American League Game Capsules (Friday, September 2nd)
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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Ivan Nova simply keeps winning. The Yankees rookie shook off a pair of first-inning runs and held the Blue Jays scoreless over the next six frames, as Brett Gardner's two-run homer and Robinson Cano's RBI single proved to be enough in New York's 3-2 victory. Nova (15-4) allowed just three hits and two walks en route to his eighth straight winning start and 11th consecutive positive decision. The Yankees have won five of their last six to jump over the Red Sox for AL East supremacy, though it's a tenuous half-game advantage over Boston. Brandon Morrow (9-10) gave up three runs on four hits over a six-inning start for Toronto, which came into the three-game series having won three of four.
Final Score: Detroit 8, Chicago 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Austin Jackson's two-run homer and Jhonny Peralta's three-run double backed another gem from Justin Verlander, as the Tigers downed the White Sox, 8-1, in the opener of a critical three-game series. Verlander (21-5) allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings to earn his ninth straight win. He walked one and struck out six. Delmon Young added an RBI triple for the Tigers, who have won three of four. John Danks (6-10) was knocked around for eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 frames to suffer the loss. Tyler Flowers hit a home run for the White Sox, who fell 6 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Final Score: Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 2
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - J.J. Hardy capped a three-run seventh inning with a two-run single, as the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series. Nolan Reimold also drove in a run in the seventh for the Orioles, who had lost four of five. Baltimore starter Zach Britton (9-9) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings to pick up the win. He struck out six and walked three. Evan Longoria knocked in two runs for the Rays, who have lost four of five. David Price (12-12) allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings to take the loss. He struck out 11 and walked three.
Final Score: Texas 10, Boston 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Texas and Boston came into this three-game weekend series both in first place in their respective divisions. That is not the case for the Red Sox after Friday's 10-0 loss to the Rangers. The Red Sox had dropped two of three to the Yankees prior to Friday and were holding a slim half-game lead in the AL East. However, the loss to the Rangers, coupled with the Yankees' 3-2 win Friday over the Blue Jays, dropped Boston to second place. The Rangers, meanwhile, moved to 4 1/2 games ahead of the Angels for the top spot in the AL West. Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer while Elvis Andrus went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, two walks and four runs scored for the Rangers, who have won four of their last five. Derek Holland (13-5) went seven innings and combined with two other pitchers in a two-hitter. He struck out six and didn't issue a walk to win his second straight start. Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez each singled to account for the only two hits for the Red Sox, who had taken three of four from the Rangers in Texas last week. Andrew Miller (6-2) didn't fare too well in his first start since shutting out Texas for 6 1/3 innings on August 25. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was tagged for six runs on five hits and four walks.
Final Score: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 4
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Jason Donald added a solo shot, as the Cleveland Indians downed the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series. Justin Masterson (11-8) allowed four runs over seven innings to earn the win and Chris Perez tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his 31st save of the season. Carlos Santana added an RBI double for the Indians, who moved into sole possession of second place in the AL Central. They remain 5 1/2 games behind the division- leading Tigers, who defeated the White Sox on Friday. Bruce Chen (10-6) lasted six innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits to halt his win streak at five games. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer for the Royals, losers in three of their last four.
Final Score: Oakland 9, Seattle 2
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Cliff Pennington smacked a three-run homer and Hideki Matsui smoked a three-run double, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 9-2 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three-game series. Scott Sizemore had two hits, including an RBI single, and Brandon Allen collected the other RBI for the A's, who have won back-to-back games after dropping five straight. Guillermo Moscoso (7-8) worked seven effective innings, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits while striking out six and issuing only one walk. Franklin Gutierrez and Brendan Ryan drove in runs and Casper Wells added a double for the Mariners, losers in six of their last eight contests. Jason Vargas (7-13) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs -- four earned -- on six hits while fanning four and walking four.
Final Score: Minnesota 13, LA Angels of Anaheim 5
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Kubel went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Minnesota Twins pounded the LA Angels of Anaheim, 13-5, to open a three-game set. Trevor Plouffe hit a solo home run and scored three times, while Danny Valencia, Luke Hughes and Drew Butera each drove in two for the Twins, who have won two straight. Carl Pavano (7-11) got the win as he gave up just four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. It was his first win since July 7 as he was 0-5 over his previous nine starts. Erick Aybar hit two triples, drove in a run and scored once for the Angels, who fell to 4 1/2 games back of the Rangers for first place in the AL West. Tyler Chatwood (6-10) dropped his fourth straight decision as he was touched for six runs and five hits with five walks in just 3 2/3 innings for the Angels, who have dropped four of six. He started the game in place of Jered Weaver, who had his start pushed back to Saturday so he could attend the funeral of his grandfather.
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