|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 05 June 2007 19:35|
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) -C.C. Sabathia pitched his fifth career shutout and Cleveland kept rolling at home with a 1-0 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday night.
Sabathia (9-1) joined John Lackey of the Angels as the majors' only nine-game winners. He improved to 4-0 in five starts since May 16, while the Indians increased baseball's best home record to 20-6.
Sabathia moved to 6-0 in eight home starts. He allowed five singles and struck out eight.
The Royals have lost 10 of 12.
Franklin Gutierrez led off the third with his first homer of the season off Jorge De La Rosa (4-6). The Royals' lefty allowed five hits and one run over 7 1-3 innings, striking out a career-high seven and walking two.
Sabathia pitched his first shutout since a three-hitter against Baltimore last July 7.
Blue Jays 12, Devil Rays 11
TORONTO (AP) - Matt Stairs scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk, capping Toronto's six-run ninth inning.
With Tampa Bay leading 11-6, Chad Orvella walked Aaron Hill to lead off the ninth, then gave up consecutive RBI doubles to Adam Lind and Jason Phillips. Shawn Camp came in and walked Howie Clark. After a groundout, Vernon Wells hit a two-run double that made it 11-10.
Stairs tied the game with an RBI double off Casey Fossum (3-6) before Tim Corcoran intentionally walked Frank Thomas. After a passed ball allowed both runners to advance, Troy Glaus was intentionally walked. Hill walked on five pitches, forcing Stairs home and giving the Blue Jays their third straight win.
Lind had a career-high five RBIs, including a three-run homer off starter Andy Sonnanstine.
Josh Towers (2-3) got the win, yielding an unearned run and two hits in two innings.
Yankees 7, White Sox 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs to lead New York to the victory over Chicago and Mark Buehrle.
The Yankees broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth, making a winner of rookie Tyler Clippard (3-1). He pitched five innings, allowing one run and five hits.
The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against Kyle Farnsworth but settled for one run.
They also loaded the bases against Brian Bruney with one out in the ninth. But Mariano Rivera came in and got two outs for his sixth save.
New York had a season-high 17 hits off Buehrle (2-3) and three relievers. Six Yankees had multi-hit games as the Yankees improved to 4-9 against left-handers.
Buehrle allowed five runs and 11 hits - both season-highs - in six innings.
Rangers 7, Tigers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Victor Diaz hit a grand slam in the first inning for Texas off Nate Robertson, the Detroit starter who didn't retire a batter.
The slam came right after an RBI single by Sammy Sosa. Marlon Byrd followed with a triple and Robertson (4-6) was done after six batters, 30 pitches and no outs.
Michael Young went 4-for-4 for Texas.
Willie Eyre (2-2), the second Texas pitcher, threw two shutout innings. Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
It was the first time in 10 years that an opposing starter failed to retire a Rangers batter, since Minnesota's Roy P. Smith gave up four runs and five hits without an out May 26, 1987.
Athletics 2, Red Sox 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Lenny DiNardo held his former teammates to two hits over six innings and outpitched Daisuke Matsuzaka as Oakland handed Boston its fifth loss in six games.
Eric Chavez homered in his second straight game and Nick Swisher added a run-scoring double in the fifth for the A's, who won their fourth straight. Boston still has the majors' best record at 37-20, but has lost three in a row for the first time this season.
Matsuzaka (7-4) was solid in his second straight defeat, yielding seven hits and two walks while striking out eight - a marked improvement on the 19 hits and 11 earned runs allowed by the Japanese right-hander in his previous two starts.
DiNardo (2-2), allowed two hits and walked six in six innings but he and four relievers combined on a three-hitter. He was a rookie with the Red Sox in 2004.
Boston hit into five double plays.
Mariners 5, Orioles 4
SEATTLE (AP) - A night after rallying for four runs in the eighth inning against Baltimore's bullpen, Seattle Mariners scored four times in the seventh to beat the Orioles.
Ichiro Suzuki's two-out double just inside the left-field line scores Ben Broussard with the go-ahead run. Seattle sent nine batters to the plate in the inning, using four hits and two walks to rally for its season-high fifth straight win.
Jason Davis (1-0) retired Miguel Tejada for the final out of the seventh to get his first win with Seattle and first victory since July 25, 2006, while with Cleveland. J.J. Putz worked the ninth for his 15th save in as many chances.
Kevin Millar and Tejada had two doubles and Millar drove in two runs for Baltimore, which has lost five straight for the third time this season.
Seattle's rally ruined a solid performance by Baltimore starter Brian Burres, who allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings.
Angels 5, Twins 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kelvim Escobar pitched a three-hitter for his second complete game of the season and Casey Kotchman homered for Los Angeles in its fifth straight victory.
The AL West-leading Angels (38-22) are off to the best start in franchise history and are a major league-best 24-8 at home. They have won 16 of their last 20 overall and are 16 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Escobar (7-3) won for the sixth time in eight starts, striking out four and walking three. The complete game was his ninth in 182 career starts and his first since May 10, when he scattered seven hits in an 8-0 win against Cleveland at Angel Stadium.
Scott Baker (1-1) was charged with five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.