Wednesday's American League Capsules
Games played Aug. 14, 2013
Originally published August 14, 2013 at 11:36 p.m., updated August 15, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Soriano hit an early grand slam and became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS. The others were Texas’ Rusty Greer in August 1997 and Milwaukee’s Geoff Jenkins in April 2001.
Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 to pass Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto for 15th place on the franchise hits list, and the Yankees hammered Angels ace Jered Weaver (7-6) in opening an 8-0 cushion by the second inning for Ivan Nova (6-4).
Nova, who has been outstanding since rejoining the rotation on July 5, worked around 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. He’s been hurt by a lack of run support recently, but that was no problem this time.
Weaver came in 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his last nine starts and had won four straight decisions.
BLUE JAYS 4, RED SOX 3, 10 INNINGS
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and Toronto beat Boston to handing the AL East-leading Red Sox their fourth loss in six games.
Rajai Davis doubled off Brandon Workman (3-2) to begin the 10th and went to third on Jose Bautista’s grounder. Edwin Encarnacion was intentionally walked to bring up Lawrie, who lined a two-strike pitch off the glove of shortstop Stephen Drew, bringing Davis home with the winning run.
Brad Lincoln (1-1) worked 1 1-3 innings as the Blue Jays recovered to win after Boston’s Mike Napoli hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth.
David Ortiz also added a solo blast in the sixth, his 23rd.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer and Detroit ended a three-game skid with a win over Chicago.
A year after winning the Triple Crown, Cabrera has 38 homers, 114 RBIs and is hitting .360 for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had lost four of five following a 12-game winning streak.
Despite surrendering a season-high 11 hits, Tigers starter Rick Porcello (9-6) allowed just three runs in six innings to get the victory.
The White Sox closed to 6-4 in the eighth on an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez to make it 6-4. John Danks (2-10) pitched into the eighth, allowing six runs — four earned — on nine hits for Chicago.
RAYS 5, MARINERS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jason Bourgeois hit an RBI single to cap Tampa Bay’s two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Rays ended a six-game losing streak with a win over Seattle.
The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar (0-1).
Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Will Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bourgeois singled to right over the Mariners’ drawn-in outfield.
Joel Peralta (2-5) pitched one inning. Farquhar didn’t retire any of the five batters he faced.
Myers’ two-run homer cut the margin to 4-3 in the sixth after a leadoff double by Longoria.
INDIANS 9, TWINS 8, 12 INNINGS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and Cleveland rallied past Minnesota for just its third win in the last 10 games.
Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis singled off Ryan Pressly (3-3) to open the 12th. Swisher moved to third on a fly out and scored easily on Brantley’s sac fly to center field.
Carlos Santana and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians. Chris Perez (5-2) blew a save but got the win, and Joe Smith earned his second save.
Santana homered off Glen Perkins in the 10th to give Cleveland an 8-7 lead. Joe Mauer, who had five hits, responded in the bottom half with a shot off Perez.
ASTROS 2, ATHLETICS 1, 11 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Corporan hit an RBI double in the 11th inning, lifting the Astros to a win over the Athletics.
Jose Altuve singled with one out off A’s reliever Sean Doolittle (3-4) and was headed for third on Corporan’s double when Oakland center fielder Chris Young bobbled the ball. Altuve alertly rounded third and scored the tiebreaking run while Corporan was caught in a rundown between second and third.
Yoenis Cespedes singled and scored Oakland’s run. The A’s have dropped nine of 13 and fell two games behind first-place Texas in the West.
Lucas Harrell (6-13) pitched one inning for the win while Josh Fields earned his second save.
RANGERS 5, BREWERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs, and Texas rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Milwaukee.
The AL West-leading Rangers were 7-40 when trailing after six innings before Andrus had an RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 skid and Ian Kinsler hit a two-run single to give the Rangers the lead.
Texas won for the 14th time in 16 games after snapping an eight-game win streak Tuesday.
Matt Garza gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings. But Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor (4-2), Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan combined to shut down the Brewers. Nathan notched his 36th save.
Burke Badenhop (5-6) gave up Kinsler’s two-run single to take the loss.
MARLINS 5, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Justin Ruggiano snapped a franchise-worst 0-for-42 slump with a single in the first inning and added two more hits and drove in a run as Miami beat Kansas City.
Ruggiano drove in the Marlins’ first run, but they still trailed 2-1 when Koyie Hill doubled off reliever Tim Collins (2-6) to start the seventh. Christian Yelich then hit a grounder toward third that utility man Elliot Johnson let through his legs to put runners on second and third.
Donovan Solano and Logan Morrison followed with RBI groundouts to give the Marlins the lead.
That was enough for the Marlins bullpen. Dan Jennings (2-3) got through the sixth, A.J. Ramos worked the seventh and eighth, and Steve Cishek handled the ninth for his 26th save.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, ORIOLES 4, 14 INNINGS
PHOENIX (AP) — Aaron Hill had a game-ending single with one out in the 14th inning to give the Diamondbacks their third straight walk-off win over the Orioles, 5-4.
Baltimore led all three games entering the seventh.
Hill forced extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth off Jim Johnson in the Orioles closer’s ninth blown save of the season and second in as many days.
Bud Norris (8-10), who started and threw five innings in San Francisco on Sunday, came on in the 14th and walked two batters ahead of Hill’s single to take the loss.
Heath Bell (4-1) threw an inning to get the victory.
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