Friday's American League Capsules
Games played on May 2, 2014
Originally published May 2, 2014 at 10:23 p.m., updated May 3, 2014 at 1:14 a.m.
BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam for his 100th career home run, Clay Buchholz earned his first win at home and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Friday night.
Pedroia had yet to homer this season before driving an 0-2 pitch to left field in the sixth inning to put Boston up 6-1. The cushion was plenty for Buchholz (2-2), who shut down the team with the top record in the American League.
Buchholz pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing three hits while striking out five. He walked three and got himself out of several jams as the A's went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against the right-hander.
Pedroia joined Carl Yastrzemski as the only Red Sox players with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
Dan Straily (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits in 4 1-3 innings.
RAYS 10, YANKEES 5, 14 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Wil Myers and the Tampa Bay Rays broke loose in the 14th inning while holding Derek Jeter to the worst hitting performance of his career, outlasting New York for a wild win that ended at 12:57 a.m. Saturday.
Jeter went 0 for 7 for the first time and grounded out with the bases loaded to finish the 13th. It was already a crazy game by then, and Yankee Stadium was nearly empty when it finally ended after 5 hours, 49 minutes.
The late innings saw a bit of everything: Rallies by both teams, a wild rundown featuring seven throws, two calls overturned and the ejection of Rays manager Joe Maddon.
The Rays also spent time trading gloves when they went to a five-man infield in the 13th. The switching positions led to a most strange putout: Brett Gardner grounded out and it was officially scored as 3-9 — first baseman to right fielder.
Myers got three of the Rays' 20 hits, and put them ahead 6-5 against Chris Leroux (0-1). Sean Rodriguez doubled home a run, setting up RBI singles by Brandon Guyer, Yunel Escobar and Ryan Hanigan.
Heath Bell (1-1) dodged all sorts of trouble, pitching 2 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.
Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays matched a season best with a three-game winning streak.
Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano homered as New York lost its third straight in Joe Girardi's 1,000th regular-season game as manager.
Jacoby Ellsbury lined a tying single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
TIGERS 8, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rick Porcello cruised through seven innings and Detroit battered Kansas City right-hander James Shields again in the opener of a three-game set.
Victor Martinez had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila also drove in two runs apiece as the Tigers won their fourth straight against the Royals.
Porcello (4-1) extended the best start of his career, giving up a solo homer to Billy Butler and a sacrifice fly to Eric Hosmer. The right-hander allowed four hits while striking out six without a walk.
Shields (3-3) yielded eight runs — seven earned — and 12 hits in 6 1-3 innings. It was his worst outing since last September, when Shields gave up 10 runs in another lousy start against the Tigers.
The Royals also lost All-Star catcher Salvador Perez when he fouled a pitch off his shin in the seventh.
ORIOLES 3, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 over 7 1-3 innings for his first win with Baltimore, and Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer to pad the lead against Minnesota.
Jimenez (1-4) allowed only three hits while taking a significant step forward from five rough starts to begin his $50 million, four-year contract with the Orioles.
Tommy Hunter got his eighth save in nine tries. Trevor Plouffe led off with a double, but Hunter struck out the next two and ended the game with a groundout.
Ricky Nolasco (2-3) gave the Twins a complete game, giving up nine hits while striking out six.
Cruz also doubled in the fourth and scored on a double by Matt Wieters.
INDIANS 12, WHITE SOX 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and drove in three runs, Carlos Santana also went deep and Cleveland broke a six-game losing streak with a win over Chicago.
The Indians' struggling offense, which scored 13 runs on an 0-6 road trip, finally broke loose.
Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the fifth and added a two-run single in the sixth. Santana hit a solo homer in the second and had an RBI single in a five-run first. Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes each drove in two runs.
Danny Salazar (1-3) was charged with five runs, three earned, in five innings and earned his first win of the season.
Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 11th homer but the White Sox couldn't overcome a shaky start by John Danks (2-2), who allowed eight runs in five innings. Chicago has lost seven straight at Progressive Field.
The Indians placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled muscle on his side. He is expected to miss three to five weeks.
RANGERS 5, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios homered in the sixth inning against winless Hector Santiago, and Texas beat Los Angeles to end a four-game losing streak.
Choo added an RBI single in the seventh and Colby Lewis (2-1) pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out six.
Joakim Soria, the sixth Rangers pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save. Choo left in the seventh because of soreness in his left ankle.
Santiago (0-5) was charged with five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander has a 5.01 ERA in six starts.
Angels third baseman David Freese left with bruised middle finger on his right hand after getting hit by an 0-2 pitch in the third.
ASTROS 5, MARINERS 4, 11 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give Houston a victory over Seattle.
The touted rookie came through with an infield hit toward third after beginning the night 0 for 5 with four strikeouts in a game started by Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Jose Altuve singled off Charlie Furbush (0-3) to open the 11th and Dexter Fowler reached on a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt by Carlos Corporan came next, and Altuve beat the throw to third to load the bases for Springer.
Anthony Bass (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Marc Krauss had two hits and drove in two runs for Houston.
Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer and Kyle Seager added a pair of RBIs for Seattle, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
PIRATES 6, BLUE JAYS 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit a tying two-run homer off Sergio Santos in the ninth inning and Starling Marte following one out later with a winning drive into the bullpen in left-center, giving the Pirates a win over the Blue Jays.
Santos (0-2) entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer this season. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.
Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a hitless ninth for the win. After saving his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games.
McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh, which outhit the Blue Jays 17-10. The Pirates won for just the third time in 13 games and the fifth time in their last 20.
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