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American League Game Capsules (Wednesday, September 7th)
Final Score: Detroit 8, Cleveland 6
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Thanks to a grand slam by Victor Martinez, Justin Verlander picked up his major league-best 22nd win of the season as the Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the Indians. Verlander (22-5) gave up a pair of two-run homers to Shelley Duncan during six innings, and left the game with the Tigers trailing. But Detroit used a five-run seventh, highlighted by Martinez's slam, to take the lead for good. The AL Central- leading Tigers completed a three-game sweep and extended their winning streak to six games. They hold a nine-game cushion on second-place Chicago. Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher to win 22 games since Joe Coleman went 23-15 in 1973.
Final Score: Baltimore 5, New York 4 (11 innings)
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Reynolds hit an RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Orioles held on for a 5-4 victory over the streaking Yankees to avoid getting swept. With Hector Noesi (2-1) on the mound, Matt Angle reached base when shortstop Eduardo Nunez failed to field his ground ball, then stole second. The Yankees intentionally walked Nick Markakis to bring up Reynolds, who slapped a single to center to put the Orioles on top. Jim Johnson allowed runners to reach first and third with two away in the bottom half, and pinch-hitter Eric Chavez hit a hard grounder toward shortstop. But Robert Andino dove to knock it down, then scrambled to shovel a throw to Ryan Adams. He stepped on second base a moment before Curtis Granderson slid in, ending the game and snapping Baltimore's four-game slide. Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer in the victory. Alex Rodriguez hit a two- run double for the Yankees, who had won six in a row and nine of 10. They still hold a 2 1/2 game lead on Boston in the AL East.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Texas 4 (10 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Desmond Jennings belted a game-winning homer on the first pitch of the 10th inning, lifting the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon. Ian Kinsler hit his second solo homer of the game with one out in the ninth inning to tie the game for Texas at 4-4. But Jennings fixed things and won the series for Tampa Bay when he lined a 96 mph fastball from Mark Lowe (2-3) over the wall in left field. The Rays bounced back from an 8-0 loss on Tuesday night to win two out of three games in the series. Tampa Bay left-hander David Price pitched six innings and was in line for the win after leaving with a 4-2 lead. But Mike Napoli homered off reliever Joel Peralta in the eighth inning and Kinsler tied the game against Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth. Jake McGee (2-1) worked around Napoli's leadoff single in the top of the 10th to earn the victory. It was the 1,000th win in Rays franchise history.
Final Score: Oakland 7, Kansas City 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Guillermo Moscoso carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and took a no-hitter into the eighth, but had to settle for his longest career outing Wednesday in Oakland's 7-0 win over Kansas City. Moscoso lost his perfect game on a four-pitch walk in the sixth inning, the first time a Royals hitter even saw as many as three balls, and he watched his no-hit bid end on Salvador Perez's two-out single in the eighth. Although history eluded him, the right-hander has never been better. Moscoso (8-8) worked into the ninth inning for the first time in 18 career major league starts, but was lifted by Athletics manager Bob Melvin with two runners in scoring position and two outs, also losing his chance to pitch his first career complete game. His bid to throw the seventh no-hitter in Oakland history was broken up when Perez lined a 2-2 pitch into right field. Earlier, Alcides Escobar was the first Royal to reach base in the sixth inning when he took a close pitch for ball four, drawing a two-out walk. In the end, Moscoso was charged with two hits and a walk while striking out four. He threw 86 of his 129 pitches for strikes.
Final Score: Toronto 11, Boston 10
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run, go-ahead double with two down in the eighth inning, as the Blue Jays edged the Red Sox, 11-10, in the continuation of a four-game series. The Red Sox led 8-6 entering the frame and starter Tim Wakefield was in line for his 200th career win, but Daniel Bard (2-6) walked home two runs before Encarnacion ripped a 3-2 fastball from Matt Albers into the gap in right-center. Adrian Gonzalez's homer and Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the top of the ninth made it a one-run game, but pinch-runner Mike Aviles was caught stealing with two outs, securing a win for Shawn Camp (4-3) and a save for Frank Francisco, his 13th of the season. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who have lost five of seven and trail the AL East-leading Yankees by 2 1/2 games. Wakefield allowed five runs -- four earned -- over five innings but was in line for the win courtesy of Boston's early offense and Jays starter Brandon Morrow's equally ineffective turn.
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Chicago 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Danny Valencia and Chris Parmelee each drove in two runs in the third inning, as the Minnesota Twins held off the Chicago White Sox, 5-4, to avoid a four-game sweep. Carl Pavano (8-11) gave up three runs -- one earned -- on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings for the Twins, who snapped a five-game skid. Paul Konerko went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored for the White Sox, who were looking for their first four-game sweep against Minnesota since 2008. A.J. Pierzynski, Juan Pierre and Alex Rios each had an RBI. John Danks (6-11) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over six innings to take the loss. He struck out four and walked two for Chicago, which sits nine games back of the Tigers in the AL Central standings.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 3, Seattle 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Maicer Izturis sparked a three-run eighth inning with a two-run double, and Jerome Williams tossed eight spectacular innings to help the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Peter Bourjos added an RBI single in the eighth for the Angels, who moved 2 1/2 games back of the Rangers in the AL West. Texas lost to the Rays on Wednesday. Williams (3-0) made just one mistake all night -- a homer to Trayvon Robinson in the sixth -- to pick up his third straight victory. The right-hander struck out five and walked one. Charlie Furbush (3-8) allowed three runs on five hits over a career-high 7 1/3 innings for the Mariners, who have lost six of seven.