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American League Game Capsules (Saturday, September 3rd
Final Score: New York 6, Toronto 4
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Robinson Cano's two-run double put the Yankees ahead in a three-run seventh inning, lifting New York to a 6-4 victory over Toronto. Francisco Cervelli belted a two-run homer for the Yankees, who have won three in a row and welcomed Alex Rodriguez back to the lineup. The star third baseman had missed the past six games with a jammed thumb and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored while batting third instead of in his customary cleanup spot. Cano batted fourth and his lone hit of the game erased a 4-3 deficit after Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch with two outs and Rodriguez drew a walk. Dewayne Wise tripled, homered and scored twice for Toronto, which has lost two straight after winning three of its previous four. Adam Lind also homered in defeat.
Final Score: Oakland 3, Seattle 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Brandon McCarthy turned in a three-hit shutout, leading Oakland to a 3-0 decision over Seattle in the second of a three-game set. McCarthy (8-7) tied a season high with 10 strikeouts while posting his fourth complete game of the year. Cliff Pennington hit a two-run double and Scott Sizemore added a solo homer for the Athletics, who have won three straight. Michael Pineda (9-9) gave up five hits and three runs over six full frames for the Mariners, who suffered their third loss in a row and seventh in nine games.
Final Score: Boston 12, Texas 7
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Carl Crawford highlighted an eight-run fourth inning with a grand slam and Dustin Pedroia added a three-run double in Boston's 12-7 victory over the Texas Rangers. Erik Bedard picked up his first win since being acquired by the Red Sox. Bedard (5-9), who was obtained at the non-waiver trading deadline on July 31, allowed five hits and three runs over six innings. He also had six strikeouts to post his first victory since June 15 against the Angels. Josh Reddick had four hits and scored three times for the Red Sox, who remained a half-game behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run homer started the scoring in the fourth inning. Colby Lewis (11-10), who was charged with seven hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings, has just one victory in his last eight appearances. Esteban German smacked a pinch- hit homer for the AL West-leading Rangers, who won, 10-0, in the opener of this weekend series.
Final Score: Detroit 9, Chicago 8
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ryan Raburn tied the game with a two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera smacked the game-winner two batters later in the bottom of the ninth, as Detroit battled back for a 9-8 victory over Chicago in the middle portion of a three-game set. Luis Marte (1-0) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win. Brad Penny started and allowed eight runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits and a walk in five innings for Detroit, a winner in four of its last five games. Sergio Santos (3-4) allowed the game-deciding runs in the ninth to take the loss. Gavin Floyd allowed four runs on eight hits through five innings in his start for Chicago. He did not issue a walk and struck out four. Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run home run as the White Sox dropped their third straight contest and fell 7 1/2 games behind division-leading Detroit.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 3
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - B.J. Upton knocked in five runs with two doubles and the Tampa Bay Rays doubled up the Baltimore Orioles, 6-3, on Saturday. Wade Davis (9-8) worked into the seventh inning to earn the win, giving up three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out five. Davis was lifted after 6 2/3 frames with a man on base and the Tampa Bay bullpen didn't allow a hit the rest of the way. Kyle Farnsworth worked around a walk in the ninth to earn his 23rd save. The Rays bounced back from Friday's loss in the opener of this three-game series and snapped a two-game losing streak. Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Matt Wieters added an RBI single for the Orioles, who have lost five of their last seven.
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Cleveland 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Luke Hochevar struck out eight batters and gave up just three hits in eight innings Saturday, leading the Royals to a 5-1 win over the Indians. Hochevar (10-10) won his second straight start while going at least eight innings for only the second time in 29 outings this season. He threw 79 of his 117 pitches for strikes and walked one. Johnny Giavotella hit a solo homer and Jeff Francoeur had two hits, including a two- run double, for the Royals, who have won four of their last seven. David Huff (2-3) took the loss after giving up five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and a walk in six innings. He fanned three. The Indians scored their only run on Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly in the first inning and dropped 6 1/2 behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 10, Minnesota 6
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam and Vernon Wells added a go-ahead solo homer in the fifth inning, as the Angels downed the Twins, 10-6, in the middle contest of a three-game set A beneficiary of the offensive outburst, Jered Weaver (16-7) earned the win despite allowing six runs on eight hits over five frames. He struck out eight, walked three and tied a career-high with his 16th win of the season. Peter Bourjos added a home run for the Angels, who had lost five of eight entering the contest. They moved 3 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Rangers, who lost, 12-7, to the Red Sox on Saturday. Twins starter Brian Duensing exited in the second inning with a right oblique strain and Phil Dumatrait (1-3) allowed four runs -- two earned -- in 1 1/3 innings to suffer the loss. Trevor Plouffe had four RBI for the Twins, who saw their brief two-game win streak come to an end.