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American League Game Capsules (Sunday, September 18th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Boston 5
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Matt Joyce went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, as the Tampa Bay Rays took down the Boston Red Sox, 8-5, in the finale of a key four-game series. Desmond Jennings, Sean Rodriguez and Johnny Damon added an RBI apiece for the Rays, who won three of the four games in this set to pull within two games of the wild card-leading Red Sox. Tampa Bay starter David Price gave up two runs on three hits over four innings. Jake McGee (3-1) allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer for Boston, which trails the Yankees by 4 1/2 games in the AL East. New York lost to Toronto on Sunday. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (7-7) allowed six runs -- four earned -- on six hits over five innings to take the loss. He struck out five and walked one. Boston welcomes the Orioles to town for a four-game, three-day series on Monday, while the Rays head to New York to start a four-game set with the Yankees on Tuesday.
Final Score: Toronto 3, New York 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Adam Lind homered twice and Brandon Morrow tossed eight shutout innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays delayed Mariano Rivera's pursuit of history and earned a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. Rivera notched his 601st save on Saturday to tie Trevor Hoffman's all-time mark and was not needed in Sunday's contest, as the Yankees mustered little offense with Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira all on the bench for a day of rest. Morrow (10-11) entered the contest 0-4 in his previous five starts, but limited New York to four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts to win for the first time since August 17 at Seattle. Frank Francisco worked around a one-out double in the ninth to notch his 16th save. The Yankees still lead the AL East by 4 1/2 games over the Red Sox, who dropped an 8-5 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays. New York just wrapped up a 10-game road trip at 4-6 and will start an eight-game homestand with a makeup game against Minnesota on Monday. Tampa Bay then visits for four before Boston invades the Bronx next weekend.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 11, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Erick Aybar went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI, powering the Angels to an 11-2 thumping of the Orioles. Los Angeles salvaged the three-game series behind 15 hits and a solid start from Jered Weaver on three days' rest. Weaver (18-7) lasted six innings and gave up two runs on six hits to get the Angels within four games of AL West-leading Texas, which plays later Sunday. Howie Kendrick had three hits and drove in three runs, while Vernon Wells added a two-run homer in the blowout. Alfredo Simon (4-9) was tagged for six runs on eight hits over five innings for Baltimore, which despite the loss has won consecutive series against playoff hopefuls.
Final Score: Chicago 10, Kansas City 5
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski finished 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Paul Konerko clubbed a solo home run, Brent Morel added a two-run double and Juan Pierre added a pair of hits for the White Sox, who salvaged a game in the set and snapped a seven-game skid. John Danks (7-12) worked six innings to earn the win, giving up four runs --three earned -- on 10 hits. Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored, while Johnny Giavotella picked up three hits inluding an RBI triple for the Royals, who had their season-best seven-game winning streak ended. Bruce Chen (11-8) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Final Score: Cleveland 6, Minnesota 5
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - For the second consecutive game, the Cleveland Indians used a six-run inning -- this time in the seventh -- to charge back and defeat the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, to sweep the three-game series at Target Field. Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (12-10) lasted six innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and one walk. He struck out three. Minnesota starter Carl Pavano (8-13) picked up the loss. He went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs -- one earned -- on five hits while walking one and fanning six.
Final Score: Detroit 3, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander padded his potential Cy Young Award-winning season -- and MVP candidacy -- with another sublime outing, tossing eight scoreless innings in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over the Athletics. Verlander (24-5) won his club-record 12th consecutive start by yielding just three hits and three walks, while also becoming the first American League pitcher to notch 24 wins since Oakland's Bob Welch won 27 in 1990. Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer for the AL Central champion Tigers, who split this four-game series. Guillermo Moscoso (8-9) lost despite giving up only one hit -- Jackson's homer in the sixth.
Final Score: Texas 3, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer to back 6 2/3 scoreless innings from Matt Harrison, as the Texas Rangers defeated the Seattle Mariners, 3-0, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Harrison (13-9), who gave up six hits, won his third straight start for the Rangers, who lead the Angels by 4 1/2 games in the AL West. The Rangers have five pitchers, all starters, with at least 13 victories in 2011 for the first time in franchise history. Elvis Andrus went 3-for-5 with an RBI double for the victors. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Felix Hernandez (14-13) allowed three runs on nine hits over seven innings for the Mariners, who went 4-6 on a 10-game homestand.