Saturday's American League Capsules
Games played Aug. 24, 2013
Originally published August 24, 2013 at 9:57 p.m., updated August 25, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price outpitched CC Sabathia and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied Saturday night to beat the New York Yankees 4-2 to hang on to first place in the AL East.
Evan Longoria snapped a 2-all tie with a sixth-inning RBI single and added a solo homer in the eighth to help reigning AL Cy Young winner Price (8-5) win his fifth consecutive decision. Price improved to 7-1 since a stint on the disabled list for a left triceps strain.
Sabathia (11-11) took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before giving up three quick runs the Rays used to remain in first place, percentage points ahead of the Boston Red Sox.
Price allowed two runs and five hits over six innings. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney finished up, with Rodney working a perfect ninth to earn his 30th save.
ATHLETICS 2, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the ninth inning and Jarrod Parker earned his eighth straight win as Oakland beat the Orioles.
After Parker and Chris Tillman waged a magnificent pitching duel for eight innings, Crisp connected on a 3-1 pitch from Darren O’Day (5-3). It was the third home run in three games for Crisp, who had four hits on Friday night.
Parker (10-6) gave up one run, five hits and three walks to improve to 8-0 in 16 starts since May 22.
ASTROS 8, BLUE JAYS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Castro homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Astros over the Blue Jays.
Castro hit a two-run homer in the third inning to push the lead to 5-0, and added a solo shot in the seventh to make it 8-4.
Brandon Barnes gave Houston an early lead with a two-run double in the second inning.
Brad Peacock (3-4) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings for the win.
The Astros jumped on Chien-Ming Wang (1-2) for four hits and five runs in three innings in his first start since July 2 after his contract was selected from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis hit two-run homers, Zach McAllister won his third straight start and the Indians beat the Twins.
The win moved the Indians into third place in the crowded American League wild-card race.
Santana hit a two-run homer in the first. Kipnis, who snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a first-inning single, homered in the third. Both home runs came off starter Liam Hendriks (0-2), who has lost 12 of his 13 career decisions.
McAllister (7-7) allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings.
ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Trout hit his 22nd home run and Jason Vargas allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings and the Angels earned a victory over the Mariners.
The Angels jumped on top early against Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (4-1). After a walk to Erick Aybar, Trout homered to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.
Right fielder Endy Chavez limited the early damage by robbing a would-be home run from Hank Conger in the second inning.
Ramirez and Vargas (7-5) traded scoreless innings until Los Angeles managed to extend the lead in the seventh.
Grant Green singled and J.B. Shuck doubled to put two runners in scoring position with one out.
NATIONALS 7, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from one of his worst career outings to go 7 2-3 strong innings, Ian Desmond hit his 18th home run, and the Nationals beat the Royals.
Zimmermann (15-7) tied St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright for the league lead in wins and sparked the surging Nationals to their fifth straight win, all on the road.
The right-hander, who allowed eight runs in five innings at Chicago last Monday, was charged with two runs and eight hits. He struck out seven and walked just one. After George Kottaras singled with two out in the fourth, Zimmerman retired 11 straight until Emilio Bonifacio walked with one out in the eighth.
The Nationals have won 11 of 15 overall while the Royals have been staggering.
After a 19-5 surge gave fans hope for an end to a 27-year playoff drought, they’ve lost seven in a row and 10 of 12.
TIGERS 3, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer outpitched Matt Harvey in their All-Star rematch, striking out 11 and hitting a stunning RBI double that sent the Tigers to a victory over the Mets.
Scherzer (19-1) joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only major league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season.
Andy Dirks had three hits off Harvey (9-5), who gave up a career-high 13 against Detroit’s powerful lineup. He pitched out of trouble to keep the Mets in the game, but they lost for the fifth time in his last six starts.
Missing injured slugger David Wright, the Mets have managed only two runs during a three-game skid. They were outhit 15-3 in this one.
RED SOX 4, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Lester pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, Jonny Gomes’ three-run homer capped a four-run first, and the Red Sox beat Los Angeles, snapping the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak.
The Red Sox began the day percentage points behind Tampa Bay for first in the AL East. They won at Dodger Stadium for the first time in five games dating to their first visit in 2002, when they were swept in three games.
Lester (12-7) gave up one run in 7 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked four.
Koji Uehara got the final four outs to earn his 13th save in 16 chances.
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