Friday's American League Capsules
Games played Aug. 2, 2013
Originally published August 2, 2013 at 10:13 p.m., updated August 3, 2013 at 12:39 a.m.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 40th home run and Nate McLouth contributed his first career grand slam to a power display that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Seattle Mariners 11-8 Friday night.
Ryan Flaherty also homered and had a career-high three hits for the Orioles, who never trailed but had to withstand four homers by Seattle.
McLouth connected off Brandon Maurer to make it 11-6 in the sixth, and that was enough offense to fend off the Mariners, who closed the gap in the eighth with solo shots from Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.
Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his 38th save and secure the win for Chris Tillman (14-3).
Davis drove a pitch from Aaron Harang (5-10) over the right-field wall and onto Eutaw Street to give Baltimore a 5-3 lead in the third inning. The solo homer traveled an estimated 442 feet and gave Davis a major-league high 101 RBIs.
He is the fifth Oriole to hit 40 homers in a season, joining Brady Anderson (50), Frank Robinson (49), Jim Gentile (46) and Rafael Palmeiro (43).
TIGERS 2, WHITE SOX 1
DETROIT (AP) — Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers over Chicago.
The White Sox lost their eighth straight, while AL Central-leading Detroit has won 10 of 11.
Fister (10-5) allowed a run and seven hits, striking out two. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.
Iglesias, acquired from Boston this week in a three-team deal, started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera, who experienced soreness after running and was scratched pregame.
Hector Santiago (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven.
RANGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz shook off talk of a suspension to hit a tying two-run homer, and Jurickson Profar added another two-run shot as Texas gamed ground on Oakland in the AL West.
Cruz, among 14 players facing suspension as part of MLB’s Biogenesis investigation, hit his 26th home run in the second inning. Profar put the Rangers ahead 6-2 with his fourth homer in the fourth.
The Rangers, who were six games behind first-place Oakland in the division earlier this week, are only 2 1/2 games back after the win.
Tommy Milone (9-9) allowed six runs — including both homers — and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Jason Frasor (2-2) tossed 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
ANGELS 7, BLUE JAYS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun punctuated his first four-hit game with his first career homer, a tiebreaking two-run shot in the eighth inning that lifted Los Angeles over Toronto.
J.B. Shuck’s triple drove in Chris Nelson with the tying run in the eighth for the Angels, who rallied against All-Star reliever Steve Delabar (5-2) for their second straight win over Toronto.
Nelson had two RBI singles before his leadoff double in the eighth, and Shuck followed with a triple to right after Jose Bautista misjudged the ball. Calhoun then homered to right.
Dane De La Rosa (5-1) pitched the eighth for Los Angeles, and Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in the ninth for his 26th save.
TWINS 4, ASTROS 3, 13 INNINGS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier’s third hit of the game scored Clete Thomas in the 13th inning to lift Minnesota to a win over Houston.
Right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia pinch-hit in the 13th to sacrifice Thomas to second base. Dozier followed by punching a single to right field to snap Minnesota’s four-game losing streak.
The Twins trailed 3-2 entering the ninth after All-Star closer Glen Perkins gave up an RBI double to Matt Dominguez. But Dozier’s single off Chia-Jen Lo tied the game, and Dozier came through again off Dallas Kuechel (5-6) to win it with two outs in the 13th.
Dozier had two hits and Ryan Pressly (3-2) pitched two innings of relief for the win.
GIANTS 4, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 in seven innings, Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer and San Francisco beat Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay has lost two in a row, including its first game in August. The Rays went 21-5 in July.
Bumgarner (11-7) gave up one run, working around seven hits and three walks. Sergio Romo got two outs for his 26th save.
Brandon Belt had three hits, including a solo homer as the Giants won their third straight.
Chris Archer (6-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He had permitted just two runs — one earned — over 31 innings in winning his previous four starts.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, RED SOX 6
BOSTON (AP) — Cody Ross capped his four-hit return to Fenway Park with a tie-breaking homer that gave Arizona a win over Boston.
Ross, Boston’s regular right fielder last season, drove in three runs, doubled twice and singled once. His big hit came with the score tied at 6 when he led off the seventh inning against Pedro Beato (1-1) with his seventh homer of the year.
Brad Ziegler worked the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
The Red Sox had tied the game 6-6 in the sixth on Drew’s two-run homer.
Randall Delgado (4-3) won despite giving up six runs in six innings for Arizona.
MARLINS 10, INDIANS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez pitched eight innings and struck out 14, the most by an NL pitcher this season, to help Miami snap Cleveland’s eight-game win streak.
Miami’s All-Star became the first major league pitcher to strike out at least 13 in consecutive games since Randy Johnson in 2004. He’s the first rookie to do so since Kerry Wood in 1998.
Fernandez (8-5) set a Marlins record for the most strikeouts in consecutive starts. He had 13 Sunday in a win over Pittsburgh.
Logan Morrison provided all the support Fernandez needed with four hits and four RBIs.
Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6) worked four innings for Cleveland, allowing five runs — two earned.
PADRES 7, YANKEES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Everth Cabrera, facing a 50-game suspension, tied his career high with four hits and Logan Forsythe hit one of San Diego’s three solo homers in a win over CC Sabathia and New York.
Cabrera is among 14 players facing discipline. Monday appears to be the deadline for the players to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Cabrera had an RBI triple among his hits and scored a run.
Andrew Cashner (8-5) held the Yankees to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked none.
Sabathia (9-10) allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings and is 0-4 in his last five starts.
METS 4, ROYALS 2, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Young Jr. homered with two outs in the 11th inning and New York overcame a blown lead to end Kansas City’s winning streak at nine.
Young slammed a 3-1 pitch from Luis Mendoza (2-6) over the right-field fence for his first career game-ending hit and just his second home run of the season.
The Mets led 2-0 on a first-inning homer by David Wright, but New York’s beat-up bullpen couldn’t protect it as Kansas City scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to tie it.
Carlos Torres (2-2), New York’s scheduled starter for Saturday, worked two innings for the win in the 4 hour, 7 minute marathon.
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