Saturday's American League Capsules
Originally published September 9, 2012 at 12:10 a.m., updated September 9, 2012 at 12:44 a.m.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles continued their long-ball onslaught against the Yankees, hitting three home runs off CC Sabathia in a 5-4 victory Saturday night that moved Baltimore back into a tie atop the AL East with New York.
Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who have won 11 of 15 overall and nine of the last 13 against the Yankees. With a victory Sunday, Baltimore will win the season series (10-8) for the first time since 1997.
Trying to secure a victory for Joe Saunders (2-1), Baltimore closer Jim Johnson entered with a 5-3 lead in the ninth. He promptly gave up three straight singles, the last a bunt by Derek Jeter, to load the bases with no outs.
Nick Swisher drove in a run with a forceout before Mark Teixeira hit into a game-ending double play.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cole DeVries pitched six scoreless innings to win his third straight start to lead Minnesota.
Joe Mauer had an RBI single and Josh Willingham added a sacrifice fly in a two-run third inning for the Twins, who had lost four of its past five games.
DeVries (5-5) gave up four hits and walked one. A trio of relievers combined for three hitless innings, with Glen Perkins working the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.
Indians starter Zach McAllister (5-7) made it through only three innings in losing his third straight decision. He allowed two runs on two hits and three walks.
RANGERS 4, RAYS 2, 10 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning to lift Texas past Tampa Bay.
Geovany Soto had a two-out double to deep center off Kyle Farnsworth (1-4). Profar then made it 3-2 when he drove in pinch-runner Leonys Martin on his hit past a diving Carlos Pena down the first-base line.
Texas took a 4-2 lead when Josh Hamilton, who earlier hit his 40th homer this season, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Mike Adams (5-3) threw a scoreless inning for the win before Joe Nathan pitched the 10th for his 31st save.
Pena was called out looking to end the game with a runner on second and was ejected for arguing the call by plate umpire Mike Estabrook.
WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko each homered to back Chris Sale's six solid innings and lead the Chicago White Sox past Kansas City.
Sale (16-6) scattered five hits and struck out six over six innings. He allowed six baserunners in the first three innings before settling down to retire the last 10 batters he faced.
Addison Reed finished up, extending his White Sox rookie record with his 26th save.
Viciedo hit a solo homer in the first for the game's first run. Flowers connected with a two-run shot in the fourth and Konerko had a solo blast in the sixth. All three homers came off Bruce Chen (10-12), who had won his last four starts in Chicago.
ANGELS 6, TIGERS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson won his third straight start, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer in the first inning and Los Angeles roughed up Detroit's Justin Verlander.
Trout ended the game by robbing Prince Fielder of a home run to center field on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards.
Wilson (12-9) allowed an unearned run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked two. It was the first time the All-Star left-hander pitched at least seven innings in 11 starts since July 13. His first three-game winning streak since last September began after a stretch of 11 consecutive outings in which he was 0-5.
The Angels have won 10 of 11 since losing consecutive games at Detroit.
Verlander (13-8) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings.
BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Gose hit his first major league homer and drove in five runs, and the Toronto moved out of the AL East's basement by beating free-falling Boston in a game twice delayed by rain totaling 2 hours, 3 minutes.
Yunel Escobar added a solo homer to spark a five-run second inning for Toronto, which has won five straight in Fenway Park — its longest streak since winning all six meetings in 1989.
It was the first time since July 29 that the Blue Jays haven't been in last place after they won their third straight to climb over the Red Sox.
Scott Podsednik and Ciriaco had RBI singles for Boston, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Brad Lincoln (1-0) worked 2 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory, his first with the Blue Jays since being acquired from Pittsburgh in July.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5) lasted four outs and allowed five runs and five hits.
ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — George Kottaras homered for the second straight game, Brett Anderson won his fourth straight start since recovering from Tommy John surgery and Oakland beat Seattle.
Anderson (4-0), who had surgery on his left elbow 14 months ago, allowed one unearned run and six hits while striking out four in six innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.69.
Stephen Drew had an RBI single and Coco Crisp had a run scoring double after Kottaras' homer in Oakland's four-run fourth inning for a 5-1 lead.
The A's kept pace in the AL West with the Texas Rangers, who beat Tampa Bay 4-2. Oakland trails the Rangers by 4½ games and are in a virtual tie with the Yankees and Orioles atop the wild-card race.
Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4) gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.