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American League Game Capsules (Monday, September 5th)
Final Score: New York 11, Baltimore 10
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jesus Montero hit the first two home runs of his major league career and Robinson Cano added a grand slam, as the New York Yankees took down the Baltimore Orioles, 11-10, in the opener of a three-game series. Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer for the Yankees, who have won five in a row. New York starter Freddy Garcia lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. Aaron Laffey (2-1) got the win after recording the final out in the fifth and the first in the sixth. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who have dropped three straight and seven of nine overall. Nick Markakis and Robert Andino hit solo homers and drove in two runs apiece. Brian Matusz continued to struggle on the mound, giving up five runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. Jim Johnson (5-5) allowed three runs on four hits over three relief innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Detroit 4, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer to back eight stellar innings from Doug Fister, as the Detroit Tigers downed the Cleveland Indians, 4-2, in the opener of three-game series. Fister (7-13) registered a career-high 13 strikeouts and surrendered just two runs -- one earned -- on four hits to secure the win. Miguel Cabrera added an RBI for the Tigers, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the White Sox over the weekend. Jose Valverde tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to remain perfect in 41 save opportunities this season. Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2) was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs on just two hits while fanning eight over seven frames. Kosuke Fukudome hit a homer and Grady Sizemore returned from the disabled list to knock in a run for the Indians, who fell 7 1/2 games behind the AL Central- leading Tigers.
Final Score: Toronto 1, Boston 0 (11 innings)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brett Lawrie's solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning sent Toronto past Boston, 1-0, in the opener of a four-game series from Rogers Centre. Lawrie grooved a 1-1 pitch from Dan Wheeler (2-2) into the second deck in left-center to end the contest. It made a winner of Shawn Camp (3-3), who worked a scoreless top of the 11th.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Texas 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - James Shields threw his 11th complete game of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays hand the Texas Rangers a 5-1 loss in the opener of a three-game set. Shields (14-10) struck out six and walked two while giving up four hits and a run to win his third straight start and second in a row against the Rangers. Last Wednesday in Texas, he went eight innings in a 4-1 win. He's the first American League pitcher to have at least 11 complete games since Scott Erickson for Baltimore in 1998. Also, Shields' first strikeout of the game gave him 200 on the season. He became the first American League pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1993 to record at least 10 complete games and 200 strikeouts in one season. CC Sabathia was the last pitcher to accomplish the feat and he did it in 2008 between Cleveland and Milwaukee. Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton each hit a solo home run while Casey Kotchman added a two-run single for the Rays, who have won three in a row. Scott Feldman (1-1) was touched for four runs on four hits over five innings to pick up the loss for the Rangers, who had taken two of three against the Red Sox over the weekend.
Final Score: Kansas City 11, Oakland 6
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Billy Butler finished 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI, and Kansas City used a five-run ninth inning to best Oakland, 11-6, in the first of three between the clubs. Eric Hosmer contributed three hits and two RBI with two runs scored for the Royals, who won for the third time in five outings. Jeff Francoeur and Mike Moustakas added two RBI each. Greg Holland (4-1) worked a scoreless eighth for the win. Felipe Paulino started, but was pulled after 4 1/3 innings after allowing four hits and six runs with four walks. Scott Sizemore clubbed a three-run homer for the Athletics, who saw their four-game win streak halted.
Final Score: Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (Game One)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Minnesota 0 (Game Two)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning, and the rookie right-hander ended with a one-hit shutout, as the Chicago White Sox took a 4-0 win over Minnesota in the second game of a doubleheader. Danny Valencia fouled off three straight pitches before lining a ball into the right field corner to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. That was the only blemish for Stewart (2-3), who was making just his eighth career start. He struck out nine and threw 75 of his 114 pitches for strikes. Brent Morel had three hits, including a two-run single. Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios each tallied three hits and combined to score three times, as the White Sox completed a doubleheader sweep. In the afternoon game at Target Field, Philip Humber tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the White Sox to a 2-1 victory.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, Seattle 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer and RBI double to help the Angels power past the Mariners, 7-3, in the opener of a three-game series. Dan Haren (14-8) got the win after limiting Seattle to three runs on 10 hits in six innings. Vernon Wells also homered for Los Angeles, which climbed within 2 1/2 games of AL West-leading Texas. The Rangers lost to Tampa Bay earlier Monday. Seattle rookie left-hander Anthony Vasquez (1-2), making his third career start, suffered the loss after being knocked around by the Angels again. He had faced the Angels on August 30 and allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- in four innings. On Monday, he gave up seven runs -- six earned -- in 5 2/3 innings. Brendan Ryan hit a homer for the Mariners, who have dropped five in a row.