American League Game Capsules (Sunday, September 4th)
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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBI, while CC Sabathia pitched into the eighth inning, as the New York Yankees dropped Toronto, 9-3, in the finale of a three-game set from Yankee Stadium. Nick Swisher added a two-run shot and Alex Rodriguez hit a solo blast for the Yankees, who swept the series and have won seven of eight overall. Sabathia (19-7) won his third straight decision by allowing six hits and two runs over 7 2/3 innings, fanning 10 with one walk. Mark Teahen finished with a pair of hits and drove in a run and Jose Bautista posted a solo homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 11. Brett Cecil (4-8) was charged in defeat for five hits and five runs -- four earned -- over six full frames.
Final Score: Texas 11, Boston 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ian Kinsler finished 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three RBI as Texas used a sixth-inning burst to subdue Boston, 11-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set from Fenway Park. Josh Hamilton contributed a three-run triple during that decisive seven-run frame for the Rangers, who took two of three in the series and have won five of seven overall. Mike Napoli homered among his two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. Matt Harrison (11-9) yielded two runs on seven hits in seven innings for the win. Marco Scutaro hit a two-run single and David Ortiz also knocked in a run for the Red Sox, losers in four of their last six to fall 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. John Lackey (12-11) was rocked in the setback for eight hits and six runs with three walks over five-plus frames.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Reid Brignac drove in three runs to back Jeremy Hellickson's second career complete game, as the Tampa Bay Rays dominated the Baltimore Orioles, 8-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series. The 24-year-old Hellickson (12-10) gave up one run on four hits. The right- hander only struck out one batter, but got 16 groundouts. Matt Joyce hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the Rays, who have won two in a row since a two-game skid. Sean Rodriguez added a two-run homer. Adam Jones hit a solo homer for the O's, who have lost six of eight. Jones also hit a double in defeat. Jeremy Guthrie (6-17) got blasted to the tune of seven runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Final Score: Cleveland 9, Kansas City 6
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Shelley Duncan hit a pair of home runs and drove in five to back 5 1/3 solid innings from Jeanmar Gomez, as the Cleveland Indians held off the Kansas City Royals, 9-6, in the rubber match of a three- game series. Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera returned to the lineup and knocked in two runs. Cabrera sat out Saturday's game after fouling a pitch off his left knee in the series opener. Gomez (2-2) gave up one run on six hits to pick up the win. He walked three and struck out two for the Indians, who start a key three-game series with the AL Central-leading Tigers on Monday. Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer each knocked in two runs for the Royals, who have lost four of six. Jeff Francis (5-15) allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings to take the loss. He walked three batters.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Minnesota 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Bobby Abreu homered and scored twice as the Angels took a 4-1 victory over the Twins in the finale of a three-game set. Joel Pineiro (6-6) earned his first win since July 9, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits and a walk. Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 28th save of the year. The Angels still sit 3 1/2 games back of Texas for first place in the AL West after both clubs won on Sunday. Kevin Slowey (0-4) allowed two runs on seven hits through seven innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out four as Minnesota fell to 3-11 in its last 14 games.
Final Score: Oakland 8, Seattle 5
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Sweeney and David DeJesus each drove in two runs to back five solid innings from Trevor Cahill, as the Oakland Athletics took down the Seattle Mariners, 8-5, to sweep a three-game series. Cahill (10-13) gave up one run on five hits to pick up his first win since July 27. He struck out four and walked two for Oakland, which has won four in a row. The right-hander, who was 0-4 over his previous six starts, has recorded double-digit victories for all three years of his major league career. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who have lost four straight and eight of 10 overall. Luis Rodriguez added two RBI. Blake Beavan (3-5) allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings to take the loss. The right-hander is 0-3 over his last five starts. To make things worse for the 58-81 Mariners, outfielders Casper Wells and Franklin Gutierrez left the game with injuries.
Final Score: Detroit 18, Chicago 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - If the White Sox find themselves looking back on a series that killed their season, this would be it. Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks both hit two-run homers and knocked in four runs apiece, and the Tigers dealt the White Sox a crushing three-game sweep with an 18-2 win on Sunday night. First place Detroit outscored Chicago 35-11 in the series, knocking the White Sox 8 1/2 games back in the AL Central. Alex Avila had four of Detroit's 24 hits, an offensive outburst that helped Max Scherzer comfortably increase his career-high win total. Scherzer (14-8) threw seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits, and struck out six without issuing a walk as the Tigers won their third straight to remain 6 1/2 games ahead of second place Cleveland in the division. The White Sox, mired in a four-game losing streak, didn't scored until the ninth inning. They had three of their nine hits in the frame.
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