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American League Game Capsules (Sunday, September 11th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Minnesota 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Doug Fister threw seven innings of three-hit ball and Jose Valverde struggled before earning his club-record 43rd save, as the Detroit Tigers held on for their ninth straight win in a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Fister (8-13) walked two and struck out five to win his fourth straight decision. He improved to 5-1 in eight starts since joining the Tigers in a July 30 trade with Seattle. Delmon Young drove in a run for the Tigers, who last won nine straight from May 14-24, 1984 on the way to their last World Series title. Scott Diamond (1-4) pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out four for the Twins, who have lost eight of their last nine games.
Final Score: Toronto 6, Baltimore 5
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jose Bautista broke a seventh-inning tie with a sacrifice fly to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. David Cooper and Adam Loewen both homered in the seventh off Baltimore starter Tommy Hunter (3-4), with Loewen's solo blast -- the first of the career for the former Orioles hurler -- to straightaway center pulling Toronto even.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 9, Boston 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - James Shields pitched into the ninth inning and B.J. Upton went 4-for-4 with a grand slam as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of Boston with a 9-1 decision at Tropicana Field. Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez each drove in two runs for the Rays, who have won four straight and seven of eight. Shields (15-10) posted his fourth victory in a row, scattering seven hits and one run, fanning five with three walks over 8 1/3 innings. Marco Scutaro's homer was the lone offense for the Red Sox, who skidded to their fifth straight loss and seventh in eight. Jon Lester (15-7) lasted just four frames, charged with eight hits and four runs to suffer his first loss in a month. Boston's lead in the wild-card race over Tampa Bay shrunk to 3 1/2 games.
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ubaldo Jimenez tossed six solid innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox in the finale of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Jimenez (3-2) gave up two runs on three hits while walking five batters. He also struck out a pair. Luis Valbuena had three hits, including a solo home run, Trevor Crowe added three hits and Carlos Santana chipped in with a two-run double for the Indians. Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham both collected an RBI for the White Sox, who had won six of their previous eight home games. Zach Stewart (2-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over five frames. He struck out four and walked a pair.
Final Score: Texas 8, Oakland 1
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - C.J. Wilson tossed eight scoreless innings and Adrian Beltre smacked two homers, including the 300th of his career, as the Rangers took an 8-1 victory over the Athletics in the rubber match of a three-game series. Wilson (16-6) scattered five hits and a walk while striking out 11 batters in his third straight win. Texas currently sits 2 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for first place in the AL West. Josh Outman (3-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks through 4 2/3 innings as Oakland lost for the fourth time in six games. Eric Sogard homered to account for the A's lone run.
Final Score: New York 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 5
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Peter Bourjos' error on a Mark Teixeira fly in the seventh inning led to the deciding runs, as the New York Yankees avoided a sweep by taking a 6-5 decision over the Angels in the finale of a three-game series. Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter singled to start the frame against Ervin Santana (11-11), then Scott Downs came on in relief. He fanned Curtis Granderson, but the Halos center fielder failed to catch Teixeira's hit, and both men scored to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead. Cory Wade (5-0) pitched a perfect sixth inning for the win. Mariano Rivera turned in a scoreless ninth to earn his 40th save of the year and his 599th career save. Granderson slugged a two-run homer, Robinson Cano added a solo shot and Eric Chavez notched an RBI single for the Yankees, who put an end to their four-game slide. New York opened up a 3 1/2 game lead over Boston in the AL East, with the Red Sox losing in Tampa earlier Sunday.
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.