Saturday's American League Capsules
Games played April 13, 2013
Originally published April 13, 2013 at 9:06 p.m., updated April 13, 2013 at 11:45 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Prince Fielder homered for the second straight game, Torii Hunter hit his first clout since joining Detroit to help back Justin Verlander and the Tigers snapped the Oakland Athletics' nine-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory Saturday.
Jhonny Peralta followed Fielder's leadoff shot in the fourth with a three-run homer.
A's nemesis Verlander (2-1) outpitched Oakland lefty Brett Anderson before a sellout crowd.
Verlander struck out six and walked three in six innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Anderson (1-2) allowed three home runs to match a career high. He was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out two and walked three.
ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Nolan Reimold, Ryan Flaherty and Nick Markakis hit solo home runs, and Baltimore stopped the Yankees' four-game winning string.
Nate McLouth doubled twice, singled and made a nifty catch in left field to back Jason Hammel (2-1).
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day and Jim Johnson each pitched a scoreless inning. Johnson closed for his fifth save, shutting down a team that tagged him in last year's AL playoffs.
Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells hit solo homers for the Yankees. Phil Hughes (0-2) was booed off the mound after giving up three long drives in three-plus innings.
INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam in a big fifth inning and Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Reynolds had an RBI single to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead in the third inning. He connected off White Sox ace Chris Sale in a six-run fifth and tied a career high with five RBIs.
The loss was Chicago's fifth straight, all on the road. The White Sox are 0-5 away from home for the first time since 1972.
McAllister (1-1) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings and retired 16 of 17 at one point.
Nick Swisher hit his first homer with Cleveland.
Sale (1-1) gave up Swisher's home run in the first and allowed a career-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1, 10 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Shane Victorino had a well-placed RBI single into a five-man infield in the 10th inning that lifted the Red Sox to a win over Tampa Bay.
David Ross had a solo homer for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Junichi Tazawa (2-0) pitched one inning for the win.
The Rays went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled with one out off Brandon Gomes (0-1), stole second and advanced on catcher Jose Lobaton's throwing error. Victorino then hit a hard grounder into the unusual infield configuration that second baseman Ben Zobrist made a diving stop on to his right, but was unable to make a throw home.
BLUE JAYS 3, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After finding out Jose Reyes likely will be sidelined until the All-Star break, Toronto got its first win from R.A. Dickey.
The NL Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Jose Bautista backed him with a two-run homer.
James Shields (1-2) was a hard-luck loser for the Royals, pitching a two-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks.
Acquired from the New York Mets after going 20-6 last season, Dickey was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first two starts for Toronto. Against the Royals, the knuckleballer struck out four, walked two and hit a batter, throwing 64 of 100 pitches for strikes.
ANGELS 5, ASTROS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a two-run double off Jose Veras with two outs in the ninth inning, Josh Hamilton hit his first home run for Los Angeles and the Angels stopped a five-game losing streak.
Jose Veras (0-1) came on in the ninth to protect a 4-3 lead for Lucas Harrell and walked No. 9 hitter Luis Jimenez with one out. J.B. Shuck flied out, Mike Trout reached on a two-out infield single to the left side and Pujols followed with a drive inside third base and down the left-field line, giving the Angels their first win in five home games this season.
Left-hander Michael Roth (1-0), promoted earlier in the day from Double-A Arkansas, pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts to win in his major league debut.
Hamilton had gone 10 games and 37 at-bats without a home run.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre each hit two-out, RBI singles in the eighth inning to lift Texas over Seattle.
Joe Ortiz (2-0) pitched two innings for his second win in three days. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
Jason Bay had two hits and an RBI for the Mariners, who have lost four of five.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders remained unbeaten at Safeco Field with a no-decision despite a strong performance, allowing an unearned run on three hits in seven innings.
Carter Capps (0-1) walked Craig Gentry to lead off the eighth and then got two outs before Andrus broke the 1-all tie with his hit to right. Andrus then stole second and kept going to third when Capps' pitch went to the backstop, and scored on Beltre's single.
METS 4, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Harvey didn't allow a hit until Justin Morneau homered off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the seventh inning and led the Mets over the Twins.
Harvey (3-0) pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts, allowing one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
Before Morneau's homer — his first this season — Minnesota's only hard-hit ball came on Eduardo Escobar's lineout to first base in the third.
Making his first start since elbow surgery in December, Twins starter Scott Diamond (0-1) allowed all four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
New York scored all its run in the fifth, when the Mets got seven straight hits for the first time since Aug. 1, 2001, at Houston. Marlon Byrd led off the inning with a 414-foot home run that landed in the second deck.
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