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American League Game Capsules (Monday, August 29th)
Final Score: Cleveland 2, Oakland 1
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Carlos Santana hit a home run and Kosuke Fukudome slapped an RBI double to back six scoreless innings from David Huff, as the Cleveland Indians downed the Oakland Athletics, 2-1, in the opener of a four-game series. Huff (2-2) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four to earn the win. Chris Perez tossed a perfect ninth to record his 30th save of the season. Santana and Fukudome both had a pair of hits for the Indians, who have won three of four. Brandon McCarthy (7-7) gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings to suffer just his second loss since July 4. He walked one and registered a career-high 10 strikeouts. Jemile Weeks had an RBI double for the A's, losers of three in a row and four of their last five.
Final Score: New York 3, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Freddy Garcia returned from the disabled list and pitched six strong innings, and Nick Swisher clubbed a two-run homer, as the New York Yankees topped Baltimore, 3-2, to conclude a four-game series. Garcia (11-7), who hadn't pitched since August 7 due to a lacerated right index finger, allowed just two hits, including a solo homer to Mark Reynolds, and had four strikeouts. Garcia won his fourth straight decision. Mariano Rivera retired the side in order in the ninth for his 34th save of the year. The Yankees won despite playing without shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and moved within 1 1/2 games of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. The Yankees start a three-game series in Boston Tuesday. Rodriguez was sent back to New York on Monday for an MRI on his jammed left thumb, while Jeter sat out due to a bruised right knee. J.J. Hardy also went deep for the Orioles, who have lost two in a row since a six-game winning streak. Alfredo Simon (4-7) had six strikeouts over seven innings, but lost for the third time in his last four decisions.
Final Score: Kansas City 9, Detroit 5
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Johnny Giavotella knocked in three runs and scored once as the Royals took down the Tigers, 9-5, to open a four-game set. Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Kansas City's third win in five games. Luke Hochevar (9-10) pitched into the eighth inning, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning seven to snap a four-start winless skid. Miguel Cabrera had three hits, knocked in a run and crossed the plate once as the AL Central-leading Tigers dropped their second straight contest. Max Scherzer (13-8) was touched for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk through just three-plus innings for the loss. Detroit still holds a five-game lead over the Chicago White Sox and a 5 1/2 game lead over the Cleveland Indians for first place in the AL Central.
Final Score: Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jose Bautista and Adam Lind homered to back six effective innings from Ricky Romero, and the Blue Jays avoided being swept with a 7-3 victory over the Rays at Rogers Centre. Romero (13-9) gave up three runs on six hits and four walks, and a strong output from the Toronto offense allowed him to win his sixth consecutive decision. The left-hander has not lost since July 16. J.P. Arencibia had three hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who snapped a four-game slide overall. They lost the first three games of this series by a combined score of 24-6. Rays starter Wade Davis (8-8) allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings -- his second- shortest outing of the season -- to take the loss. Johnny Damon had two home runs, but they weren't enough to lift Tampa Bay to its first four-game sweep of Toronto.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Minnesota 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyler Flowers knocked in two runs to support 7 2/3 scoreless innings from Mark Buehrle, as the Chicago White Sox bested the Minnesota Twins, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Buehrle (11-6) gave up just four hits -- all singles -- and struck out four to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions. Sergio Santos tossed 1-2-3 ninth to record his 27th save of the season. Dayan Viciedo went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the White Sox, who have won four straight and six of eight. They now sit just five games behind the AL Central-leading Tigers. Kevin Slowey (0-3) lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits to suffer the loss. The Twins, who have dropped eight of their last nine games, were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Final Score: Seattle 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Carp hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Mariners over the Angels, 5-3, in the opener of a four-game series. Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI for the Mariners, who put the brakes on a three-game skid. Tom Wilhelmsen (2-0) set down the Angels in order in the top of the eighth to earn the win and Brandon League worked around a Mark Trumbo double in the ninth to record his 32nd save of the season. Trumbo belted a two-run homer for the Angels, who have dropped three of four after a six-game win streak. They fell to 3 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Rangers. Hisanori Takahashi (3-3) spelled starter Joel Pineiro and allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. Pineiro gave up three runs over six full frames, while Mariners starter Blake Beavan lasted seven innings and also surrendered three runs.