|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:59|
By The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Carl Crawford hit his first career grand slam and New York's Alex Rodriguez had his 23-game hitting streak ended in Tamp Bay's 6-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
The loss was the Yankees' fifth straight and dropped them into last place in the AL East.
A night after hitting his 13th and 14th homers to tie the major league record for home runs in April, Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk. Rodriguez hit safely in 18 consecutive games to start the season and 23 straight dating to last September.
Chien-Ming Wang (0-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings after being activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday. He left with two runners on in the seventh. Luis Vizcaino intentionally walked Rocco Baldelli to load the bases. One out later, Crawford capped a 4-for-4 night with the home run that erased a 3-2 deficit and gave Tampa Bay a two-game sweep.
Juan Salas (1-1) got one out in relief, and Al Reyes pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) - Vernon Wells went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs and Roy Halladay struck out 10 in eight innings for Toronto, which took advantage of four Boston errors.
Wells, who hit his fourth homer in the first inning, matched career highs for hits and runs. It was the 12th four-hit game of his career and the third time he has scored four runs.
Halladay (3-0) allowed three runs and five hits, reaching double figures in strikeouts for the sixth time in his career, and the first since 2005.
Julian Tavarez (0-2) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Kyle Snyder relieved and gave up four unearned runs while getting just four outs. Mike Lowell homered for the Red Sox, his third in his last three games.
Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun hurt himself trying to throw out at a runner at second in the first. He will go on the 15-day disabled list.
Angels 9, Tigers 8, 10 innings
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Detroit closer Todd Jones' throwing error led to the winning run for the Angels, who blew a seven-run lead and still came away with the victory.
slide across with the winning run.
Dustin Moseley (2-0) got the final out in the 10th for the Angels.
Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer against All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez with one out in the ninth, completing the Tigers' comeback from a 7-0 deficit and putting them ahead 8-7.
Athletics 4, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Dallas Braden allowed three hits over six innings to win his major league debut and give Oakland a two-game sweep. Braden (1-0) gave up one run, struck out six and walked one - his first batter. The left-hander permitted only one runner past second base.
Huston Street, the fourth Oakland reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Oakland set a major league record by keeping Baltimore scoreless in the first. It was the 20th straight game in which the A's failed to allow a first-inning run, a record for the start of the season. The old mark of 19 was set by the 1990 Milwaukee Brewers and matched by Boston in 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jeremy Guthrie (1-1) allowed one earned run and four hits in five innings. It was his second major league start and first with Baltimore.
Indians 5, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's Johan Santana lost his second straight home start and Cleveland's Fausto Carmona got a long-awaited win.
Santana (3-2) was making his first home start since Tampa Bay snapped his remarkable regular-season winning streak on April 13. Santana was 17-0, and the Twins were 24-0, in his previous 24 home starts before he was outdueled by Scott Kazmir in a 4-2 loss.
The two-time Cy Young winner gave up four runs and six hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
Carmona (1-1) gave up two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings to snap a skid of 11 straight losing decisions, giving him his first victory since making his major league debut on April 15, 2006.
Joe Borowski allowed an RBI single to Jason Kubel in the ninth before finishing for his eighth save.
Travis Hafner homered in the first inning for Cleveland.