Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, June 7, 2012
DETROIT (AP) — Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer after a Detroit error kept a first-inning rally going, and Johnny Damon added a two-run single and an impressive catch in left field to help the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Casey Kotchman hit a two-run shot for the Indians, who improved to 5-0 against Detroit this season.
Miguel Cabrera and Don Kelly hit solo homers for the Tigers.
Jeanmar Gomez (4-4) allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings for Cleveland. Four relievers held Detroit to one hit the rest of the way, with Chris Perez pitching the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.
Max Scherzer (5-4) allowed five earned runs in 4 1-3 innings — and three unearned runs in the first.
Detroit right fielder Brennan Boesch dropped a fly ball with two outs in the first and Brantley hit a drive to right on the next pitch.
YANKEES 4, RAYS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ivan Nova took a two-hitter into the ninth inning, Mark Teixiera and Robinson Cano homered and the Yankees beat the Rays for the second straight night.
Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez had RBI doubles in the eighth inning to help the Yankees win for the 10th time in 13 games and pass Tampa Bay in the tight AL East standings for the first time since April 23.
Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time in eight games and dropped to third place after at least holding a share of the division lead since May 27.
Nova (7-2) allowed one run and four hits in eight-plus innings. Rafael Soriano got three outs for his eighth save in eight chances.
Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (2-2) gave up four runs and five hits in seven-plus innings.
BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Morrow pitched a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season, and Jose Bautista and Rajai Davis homered for Toronto.
Morrow (7-3) allowed singles in the second and eighth to A.J. Pierzynski and retired 14 straight at one point. He gave up his only two walks in the ninth, to Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza, and struck out five, including Dayan Viciedo to end it.
White Sox star Paul Konerko sat out a second straight game after having a bone chip flushed out of a joint in his left wrist and has now missed three in a row overall after having the day off to rest last Sunday.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana (1-1) gave up nine hits and two runs in six innings.
TWINS 4, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nick Blackburn shook off a slow start and pitched five effective innings, helping the Twins pick up another win.
Justin Morneau hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two out in the fifth as Minnesota won for the fourth time in five games. Morneau, Ben Revere and Ryan Doumit each had two hits.
Blackburn (2-4), who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list following a left quad strain, allowed two runs and five hits. Matt Capps tossing a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run homer in the first for Kansas City.
Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino faced four batters in the first before leaving with a strained right groin. Luis Mendoza (2-3) came in and pitched five innings, yielding two runs and five hits.
ORIOLES 2, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen scattered seven hits over seven innings and the Orioles set a franchise record with their seventh straight victory in Boston.
The Orioles, who knocked Boston out of the postseason on the final night of the regular season last year, have won 12 of the past 15 meetings. They are 5-0 at Fenway Park this season.
Endy Chavez, who had three hits in a series-opening win Tuesday, drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder in the sixth. Boston has lost three straight for the first time since early May.
Chen (5-2) struck out four, walked none and stranded six runners. Jim Johnson got three outs for his 18th save.
Josh Beckett (4-6) was the tough-luck loser, allowing two runs and five hits in eight innings.