American League Game Capsules (Saturday, September 10th)
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - J.P. Arencibia's pinch-hit RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth capped a rally and lifted Toronto over Baltimore, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game series. Kevin Gregg (0-3) came in with one out in the frame, but after fanning Brett Lawrie, he walked Kelly Johnson, served up a single to Jose Molina and plunked pinch-hitter Adam Loewen to load the bases. Gregg then uncorked a wild pitch to plate Johnson, and later in the at-bat Arencibia laced a single to score pinch- runner Chris Woodward and end the game. The hit made a winner of Jesse Litsch (6-3), who allowed one run on three hits in two relief innings. Jose Bautista launched a two-run homer and Lawrie added a solo shot for the Jays, who have won four of six and shook off a 2-0 loss in Friday's series opener.
Final Score: Oakland 8. Texas 7
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Scott Sizemore hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam as part of a five-run sixth inning, as the Athletics downed the Rangers, 8-7, in the middle contest of a three-game series. Trevor Cahill (11-13) lasted five-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits to earn the win. He walked two and struck out three. Ryan Sweeney went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI for the A's, who had lost three of their previous four. Alexi Ogando (12-8), in his first start since August 31, allowed five runs -- three earned -- over five-plus innings to suffer the loss. Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer for the Rangers but lined out with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, securing Andrew Bailey's 20th save of the season.
Final Score: Detroit 3, Minnesota 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Inge hit a two-out solo homer in the ninth inning Saturday to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. After Alex Avila grounded out and Jhonny Peralta was retired on a fly ball, Inge lined a 2-1 offering from Glen Perkins (4-4) over the left field wall to give Detroit two straight wins to open this three-game series. Wilson Betemit also had a solo homer for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have won eight in a row overall and remained 9 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for first place after the White Sox beat Cleveland in extra innings Saturday. Joe Mauer homered and had two hits for the Twins, who have lost seven of their last eight and fell to 4-16 in their last 20.
Final Score: Chicago 7, Cleveland 3 (10 innings)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Alex Rios won the game in style for Chicago as his grand slam in the 10th inning gave the team a 7-3 win over Cleveland. With Chris Perez (3-7) on the mound, Juan Pierre doubled to start the frame. Alexei Ramirez fouled out trying to bunt, but Paul Konerko was issued an intentional pass and Tyler Flowers followed with a walk to load the bases for Rios, who drilled a first-pitch fastball over the wall in left for the win. Rios' first career grand slam made a winner of Sergio Santos (4-4), who threw an uneventful 10th inning to help the White Sox win for the fifth time in their past seven games. Gordon Beckham drove in two runs while Pierre had an RBI and scored a run for Chicago, which got six innings of two-run, seven- hit ball out of starter Philip Humber. Shelley Duncan hit a solo home run while Matt LaPorta added a two-run double for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Fausto Carmona gave up three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Boston 5 (11 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Desmond Jennings tripled and scored on Evan Longoria's single in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting the Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Jennings led off by hitting a high pitch from Daniel Bard (2-7) to right-center field, and the ball dropped between Jacoby Ellsbury and Darnell McDonald. Jennings used long strides to get to third, and after B.J. Upton grounded out to first, Longoria lined a single to center to end the game. Casey Kotchman homered and drove in two for the Rays, who blew a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning when Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered off Kyle Farnsworth. But the 11th-inning rally saved Tampa Bay, which has won three in a row -- including the opener of this three-game series on Friday -- and six of seven overall. The Rays climbed within 4 1/2 games of the Red Sox for the American League wild card lead. The Red Sox have lost eight of 10.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, New York 0
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Dan Haren had the Yankees' number on Saturday, tossing a four-hit shutout en route to a 6-0 victory for the Angels. Haren (15-8) denied CC Sabathia his 20th win, as he struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He allowed just one runner to reach second base after Derek Jeter led off the game with a double. A third straight win pulled Los Angeles within 1 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Rangers. Sabathia (19-8) gave up just one run on eight hits and four walks over six frames for the AL East leaders, who dropped their fourth game in a row but still lead the Red Sox by 2 1/2 games. Maicer Izturis' two-out, RBI double in the second inning was the only run scored in the first six frames.
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Seattle 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the first inning proved to be the difference, as the Kansas City Royals took down the Seattle Mariners, 4-2, in the third test of a four-game series. Jeff Francoeur hit a solo homer for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid. Billy Butler also knocked in a run. Kansas City starter Felipe Paulino (3-6) gave up two runs on two hits to go with a season-high 11 strikeouts over seven innings. Justin Smoak and Mike Carp hit solo homers for the Mariners, who had won three of four. Rookie Michael Pineda (9-10) allowed three runs on five hits over a career-high eight innings to take the loss. He struck out eight and walked one.