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American League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 6th)

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On 09/07/2011 08:08 AM in MLB
Final Score: New York 5, Baltimore 3

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - New York lived up to its "City That Never Sleeps" moniker on Tuesday, as the Yankees and Orioles began the middle test of their three-game set four hours after the scheduled first pitch. When the rain- delayed affair was over -- at roughly 2:20 a.m. (et) -- it was the AL East- leading Yankees coming away with the 5-3 victory thanks to home runs by Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner. Boone Logan gave up the tying run in the seventh but back-to-back shots by Cervelli and Gardner off Tommy Hunter (3-3) in the bottom half gave the Yankees their sixth straight win, keeping them 2 1/2 games up on second-place Boston. Hunter gave up five runs -- four earned -- on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who got a two-run homer from Matt Wieters but nonetheless dropped their fourth straight game.

Final Score: Detroit 10, Cleveland 1

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Porcello was solid on the hill and the Tigers scored five two-out runs in the first inning and never looked back, furthering their stranglehold on the AL Central with a 10-1 drubbing of the Indians. The Tigers, winners of five straight, hold an 8 1/2-game lead over Cleveland and can complete a demoralizing three-game sweep with 21-game winner Justin Verlander on the bump Wednesday afternoon. Porcello (13-8), who didn't make it out of the fourth inning in two outings against Cleveland in August, was Verlander-like on Tuesday, giving up just one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings. Miguel Cabrera had three of Detroit's 15 hits while scoring twice and knocking in a run. Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI in the blowout. Fausto Carmona (6-14) had his shortest outing of the season at the most inopportune time, getting rocked for seven runs on eight hits while recording just four outs.

Final Score: Boston 14, Toronto 0

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Marco Scutaro finished 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI, and Jon Lester tossed seven scoreless innings as Boston blitzed Toronto, 14-0, in the second edition of a four-game series. David Ortiz collected four hits and knocked in two, Adrian Gonzalez posted three hits and drove in two runs, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who recovered from a 1-0 loss in 11 innings in Monday's series opener and won for the second time in their last six games. Boston had 20 hits, including nine doubles. Lester (15-6) posted his fourth straight positive decision, tying a season-high of 11 strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one walk. Luis Perez (3-3) was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs over 2 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays, who have dropped four of five.

Final Score: Texas 8, Tampa Bay 0

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - C.J. Wilson threw a five-hitter for his first career shutout Tuesday and the Texas Rangers rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Wilson (15-6) beat the Rays for the second time in six days, striking out six and walking three for his sixth career complete game and third of the season. Ian Kinsler and David Murphy hit leadoff homers in the first and second innings and Murphy finished 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored for Texas. The Rays had a three-game winning streak snapped. Jeff Niemann (9-7) was knocked around for nine hits and seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Final Score: Chicago 3, Minnesota 0

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jake Peavy pitched into the seventh inning Tuesday, striking out nine and allowing just four hits in a 3-0 win, as the White Sox beat the Twins for the third time in two days. After escaping trouble in each of the first four innings, Peavy (7-7) settled down to earn just his third win in 11 starts since the beginning of July. He walked two and threw 73 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Alex Rios had a solo homer and Alejandro De Aza had two hits, including an RBI single for Chicago in this one. Australian-born righty Liam Hendriks (0-1) pitched admirably in his debut, but was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs on four hits in seven innings.

Final Score: Kansas City 7, Oakland 4

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to get his first victory in more than a month, and the Royals got homers from Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur in a 7-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Duffy (4-8), who gave up four hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings, earned his first win since July 31 at Cleveland. Francoeur and Salvador Perez each had three hits with an RBI and two runs scored for Kansas City, which will try for the three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon. Jemile Weeks had three hits and two RBI for the A's, who had won four in a row entering this series. Cliff Pennington also drove in two runs. Gio Gonzalez (12-12) was touched for 10 hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over five innings to have his three-start winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Seattle 2, LA Angels of Anaheim 1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez shut down the contending Angels for the second time in a week, tossing eight effective innings to carry the Mariners to a 2-1 win in the middle installment of a three-game series. Hernandez (14-11) was charged with one unearned run on four hits while walking two and striking out seven. The Mariners stranded 14 base runners, but capitalized on several miscues early on to snap a five-game slide. Ervin Santana (11-10) took the loss after allowing two unearned runs on seven hits and two walks. He lasted six innings, his shortest outing since going five frames against the Marlins on June 21. The Angels committed four errors and fell 3 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Rangers, losing for the third time in eight games.

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