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American League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 20th)
Final Score: New York 5, Tampa Bay 0
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Curtis Granderson drove in four runs and Ivan Nova worked into the eighth inning to help the New York Yankees take a 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game series. The win moves the Yankees six games over Boston for first place in the AL East and cuts their magic number to three. The Red Sox lost to the Orioles Tuesday night. Derek Jeter had two hits to move past Cap Anson for 19th place on baseball's all-time hit list with 3,082. Sean Rodriguez had two of the six hits for the Rays, who came into the series having taken three of four from Boston. Wade Davis (10-10) was tagged for five runs on eight hits with five walks over just 4 2/3 innings. Tampa is still two games behind Boston for the wild card lead.
Final Score: Baltimore 7, Boston 5
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Robert Andino's three-run double in the eighth inning pushed Baltimore past Boston, 7-5, in the third installment of a four- game series. Mark Reynolds added two hits and two RBI, while Nick Markakis collected three hits and drove in a run for the Orioles, who have taken two of three in the set after splitting a Monday doubleheader. Adrian Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and drove in three for the Red Sox, who have dropped seven of their last 10. Boston fell six back of the Yankees in the AL East after New York topped Tampa Bay. The Sox remained two games up on the Rays in the wild card race.
Final Score: Texas 7, Oakland 2
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre hit a three-run home run to help the Texas Rangers take a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a three-game set. The win moves Texas to five games ahead of the LA Angles of Anaheim for first place in the AL West. The Angels defeated the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Michael Young went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored while Josh Hamilton scored twice for the Rangers, who have won seven of their last eight to move their magic number to four. Coco Crisp and Michael Taylor each hit solo homers for the Athletics, who have lost three of four. Rich Harden (4-4) dropped his second consecutive start as he was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits in just three innings of work.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 10, Toronto 6
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mark Trumbo punctuated a five-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, and the Angels notched a 10-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the second test of a four-game series at Rogers Centre. Trumbo added an RBI single for Los Angeles, which closed to within 4 1/2 games of AL West-leading Texas. The Rangers open a three-game set in Oakland on Tuesday. The Angels also trimmed their deficit in the wild card to 3 1/2 games behind Boston after the Red Sox lost to Baltimore. Vernon Wells and Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs apiece for the Angels, while Joel Pineiro (7-7) gave up four runs on nine hits over six-plus innings to record his first road win since June 17 against the Mets. Brett Cecil (4-10) allowed four runs and six hits in three innings to absorb the loss.
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Chicago 3 Final Score: Chicago 5, Cleveland 4
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Alexei Ramirez brought across the game- deciding run in the seventh inning to cap a 5-4 White Sox comeback victory over the Indians in the second game of a doubleheader. Cleveland took the twinbill opener by a score of 4-3, thanks to home runs by Travis Hafner, Asdrubal Cabrera and Kosuke Fukudome. Gordon Beckham posted three doubles, an RBI and a run scored for Chicago, which won for the second time in three games. Matt Thornton (2-5) earned the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Dylan Axelrod allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks through 4 2/3 innings in his second major-league start. Zach Putnam (0-1) allowed two runs while recording one out in the seventh for the loss. Tribe starter Zach McAllister lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk in his third career start. Jason Donald went 4-for-5 with a run scored for the Indians, losers in two of their last three.
Final Score: Kansas City 10, Detroit 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer finished 5-for-5 with a three- run homer, powering the Kansas City Royals to a 10-2 win over the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers in the opener of a two-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Hosmer's 18th home run of the season capped a six-run fourth inning for the Royals, who had won seven straight games before a loss on Sunday. Salvador Perez and Melky Cabrera both collected three hits, with Perez matching Hosmer's three RBI. Luis Mendoza (1-0), making his season debut for the Royals after earning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year honors, gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and walked three in seven innings. Detroit starter Brad Penny (10-11) surrendered seven runs and 10 hits over four frames.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Minnesota 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adam Kennedy's run-scoring infield hit in the seventh inning was the difference, as Seattle sent Minnesota to its 10th consecutive loss with a 5-4 decision in the opener of a three-game set. Alex Liddi hit a two-run game-tying homer and Mike Carp totaled five hits for the Mariners, who have won four of their last six. Jason Vargas (9-13) worked six innings for the win, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits. Brandon League worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth to pick up his 35th save. Ben Revere had four hits and an RBI for the Twins, who hadn't seen a double-digit losing skid since dropping 10 straight from September 9-19, 1998. Trevor Plouffe doubled twice and drove in a run in the setback. Brian Duensing (9-14) served up the deciding run in 1 1/3 relief frames.