American League Game Capsules (Tuesday, August 30th)
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Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Carlos Santana and Jack Hannahan hit two- run, sixth-inning homers to push the Cleveland Indians past the Oakland Athletics, 6-2, in the second contest of a four-game series. Jeanmar Gomez (1-2), who was called up from the minors prior to the game, allowed one unearned run over six innings to record the win. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four. Kosuke Fukudome added a two-run double for the Indians, who have won four of five. They remained 5 1/2 games behind first- place Detroit in the AL Central. Trevor Cahill (9-13) gave up five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings to suffer his eighth loss in his last nine decisions. Coco Crisp and Kurt Suzuki both had an RBI for the A's, losers of four straight.
Final Score: Baltimore 6, Toronto 5 (10 innings)
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Rookie Ryan Adams capped a two-run bottom of the 10th inning with an RBI single into the right-center field gap to send the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series. With the Orioles trailing 5-4, Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds worked consecutive leadoff walks against Brian Tallet (0-1). Pinch-hitter Jake Fox then knocked in the tying run with a one-out single to right before Adams connected. The ball bounced over the fence to end the game. Willie Eyre (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up a go- ahead run in the top of the 10th. Wieters cracked a two-run homer and Vladimir Guerrero added an RBI double for the O's, winners in seven of their last nine. Brett Lawrie clubbed a three-run homer and Eric Thames added two doubles for the Blue Jays, losers in five of their last six games.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Kansas City 1 (10 innings)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - A game dominated by pitching ended with Ramon Santiago taking Aaron Crow deep over the right-field wall in the 10th, giving the AL Central-leading Tigers a dramatic 2-1 win over the Royals. Doug Fister and Jeff Francis were brilliant in their outings, but neither factored in the decision, which evened this four-game set with two games to play. Joaquin Benoit (4-3) kept the Royals off the board in the ninth and 10th frames, and Santiago stepped in against Crow (3-4) and finished off the visitors with his fourth home run of the season. Santiago entered as a pinch-runner for Magglio Ordonez in the eighth inning after he knocked in Ryan Raburn with the tying run. The ending overshadowed a pitching clinic by Fister and Francis. The Royals pounded out 18 hits in a 9-5 win in Monday's opener, but went down in order against Fister in each of the first six innings on Tuesday.
Final Score: New York 5, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - CC Sabathia labored through six innings to get his 18th win of the year and finally beat the Red Sox, as the Yankees earned an ugly 5-2 win at Fenway Park. The game featured four hit batters and the ejection of New York manager Joe Girardi in the ninth inning for arguing after closer Mariano Rivera hit Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a pitch. Boston, which left 16 men on base, saw its lead in the AL East reduced to a half-game over the Yankees. Sabathia (18-7), who had been 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in four previous starts against the Red Sox this year, allowed 10 hits, but also had 10 strikeouts. The big left-hander is unbeaten in his last three starts. The Yankees, who won their third in a row, are just 3-10 against the BoSox this year. Benches cleared after Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who homered in the fifth, was hit in the back by a John Lackey pitch in the seventh inning. Lackey (12-10) was charged with seven hits and five runs -- four earned -- and departed after seven innings. The Red Sox worked Sabathia hard, as he threw 128 pitches before being spelled by Cory Wade.
Final Score: Texas 2, Tampa Bay 0
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Scott Feldman's first start of 2011 was a gem, and Josh Hamilton homered as Texas got past Tampa Bay, 2-0, in the first edition of a three-game series. Feldman (1-0) worked six scoreless innings, scattering two hits and walking one with four strikeouts in an outing designed to give Texas' normal starters an extra day of rest for the stretch run. Neftali Feliz worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth to record his 26th save. David Murphy added two hits, including an RBI single, for the Rangers, who have won three of four. Jeremy Hellickson (11-10) allowed six hits and a pair of runs over six full frames for the Rays, who have lost two straight after a three-game win streak.
Final Score: Chicago 8, Minnesota 6
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Gordon Beckham was hit by an Alex Burnett pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, as the Chicago White Sox earned an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins in the middle test of a three-game series. Twins starter Anthony Swarzak (3-5) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs -- six earned -- on six hits. He entered the fifth with a 6-3 lead, but Paul Konerko ripped an RBI double before the tying runs scored on Michael Cuddyer's throwing error. Burnett entered and issued a walk to load the bases, then hit Beckham two batters later. Juan Pierre added an RBI single and Alejandro De Aza belted a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have won five straight and seven of nine. They remain five games behind the AL Central-leading Tigers, who beat the Royals in extra innings earlier Tuesday. Rookie starter Zach Stewart gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings for Chicago, but Will Ohman (1-3) recorded the final out in the top of the fifth to earn the win. Sergio Santos fanned three in a scoreless ninth to record his 28th save of the season. Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer for the Twins, who have lost 11 of 13.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 13, Seattle 6
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Trout belted two home runs and knocked in five runs to lead the Angels to a 13-6 victory over the Mariners in the second test of a four-game series. Jerome Williams (2-0) lasted seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while fanning six to earn just his second win since 2005. Erick Aybar hit a two-run double for the Angels, who halted a two-game skid. They remain 3 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Rangers. Anthony Vasquez (1-1), making just the second major league start, gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- over four-plus innings to suffer the loss. Ichiro Suzuki slapped a two-run single in the seventh to extend his hit streak to a season-high 13 games.
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