Wednesday's American League Capsules
Games played July 10, 2013
Originally published July 10, 2013 at 11:23 p.m., updated July 11, 2013 at 1:19 a.m.
DETROIT (AP) — Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer.
Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham homered for Chicago.
Porcello (6-6) allowed three runs and seven hits. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
Dylan Axelrod (3-6) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez had three hits each for the AL Central leaders. Cabrera’s run-scoring single in the sixth pushed his major league-leading RBI total to 93.
Chicago’s Alex Rios was hitless a night after going 6 for 6.
ORIOLES 6, RANGERS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a victory over Texas.
Manny Machado had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in nine games.
Chen (4-3) had not pitched since May 12 because of a strained right oblique. The left-hander allowed one run, walked three and struck out four.
Major league home run leader Chris Davis went 0 for 3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He hasn’t gotten a hit since Major League Baseball announced he was the leading vote getter in All-Star fan balloting.
Reimold homered off Josh Lindblom (1-3).
YANKEES 8, ROYALS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam and the New York Yankees snapped out of their offensive funk with a win over Kansas City.
Ivan Nova (4-2) delivered another impressive pitching performance and the Yankees, held to one run each of the previous three days, stopped a three-game slide. They watched two more players get banged up, though, when slumping Travis Hafner and speedy Brett Gardner left with injuries.
Hafner came out with a bruised left foot, while Gardner departed with a bruised right leg after getting hit by a pitch. The team said X-rays on both were negative and they were day to day.
Nova yielded only four singles and a double in eight innings for his second win in three solid starts since returning from the minors.
Cano and Overbay both connected off Wade Davis (4-8), who dropped his third consecutive start.
BLUE JAYS 5, INDIANS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland.
Kawasaki, who broke an 0-for-18 slump, broke a 2-all tie with his two-out hit. A third run scored when center fielder Michael Bourn misplayed the ball for an error.
Neil Wagner (2-3) struck out Ryan Raburn with the bases loaded to end the eighth after the Indians tied the game. Casey Janssen allowed two runs in the ninth before Steve Delabar retired Michael Brantley on a fly ball for his first major league save.
Rich Hill (0-1) took the loss.
RAYS 4, TWINS 3, 13 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning and Tampa Bay beat Minnesota to win its season-best seventh straight game.
Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly (2-1) into the gap in right-center field, ending a 4-hour, 47-minute game that featured 35 strikeouts — 19 for Rays pitchers.
Tampa Bay climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Rays also improved to 9-1 in a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the Twins, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros — teams with the three worst records in the American League.
Minnesota has lost 10 of 11, including four straight.
Cesar Ramos (2-2) got two outs, escaping a jam with runners at first and third in the 13th to get the win.
RED SOX 11, MARINERS 4
SEATTLE (AP) — David Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball’s career leader in hits as a designated hitter and hit a two-run homer an inning later, leading Boston Red Sox to victory over Seattle.
Ortiz entered the night tied with Harold Baines for the most hits as a DH and it took just one at-bat to claim the record. Ortiz doubled to left-center field to lead off the second inning and was acknowledged by a standing ovation from the mix of Red Sox and Mariners fans.
An inning later, Ortiz collected his eighth hit of the series with a two-run homer off Seattle starter Aaron Harang (4-8), his 19th this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, currently the best in baseball, and the Red Sox knocked around Harang for seven runs and eight hits.
Felix Doubront (6-3) pitched seven innings, giving up five hits and one run with six strikeouts and two walks.
CARDINALS 5, ASTROS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a two-run home run and Matt Holliday drove in two with a two-out hit to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros.
Carpenter’s ninth homer of the season in the seventh gave the win to Seth Maness (5-1). Tony Cruz got hit by starter Jordan Lyles’ first pitch of the inning and one out later Carpenter put a 2-1 pitch into the right field stands off reliever Wesley Wright (0-3).
Maness gave up two hits and a run in two innings of relief. He struck out three.
Edward Mujica earned his 25th save in 26 tries. He has appeared in six consecutive games, going 1-1 with four saves.
ANGELS 13, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a rout of the Chicago Cubs.
Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also homered for the Angels. Hamilton drove in five runs and Pujols drove in three.
All of the Angels’ home runs were no-doubters. They hit a pair during a five-run first inning and then followed with three more in a six-run fifth, providing more than enough support for C.J. Wilson (9-6).
The Angels have won 11 of 14. Once 12 games under .500, they are now within two games of the break-even mark — since June 12, they have the best record in baseball at 17-8.
Jeff Samardzija (5-9) took the loss for the Cubs, who had their four-game winning streak snapped, a day after they hit five home runs to beat the Angels 7-2.
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