|Friday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 25 May 2007 19:32|
By The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) -Casey Blake and Victor Martinez hit first-inning homers and Cleveland beat Detroit 7-4 on Friday night.
The game was the first of seven between the AL Central's top teams in the next 10 days. The Indians' victory gave them a half-game lead over Detroit.
Paul Byrd (5-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings to improve to 4-0 in his last six starts.
Rafael Betancourt came in for Byrd and allowed one hit in 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
Blake hit a drive to left off Nate Robertson with one out in the first for his fifth homer in 26 career at-bats against the left-hander. It was Blake's sixth of the season.
Robertson (4-4) struck out Travis Hafner before Martinez homered into the tunnel beyond the right-field fence to make it 2-0.
Robertson went 5 2-3 innings, giving up five runs, 10 hits and three walks. He dropped to 1-3 in his last four starts.
Athletics 3, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Oakland's Dan Haren pitched seven innings of two-hit ball for his fifth straight victory.
Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer for the Athletics, who have won 14 of their last 16 games at Camden Yards.
Haren (5-2) gave up a first-inning run, then allowed only two baserunners over the next six innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.70.
Alan Embree struck out Jay Gibbons with runners on the corners and two outs to earn his second save.
Erik Bedard (3-3) yielded six hits and three runs - two earned - in seven innings. Bedard struck out eight to take over the AL lead with 83. But Baltimore lost for the ninth time in 12 games to fall a season-high six games under .500 (21-27).
After losing his first two starts this season, Haren has gone unbeaten in nine straight starts. The victory improved his career record to 39-37, the first time he's been two games over .500.
Angels 10, Yankees 6
NEW YORK (AP) - Casey Kotchman and Chone Figgins homered and Vladimir Guerrero doubled twice for Los Angeles.
The Angels had eight extra-base hits to support an unsteady Jered Weaver (4-3).
The Angels are the only AL team to hold an edge over New York since Joe Torre became its manager before the 1996 season. The Angels are 56-52 against the Yankees in the regular season - they've also beaten them twice in the playoffs.
Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 19th home run and Robinson Cano had a late, three-run double that made it 10-6.
Guerrero and Kotchman each got three hits and Orlando Cabrera scored three times. The Angels scored three times in the fifth for a 6-2 lead, highlighted by an RBI double by Gary Matthews Jr. They broke open the game with four more runs in the sixth for a 10-3 lead.
Rookie Tyler Clippard (1-1) couldn't duplicate last Sunday night's success in his major league debut and middle relievers Matt DeSalvo and Luis Vizcaino were hit hard.
Twins 4, Blue Jays 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Torii Hunter followed a two-out fielding error by Toronto reliever Scott Downs with an RBI single in the seventh inning, sending Minnesota to the victory.
Toronto's Frank Thomas homered to tie it 3-3 in the sixth with home run No. 494 to move past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff into sole possession of 21st place on the career list.
Justin Morneau hit a weak dribbler in front of the mound that Downs (1-1) fumbled when he tried to pick it up with his bare hand. Luis Castillo moved to third on the error and scored when Hunter poked a ball through the hole to the opposite field for his team-high 41st RBI.
Matt Guerrier (1-1) was the winner after throwing 1 2-3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Scott Baker.
Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 10th save.
Mariners 10, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Vidro homered and Seattle hit seven doubles in a game that saw both starters leave with stiff lower backs.
Felix Hernandez (3-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings for Seattle in his third start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up an RBI triple to Shane Costa and an RBI double to Alex Gordon in the sixth and left with what the Mariners said was had tightness in the lower back, which was also what the Royals announced about Gil Meche when he left in the fifth.
Meche (3-3) gave up 11 hits and seven runs in 4 1-3 innings. His ERA climbed from 2.44, third-best in the league, to 3.18.
Suzuki, stretching his hitting streak to 18 games, homered on Meche's second pitch. He and Vidro had RBI singles in the 18-hit attack. The seven doubles were one short of the team record.
White Sox 5, Devil Rays 4
CHICAGO (AP) - Joe Crede's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the ninth inning lifted Chicago to its fourth win in five games.
Tampa Bay's Chad Orvella (0-2) pitched a scoreless eighth but left after walking Tadahito Iguchi and Jim Thome to start the ninth. Brian Stokes came in and struck out Jermaine Dye, but A.J. Pierzynski singled to right to load the bases. Crede then drove in Iguchi with a fly to left on the first pitch.
Bobby Jenks (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth.
Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Luis Terrero gave Chicago a 3-1 lead in the fourth with a long homer to left, and Iguchi added an RBI single in the sixth. But Tampa Bay's Elijah Dukes tied it in the seventh with a three-run homer off Mark Buehrle.