Friday's American League Capsules
Saturday, June 2, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Felipe Paulino kept the scuffling Athletics at bay for six innings Friday night, and the Kansas City Royals' bullpen handled the rest in a 2-0 victory that gave Oakland its season-worst ninth straight loss.
Yuniesky Betancourt came off the disabled list to provide an RBI double in the first, and Mike Moustakas added an RBI blooper to left later in the inning, helping Kansas City win for only the sixth time in 23 games at Kauffman Stadium this season.
Paulino (3-1) has emerged as the ace of the Royals' haphazard starting rotation, holding the opposition off the scoreboard through six innings for the fourth time in six starts.
He allowed three hits against Oakland while striking out five and walking three.
Both of the Royals' runs were charged to Bartolo Colon (4-6).
RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz homered, Clay Buchholz won his sixth straight start in Toronto and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, their fourth victory in five games.
Daniel Nava had three doubles and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits for the Red Sox, who have not lost consecutive games since May 8 and 9 at Kansas City.
Buchholz (5-2) won for the first time in four starts, giving up two runs, both on solo homers, and six hits in a season-high eight innings. The right-hander improved to 6-2 with a 1.72 ERA in eight career starts at Rogers Centre. His six consecutive wins in Toronto are the most ever by a Red Sox pitcher.
Scott Atchison finished in the ninth for the Red Sox.
Henderson Alvarez (3-5) took the loss.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price scattered four hits over 7 1-3 innings, Hideki Matsui homered and the Rays beat the Orioles.
Price (7-3), who struck out five and walked two, retired his first 13 batters. He got some defensive help when right fielder Matt Joyce made a full-extension, tumbling backhanded catch on J.J. Hardy's drive to end the fourth.
Price was charged with a fourth hit after a postgame scoring change that gave Wilson Betemit — the left-hander's final batter — a single on a grounder first called an error on second baseman Ben Zobrist.
Matsui hit a two-run homer off Wei-Yin Chen (4-2) to put the Rays up 5-0 in the first.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Derek Lowe shut down Minnesota's lineup with ease for the second time this season and Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam, leading the Indians to a win over the Twins.
Lowe (7-3) carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before the Twins scratched out a run on three hits. The right-hander pitched a shutout against the Twins on May 15.
Kipnis connected for his slam in the fourth off Carl Pavano (2-5) as the Indians, who have been rocked by injuries lately, won for just the second time in seven games,
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer in the second for Cleveland, which has won 11 of 12 over Minnesota.
The Twins had their winning streak stopped at three and fell to an AL-worst 18-33.
YANKEES 9, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam against his former team in the second inning, and CC Sabathia made the lead hold up after a shaky start, helping the Yankees to a win over the Tigers.
Alex Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York.
It was tied at 1 when Granderson cleared the bases with a drive just inside the pole in right field off left-hander Casey Crosby (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
Sabathia (7-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. New York used five relievers. Rafael Soriano came on with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play for his seventh save.
WHITE SOX 7, MARINERS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning and the White Sox beat the Mariners for their ninth straight win.
The White Sox scored three times in the eighth, helped by a Mariners misplay.
Paul Konerko led off with a fly and the ball glanced off center fielder Michael Saunders' glove and then hit him for a two-base error.
With two outs and runners at the corners, Ramirez hit a slow grounder to shortstop Brendan Ryan and beat the throw as pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge scored. Alejandro De Aza added a two-run single.
Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
Jesse Crain (1-0) got the win. Shawn Kelly (0-2) took the loss.