Sunday's American League Capsules
Games played May 19, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with an 11-8 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.
Murphy's shot just over the fence in right field gave Texas an 8-7 lead and answered a bases-loaded double from Prince Fielder that put Detroit up by two in the sixth inning after the Rangers had walked Cabrera intentionally even though first base wasn't open.
Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth off Derek Holland, then went deep again in the eighth against Tanner Scheppers.
Cabrera, the 2012 AL Triple Crown winner and this year's leader in average and RBIs, went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs and has 11 homers, one off the AL lead.
Robbie Ross (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win, and Joe Nathan worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 13th save. He has saved all 36 career chances against Detroit.
The Tigers led 4-1 after Cabrera hit a three-run homer over the Texas bullpen in right-center field in the third and added a solo shot to center off Holland, who had given up just two homers in 57-plus innings this year after setting a club record by allowing 32 homers last year.
The Rangers had wiped out that lead — and another one after Fielder's double — and were ahead 11-7 when Cabrera hit another solo homer to center off Scheppers.
INDIANS 6, MARINERS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Masterson struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Michael Brantley homered and drove in four runs off Felix Hernandez and Cleveland toppled yet another former Cy Young Award winner with a win over Seattle.
Brantley hit a three-run homer in the second inning off Hernandez (5-3), who failed to go at least six innings for the first time this season.
Staked to an early lead, Masterson (7-2) was dominant for the second straight start. He allowed three singles, easily outdueled Hernandez and ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 19. He shut out the New York Yankees 1-0 on four hits in his previous outing.
The Indians improved to 7-1 against Cy Young recipients, knocking off Hernandez, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon and Justin Verlander.
RAYS 3, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Moore pitched seven innings of five-hit ball to stay unbeaten, Luke Scott and Matt Joyce homered and the Rays beat the Orioles for a three-game sweep.
Moore (8-0) gave up one run, struck out three and walked one. The left-hander has won nine straight decisions, breaking the franchise record of eight set last year by David Price.
The Rays' ninth win in 11 games put them a season-high three games over .500 (23-20).
Adam Jones had two hits, stole two bases and drove in a run for the Orioles, who have dropped five straight — all at home.
Chris Tillman (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
RED SOX 5, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — John Lackey allowed one hit over six innings before a three-hour rain delay, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered and Boston beat Minnesota for its fifth straight win.
Fans at Target Field saw more than the Twins lose their fifth in a row.
The longest delay ever at the ballpark lasted long enough for the 1993 movie "The Sandlot" to be shown in its entirety on the videoboard. Several cast and crew members were at the stadium to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary.
The game resumed about 80 minutes after the movie ended and many fans moved into the first eight rows behind the dugouts.
Lackey (2-4) gave up one unearned run and struck out five before dark skies and heavy rain sent fans running for cover as he was warming up to start the seventh.
Lackey ended his three-game losing streak. He didn't allow a runner until Trevor Plouffe led off the fifth with a double. Plouffe later scored on shortstop Pedro Ciriaco's throwing error.
ANGELS 6, WHITE SOX 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jason Vargas scattered four hits through seven scoreless innings, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick each hit two-run doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels coaxed a pair of bases-loaded walks out of Jake Peavy in the fourth inning of a victory over the White Sox.
Vargas (3-3) struck out six and walked three while helping the Angels gain a split of the four-game series. Peavy (5-2) gave up four runs, four hits and five walks over six innings.
Alex Rios drove in Chicago's first run with an eighth-inning double against Dane De La Rosa. It extended Rios' hitting streak to 14 games, eclipsing his previous best in 2006 with Toronto.
ATHLETICS 4, ROYALS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning and the Athletics beat the Royals to complete a three-game sweep.
Cespedes hit his eighth homer, connecting against Kelvin Herrera (2-4).
Jerry Blevins (3-0) pitched one scoreless inning. Ryan Cook worked the ninth for his first save of the season.
Alex Gordon matched his career high of four hits for Kansas City. The Royals have lost 10 of 13 and fallen back to .500.
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