American League Game Capsules (Saturday, September 17th)
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Curtis Granderson's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees the lead and Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth to tie the record with his 601st save, as New York rallied for a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the second of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankee lineup after a six-game absence and helped New York roar back from a 6-1 deficit with a three-run homer in the sixth inning. He finished 2-for-4 and Granderson was 3-for-3 with two walks two RBI and scored three times, as New York halted a two-game skid. The Yankees hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East. Boston lost to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Mike McCoy knocked in three runs for the Blue Jays, who won Friday's opener in walkoff fashion with a 5-4 triumph. Toronto lost for just the second time in its last six games. Aaron Laffey (3-2) got the win while Carlos Villanueva (6-4) was saddled with the loss.
Final Score: Cleveland 10, Minnesota 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Carlos Santana's two-run homer highlighted a six-run second inning, propelling the Cleveland Indians to a 10-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins in the second of a three-game set at Target Field. Jeanmar Gomez (4-2) pitched into the seventh and got the win, but limped off the field with an apparent right leg injury when he jumped off the mound to try and snag a high chopper. He tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three. Asdrubal Cabrera added four hits with an RBI and two runs scored for the Tribe, while Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two driven in. Twins starter Anthony Swarzak (3-7) hit the showers early. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering seven runs on seven hits while walking one. Swarzak hasn't won a game since August 3, and has lost each of his last four decisions. The Twins have dropped seven in a row, while the Indians have won two straight after losing the previous three.
Final Score: Oakland 5, Detroit 3
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez threw seven innings of one-run ball to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the third of a four-game set. The Tigers were playing the game with a victory hangover as the team clinched the AL Central title on Friday night with a 3-1 win. It is Detroit's first division crown since winning the AL East in 1987 and its first appearance in the playoffs since 2006 as a wild card. Coco Crisp drove in two runs while Jemile Weeks had three hits and an RBI for the Athletics, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Gonzalez (14-12) gave up eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts to win his second straight start. Don Kelly hit a two-run double while Jhonny Peralta drove in the other run for the Tigers, who fell to 13-3 in September. Rick Porcello (14-9) went seven innings and was tagged for three runs on nine hits to take the loss.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria's RBI single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference, as the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, in the third test of a crucial four-game set. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer for the Rays, who trail Boston by three games in the wild card. Jeff Niemann (11-7) gave up two runs on four hits over five innings to pick up the win. He struck out six and walked two. Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in two runs for the Red Sox, who trail the AL East-leading Yankees by 4 1/2 games. New York beat the Blue Jays on Saturday. Jon Lester (15-8) allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings to take the loss. He struck out five and walked four.
Final Score: Baltimore 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Mark Reynolds hit a three-run home run in a five-run first inning as the Baltimore Orioles took a 6-2 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the second of a three-game set. J.J. Hardy hit a two- run home run while Matt Wieters scored twice for the Orioles, who have won four straight. Zach Britton (10-10) got the win as he gave up just one run on three hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. Vernon Wells and Bobby Wilson each drove in a run for the Angels, who have dropped four of six. Ervin Santana (11-12) dropped his third straight start as he was tagged for five runs on five hits with three walks over seven innings. The loss moves the Angels to 4 1/2 games back of the Rangers for first place in the AL West as Texas beat Seattle on Saturday.
Final Score: Kansas City 10, Chicago 3
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur each homered to back six strong innings from rookie Everett Teaford, as the Kansas City Royals took down the Chicago White Sox, 10-3, in the third test of a four-game series. Alcides Escobar knocked in two runs and scored twice for the Royals, who have won a season-high seven straight games. Chris Getz, Melky Cabrera and Alex Gordon added an RBI apiece. Teaford (2-0), making the second start of his big-league career, gave up one run on four hits to pick up the win. He struck out four and walked two. Alex Rios hit a solo homer for the White Sox, who have lost seven in a row and nine of 11 overall. Zach Stewart (2-5) allowed five runs on 11 hits over five innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Texas 7, Seattle 6
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton homered and knocked in three runs as the Rangers edged the Mariners, 7-6, in the second game of a three-game set. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre also hit home runs as Texas won for the fifth time in six games. Colby Lewis (13-10) allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings for the win. Neftali Feliz tossed a perfect ninth to earn his 27th save of the year. The Rangers now hold a 4 1/2 games lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for first place in the AL West. The Angels lost 6-2 to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with two RBI. The two RBI gave him 601 for his career, making him the fifth player in Mariners' history to accomplish that feat. Anthony Vasquez (1-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk through three-plus innings in Seattle's fifth loss in seven games.
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