American League Game Capsules (Sunday, August 28th)
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Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Bruce Chen dominated Cleveland after a shaky first inning, helping the Kansas City Royals put another damper on the Indians' fleeting playoff hopes in a 2-1 victory at Progressive Field. Chen (10-5) allowed the Indians to load the bases with nobody out in the opening inning, but limited the damage to one run and didn't allow another runner to reach second in his 7 1/3-inning start. The lefty allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four to post his second straight 10-win season. Joakim Soria earned his 24th save with a perfect ninth in the Royals' 50th one-run game this year (22-28). Billy Butler went 3-for-5 with the game-winning run, while Mike Moustakas extended his hit streak to 11 with the go-ahead single in the third. Justin Masterson (10-8) was a hard- luck loser for the Indians, who now find themselves seven games back of the Tigers in the AL Central. Although the Indians had won Masterson's last six starts, he was dealt the loss despite giving up only two runs on nine hits in six innings.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 12, Toronto 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - David Price struck out a career-high 14 batters in seven shutout innings and his teammates hit three early home runs, leading the Rays to a 12-0 victory against the Blue Jays. Desmond Jennings went 4- for-5, hit two homers -- his first career multi-home run game -- while Sean Rodriguez had a two-run shot for the Rays, who have won the first three of this four-game set. Price (12-11) made the offensive output count by shutting down the Blue Jays. He gave up three hits, walked two, allowed one runner reach second base and continued his recent stretch of dominance. In his last four starts, the left-hander had given up three runs, 18 hits and nine walks in 31 innings. Jays starter Brandon Morrow (9-9), on the other hand, allowed all three homers and five runs in the first two innings to put his team in a hole. He rebounded to pitch 5 1/3 innings, but took the loss as Toronto dropped its fourth consecutive game.
Final Score: Baltimore 2, New York 0 (Game One)
Final Score: New York 8, Baltimore 3 (Game Two)
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees turned Camden Yards into a launch pad. The American League Wild Card leaders belted five home runs, including three in a row during the sixth inning and a pair from Curtis Granderson, to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-3, and earn a split of a Sunday's day-night doubleheader. Granderson drove in four while upping his home run total this season to an MLB-best 38. He also leads the majors with 107 RBI. Ivan Nova (14-4), the leader among all rookies in wins, overcame a sluggish start to pitch into the eighth inning for the Yankees. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits through the first three frames. Baltimore mustered only two more hits before Nova departed with two men on base and no outs. David Robertson relieved Nova and Adam Jones singled to load the bases. But the Yankees reliever struck out Vladimir Guerrero, Mark Reynolds and Ryan Adams -- all swinging -- to escape the jam. New York, which rebounded from a 2-0 loss in the opener, trails Boston by two games in the AL East.
Final Score: Minnesota 11, Detroit 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Luke Hughes homered twice and knocked in five runs, and the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak Sunday by beating the Tigers 11-4. Hughes hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a three- run shot in the seventh. Jason Kubel added a two-run homer and drove in three for the Twins, who also avoided a three-game sweep. It was only their sixth win in the last 27 games, and the second victory of their completed 11-game homestand. Brian Duensing (9-13) pitched six innings for the win, giving up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits. The 28-year-old lefty snapped an 0-5 streak and won for the first time since July 27. Brad Penny (9-10) was hammered for seven runs and eight hits in five-plus innings to take the loss, his first in four starts.
Final Score: Chicago 9, Seattle 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning as the Chicago White Sox ripped Seattle, 9-3, in the finale of a three-game set. Dayan Viciedo added a three-run homer for the White Sox, winners of three in a row and five of seven. Paul Konerko contributed three hits, an RBI and scored twice in the rout. Gavin Floyd (12-10) ended up allowing five hits and a pair of runs while fanning six over 7 1/3 innings for the win. Josh Bard hit a two-run homer and drove in all three runs for the Mariners, who have lost three in a row. Jason Vargas (7-12) was torched for 10 hits and nine runs over 5 2/3 innings in defeat.
Final Score: Texas 9, LA Angels of Anaheim 5
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton crushed a two-run homer and hit a go-ahead RBI single during a four-run seventh inning to help the Texas Rangers extend their lead in the American League West with a 9-5 victory over the Angels. Elvis Andrus joined Hamilton with three hits and knocked in two runs for Texas, which holds a three-game advantage in the division after taking two of three from its closest competitor. Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up five runs on eight hits in six innings. Darren Oliver (5-5) earned the win with one inning of relief. Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Jered Weaver (15-7) surrendered seven runs on eight hits and walked four batters in six-plus frames for Los Angeles.
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