American League Game Capsules (Wednesday, August 31st)
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Wilson Betemit capped a three-run eighth with an RBI double, as the Detroit Tigers rallied past the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, in the third test of a four-game series. Ramon Santiago and Victor Martinez also knocked in one run apiece in the eighth for the AL Central-leading Tigers. Detroit starter Rick Porcello gave up four runs on eight hits over seven innings, while Daniel Schlereth (2-1) tossed a scoreless eighth to pick up the win. Jose Valverde worked around a two-out single and walk in the ninth to pick up his 40th save of the season. He is the second pitcher in Tigers history to register 40 saves in a single season. Todd Jones established a Tigers single-season record with 42 saves during the 2000 season. Eric Hosmer hit a pair of solo home runs to record his first career multi- homer game for the Royals, who have lost two in a row since a two- game winning streak. Nate Adcock made a spot start in place of Felipe Paulino, who was scratched earlier on Wednesday because of back spasms. Adcock allowed two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Minnesota 7, Chicago 6
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jason Kubel and Luke Hughes each blasted two- run home runs in the first inning as the Twins held on to take a 7-6 victory over the White Sox to avoid a three-game sweep. Scott Diamond (1-2) allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while fanning five through six innings to earn his first career victory. Joe Nathan allowed two runs in the ninth, but left the game-tying run on the bases to earn his 12th save of the year. Jake Peavy (6-7) allowed six runs -- all in the first inning -- on eight hits in five innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out four. Brent Lillibridge hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who had their season-high tying five-game win streak snapped. Chicago remains six games back of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central. The two clubs start a three- game set in Detroit on Friday.
Final Score: Toronto 13, Baltimore 0
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Blue Jays hit four home runs, including two off former teammate Jo-Jo Reyes, and beat the Orioles in a 13-0 laugher on Wednesday night. Toronto banged out 20 hits in support of rookie right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who threw eight shutout innings and earned his first major league win in his fifth start. Facing their former teammate for the first time since Baltimore claimed him off waivers on August 2, the Blue Jays chased Reyes from the game after just 2 2/3 innings to rebound from a 10-inning loss in the opener of this three-game series on Tuesday. Kelly Johnson belted a three-run homer off Reyes in the third inning and Jose Molina hit a solo shot against him two batters later to knock the left-hander out of the game. Reyes (7-11), perhaps best known for the 28-game winless streak he snapped earlier this season, gave up seven hits and eight runs while walking one and striking out two. Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run homer and was one of three Blue Jays with four hits. Jose Bautista had a two-run shot for his 39th homer of the season as the Blue Jays won for only the second time in their last seven games.
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Oakland 3 (16 innings)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jack Hannahan hit the game-winning RBI single in the 16th inning after homering twice earlier in the night, lifting the Indians to a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday. Cord Phelps was running the bases for Jim Thome and scored from second on Hannahan's hit to right field, sliding in safe ahead of a high throw. It ended Cleveland's third game of 14 innings or more in a 22-day span and gave the Indians three straight wins to start this four-game series.
Final Score: Boston 9, New York 5
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - With the Red Sox teetering on falling into second place in the AL East, Jacoby Ellsbury took matters into his own hands Wednesday night and helped keep Josh Beckett undefeated this season against the Yankees. Ellsbury blasted the go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Red Sox also got long balls from Jason Varitek and David Ortiz in a 9-5 victory over New York to remain atop the division. Beckett (12-5) gave up four runs in the top of the sixth, but managed to stay unbeaten this season against the Yankees. The right-hander, who had eight strikeouts over seven innings, is 4-0 this season against rival New York. He's the first Red Sox pitcher to win four games vs. the Yankees in a single season since Al Nipper in 1987. Varitek tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth inning, as Boston bounced back from a 5-2 loss Tuesday and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of New York. The Red Sox have won six of their last eight games overall and moved to 11-3 this season vs. the Yankees. Phil Hughes (4-5) was charged with eight hits and six runs, as New York had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Texas 1
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - James Shields tossed eight scoreless innings as Tampa Bay took down Texas, 4-1, in the second edition of a three-game series. Shields (13-10) allowed just four hits and one walk while fanning seven, notching his 1,000th career strikeout in the positive decision. Johnny Damon homered, while John Jaso, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce were credited with an RBI each for the Rays, who snapped a two-game skid and won their fourth in six. David Murphy posted an RBI single in the ninth for the AL West- leading Rangers, who have dropped seven of their last 11. Alexi Ogando (12-7) didn't make it out of the third inning, charged in the loss with three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Seattle 2, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Carp delivered the go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning and Felix Hernandez went the distance for the fifth time this season, sending the Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the Angels. Hernandez (13-11), won a fabulous pitching matchup with Dan Haren by striking out nine batters in his 18th career complete game. Haren (13-8) had seven strikeouts over 7 2/3 frames, but Scott Downs failed to get out of the eighth-inning jam. Franklin Gutierrez singled to center with two outs and Dustin Ackley's base hit to right put men at the corners. Carp then faced Downs and drove a 2-1 pitch off the base of the wall in center field to score both runners. Carp has recorded 25 RBI in August, tying the all-time monthly rookie record in Mariners history. Danny Tartabull had 25 in July 1986. Howie Kendrick singled in Mike Trout in the third inning for the Angels, who remained 3 1/2 games behind first-place Texas in the AL West.
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