Wednesday's American League Capsules
Games played May 8, 2013
Originally published May 8, 2013 at 10:53 p.m., updated May 9, 2013 at 12:59 a.m.
CLEVELAND (AP) — An apparent game-tying homer by Oakland’s Adam Rosales was ruled a double by umpires in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians held on to beat the Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Rosales sent a drive off Indians closer Chris Perez that looked as if it cleared the left-field wall. However, second base umpire Angel Hernandez called it a double, and the crew concurred with the original ruling after leaving the field to review the videotape.
When the umpires returned and told Rosales to stay at second, A’s manager Bob Melvin sprinted onto the field and was immediately ejected.
TV replays appeared to show the ball cleared the yellow stripe and hit a metal railing above the 19-foot high wall.
Perez wound up loading the bases before getting the final out as the Indians won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland.
TWINS 15, RED SOX 8
BOSTON (AP) — Pedro Florimon had a solo homer and a two-run double in Minnesota’s season-high, seven-run second inning that carried the Twins to a rout over Boston.
David Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and three groundouts to snap his 27-game hitting streak, dating back to last season. Ortiz had hit safely in his first 15 games this season, giving him Boston’s longest since Manny Ramirez also hit in 27 straight in 2006.
Ryan Doumit had a two-run homer, Oswald Arcia went 4 for 5 with three singles and a double, and Trevor Flouffe drove in three of the Twins’ season-high runs. Minnesota also had a season-high 19 hits.
Jonny Gomes hit his fourth career grand slam — first with the Red Sox — and drove in five runs. Shane Victorino added a solo homer for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in six games.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched four shutout innings of relief for the win.
Boston’s Allen Webster (0-1), making his second career start, gave up eight runs, six hits and walked three while getting only five outs.
RAYS 10, BLUE JAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore won his sixth straight decision to start the season, Evan Longoria drove in three runs, and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
Moore (6-0) overcame control issues, allowing two runs, six hits and four walks in five innings. The left-hander threw 104 pitches, including 56 strikes, during his seventh start of the year.
Longoria had a two-run homer and RBI single, and Kelly Johnson had three hits, including a two-run shot.
The Rays lost the first two games of the series, blowing a seven-run lead Monday and a three-run advantage Tuesday.
Struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (0-2) gave up three run-scoring singles and got just one out during his second outing this year.
ASTROS 3, ANGELS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Bud Norris pitched into the ninth inning and Chris Carter homered for the second straight game to help Houston over Los Angeles.
The victory gives Houston its third series win of the season. The Angels dropped to 4-13 away from Anaheim.
Marwin Gonzalez and Jimmy Paredes hit RBI doubles in the third before Carter connected on his team-leading eighth homer in the fifth inning to make it 3-0.
Norris (4-3) allowed nine hits and one run in eight-plus innings.
He was chased by consecutive singles by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to start the ninth.
Closer Jose Veras retired Mark Trumbo before plunking Josh Hamilton to load the bases. But Houston turned its fourth double play of the game to end it and give Veras his fourth save.
Angels starter Joe Blanton (0-6) allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings to remain winless this season.
ORIOLES 5, ROYALS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy homered, Chris Tillman won his third straight start and Baltimore took advantage of three errors by Kansas City in a victory.
Manny Machado scored a run and hit an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high fourth consecutive win moved them eight games over .500 (21-13) for the first time this year.
Baltimore has been outhit in each of its past three games, including 7-5 in this one. The Orioles are 3-6 when outhit by their opponent.
Tillman (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. The right-hander came in 0-2 with a 10.93 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.
Troy Patton pitched the seventh, Darren O’Day and Brian Matusz worked the eighth and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 13th save.
Alex Gordon hit his second home run in two games and Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a homer for Kansas City.
Luis Mendoza (0-2) gave up five runs, three earned, and five hits in six innings for the Royals.
YANKEES 3, ROCKIES 2
DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch hit a tiebreaking infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth off closer Rafael Betancourt and New York snapped a five-game skid at Coors Field.
Vernon Wells had a two-run homer in the first and scored the decisive run when third baseman Nolan Arenado couldn’t throw out a hustling Boesch after a diving stop.
David Robertson (2-0) earned the win by working out of a jam in the eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.
It’s the first time New York has won in the Mile High City since June, 19, 2002.
RANGERS 4, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Derek Holland allowed one run over seven shaky innings and the Texas Rangers benefited from two Milwaukee baserunning blunders to beat the Brewers 4-1 Wednesday night.
Holland (3-2), who struck out six and walked none, yielded 10 hits — including two in the second, three in the third and three in the sixth. He escaped with the help of some sloppy baserunning by the Brewers, who had a runner thrown out at the plate to end the third and another thrown out at third base in the sixth.
Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth and Joe Nathan finished for his ninth save. The Rangers remain the only team in either league without a blown save, 10 for 10.
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run shot for Texas.
NATIONALS 3 TIGERS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Jordan Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game and Washington for the fifth time in six games.
Denard Span added a triple and a single for Washington, which has won five of six.
Zimmermann (6-1), whose scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings in the third, allowing a run on seven hits over seven innings. He fanned seven and lowered his ERA to 1.59 in winning his third straight start.
Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
Jhonny Peralta had two hits for the Tigers, who had won four straight and nine of 10.
Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (3-3) allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and struck out eight.
WHITE SOX 6, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Peavy pitched three-hit ball in his return from a balky back, Alejandro De Aza had a leadoff homer and Chicago earned a split of the two-game interleague series.
Alex Rios homered among his three hits and knocked in two runs for the White Sox. Conor Gillaspie blooped a two-run double off Jeremy Hefner (0-4) as Chicago’s struggling hitters finally found a few holes.
Rios also had an RBI double and Paul Konerko a run-scoring single to help the last-place White Sox take the finale of a 4-4 road trip.
Peavy (4-1) got some prime help on defense from shortstop Alexei Ramirez and center fielder Dewayne Wise.
MARINERS 2, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Felix Hernandez scattered six hits and Jesus Montero broke a tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning off A.J. Burnett to lead Seattle.
Hernandez (5-2) struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-0 in his last five starts while shaving his ERA to 1.53. The right-hander shook off a shaky first inning then settled down to allow four base runners in his final seven innings of work. Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his ninth save.
Burnett (3-3) was almost as sharp, giving up just two hits over seven innings while striking out nine. Yet he also walked four batters and gave up Montero’s third homer of the season with one out in the seventh.
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