|Monday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 02 July 2007 19:22|
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -Roger Clemens allowed two hits over eight innings to earn his 350th victory as the New York Yankees beat Minnesota 5-1 on Monday night.
Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead homer and finished with three hits for the Yankees, who won for only the third time in 12 games. Alex Rodriguez got his 80th RBI on a first-inning grounder, then left in the sixth because of a strained left hamstring.
Rodriguez remained in the game and advanced to second before coming out. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Clemens (2-3) retired his final 15 batters. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner struck out four and walked one in the longest outing of his latest comeback.
Boof Bonser (5-5) fell to 0-3 in four starts since beating Washington on June 10. It was his second loss to the Yankees this year.
Red Sox 7, Rangers 3
BOSTON (AP) - Eric Hinske had a bases-loaded triple and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double for Boston.
The Red Sox salvaged a split of the four-game series after scoring seven runs in the first three games against Texas, which has the second-worst ERA in the major leagues. Coming into the series, the Red Sox had been swept in a three-game series at Seattle.
Kason Gabbard (2-0) allowed three runs, three hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings, striking out five. Four relievers combined for two-hit relief.
Brad Wilkerson hit a three-run homer for Texas, which went 4-3 on its trip, the Rangers' first winning road trip since July 13-23 last year (6-5).
Brandon McCarthy (4-5) gave up four runs and six hits over 3 2-3 innings in his first appearance since June 9. He had been on the disabled list because of a blister on his right middle finger.
Wilkerson's homer in the fifth cut the lead to 4-3, but Hinske tripled in the bottom half.
Indians 10, Devil Rays 2
CLEVELAND (AP) - Fausto Carmona won his ninth game and rookie outfielder Ben Francisco homered and drove in three runs as Cleveland completed a four-game sweep.
Grady Sizemore broke open the game with an eighth-inning grand slam, the 500th hit of his career.
The Indians, whose 31-12 home mark is the best in baseball, finished 7-1 on their homestand. The Devil Rays have lost eight straight and 15 of 19.
Francisco drove in a run with a second-inning double, homered in the fourth and added an RBI single in the seventh.
Carmona (9-4) struck out a career-high eight. He allowed two runs - one earned - and walked two in six innings.
Andy Sonnanstine (1-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Royals 3, Mariners 2, 11 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - David DeJesus homered, doubled twice and scored the winning run for Kansas City on Emil Brown's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to snap Seattle's eight-game winning streak and give John McLaren a loss in his first game as manager.
DeJesus, who homered in the third and doubled and scored in the first, doubled leading off the 11th against Brandon Morrow (3-2). After a walk and a sacrifice bunt, Brown ended it with a fly ball to center.
Octavio Dotel (1-1) pitched the 11th to earn his first win for the Royals.
McLaren was promoted to manager on Sunday when Mike Hargrove surprised the Mariners with his resignation.
The Royals had the potential winning run on third in both the ninth and 10th but Brown and Alex Gordon struck out to end the ninth and Joey Gathright struck out for the third out in the 10th.
Orioles 7, White Sox 6
CHICAGO (AP) - Kevin Millar singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth off Chicago closer Bobby Jenks as Baltimore Orioles came from four runs down over the final two innings.
With Baltimore trailing 6-5, Corey Patterson led off the ninth a double, his fourth straight hit. He scored the tying run on Brian Roberts' RBI single off Jenks (2-4), who blew his third save in 25 chances.
After a sacrifice, an intentional walk and a double steal, Millar hit an RBI single to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead.
Rob Bell (1-1) pitched the eighth for the win. Chris Ray struck out the side for his 14th save.
Trailing 6-2, the Orioles got three unearned runs in the eighth, two of which scored on Jay Payton's triple.
Chicago starter Mark Buehrle gave up nine hits and four runs - two earned - in 7 2-3 innings.
Juan Uribe, Jim Thome and Josh Fields hit two-run homers off Erik Bedard as the White Sox built their 6-2 lead. Bedard yielded five hits and six runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Blue Jays 11, Athletics 7
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Vernon Wells homered twice to help Josh Towers win consecutive decisions for the first time in nearly two years and Toronto Blue Jays snapped a four-game losing streak.
Wells sparked a six-run third inning against Lenny DiNardo (3-5) with a home run and added another solo shot - his 11th of the season - to lead off the sixth against Colby Lewis. Wells added two singles, matching his career high with four hits.
Towers (4-5) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings.
Frank Thomas had three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays.
Dan Johnson went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs and Shannon Stewart was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the A's, who returned from a 3-7 road trip only to lose the series opener against the Blue Jays.