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American League Game Capsules (Thursday, September 1st)
Final Score: Oakland 7, Cleveland 0
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Cliff Pennington went 4-for-5 with three RBI and Gio Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings, as the Oakland Athletics handled the Cleveland Indians, 7-0, to avoid a four-game sweep. Coco Crisp went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in for the A's, who snapped a five-game skid and went 4-6 on a 10-game road trip. Gonzalez (12-11) gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked four in the victory. He improved to 5-0 in six career starts against the Tribe and has allowed just three earned runs in 37 1/3 innings. Fausto Carmona (6-13) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over six-plus innings for the Indians, who went 6-5 on an 11- game homestand. He struck out six and walked two. The Indians remained 5 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Detroit lost to Kansas City on Thursday. Cleveland was trying to pull off a four-game sweep of the A's for the first time since April 26-29, 1999 in Oakland.
Final Score: Toronto 8, Baltimore 6
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Brett Lawrie went 3-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, as the Toronto Blue Jays snuck past the Baltimore Orioles, 8-6, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Kelly Johnson hit a solo homer for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four. Yunel Escobar went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Toronto starter Luis Perez gave up five runs on six hits over five-plus innings. He struck out six and walked three. Shawn Camp (2-3) recorded the final two outs in the seventh to pick up the win. Vladimir Guerrero went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored for the Orioles, who have dropped four of five. Matt Wieters hit a solo homer and drove in two runs. Tommy Hunter allowed six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits over six innings for Baltimore. Willie Eyre (1-1) gave up Lawrie's homer to take the loss. Hunter was taken to a nearby hospital following his outing due to an unknown illness. O's manager Buck Showalter said Hunter was vomiting after leaving the game.
Final Score: Kansas City 11, Detroit 8
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer and doubled in a run during the seventh inning, helping the Royals come back to beat the Tigers, 11-8, in the finale of a four-game series. Eric Hosmer also homered and Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-5 with two RBI for Kansas City, which managed a split of the set. The Royals trailed by two entering the seventh, but scored four runs in the inning to take the lead for good. Reliever Phil Coke (2-9) was responsible for all of those runs and took the loss. Magglio Ordonez and Austin Jackson hit two-run homers for the AL Central-leading Tigers, helping them establish an 8-6 lead by the end of the sixth.
Final Score: New York 4, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Russell Martin's two-run double in the seventh inning propelled the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the rubber match of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Eric Chavez added an RBI single in the deciding frame for the Yankees, who took two of three from their perennial rivals and crept within a half-game of first-place Boston in the AL East. Dustin Pedroia's two-run homer was the lone offense for the Red Sox, who had won three of four coming in. Alfredo Aceves (9-2) suffered the loss, charged with two runs in 1 1/3 relief innings. Five years to the day since he made public his diagnosis of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, Sox starter Jon Lester allowed seven hits and one run over five full frames.
Final Score: Texas 7, Tampa Bay 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Ian Kinsler hit a pair of solo home runs to back C.J. Wilson's quality outing, helping the Texas Rangers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Wilson (14-6) retired the first 15 hitters he faced and struck out eight over six-plus frames. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk to bounce back from a forgettable five-inning, six-run effort against the Angels on Saturday. Michael Young also went deep for AL West-leading Texas, which welcomed back Adrian Beltre from the disabled list and won for the fourth time in six games. Jeff Niemann (9-6) lost his second decision since returning from the disabled list in late June, as he allowed five runs on six hits in five innings. Kelly Shoppach homered for the Rays, who have lost three of their last four.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Seattle 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter's three-run homer and Howie Kendrick's solo shot were enough for the Angels to get by the Mariners, 4-3, and earn a split in the four-game series. Ervin Santana (11-9) walked seven in 6 2/3 laborious innings, but nonetheless earned the win after holding the Mariners to three runs on four hits. The Angels, who had lost three of four coming in, still trail the AL West-leading Rangers by 3 1/2 games. Charlie Furbush (3-7) was touched for four runs on four hits and three walks in six frames for Seattle, which completed a 2-5 homestand.