Sunday's American League Capsules
Games played Sept. 8, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
BALTIMORE (AP) — Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson got lost on the bases and was doubled up for the final out, and the Chicago White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Sunday.
Down 4-1, Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Addison Reed. After Ryan Flaherty grounded into a forceout at second base that scored a run, Dickerson ran for him.
Dickerson tried to steal second on a pitch to Brian Roberts, who hit a foul pop near first base. Dickerson didn't know where the ball went, and the baserunning blunder made him an easy out at first.
Rookie Andre Rienzo (2-1) pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Adam Dunn homered. Reed wound up with his 37th save.
Adam Jones hit his 31st home run for the Orioles. Bud Norris (10-11) took the loss for the wild-card contenders.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki scored on Brandon Workman's wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera's blown save to avoid a four-game sweep by Boston.
The AL East-leading Red Sox had won five in a row.
Rivera (5-2) came in to start the eighth for the first time since 2006. Will Middlebrooks' leadoff homer in the ninth gave Rivera his seventh blown save in 48 chances.
Suzuki hit a one-out single off Workman (5-3) in the bottom half, stole second and advanced to third on Vernon Wells' fly to right.
Workman then threw a high pitch that deflected off the mitt of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and caromed away off the backstop, allowing Suzuki to score easily.
RAYS 4, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past Seattle to build their wild-card edge.
The Rays lead Baltimore and Cleveland, who both lost, by two games for the second AL wild-card spot.
Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth. Rodriguez broke a tie with an RBI single and another run came home when center fielder Abraham Almonte bobbled the ball.
Jake McGee (4-3) got two outs and the win. Fernando Rodney closed for his 33rd save in 41 chances. Yoervis Medina (4-5) lost in relief.
ROYALS 5, TIGERS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bruce Chen picked up Kansas City's beleaguered starters with seven solid innings and the Royals defeated Detroit.
Chen (7-2), who moved into the rotation on July 12 after 19 relief appearances, limited the AL Central-leading Tigers to five hits and two runs over seven innings, earning the first victory for a starter on the Royals' seven-game homestand.
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer off Doug Fister (12-8).
ATHLETICS 7, ASTROS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon won for the first time in more than a month, Seth Smith homered during a seven-run third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Houston.
Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in two runs while Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and an RBI for the AL West-leading A's.
Colon (15-6) allowed one run and five hits in six innings for his first victory since July 26. The 40-year-old struck out seven and walked one, ending his five-game winless streak.
Lucas Harrell (6-16) pitched when scheduled starter Paul Clemens was scratched about an hour before the game because of a blister on his right hand.
RANGERS 4, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alex Rios homered in the first inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop double in the seventh, Elvis Andrus also had two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers remained 1½ games behind AL West-leading Oakland.
Alexi Ogando (6-4) won with 1 1-3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief. Joe Nathan, the seventh Texas pitcher, got three outs for his 39th save in 41 tries.
Michael Kohn (1-2) got the loss.
BLUE JAYS 2, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Esmil Rogers pitched well into the eighth inning and Jose Reyes' late double broke a scoreless tie that led the Toronto Blue Jays past Minnesota for a three-game sweep.
Rogers (5-7) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four over 7 2-3 innings.
Reyes' key double came against Jared Burton (2-9).
METS 2, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Eric Young's two-out double in the ninth inning gave the New York Mets a victory that ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak.
Juan Lagares started the ninth with a single off Chris Perez (5-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Omar Quintanilla struck out, but Young lined a 2-0 pitch down the right field line.
Frank Francisco (1-0), making his first appearance of the season, got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
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