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Sunday's American League Capsules

Sunday's American League Capsules

Games played June 9, 2013

June 10th, 2013 in News

DETROIT (AP) - Jose Alvarez pitched six impressive innings in his major league debut and Don Kelly hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth to help the Detroit Tigers finish a three-game sweep of the skidding Cleveland Indians with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Alvarez (1-0) was starting because of Anibal Sanchez's shoulder tightness, and he held Cleveland hitless until Ryan Raburn's fifth-inning homer. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed three hits and a walk and struck out seven.

Drew Smyly pitched two innings of relief and Joaquin Benoit finished for his third save. Cleveland has lost seven straight.

Justin Masterson (8-5) allowed four runs in seven innings. He gave up a walk to Miguel Cabrera and a single to Prince Fielder to start the Detroit sixth. One out later, Kelly lifted a drive over the wall in right.

The first-place Tigers lead Cleveland by 5½ games in the AL Central.


BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected twice to power Boston past Los Angeles.

Saltalamacchia and Mike Carp went deep on consecutive pitches from Joe Blanton (1-10) in the sixth inning, moments after Ryan Dempster (4-6) got his 2,000th career strikeout. The Red Sox took two of three in the series and have won six of eight.

Los Angeles entered the weekend having won eight straight against the Red Sox after going 6-0 last season, but dropped the final two after winning the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Albert Pujols and Alberto Callaspo each hit a solo homer for the Angels.

Dempster gave up three runs in six innings. Ortiz has five homers and 14 RBIs in his last 10 games.


SEATTLE (AP) - Chris Stewart hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and David Phelps matched Felix Hernandez for six innings to help New York beat Seattle.

Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk from Yoervis Medina (1-2) to open the ninth and Jayson Nix sacrificed. With two outs, Stewart bounced a grounder through the left side and Suzuki scored easily against his former team to help the Yankees take three of four at Safeco Field.

Mariano Rivera allowed two hits and a walk in the ninth but earned his 23rd save in 24 opportunities, extending his career record to 631.

David Robertson (4-1) worked out of an eighth-inning jam and Brett Gardner had four hits and an RBI.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Alexi Casilla and Nick Markakis had two RBIs apiece as Baltimore battered eight-game winner Matt Moore in beating Tampa Bay.

The Orioles, held to one run and six hits in losing the first two games of the series, finished with 16 hits in this one.

Moore (8-2) allowed career highs of nine runs and 12 hits over five innings in his second consecutive loss. In his previous start, the left-hander gave up six runs over two-plus innings in a 10-1 loss at Detroit.

Chris Tillman (6-2) yielded three runs and four hits in six innings to improve to 5-0 on the road. Jones homered and Jim Johnson got his 21st save, handing the Rays their fourth loss in 14 games.


TORONTO (AP) - Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy also connected and Texas rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Toronto.

One day after the Blue Jays beat Texas in 18 innings, Beltre hit an opposite-field shot to right off Neil Wagner for his 14th homer of the season. That helped the Rangers avoid a three-game sweep and their first four-game losing streak of the season.

Neal Cotts (2-0) worked one inning for the win and Joe Nathan escaped a ninth-inning jam for his 19th save in 20 chances.

Wagner (1-1) had pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings since being promoted from Triple-A Buffalo on May 29.

Adam Lind hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who had won three straight.


CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers homered, Hector Santiago pitched into the seventh inning and Chicago beat Oakland to split their four-game series.

The White Sox appear to be waking up after dropping 10 of 11 and falling into last place in the AL Central. They've won two in a row behind strong starts from Santiago (2-4) and John Danks, and their bats are showing some life as well.

Flowers tied it 1-all in the third after Coco Crisp homered in the top half. The White Sox grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Conor Gillaspie and an RBI double by Gordon Beckham. Rios chased A.J. Griffin (5-5) with a solo homer in the eighth to make it 4-2.

Jesse Crain retired the side in the eighth, giving him 24 straight scoreless innings and 25 appearances in a row without allowing a run. Reed worked the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.

The Athletics lost for just the fifth time in 23 games.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each had a run-scoring single in the eighth, Luis Mendoza pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and Kansas City beat Houston for its fifth straight win.

Aaron Crow (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth to earn a victory that gave the Royals their longest winning streak since taking seven in a row form Sept. 10-17, 2011.

With one out in the eighth, Chris Getz singled and stole second off reliever Hector Amrbiz (1-3). Gordon, who was 1 for 18 on the homestand, singled for the first run. Gordon moved to third on center fielder Trevor Crowe's errant throw home and scored on Hosmer's single.

Greg Holland pitched a spotless ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.

Astros starter Lucas Harrell held the Royals to two singles by Salvador Perez in seven scoreless innings.




WASHINGTON (AP) - Ian Desmond doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Washington rallied past Minnesota to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

Desmond's drive completed a comeback from a three-run deficit - making it the Nationals' biggest come-from-behind victory of the season - and pulled Washington back to .500.

Jordan Zimmermann dominated the first game, allowing two hits over seven innings. In the nightcap, Adam LaRoche doubled off reliever Anthony Swarzak (1-2) ahead of Desmond, who then extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games.

Tyler Clippard (5-1) pitched the seventh to get the win, Drew Storen handled the eighth and Rafael Soriano the ninth for his 16th save.

The second game was played before a small crowd - it was the makeup from Friday's rainout.

In the opener, Zimmermann (9-3) struck out eight with a season-high 111 pitches while dropping his ERA to 2.00. He is tied for most wins in the majors.

The Nationals scored a pair in the fourth and had a five-run fifth to chase starter Scott Diamond (4-5).