Monday's American League Capsules
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth inning and Toronto took advantage of Derek Lowe’s wild pickoff throw in the 11th to beat New York 8-7 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
Moments after Rasmus’ drive put Toronto ahead 7-6, Derek Jeter tied it with a home run off Casey Janssen. The last-place Blue Jays stopped an eight-game slide at Yankee Stadium.
Yorvit Torrealba had a two-run shot and Adam Lind also went deep in his first plate appearance for the banged-up Blue Jays since coming off the disabled list. Toronto had dropped a season-worst eight straight on the road.
Robinson Cano homered twice and Nick Swisher hit a two-run drive for New York.
Torrealba singled leading off the 11th for his third hit and pinch-runner Mike McCoy scampered to third when Lowe’s pickoff attempt got past first baseman Eric Chavez and rolled into foul territory up the right-field line. Lowe (8-11) was charged with an error.
After a strikeout, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a slow grounder toward third. Jayson Nix charged the ball and McCoy waited until Nix threw to first, then dashed home.
Darren Oliver (3-2) pitched two hitless innings for the win, Toronto’s first at Yankee Stadium since May 23, 2011.
RANGERS 6, RAYS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, for Texas.
Elvis Andrus scored on Beltre’s single to give the AL West leaders a series-opening win. Nelson Cruz also homered and Mike Olt added an RBI for Texas.
Derek Holland (9-6) got the win, giving up five runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Relievers Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams, and closer Joe Nathan struck out six of the nine hitters they faced in working perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Nathan earned his 23rd consecutive save opportunity and 26th this season.
Tampa Bay ace David Price (16-5) snapped a stretch of 12 consecutive quality starts in which he had pitched at least seven innings. The lefty, who entered with a majors-low 2.28 ERA and tied for the league lead for victories, didn’t make it to the fifth, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.
In eight career regular-season starts against the Rangers, Price is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA. In four starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, his ERA is 10.26.
MARINERS 1, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Felix Hernandez struck out five in a five-hitter and Eric Thames hit a homer in the eighth inning for Seattle.
Hernandez (13-5), who picked up his 23rd career complete game and ninth shutout, hasn’t lost a decision since June 12. Franklin Gutierrez went 1 for 2 with two stolen bases in his first game since June 28 because of a concussion.
Liam Hendriks (0-7) gave up three hits and struck out six in nine innings, his only blemish the homer to Thames.
Joe Mauer had a single and Justin Morneau had a triple for the Twins, who have lost 14 of their last 17.
Hernandez threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15 and has allowed one earned run or fewer 16 times this season.
RED SOX 5, ROYALS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the disabled list with his best start of the season and Cody Ross drove in three runs for Boston.
The Red Sox took three of four games in the wraparound series and won for the second time in three games since trading Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford in a salary-dumping, nine-player deal to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury had a solo homer and double for Boston, which opens a nine-game West Coast trip Tuesday night against the Los Angles Angels.
Matsuzaka (1-3), on the DL since early July with a strained neck muscle, gave up an unearned run and five hits, walking two and striking out six over seven innings in just his sixth start of the season.
Luke Hochevar (7-12) gave up five runs and eight hits in his second complete game this season.
ORIOLES 4, WHITE SOX 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Lew Ford also connected as Baltimore ended Chicago’s six-game winning streak.
It was the franchise-record 13th consecutive one-run win for the Orioles, who trailed 2-1 in the sixth and 3-2 in the eighth.
After the White Sox went up 3-2 in the eighth against Pedro Strop (5-2) on a run-scoring infield single by Adam Dunn, Baltimore answered in the bottom half against Brett Myers (2-2).
Mark Reynolds drew a one-out walk and McLouth drove a 1-0 pitch far over the wall in right-center. It was his third RBI of the game and second home run since the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 4.
Ford hit his first major league homer since July 29, 2007, with Minnesota against Cleveland. After that season, Ford didn’t return to the majors until being summoned by the Orioles in late July.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 43 opportunities.
ATHLETICS 3, INDIANS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brett Anderson gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings for Oakland, which earned its ninth win in 11 games.
The Indians lost starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) after 2 1-3 innings with a sprained right ankle and fell to 5-24 since July 27.
Anderson (2-0), in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery in July 2011, retired the first 13 batters until Michael Brantley was ruled safe with an infield hit in the fifth inning. TV replays showed that umpire Jerry Meals missed the call.
Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.
Ryan Cook worked a perfect eighth, striking out two, as Oakland recorded its 13th shutout of the season. Cleveland was blanked for the seventh time.
Brent Lillibridge opened the sixth with a double for Cleveland’s first legitimate hit.
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