Saturday's American League Capsules
Games played June 29, 2013
Originally published June 29, 2013 at 9:49 p.m., updated June 30, 2013 at 3:11 a.m.
BOSTON (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a pair of long homers over the Green Monster, starting with the 200th of his career and following with a tiebreaking, two-run drive off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning that led the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 6-2 Saturday.
After Shane Victorino’s two-run single against Steve Delabar (5-1) tied the score in the seventh, Bautista followed Jose Reyes’ leadoff single in the eighth with a drive off Tazawa (4-3) that went off the base of a light-tower in left-center. Bautista has 18 home runs this season and 21st career multihomer games.
Bautista also threw out Victorino at the plate from right field when he tried to score from second on Dustin Pedroia’s sixth-inning single. Boston’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia was out at the plate in the seventh, when pitcher Darren Oliver’s throw home beat him on Jonathan Diaz’s squeeze bunt.
INDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Swisher singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and Cleveland beat the White Sox for the third time in less than 24 hours.
Swisher’s homer in the ninth inning Friday night helped Cleveland secure a sweep of a marathon doubleheader Friday night.
This time, Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and Swisher consecutive one-out singles off Jesse Crain (2-3) in the eighth. Crain allowed his first run since April 12. He went 31 outings before Saturday without giving up an earned run.
Joe Martinez (1-0), called up from Triple-A Columbus Saturday, earned the victory in his first major league appearance this season. He pitched two innings and held Chicago to two hits and no runs with one strikeout.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson pitched six solid innings in his major league debut, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Twins beat the Royals.
Gibson (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits, and he struck out five to become the first first-round pick in Twins history to win a start in his major league debut.
Wade Davis (4-6) was yanked after giving up another run in the second with no one out. The one inning outing marked Davis’ shortest outing of the season for the Royals, who have lost seven of 10.
ANGELS 7, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Blanton pitched seven sharp innings, and Howie Kendrick and Chris Iannetta both homered to give the Angels their fifth straight win.
Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar drove in two runs apiece in a big fourth inning for Los Angeles.
Blanton (2-10) tied season lows with three hits and two runs, pitching six scoreless innings before a two-run home run by Brett Wallace in the seventh.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles (4-3) was done in by a four-run fourth inning by the Angels. He allowed five hits, four runs and walked two in four innings for his first loss against Los Angeles in three starts.
ORIOLES 11, YANKEES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 30, and Baltimore extended New York’s losing streak to four games.
Davis hit a three-run drive in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the sixth, his third multihomer game of the season. The five RBIs gave him 79, second-most in the big leagues and just six short of his career high.
Ryan Flaherty also homered for the Orioles, who built a 9-0 lead in the third against David Phelps (5-5). Baltimore will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.
Zach Britton (2-2) limited the offensively challenged, injury-riddled Yankees to one earned run over 5 2-3 innings.
RAYS 4, TIGERS 3, 10 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Detroit.
James Loney had a one-out single off Bruce Rondon (0-1). Pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Wil Myers’ single, and after Luke Scott struck out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Escobar won it for the Rays with a line drive that sailed over the head of center fielder Austin Jackson.
Scott tied it at 3 on a solo homer with one out in the eighth off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who allowed three runs, nine hits and four walks over a season-high eight innings. Verlander is winless in his last four starts.
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera went 1 for 4 with a walk, but his major league-leading batting average dropped two points to .375. He has a 14-game hitting streak. Cabrera appeared to yell toward the Rays’ dugout after striking out against Fernando Rodney (3-2) in the 10th. The Rays closer, who worked two scoreless innings, threw an in-tight 1-2 pitch that backed him off the plate.
REDS 6, RANGERS 4, 11 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and Cincinnati snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over AL West-leading Texas.
Mesoraco was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts before his 380-foot homer into the left-field seats off Kyle McClellan (0-1), which came right after Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch to start the 11th.
Cincinnati had lost six of seven and was coming off consecutive shutout losses before Shin-Soo Choo homered on the first pitch of the game.
J.J. Hoover (1-5) got the last two outs in the 10th, even after a walk and a hit. Aroldis Chapman worked the 11th for his 20th save in 23 chances.
The Reds had also lost five straight interleague games.
CUBS 5, MARINERS 3, 11 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to lift Chicago.
Nate Schierholtz opened the 11th with a drag bunt off Oliver Perez (2-2). Soriano then connected on a 1-2 pitch over the center-field wall, his ninth.
The Mariners had tied the game with two outs in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Henry Blanco earned a one-out walk off Kevin Gregg to start the rally. Michael Saunders ran for him. Nick Franklin moved Saunders to second with a right-side groundout.
Endy Chavez, on a 0-for-19 slide entering his at-bat, sliced a single into shallow center, scoring Saunders with the tying run.
Carlos Villanueva (2-4) earned the win with one inning of relief. Blake Parker finished the 11th for his first career save. He had been the losing pitcher in Friday’s 5-4 loss in 10 innings.
CARDINALS 7, ATHLETICS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched a five-hitter to become the NL’s second 11-game winner, Matt Adams had his first two-homer game and the Cardinals beat the Athletics.
Wainwright (11-5) tied Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman for most wins in the NL. He struck out eight and walked two in a 112-pitch performance for his fourth complete game this year and 15th of his career.
What appeared a pitcher’s duel in the making changed quickly when A’s starter Jarrod Parker left in the fourth inning with tightness in his right hamstring on an unusually hot Bay Area afternoon.
Adams hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run sixth and a solo shot in the eighth.
Jesse Chavez (1-2) was the loser.
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