Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, August 20, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Moore shrugged off home runs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to win his fourth straight decision, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the fading Los Angeles Angels with an 8-3 victory on Sunday.
Tampa Bay tagged Zack Greinke (1-2) and outscored the Angels 37-14 in the series — the Rays set a team record for runs in a four-game set, erupting right after Seattle's Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game against them.
Ryan Roberts hit a two-run homer and Matt Joyce and Carlos Pena also drove in two runs apiece for the Rays.
Tampa Bay won the season series 9-1 for its best showing against the Angels in the club's 15-year history.
The Angels lost for the 13th time in 18 games overall.
Moore (10-7) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
ORIOLES 7, TIGERS 5
DETROIT (AP) — Nate McLouth hit a go-ahead, two-run triple as Baltimore rallied for the win.
McLouth, Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds each had two hits for the Orioles, who have won five of seven, including the last two of the key weekend series at Detroit. Chris Davis homered for the second straight game and J.J. Hardy had a two-run double.
Baltimore leads Detroit by two games in the race for the second wild-card spot in the American League.
Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run homer for the Tigers, who led 5-0 after the first inning. Doug Fister (7-8) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Wei-Yin Chen (12-7) managed to last five innings despite the rocky start for Baltimore. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki homered twice and Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight innings of four-hit ball to lead New York past Boston.
Derek Jeter had three hits and scored twice for the Yankees, who took two of three from Boston despite playing the entire series without slugger Mark Teixeira. The AL East leaders won for the ninth time in 12 games, ending a two-year streak of futility against Josh Beckett (5-11).
The right-hander was 5-0 in his previous seven starts against the Yankees since losing to them on Aug. 8, 2010. He kept his team in the game this time, but dropped to 0-4 in his past six outings overall. He is 1-7 in 13 starts since May 20 and has served up seven homers in his past three appearances covering 16 1-3 innings.
While Beckett has struggled when the Red Sox needed him, Kuroda (12-8) has provided a major boost to the Yankees with ace CC Sabathia and veteran Andy Pettitte on the disabled list. The 37-year-old right-hander, coming off a two-hit shutout against Texas, struck out four and walked none while reaching 100 pitches for the 11th straight start.
His only blemish was Adrian Gonzalez's homer in the seventh. Rafael Soriano worked a one-hit ninth for his 31st save in 33 tries.
ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie flirted with a no-hitter, Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Kansas City completed a three-game series sweep of the AL Central leaders.
Paul Konerko reached on an infield single with two out in the seventh for Chicago's first hit. Shortstop Alcides Escobar fielded Konerko's grounder on the outfield grass and his one-hop throw was dropped by first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Official scorer Del Black ruled it a hit and the Kauffman Stadium crowd of 22,401 loudly booed when the "H'' was flashed on the scoreboard.
Guthrie allowed two unearned runs and three hits in 7 2-3 innings. Greg Holland (6-3) retired the final four batters to pick up the victory.
Perez hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Jesse Crain (2-2) in the eighth inning.
RANGERS 11, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Michael Young hit a three-run homer and a two-run double to power Texas to the victory.
David Murphy also connected and doubled twice and Geovany Soto had three hits as baseball's highest scoring offense passed 600 runs for the season. The AL West leaders top the majors with 606 runs scored.
Matt Harrison (14-7) pitched eight strong innings to match his career high for wins, set last season. The left-hander allowed two runs and two hits, struck out seven and walked one.
Held to four runs while splitting the first two games of the series, Texas pounded out 19 hits in the finale.
Henderson Alvarez (7-11) allowed career highs of eight runs and 12 hits in 4 1-3 innings and lost his fourth straight start.
MARINERS 5, TWINS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer, Blake Beavan pitched into the sixth inning and Seattle picked up its fifth straight victory.
The Mariners held a slim 2-1 lead before Saunders drove a 1-0 pitch from Jeff Gray over the wall in right in the seventh. Dustin Ackley, who led off with a double, was aboard for Saunders' career-best 11th homer.
Seattle completed a three-game series sweep and has won 12 of 13 at Safeco Field. Minnesota lost its fifth in a row.
Blake Beavan (8-7) allowed one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Mariners. The right-hander improved to 5-1 with a 3.74 ERA in his last seven starts.
Samuel Deduno (4-1) issued six walks in six innings for Minnesota, but limited Seattle to two runs and five hits.
ATHLETICS 7, INDIANS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jarrod Parker pitched eight sharp innings and Coco Crisp homered and drove in five runs to help Oakland finish off the three-game sweep.
Brandon Moss also homered and Cliff Pennington scored three times. The A's won their fourth in a row and moved 10 games over .500, matching their high mark of the season.
Shin-Soo Choo singled twice for the Indians, who have lost five straight on their nine-game road trip.
Parker (8-7), possibly pitching to keep his spot in the rotation following three consecutive losses, gave up six hits, struck out two and walked one.
Oakland scored in four consecutive innings against starter Justin Masterson (9-11).
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