Wednesday's American League Capsules
Games played June 19, 2013
Originally published June 19, 2013 at 10:13 p.m., updated June 20, 2013 at 1:51 a.m.
DETROIT (AP) — Chris Davis cleared the fences twice, giving him a major league leading 26 homers, to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 13-3 Wednesday.
Davis hit a two-run homer and Taylor Teagarden followed with a three-run home run in Baltimore’s six-run fourth. Against embattled reliever Jose Valverde, Davis hit another two-run shot for his second multihomer game of the season and the fifth of his career.
The Orioles improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 after beating the AL Central-leading Tigers twice in the three-game series.
Chris Tillman (8-2) gave up three runs and seven hits over five-plus innings. He became the third pitcher in franchise history to win his first six decisions on the road, joining Jeff Ballard (1989) and Hoyt Wilhelm (1959).
Rick Porcello (4-4) allowed six runs on nine hits, giving up a pair of homers for the third time this year.
RAYS 6, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Desmond Jennings homered, Jeremy Hellickson pitched six strong innings and Tampa Bay Rays ended its drought at Fenway Park.
The Rays had scored a total of five runs in losing their first five games this season at the ballpark, including a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday during which they managed a pair of runs on 10 combined hits.
Jose Molina and Evan Longoria each had three of Tampa Bay’s 15 hits and the Rays ended a three-game losing streak with their second win in eight games.
Top prospect Wil Myers delivered a two-run double during Tampa Bay’s three-run seventh that broke the game open.
Hellickson (5-3) surrendered two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Ryan Dempster (4-8) gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Masterson managed to hang around for 6 1-3 innings and win for the sixth time at home, leading Cleveland over Kansas City.
Masterson (9-5) sidestepped some early trouble without giving up any runs and improved to 6-1 with a 2.29 ERA in nine starts at Progressive Field. The right-hander struck out eight while allowing two runs and nine hits.
Michael Brantley hit a pair of solo homers for the Indians, who moved within 3 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Mike Aviles drove in two runs and Michael Bourn scored twice for Cleveland.
Unable to get a hit for four innings off Luis Mendoza (2-4), Brantley homered in the fifth and the Indians added three runs in the sixth. Brantley connected again in the eighth.
RANGERS 9, ATHLETICS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — David Murphy had three hits and scored twice to snap out of a long slump to help Texas beat AL West-leading Oakland.
Justin Grimm (6-5) trailed when he threw his last pitch, but the Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead and make him the first Texas starter this month to get a victory.
Rangers starters had gone 17 consecutive games without a win since Derek Holland beat Kansas City on May 31. The team’s previous longest such stretch was 16 in a row in 1975.
Ian Kinsler had a sacrifice fly off Tommy Milone (6-7) that tied the game in the fifth before Leonys Martin raced home on a grounder with the go-ahead run.
TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Morneau homered for the first time in almost two months and the two-run shot helped Minnesota send Chicago to its sixth loss in seven games.
Morneau’s third homer of the season followed an RBI single by Josh Willingham in the sixth off Deunte Heath after ace Chris Sale’s night ended after five shaky innings. Morneau last went deep on April 28. The 2006 AL MVP has three seasons of 30-plus homers.
His teammates teased him in the dugout after he rounded the bases, pretending to ignore him. So Morneau gave out a bunch of air high-fives, a light moment on a night when several Twins enjoyed fine performances. Brian Dozier reached base four times, including a three-run homer in the second against Sale (5-6).
Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for the second game in a row, recording his 18th save in 20 tries, after Kevin Correia (6-4) pitched into the seventh.
ANGELS 1, MARINERS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched two-hit ball for seven innings, Mike Trout scored the only run on a wild pitch by Joe Saunders and Los Angeles edged Seattle.
Wilson (6-5) struck out three, walked two and allowed only two runners as far as second base en route to his fifth straight victory over the Mariners.
Trout legged out a leadoff double in the sixth and moved to third on a flyout. He scored on the first pitch wild of the season by Saunders (5-7).
Scott Downs pitched a perfect eighth for the Angels and Ernesto Frieri did likewise in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 attempts.
YANKEES 6, DODGERS 4, 1ST GAME.
DODGERS 6, YANKEES 0, 2ND GAME
NEW YORK (AP) — Hanley Ramirez capped a six-hit day with a pair of RBI singles, Yasiel Puig homered to complete a dazzling debut in New York and Los Angeles earned a split of the day-night doubleheader.
The Dodgers salvaged manager Don Mattingly’s return to the Bronx after the loss in the opener.
Chris Capuano (2-5) pitched three-hit ball for six innings in his comeback from the disabled list. The Dodgers rebounded from a sloppy loss in the opener to former teammate Hiroki Kuroda (7-5) in a matchup between injury-ravaged teams with $200 million payrolls.
In the first matchup between the teams in New York since the Dodgers clinched the 1981 World Series title with a Game 6 victory at old Yankee Stadium, Ichiro Suzuki homered, drove in three runs and made a spectacular catch on the warning track for the Yankees.
New York got help from reliever Ronald Belisario’s two errors on the same play in a three-run seventh.
In the night game, the Dodgers started out quickly against Phil Hughes (3-6), who allowed a season-high 10 hits in six innings.
BLUE JAYS 5, ROCKIES 2
TORONTO (AP) — Adam Lind hit a three-run home run, Mark Buehrle won his second straight start and Toronto earned its eighth consecutive victory, beating Colorado to complete a three-game sweep.
The streak is Toronto’s longest since a 10-game run in late 2008.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his NL-leading 21st home run for the Rockies, who lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Buehrle (4-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings of the interleague game.
Neil Wagner pitched the sixth, Brett Cecil worked the seventh, Steve Delabar handled the eighth and Casey Janssen finished for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Juan Nicasio (4-3) allowed four runs, two earned, and four hits in five innings. The right-hander has not won in six starts.
BREWERS 3, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the ninth to lift Milwaukee past Houston.
The Brewers couldn’t get anything going against Houston starter Erik Bedard as he threw a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Bedard was replaced by Hector Ambriz (1-4) with a runner on second, and Weeks greeted him with his sixth homer of the year for a 2-1 lead.
John Axford (3-3) struck out two in the seventh for the win. Francisco Rodriguez allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save and the 299th of his career.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse yielded six hits and a run with five strikeouts in six innings.
Jose Altuve had three hits, stole three bases and scored Houston’s only run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
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