Wednesday's American League Capsules
Originally published May 31, 2012 at 12:04 a.m., updated May 31, 2012 at 12:49 a.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Seattle Mariners used a pair of early eight-run innings to rout the Texas Rangers for the second straight game, winning 21-8 Wednesday night.
Smoak had three hits to go with his career high for RBIs as Seattle reached double digits in back-to-back games against the AL West leaders. Jesus Montero homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, and Kyle Seager had four hits and two RBIs. Every Seattle starter had at least one hit in amassing 20 overall.
Dustin Ackley also had a three-run homer in support of former Rangers minor league prospect Blake Beavan (3-4). Rangers starter Derek Holland (4-4) gave up eight hits, eight runs and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.
Seattle had lost five in a row before beating Texas 10-3 Tuesday night. They scored eight runs in the second and third innings en route to scoring the second-most runs in club history, equaling a 21-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 30, 2000.
Coincidentally, that was the same day the Rangers gave up the most runs in club history, a 23-2 loss at Oakland.
WHITE SOX 4, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs and Chicago extended its best win streak of the season to eight games with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Dayan Viciedo had a run-scoring single and Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to help Chicago take a 3-1 lead in the third. Ramirez made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the fifth.
Luke Scott and Carlos Pena homered for the Rays, who have dropped nine of 13 at home.
Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb (2-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Nate Jones (3-0) got the win and Addison Reed worked the ninth for his sixth save.
BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 1
TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit one of Toronto's four solo home runs, leading the Blue Jays to a three-game sweep of Baltimore.
Rajai Davis, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus also homered for the Blue Jays.
Brandon Morrow suffered a bruised right shin when he was struck by Wilson Betemit's liner in the seventh, hopping around the mound in pain. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day. Morrow (6-3) gave up one run and four hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight.
Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his fifth save in six opportunities.
Jason Hammel (6-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles.
YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano homered during New York's five-run third inning, helping the Yankees snap Los Angeles' eight-game win streak.
Raul Ibanez tripled off the center field wall and scored the tiebreaking run on Nick Swisher's sixth-inning flyout as the Yankees avoided a sweep after wasting a four-run lead.
Mark Trumbo homered in a fourth straight game and drove in three runs for the Angels.
Hisanori Takahashi (0-2) gave up Ibanez's triple after Ervin Santana yielded six hits and five runs over five innings for the Angels, who hadn't lost since May 21.
Ivan Nova (6-2) worked six-plus innings for New York, allowing eight hits and three walks.
ROYALS 6, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Bruce Chen overcame a rocky second inning and Kansas City scored its first five runs with two outs in a win over Cleveland.
Chen (4-5) held the Indians scoreless after giving up three runs in the second. Alex Gordon, Johnny Giavotella, Mike Moustakas, Jeff Francoeur and Brayan Pena had run-scoring hits for Kansas City, which has won four of its last six to finish a nine-game road trip at 5-4.
Chen worked the first five innings before Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, Jose Mijares and Jonathan Broxton pitched scoreless ball over the final four. Broxton earned his 11th save.
Jeanmar Gomez (3-4) gave up five runs in five innings for Cleveland.
TWINS 4, ATHLETICS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings in his return to Minnesota's rotation, sending Oakland to its eighth straight loss.
Liriano (1-5) retired the last 11 batters he faced and struck out nine, the most this season by any Twins pitcher. He allowed only two walks with a double and two singles against the worst-hitting team in the majors that brought a brutal .212 batting average into the game.
Josh Willingham had an RBI single and a two-run homer, roughly 15 hours after his three-run shot in the ninth gave the Twins a dramatic win the night before.
Tyson Ross (2-6) lasted only five innings for the A's, who have lost 12 of their last 15.
RED SOX 6, TIGERS 4
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks each hit two-run homers, Kevin Youkilis had a solo shot and surging Boston beat Detroit for its 14th win in 19 games.
Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with three doubles and drove in a run for Detroit, which has dropped the first three of a four-game series at Fenway Park.
Adrian Gonzalez had two doubles for Boston, his second breaking a 4-4 tie in the seventh.
Matt Albers (1-0) gave up a game-tying hit, but retired one batter to get the win. Alfredo Aceves collected his 13th save in 16 chances.
Octavio Dotel (1-2) took the loss.