Tuesday's American League Capsules
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Philip Humber won for the first time since throwing a perfect game in April, helping the Chicago White Sox extend their winning streak to seven games with a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Hideki Matsui homered in his Tampa Bay debut. The Rays purchased the 2009 World Series MVP's contract from Triple-A Durham before the game.
Humber (2-2) was 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA over six starts since his gem against Seattle on April 21. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings Tuesday.
Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo both had two RBIs for the White Sox, who have won six in a row on the road.
Ramirez had an RBI double during a five-run sixth against James Shields (6-3) as Chicago took a 6-2 lead. A.J. Pierzynski, Viciedo and Orlando Hudson hit run-scoring singles, while Alejandro De Aza drove in a run with a grounder.
Shields gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Matsui put the Rays ahead 2-0 on a long homer to right off Humber in the fourth. It was his first homer since Sept. 19 against Texas while with Oakland.
MARINERS 10, RANGERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Jaso drove in three runs, Jason Vargas pitched into the seventh inning and Seattle beat Texas to snap a five-game losing streak.
Jaso's two-run homer in the second put the Mariners ahead to stay on the way to matching their highest run total this season.
Scott Feldman (0-3) gave up four runs — two earned — with three strikeouts and three walks over 4 2-3 innings. Josh Hamilton hit his majors-best 21st homer for Texas.
Vargas (6-4) allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander struck out two and walked three.
RED SOX 6, TIGERS 3
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz homered and hit two doubles, and Boston moved above .500 for the first time this season, tagging Justin Verlander for 10 hits in a win over Detroit.
Daniel Bard (5-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings for Boston, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks as the Red Sox improved to 25-24.
Verlander (5-3) lost his second straight start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Pittsburgh on May 18. The reigning American League MVP and Cy Young winner allowed five runs on 10 hits, struck out seven and walked one in six innings.
Jhonny Peralta and Prince Fielder hit solo homers for the Tigers.
BLUE JAYS 8, ORIOLES 6
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie had three hits and three RBIs, and Ricky Romero won for the seventh time in nine starts against Baltimore to lead Toronto.
Romero (6-1) improved to 7-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his past nine starts against the Orioles.
Adam Jones hit two homers, extending his hitting streak to 20 games, and Chris Davis added a two-run drive in the ninth but it wasn't enough for Baltimore. The Orioles have lost four straight and seven of nine, but remain tied with Tampa Bay atop the AL East.
Romero allowed four runs and six hits in six innings to win his second in five starts.
Jake Arrieta (2-6) gave up seven runs, six earned, and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
ROYALS 8, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Moustakas had a career-best four RBIs to help rookie Will Smith get his first major league win, leading Kansas City over Cleveland.
Moustakas hit a two-run homer off Justin Masterson (2-4) in the first and singled in two runs in the second.
That was more than enough support for Smith (1-1), who allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The left-hander rebounded after being thumped by the Yankees in his debut last week.
Humberto Quintero added two RBIs as the Royals improved to 15-11 on the road.
Masterson allowed seven earned runs in six innings.
TWINS 3, ATHLETICS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Minnesota over Oakland.
Justin Morneau added two doubles for the Twins, who trailed 2-0 heading into the ninth thanks to a strong start from A's right-hander Jarrod Parker. Brian Fuentes (2-1) came on and allowed a single and a walk before Willingham hit a 1-0 pitch into the bullpen.
Parker allowed four hits, walked four and struck out four in six shutout innings.
Glen Perkins (1-1) pitched the ninth for the Twins and Fuentes, the former Twins reliever, blew his second save in six chances this season.