|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2007 17:37|
Wilkerson had a three-run shot in the fourth, connected with the bases empty in the sixth, and added a two-run blast in the seventh that was his 13th of the season. He is the first AL player with a three-homer game this season. Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs and Carlos Lee of Houston have done it in the NL.
Kevin Millwood (5-7) gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings, striking out four with no walks in his longest outing of the season for Texas.
The Angels had won six of the first seven meetings with Texas this season by a total score of 42-22.
Los Angeles, which has lost five of seven, went in front in the second on Howie Kendrick's two-run single.
Ervin Santana (5-9) had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings, but left trailing 4-2. He allowed five runs and seven hits.
Red Sox 4, Devil Rays 1
BOSTON (AP) - Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched eight shutout innings as Boston handed Tampa Bay its ninth straight loss.
Matsuzaka (10-5) struck out nine while allowing four hits and one walk. Struggling Julio Lugo went 2-for-3, his first hits since June 14, and drove in two runs.
Carlos Pena of the Devil Rays hit his 19th homer in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon.
Scott Kazmir (5-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits while striking out six in six innings. He walked three - all in a row, throwing 10 consecutive balls - to load the bases and help Boston to a three-run second.
Lugo's single in the inning gave Boston a 3-0 lead and ended his 0-for-33 slump - the longest for a Red Sox player since 1991. It was his first RBI since June 8.
Indians 5, Tigers 4, 11 innings
DETROIT (AP) - Casey Blake homered in the 11th inning to give Cleveland its sixth straight win.
The Tigers had opportunities to win the game in the 10th, but two of their All-Stars came up short with the bases loaded.
Blake hit his 12th homer off Jose Capellan (0-1) with two outs in the 11th to give Cleveland the lead. Capellan was making his debut with the Tigers two days after being acquired from Milwaukee in a trade.
Franklin Gutierrez made a leaping catch of Curtis Granderson's leadoff liner at the top of the right-field wall in the bottom of the 10th.
The Tigers then loaded the bases on two singles, a wild pitch and an intentional walk. But Tom Mastny (6-2) got Carlos Guillen to pop up and Ivan Rodriguez to ground out.
Joe Borowski was perfect in the bottom of the 11th for his 25th save.
Yankees 8, Twins 0
NEW YORK (AP) - Chien-Ming Wang won his fifth straight decision and Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer for New York .
Alex Rodriguez played third base for the Yankees one night after leaving the game with a strained left hamstring. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and was pulled after the sixth with the Yankees up 8-0.
Bobby Abreu had three hits for the second consecutive game, helping New York win for the fourth time in 13 games. Derek Jeter had three hits and two RBIs, and Melky Cabrera added a two-run single.
Edwar Ramirez finished off the shutout by striking out all three batters in the ninth in his major league debut.
The Twins, who have totaled one run while losing three straight games, dropped to 9-27 against New York in the regular season since the start of 2002, including 2-15 at Yankee Stadium.
Cano connected in the fourth off Carlos Silva (6-9), who won his previous two starts.
Wang (8-4) pitched four-hit ball for seven innings to win for the seventh time in eight decisions. Scott Proctor and Ramirez completed the five-hitter, New York's second shutout this season. Minnesota was blanked for the seventh time, most in the AL.
Royals 17, Mariners 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Billy Butler homered, doubled and drove in six runs as Kansas City handed John McLaren his second loss in two games as Seattle's manager.
Butler, who will probably return to the minor leagues when regular DH Mike Sweeney comes off the disabled list, had a three-run homer in the six-run first inning and doubled with the bases loaded in the four-run second.
Butler also had a single and was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. He is the first rookie to have a six-RBI game this season.
Ryan Feierabend (1-3) allowed 10 runs in just 1 1-3 innings in his seventh major league start. The 21-year-old left-hander's ERA jumped from 6.46 to 9.72 after allowing eight hits, including two home runs.
The 17 runs and 16 hits tied the Royals' season highs. It was the most runs the Mariners have allowed this season.
Jorge De La Rosa (6-9) won his second straight start, going seven innings and allowing three runs and eight hits.
White Sox 5, Orioles 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Javier Vazquez threw his 21st career complete game and Jim Thome hit a three-run homer for Chicago, which won for the seventh time in nine games.
Thome broke open a one-run game with two outs in the fourth when he hit his 12th homer to make it 5-1.
It was Vazquez's first complete game since Sept. 5 of last season in a road loss to the Red Sox.
Vazquez (5-5) allowed four hits, including Kevin Millar's leadoff homer in the second, and struck out seven without a walk.
Daniel Cabrera (6-9) lasted six innings, allowing five runs and six hits.