Thursday's American League Capsules
Games played April 11, 2013
Originally published April 11, 2013 at 11:35 p.m., updated April 12, 2013 at 12:46 a.m.
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Davis hit his sixth homer and Adam Jones drove in two runs, including a tiebreaking double, to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night.
Davis and Jones extended their torrid starts for the Orioles, who took two of three in Boston. The pair has combined for 30 of Baltimore's 85 hits, and Jones is batting .462 this season (18 for 39).
Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli had consecutive RBI singles for the Red Sox, who dropped a series for the first time after taking two of three on the road from both the New York Yankees and Toronto.
Baltimore improved to 1-3 in one-run games after going 29-9 last season.
With a game-time temperature of 45 degrees, Fenway Park was only about two-thirds full a night after a record sellout streak ended. The paid attendance was 27,704, the smallest crowd at the ballpark since April 16, 2003.
The Orioles broke a 2-all tie on Jones' RBI double in the seventh inning off Koji Uehara. Clayton Mortensen (0-1) took the loss.
Brian Matusz (1-0) struck out the only two batters he faced and Jim Johnson pitched the ninth in a light rain for his fourth save.
TIGERS 11, BLUE JAYS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera tripled, scored twice and even stole a base, and Detroit knocked Josh Johnson out of the game with a five-run second inning against Toronto.
Doug Fister (2-0) allowed a run and eight hits in eight innings for the win. Johnson (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings — the shortest start of his career.
Prince Fielder had four RBIs and Torii Hunter added three for the Tigers.
The temperature at game time was 35 degrees, the coldest for a Detroit home game since 1996, according to STATS.
Blue Jays starters are 1-4 with a 7.59 ERA. Toronto, a chic pick to win the AL East after a splashy offseason, has lost three straight series to start the year for the first time since 1978.
ATHLETICS 8, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings as Oakland beat Los Angeles to extend its winning streak to eight games.
This was the first time Oakland swept the Angels in the first head-to-head series of a season since 2003, and the first time the Athletics swept their first series at the "Big A" since 1996.
Seth Smith had four hits for the A's, who swept a road trip of six or more games for only the third time since the franchise relocated from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968. They had a 10-0 trip in August 2002 and an 8-0 excursion in April 1981.
Griffin (2-0) allowed a run and five hits. He did not allow a hit after giving up an RBI double by Howie Kendrick with one out in the fourth.
Jason Vargas (0-1) was charged with five runs, 10 hits and three walks over 5 2-3 innings.
RANGERS 4, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski homered, David Murphy snapped a 2-all tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning and Texas beat Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Pierzynski hit his second homer of the season in the second. The Rangers added an unearned run later in the inning and scored twice in the fifth to deny Hernandez (1-2) his 100th career win.
It was Hernandez's first home start since he signed a $175 million contract in the offseason that will keep him under contract with the Mariners through the 2019 season. The occasion was celebrated with all 22,000-plus fans in attendance receiving giant yellow K-cards and a yellow T-shirt with "King Felix" printed on the front.
But there was concern later in the game for Seattle when Michael Morse left in the seventh after getting hit on the right hand with a pitch as he checked his swing.
Morse entered the night tied for the major league lead with six home runs.
Joe Ortiz (1-0) pitched two hitless innings in relief of starter Justin Grimm. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his third save.
Franklin Gutierrez hit his third leadoff homer of the season and added an RBI groundout for Seattle.
NATIONALS 7, WHITE SOX 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman delivered a two-run double after Bryce Harper was intentionally walked, and Washington beat Chicago on a windy night to cap a three-game sweep.
Dan Haren (1-1) got his first win for the Nationals despite allowing 10 hits in five innings.
With the score tied at 3 in the fourth, Haren helped himself by doubling off Dylan Axelrod (0-1) and eventually scoring on a wild pitch with two outs. Chicago then put Harper on base on purpose, but the move didn't work: Cleanup hitter Zimmerman lined a double to right on Axelrod's 103rd — and final — pitch of the evening.
That put Washington ahead 6-3, and relievers Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard and Rafael
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