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American League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 13th)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Matt Wieters crushed a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, sending the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the middle tilt of a three- game series at Camden Yards. Pinch-hitter Jake Fox ripped an RBI double and J.J. Hardy collected two hits, including a double, for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game skid. Troy Patton (1-1) worked one inning of scoreless relief to pick up his first major league win, and Jim Johnson recorded the final out to earn his fifth save of the season. Evan Longoria cracked a two- run homer and a double, while Johnny Damon added a hit and a stolen base for the Rays, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Boston 18, Toronto 6
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - It took Tim Wakefield a long time, but the Boston knuckleball specialist finally picked up career win No. 200. Wakefield pitched six innings and the Red Sox got a pair of homers and five RBI from Dustin Pedroia, as they blew out Toronto, 18-6, at Fenway Park. Winless in his previous eight outings, Wakefield (7-6) earned his first victory since July 24 against Seattle. The 45-year-old right-hander, who had lost his previous three decisions, yielded six hits and five runs while fanning six batters. Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia each had four hits, scored four times and combined for eight RBI. They hit consecutive homers in the fourth inning to give Boston the lead for good. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in four of Boston's season-high run total. The Red Sox, who totaled 18 hits, snapped a five-game skid and moved four games clear of Tampa Bay for the lead in the American League wild card standings. The Rays, who lost at Baltimore Tuesday night, come to Boston for a four-game series this weekend.
Final Score: Texas 10, Cleveland 4
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton clubbed the go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning and David Murphy went deep twice as part of a 4-for-4 night, in Texas' 10-4 rout of Cleveland. Matt Harrison (12-9) gave up seven hits and three runs over five-plus innings to get the win for the AL West-leading Rangers. Elvis Andrus stroked a two-run double and pinch-hitter Craig Gentry singled in a pair for the Rangers, who grabbed the opener of this three-game set. Justin Masterson (11-10) yielded eight hits and six runs over five-plus frames and fell to 0-4 lifetime against the Rangers. Carlos Santana had three hits, including a pair of solo homers, for the Indians, who lost for the sixth time in eight contests.
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Minnesota 0
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Bruce Chen was brilliant on Tuesday, throwing eight shutout innings to propel the Kansas City Royals to a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a two-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Chen (11-7) gave up only two hits while fanning eight and walking one. Louis Coleman came on in the ninth to close out the win for the Royals. Alex Gordon had three hits, including a solo home run and an RBI single, while Mike Moustakas added a solo homer and Melky Cabrera clubbed a double for the Royals, winners of three straight games.
Final Score: Detroit 5, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Behind seven scoreless innings from Justin Verlander, the Tigers kept steaming toward the AL Central title Tuesday, beating the White Sox 5-0 to extend their winning streak to 11 games. Detroit is on its first 11-game winning streak since September 9-21, 1968, and leads the White Sox and Indians by 12 1/2 games. Verlander (23-5), who has won 11 consecutive starts and leads the majors in pitching victories, gave up only six hits and two walks, and struck out six. He was backed by a three-run homer by Victor Martinez, while Joaquin Benoit stranded the bases loaded in the eighth to help the Tigers win.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Oakland 3
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Howie Kendrick belted a pair of two-run homers, and the Angels turned four double plays in a 6-3 win over Oakland. Maicer Izturis drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Los Angeles, which remained three games behind first-place Texas in the AL West. The Rangers beat Cleveland earlier Tuesday. Jerome Williams allowed three runs and seven hits, and walked five batters over 4 1/3 innings in the start for the Angels. Hisanori Takahashi (4-3) pitched 1 2/3 frames to get the win and Jordan Walden retired the side in order in the ninth for his 30th save.
Final Score: New York 3, Seattle 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mariano Rivera's 600th career save moved him one shy of Trevor Hoffman's all-time record, and secured the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. Hoffman saved 601 games during an 18-season career that ended when he retired this past offseason. The right- hander spent the majority of his career with the Padres and became a face of the franchise through his longevity and success. Rivera has been a face of the Yankee franchise since breaking into the majors with them in 1995. Since then, he's worked scoreless ninth inning upon scoreless ninth inning, during the regular season and the playoffs. His performance Tuesday put another stamp on a New York victory, the Yankees' third straight. He was in position to make the save after A.J. Burnett (10-11) struck out a season-high 11 and allowed two runs in six innings. He picked up his first victory since August 15 and won for just the second time in his last 13 starts.