Friday's American League Capsules
Games played May 31, 2013
Originally published June 1, 2013 at midnight, updated June 1, 2013 at 2:15 a.m.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Dickerson hit a three-run, game-ending homer with two outs in the ninth inning, capping an four-run uprising against Jose Valverde that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Detroit Tigers 7-5 Friday night.
Valverde entered in the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead after starter Max Scherzer retired the final 16 batters he faced.
Nick Markakis led off with a homer before Adam Jones singled and took third on a single by Chris Davis. Valverde (0-1) then retired Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy on popups before Dickerson hit a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in right-center, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 46,249.
Darren O'Day (3-0) got the final out in the ninth for the Orioles, who have won eight of 11.
RAYS 9, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — James Loney homered twice, four Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a one-hitter and the Rays endured nearly five hours of rain delays before beating the Indians 9-2 for their sixth straight win in a game that began on Friday night in May ended early Saturday in June.
Scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m., the game was delayed three times before finally resuming at 12:13 a.m. — 2 hours, 39 minutes after the third and lengthiest delay. Before that there was uncertainty, confusion and, of course, rain.
It was the majors' second marathon game in two days. On Thursday night, Kansas City and St. Louis were delayed an hour before the first pitch and another 4 hours, 32 minutes by rain before the Royals beat Cardinals 4-2 well after 3 in the morning.
Matt Joyce and Loney connected for two-run homers in Tampa's five-run third inning off Scott Barnes (0-1).
Jamey Wright (1-1) came in for unbeaten Tampa starter Matt Moore and pitched three innings for the Rays.
Cleveland's only hit was Ryan Raburn's RBI double in the fifth off Josh Lueke.
ATHLETICS 3, WHITE SOX 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon tossed a five-hitter a week after turning 40, and the Athletics beat the White Sox in a game that took only 2 hours, 14 minutes.
Colon (6-2) struck out and three and walked none for his 11th career shutout. He has 34 complete games, third-most among active pitchers behind Roy Halladay (67) and CC Sabathia (35).
John Jaso was the first baserunner for either team to reach second when he doubled against Dylan Axelrod (3-4) leading off the eighth inning.
Josh Reddick followed with an RBI double after coming off the disabled list before the game, and Coco Crisp added a two-run single to back Colon's stellar start.
Axelrod gave up four hits and struck out seven in seven-plus innings.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Throwing at up to 94 mph after two months of decreased velocity, CC Sabathia matched his season high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the eighth inning to lead New York over the Boston Red Sox and stop the Yankees' season-high, five-game losing streak.
Out since injuring his right wrist March 5, Mark Teixeira made his season debut and was 0 for 3 with a walk. Kevin Youkilis, sidelined by a back injury since April 27, was 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the fifth.
Sabathia (5-4) ended a five-game winless streak, one shy of his career high, allowing six hits and no walks in 7 1-3 innings.
Sabathia was given a 2-0 lead in the second on RBI singles from Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki.
Jon Lester (6-2), who won at Yankees Stadium on opening day, lost his second straight decision.
MARINERS 3, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma struck out five in 7 2-3 innings and Kendrys Morales homered to lead Seattle over the Twins.
Iwakuma (6-1) gave up seven hits and walked two and Jesus Sucre added two hits and an RBI for the Mariners, who snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his 12th save.
Mike Pelfrey (3-6) gave up three runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Twins. Pedro Florimon had three hits and Chris Parmelee had two, but the rest of the lineup went 2 for 27 with six strikeouts.
RANGERS 7, ROYALS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Derek Holland struck out eight and Nelson Cruz hit a long tiebreaking three-run homer and the Rangers beat the weary Royals.
Holland (5-2) allowed two runs, one earned, over seven innings to wrap up his undefeated May. The left-hander was 4-0 in his six May starts, matching a career best for wins in any month.
The Royals, after playing until 3:14 a.m. Friday for a victory at St. Louis, led 1-0 after Adam Moore led off the third with a double and scored on a single by Alcides Escobar.
Wade Davis (3-5) had a season-high eight strikeouts with no walks in what was otherwise another tough start against Texas, giving up six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.
ASTROS 6, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jason Castro's leadoff homer triggered a three-run fourth and Dallas Keuchel pitched seven effective innings, leading the Astros to a victory over the Angels.
Keuchel (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked none in the opener of a four-game series. The 25-year-old left-hander was making his fifth start after beginning the season in the bullpen.
Tommy Hanson (2-2) was charged with five runs — four earned — and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first start since May 4. The right-hander was on the bereavement list for six days in April following the death of his stepbrother, then made two starts before going on the restricted list to continue dealing with his grief.
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