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Thursday's American League Capsules

Thursday's American League Capsules

August 5th, 2011 in News

CHICAGO (AP) - Ivan Nova struck out a career-high 10 and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep and winning their seventh in a row overall.

The Yankees moved into a tie with Boston for the AL East lead. The teams begin a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Russell Martin hit a three-run homer in the ninth to break open the game and send Chicago to its sixth straight loss. He drove in four runs.

Nova (10-4) pitched 7 2-3 innings and won his sixth consecutive decision. He held Chicago to one run and six hits and didn't walk a batter.

Robinson Cano homered, singled, walked and scored a pair of runs for the Yankees.

Phil Humber (8-8) lost his fourth straight start. He went 6 1-3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs.

Indians 7, Red Sox 3

BOSTON (AP) - Justin Masterson struck out nine and again beat his former team, and Carlos Santana hit a go-ahead home run for Cleveland.

The Indians won for only the fourth time in 15 games. The four-game split prevented Cleveland from falling below .500 for the first time since they were 1-2 to start the season.

Erik Bedard, making his Red Sox debut after being acquired from Seattle, gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Masterson (9-7) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He improved to 3-0 overall against Boston, which traded him to the Indians to get Victor Martinez in 2009.

Franklin Morales (0-1) took the loss for Boston.

Rays 7, Blue Jays 6, 12 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Robinson Chirinos hit a tying pinch-single in the 11th inning, then delivered a two-out single in the 12th to lift Tampa Bay.

The Rays twice rallied in extra innings. Desmond Jennings' solo homer in the 10th made it 4-all and Chirinos tied it again the next inning with his two-out single off Shawn Camp (1-2).

Tampa Bay loaded the bases in the 12th on B.J. Upton's one-out triple and two intentional walks. One out later, Chirinos grounded a single off Camp past diving shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer for Tampa Bay. Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 33rd home run for Toronto, a solo shot that made it 3-all in the eighth.

Brandon Gomes (1-1), pitched one scoreless inning for his first major league win.

Rangers 5, Tigers 2

DETROIT (AP) - Alexi Ogando allowed two runs over 6 1-3 innings and Texas ended a three-game losing streak in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Ogando (11-5) became the first pitcher to defeat the Tigers three times this season - he has allowed three earned runs in 21 innings against Detroit for a 1.29 ERA.

Four Texas relievers finished, with Neftali Feliz pitching the ninth for his 22nd save.

Brad Penny (7-9) took the loss, giving up five runs and 11 hits - 10 singles and Michael Young's triple - in 6 2-3 innings.

Texas added three runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Mike Napoli and Ian Kinsler and a sacrifice fly by Endy Chavez.

Angels 7, Twins 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Dan Haren took a one-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up Jim Thome's 598th career homer, and Mark Trumbo had a homer and four RBIs for Los Angeles.

Haren (12-6) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked none before Scott Downs pitched the ninth.

Thome's leadoff homer to center field on a 1-2 pitch was the first of four consecutive hits by the Twins. But center fielder Peter Bourjos threw out Danny Valencia at the plate as he tried to score on a single by Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Francisco Liriano (7-9) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings and struck out five. He gave up a season-high seven runs for the third time.

Royals 9, Orioles 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Gordon matched his career-high with four hits and Yamaico Navarro drove in three runs to lead Kansas City.

The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run sixth inning to break open the game. The inning included eight hits, with Navarro doubling home two runs and Chris Getz stroking a two-run single. Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler added run-producing singles in the inning.

Gordon, Cabrera and Butler, the first three Kansas City hitters, combined to go 8 for 14 with six runs, two doubles and three RBIs.

K.C. reliever Blake Wood (5-0) worked two hitless innings, walking two and striking out two.

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton (6-9) allowed six runs and 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings.