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American League Game Capsules (Thursday, September 8th)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, New York 4 (10 innings)
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Robert Andino's game-winning single in the 10th inning gave the Orioles a 5-4 victory over the Yankees in a makeup game at Camden Yards. The contest had been previously rained out twice, once on August 22 and again on August 27 on account of Hurricane Irene. Andino finished with two hits and two RBI, including the game-tying base hit in the eighth inning. Clay Rapada (1-0) recorded the final out in the top of the 10th inning to hand Baltimore its second straight victory in its last at-bat. Scott Proctor (0-1) tossed a scoreless ninth before allowing the game-deciding run in the 10th. Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter each knocked in two runs for New York, losers of two straight after a six-game win streak. Alfredo Simon allowed four runs on six hits and a season-high six walks through a four- inning start for Baltimore, and Ivan Nova allowed three runs on five hits and three walks through 5 1/3 innings for New York.
Final Score: Toronto 7, Boston 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run home run, while Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames added solo shots as Toronto downed Boston, 7-4, in the finale of a four-game set from Rogers Centre. David Cooper finished with three hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who won three of four in the series. Ricky Romero (14-10) worked 6 2/3 innings for the victory, allowing five hits and three runs with three walks and striking out seven. Marco Scutaro went 3-for-4 and notched two RBI for the Red Sox, who lost for the sixth time in eight games but remained 2 1/2 games back in the AL East after the Yankees lost in Baltimore earlier Thursday. Andrew Miller (6-3) was tagged in defeat for five runs on eight hits over five full frames.
Final Score: Chicago 8, Cleveland 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brent Morel hit a three-run homer and Paul Konerko followed with a grand slam in a seven-run seventh inning, leading Chicago over Cleveland, 8-1, in the opener of a four-game series. Morel finished with two homers and drove in four runs for the White Sox, who have won four of their last five. Matt Thornton (1-4) turned in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to win it for Gavin Floyd, who scattered five hits and one run over his 5 2/3-inning start. Jim Thome posted two hits and knocked in the only run for the Indians, losers of four straight and six of eight. David Huff (2-4) was charged for three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in the setback.
Final Score: Seattle 4, Kansas City 1
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Ichiro Suzuki may not get to 200 hits for the first time in his career, but he sure put a charge into Luke Hochevar's first pitch Thursday night. Suzuki homered to right field leading off the bottom of the first inning and the Mariners got a two-run shot from Justin Smoak in a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of this four-game series. The homer by Suzuki gave him 5,000 career bases combined from his time in Japan (1,889) and in the majors. He's the 20th player to reach the feat, and that includes former Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez, the current third baseman for the Yankees. Suzuki, who had two hits and scored twice, has 163 hits this season. The Mariners have just 20 games remaining, and time is running out for Suzuki to get his 11th straight season with at least 200 hits. He's tied with Pete Rose for the most 200-hit seasons in a career. Jason Vargas (8-13) allowed just four hits and a run over six innings to win for only the second time in his last 12 starts. Brandon League escaped a jam in the ninth for his 34th save. Hochevar (10-11) was charged with six hits and four runs -- three earned -- with nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.