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American League Game Capsules (Thursday, September 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 15, New York 8
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - B.J. Upton, Johnny Damon and Ben Zobrist homered and drove in three runs apiece as the Rays pounded the AL East-champion New York Yankees, 15-8, to gain ground in the playoff hunt. Matt Joyce had a two- run single in the first inning for Tampa Bay, which moved within two games of Boston for the lead in the wild card standings. The Rays lost three of four games in the Bronx, but will now head home to finish the season with three this weekend against Toronto and then a trio vs. the Yankees. The Red Sox, who were idle Thursday, play on the road against the Yankees this weekend before ending the season in Baltimore. Matt Moore (1-0), in his first major league start and third career appearance, had 11 strikeouts through five innings while giving up just four hits. The Yankees swept a doubleheader Wednesday, on the way to winning the division, but Bartolo Colon was pounded and New York committed four errors in the finale of this series. Colon (8-10) gave up seven hits and seven runs -- five earned -- over three innings. He's winless in his last nine appearances (0-4).
Final Score: Oakland 4, Texas 3
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Jemile Weeks had three hits, including his first career home run, and scored the winning run in the eighth as the Oakland Athletics came back to defeat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, and salvage a three-game set. Mike Adams (1-3) came on in the eighth and allowed the go-ahead run. Weeks sliced a one-out double into the left-center gap and Coco Crisp came through with a groundball into the hole on the right side of the infield, which brought home Weeks for a 4-3 lead. Grant Balfour (5-2) worked a 1-2-3 eighth to pick up the win for the A's, who had lost three straight and six of their past eight. Andrew Bailey saved his 21st game of the year by retiring the Rangers in order in the ninth. Josh Hamilton, Yorvit Torrealba and Michael Young each had two hits for the Rangers as their magic number to clinch the AL West was reduced to two when the Angels lost in Toronto.
Final Score: Toronto 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 3 (12 innings)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion laced a line-drive game- winning home run down the left-field line in the 12th inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Angels 4-3, hampering Los Angeles' chances of reaching the postseason. The Angels fell three games behind the AL wild- card leading Boston Red Sox, who were idle on Thursday. The Angels dropped a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who defeated the New York Yankees, 15-8, Thursday. Jose Bautista had three hits with an RBI and run scored while Eric Thames added two hits, including a home run for the Blue Jays, who are now 11-0 in extra inning games this season. They've won three of their last five. Toronto rookie Henderson Alvarez threw seven solid innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out four. Shawn Camp (5-3) picked up the win, working around a two-out walk to Peter Bourjos in the 12th. Garrett Richards (0-2) surrendered the game-winner to Encarnacion. Ervin Santana worked six-plus innings of two-run ball for the Angels. He scattered six hits while walking five and fanning five.
Final Score: Baltimore 6, Detroit 5
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Nolan Reimold's RBI single in the sixth inning proved to be the difference, as the Baltimore Orioles took down the AL Central-champion Detroit Tigers, 6-5, in the opener of a four-game series. Reimold added a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Orioles, who have won three in a row and eight of their last 10. Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy homered. Baltimore starter Zach Britton (11-10) gave up five runs on six hits over five innings to pick up the win. Delmon Young hit a three-run homer for the Tigers, who have lost two of three. Detroit starter Jacob Turner allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over three-plus innings. David Pauley (5-6) gave up one run on two hits over two relief frames to take the loss.
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Seattle 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rene Tosoni finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, the last one a game-winner, as Minnesota put the brakes on its 11- game losing skid with a 3-2 decision over Seattle in the finale of a three- game set. Trevor Plouffe worked a two-out walk against Steve Delabar (1-1), and raced home when Tosoni crushed a ball to the gap in right-center which took one bounce and rebounded off the scoreboard. Drew Butera knocked in the other run for the Twins, who salvaged a game in the series and won for the first time since beating the White Sox on September 7. Joe Nathan (2-1) turned in a scoreless top of the ninth.
Final Score: Cleveland 11, Chicago 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run home run and drove in five as the Cleveland Indians pounded the Chicago White Sox, 11-2, in the finale of a four-game series. Kosuke Fukudome went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, three RBI and two runs scored while Jason Kipnis added a solo home run for the Indians, who won the opening game of the set before dropping the next two. Jeanmar Gomez (5-2) won his fifth straight start as he gave up just two runs -- one earned -- on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings of work. Juan Pierre went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the White Sox, who had won three of four coming into the game and closed out the road portion of their schedule with a mark of 43-38. Philip Humber (9-9) gave up seven runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings.