the season to beat the sputtering Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a 10-game road trip.
Brent Lillibridge homered off All-Star lefty C.J. Wilson (9-9), who dropped his fifth straight decision.
Albert Pujols hit his 25th homer for Los Angeles.
Masterson (9-10) scattered six hits, struck out four and walked three over six-plus innings. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels, the lowest mark of any pitcher with at least five starts against them.
Vinnie Pestano gave up a majestic two-run homer by Pujols, who snapped the right-hander's scoreless streak at 21 1-3 innings — the longest run by an Indians reliever since Paul Assenmacher went 23 1-3 innings in 1997.
Wilson (9-9) allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and was replaced by LaTroy Hawkins after knocking down Lou Marson's line-drive single with his bare hand.
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