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American League Game Capsules (Monday, September 19th)

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On 09/20/2011 07:47 AM in MLB
Final Score: New York 6, Minnesota 4

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Mariano Rivera set the all-time saves record as he closed out a Yankees 6-4 victory over the Twins in a makeup game from a rained out April 6 contest. Rivera induced a Trevor Plouffe groundout, a Michael Cuddyer flyout and caught Chris Parmelee looking at a back-door cutter in the ninth to earn the 602nd save of his career, surpassing the mark set by Trevor Hoffman. Rivera's chance for the record was almost spoiled by his own team as New York put runners in scoring position for the final three innings, but each time the Yankees were left stranded. Cory Wade (6-1) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief after a shaky A.J. Burnett start. Burnett allowed four runs on nine hits through four-plus innings. He walked one and struck out eight. The Yankees lead the AL East by five games over the Red Sox. Scott Diamond (1-5) allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks in his four-inning start for the loss. Cuddyer and Parmelee homered for Minnesota, which lost for the ninth straight time.

Final Score: Baltimore 6, Boston 5 (Game One)

Final Score: Boston 18, Baltimore 9 (Game Two)

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Conor Jackson hit a grand slam and Jacoby Ellsbury added an inside-the-park homer as part of a seven-run seventh-inning, as the Red Sox downed the Orioles, 18-9, to salvage a split of a doubleheader. In the opener, Robert Andino hit a two-run homer and Nolan Reimold and J.J. Hardy each had solo shots in the Orioles' 6-5 victory. Boston received a boost in the nightcap, however, as Jed Lowrie returned to the lineup to go 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI. Dustin Pedroia also knocked in four runs for the Red Sox, who lead the idle Rays by two games in the AL wild card race. They sit five games behind the AL East-leading Yankees, who defeated the Twins on Monday.

Final Score: Seattle 12, Cleveland 6 (seven innings)

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Mike Carp hit an RBI double and clubbed his first career grand slam through steady rain to highlight a nine-run third inning as the Seattle Mariners pounded the Cleveland Indians, 12-6, at Progressive Field. Seattle returned to Cleveland on Monday to make up a game that was, coincidentally, rained out in May. The game was called after the seventh inning. Alex Liddi smashed a two-run homer for the Mariners, who have won three of five. Seattle starter Charlie Furbush (4-9) notched his first win since August 14 despite allowing six runs on 10 hits in five innings. The left-hander, who had lost his last five starts, struck out a career-high eight batters and walked one. Cleveland's David Huff (2-6) absorbed the loss after he was tagged for nine runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Toronto 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 2 (10 innings)

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike McCoy scored the decisive run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays dealt a blow to the Angels' playoff hopes with a 3-2 win at Rogers Centre. The loss dropped the Angels five games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, who were idle on Monday. They are also 4 1/2 games back of Boston in the wild card race.

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