Sunday's American League Capsules
Games played July 14, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander held Texas hitless until the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers backed their ace with three home runs in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Mitch Moreland's two-out double to right-center broke up Verlander's bid for his third career no-hitter. Verlander (10-6) left the game after the seventh with a tight right quad muscle, having allowed just one hit and three walks. He struck out three.
Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers off Texas starter Martin Perez (3-2). The Rangers finished with two hits.
Verlander was picked for the American League All-Star team but was replaced for Tuesday night's event. He lowered his ERA to 3.50.
Hunter went deep in the first to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead, and Martinez and Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth.
TWINS 10, YANKEES 4
Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer a pitch after shortstop Eduardo Nunez made a two-out throwing error, and Minnesota took advantage of New York miscues and misfortune to beat CC Sabathia for the first time in six years and end more than a decade of misery in the Bronx.
Justin Morneau had three hits — two very well placed — as Minnesota took two of three from New York to win a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since taking a set at the old ballpark in 2001. Still, the Twins are 9-31 in the Bronx since 2002.
They had even less success against Sabathia (9-8), going 0-11 in 12 games including the postseason after beating him on July 29, 2007. Sabathia gave up a season-high eight runs — three earned — and matched his low of four innings this year.
The Yankees (51-44) made two errors that led to five unearned runs. They also hit into four double plays.
Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-2) benefited from the sloppy play to earn his second win in four career starts. He pitched five-plus shaky innings, yielding three runs — two earned — on five hits and four walks.
Minnesota (39-53) finished 3-7 on a 10-game trip.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double to cap Cleveland's comeback in the sixth inning, and the Indians charged into the All-Star break with a three-game sweep of Kansas City.
Cabrera's double off Tim Collins (2-5) led the Indians to their fourth straight win. At 51-44, they stayed 1 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Cleveland has its most wins at the break since 2007 — the last time the Indians made the playoffs.
Reliever Rich Hill (1-1) got two outs in the sixth and closer Chris Perez — Cleveland's fifth reliever — worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis drove in two runs.
Billy Butler had three hits for the Royals (43-49), who dropped their fifth straight.
ORIOLES 7, BLUE JAYS 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL record before the All-Star break, and Baltimore cruised past Toronto.
Davis doubled in two runs in the first inning and hit a two-run homer in the third to give him 93 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera.
By going deep in a fourth straight game, Davis equaled Reggie Jackson's AL mark of 37 homers before the break, set in 1969. The major league record is 39, by Barry Bonds in 2001.
Adam Jones homered and scored three runs for the Orioles. The home run was his 19th of the season and third in three games.
Scott Feldman (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings to earn his first win with the Orioles. After Maicer Izturis singled in a run in the ninth off Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson got three outs for his 33rd save.
Izturis had three RBIs. Josh Johnson (1-5) yielded a career high-tying seven earned runs and seven hits in six innings.
RAYS 5, ASTROS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Chris Archer pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and Tampa Bay beat Houston.
Archer (4-3) struck out eight and walked none in his 13th big league start, including nine this season.
Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays won for the 14th time in 16 games. Tampa Bay completed its most successful three-series homestand at 9-1, and went into the All-Star break in second place in the AL East.
Houston headed into the break with a 17-inning scoreless streak. The Astros have lost 12 of 15 and have the worst record in the majors at 33-61 during their first season in the American League.
The Rays scored two runs in the fourth with the help of a throwing error by Erik Bedard (3-6), who gave up eight hits and struck out six in five innings.
MARINERS 4, ANGELS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma won for the first time in over a month, and Seattle completed its first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels.
Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer, and Raul Ibanez had an RBI double for the Mariners, who topped Los Angeles for the third straight day.
The Mariners have homered in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta's 23-game run in 2006. Seattle's string is the best by an AL club since Texas set the major league record with 27 in 2002.
Sluggers Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols went a combined 1 for 8 as the Angels went into the All-Star break at 44-49.
Iwakuma (8-4) gave up three runs in seven innings for his first win since June 10. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his prior five starts, losing three. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save.
Saunders connected in the second off Joe Blanton (2-12) after Justin Smoak singled.
ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 2, 11 innings
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning, and Oakland beat Boston despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.
Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield single.
Workman had pitched only once in the majors, getting roughed up over two innings in relief at Seattle. He became the third rookie in four days to pitch no-hit ball into the sixth inning of his first big league start — Houston's Jarred Cosart and Cleveland's Danny Salazar did it in their major league debuts.
Donaldson hit a tying, two-run homer off Workman in the seventh, then singled with two outs in the 11th. Matt Thornton (0-4) lost in his Boston debut.
Ryan Cook (2-2) worked two innings and earned the victory for the A's, who have won five of seven.
Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who haven't won a series in Oakland since July 2006.
PHILLIES 4, WHITE SOX 3, 10 innings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting Philadelphia over the Chicago White Sox.
Chase Utley led off the 10th with a double and David Purcey (0-1) walked Jimmy Rollins. The runners advanced on Domonic Brown's groundout and Darin Ruf was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Ramon Troncoso relieved and struck out Young. But Mayberry lined Troncoso's first pitch up the middle for the winning run.
Antonio Bastardo (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the victory.
All three games in the series went extra innings. The teams played a total of 34 innings over 11 hours, 12 minutes, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
The White Sox scored a run in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his fifth save in 25 chances.
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