|Friday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 06 July 2007 19:14|
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) -Justin Morneau homered three times in the second game of a doubleheader and Minnesota capped a huge day on offense by routing the Chicago White Sox 12-0 on Friday night.
The Twins won the opener 20-14.
Morneau became the fourth Twins player to hit three home runs in a game, and Minnesota hit six in the nightcap to complete the sweep.
Morneau hit a three-run drive in the first, a solo shot in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh, giving him 23 on the year. Bob Allison, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva hit three in a game for the Twins. Morneau flied to left in the eighth in his bid for a four-homer game.
Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and Jeff Cirillo homered in the second game for Minnesota.
The 34 runs in the opener were the most in a game since May 19, 1999, when Cincinnati beat Colorado 24-12, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Twins catcher Mike Redmond suffered a bloody gash on his head after Chicago's Jim Thome accidentally hit him in the head with his bat in the first inning of the second game.
Matt Garza (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowing five hits to win the second game. Gavin Floyd (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the loss.
Jason Kubel hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the Twins handed Chicago's Jon Garland one of the worst beatings of his career in the opener.
It was the most runs for the Twins since they scored 23 against Cleveland on June 4, 2002. The White Sox had not surrendered 20 since April 2, 1998, against Texas.
Garland (6-6) tied a career-high by allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Scott Baker (3-3) got the win despite allowing seven runs and nine hits in five innings.
Chicago set season highs for runs and hits (18). It was the most runs for the White Sox since scoring 20 against St. Louis on June 20, 2006.
Tigers 9, Red Sox 2
DETROIT (AP) - Curtis Granderson led off the fifth with a home run and Marcus Thames added a grand slam in the inning for Detroit.
Rookie Andrew Miller (4-2) gave up one run and three hits over seven innings. He matched a season-high with six strikeouts and set a career mark with four walks.
Julian Tavarez (5-7) allowed a season-high eight runs and matched his season high by giving up 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings to lose his third straight start.
Granderson hit the first pitch of the fifth for his 12th homer, giving Detroit a three-run lead. Thames' third career grand slam, and ninth homer of the season, made it 8-1.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn, activated in place of the suspended Neifi Perez, had an RBI single in the eighth to make it 9-1. Boston's Doug Mirabelli hit his third homer in the ninth.
Yankees 14, Angels 9
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez homered to tie Lou Gehrig on the career list to lead New York, which overcame a blown five-run lead.
A day after a strained left hamstring forced him to miss his only game this year, Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the sixth for a 12-9 lead. His 493rd homer matched Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 22nd place.
New York set season highs for runs and hits (19) - every starter had a hit and an RBI - and won for the fourth time in five games. The AL West leaders have lost seven of 10.
After Figgins' two-out, two-run single off rookie Edwar Ramirez (1-0) tied it in the sixth, Rodriguez and the Yankees struck back in the bottom half off Chris Bootcheck (2-2).
Rodriguez also singled and doubled, ending his season-worst 0-for-19 slump.
Andy Pettitte failed to hold an 8-3 lead.
Blue Jays 8, Indians 6
TORONTO (AP) - Vernon Wells homered and drove in three runs and Roy Halladay remained unbeaten against Cleveland.
Wells went 2-for-4 and was intentionally walked in the fifth. He's batting .354 (17-for-48) with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 11 games as Toronto's leadoff batter.
Halladay (10-3) allowed five runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings. He is 5-0 with a 3.84 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Indians, including nine starts.
Jeremy Accardo worked the ninth for his 11th save.
The Blue Jays erased a 1-0 deficit with a five-run second against left-hander Cliff Lee (5-5). John McDonald had an RBI single in the inning and Wells followed with a two-run single and Alex Rios hit a two-run double.
Lee lost for the first time in five starts. He gave up six runs - five earned - and six hits over four innings.
Devil Rays 6, Royals 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brendan Harris and Delmon Young drove in two runs apiece and Tampa Bay snapped an 11-game losing streak.
Winless since beating the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 24, the Devil Rays ended the longest losing streak in the majors this year. It was their longest since a 12-game skid in 2004 that also ended in Kansas City.
It was also Tampa Bay's second victory in its last 23 July road games dating to July 29, 2005, but the 12th victory in the last 15 meetings with the Royals.
James Shields (7-4), who opened the season 6-0, went seven strong innings but faltered in the eighth when the Royals scored three runs. In 7 2-3 innings, he was charged with four runs and seven hits. Gary Glover pitched the ninth in place of closer Al Reyes, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a mild rotator cuff strain. Glover gave up John Buck's solo homer before getting his first major league save since May 1, 2002.
Odalis Perez (4-8) gave up 10 hits and five runs in six innings and dropped to 1-5 in nine starts at home. He has one win in his last six starts.
Rangers 4, Orioles 3, 10 innings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Michael Young's one-out RBI single in the 10th inning gave Texas the victory after Rangers closer Eric Gagne gave up a run in the ninth for his first blown save of the season.
Travis Metcalf singled against Paul Shuey (0-1) leading off the 10th. After a sacrifice and a walk Young hit a line drive off the glove of diving third baseman Chris Gomez for the game-winning hit.
Joaquin Benoit (3-2) pitched a perfect 10th to get the win.
Rangers starter Kameron Loe allowed five hits in six-plus shutout innings but Gagne, who signed with Texas as a free agent after two injury-filled seasons, ended his streak of converted save opportunities at 11. Brian Roberts' RBI double tied it 3-3.
Brad Wilkerson hit his fifth homer in the last seven games for Texas, which has won five of seven.
Nick Markakis was 3-for-4 for the Orioles.
Mariners 7, Athletics 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Adrian Beltre went 5-for-5 with two homers and Seattle took advantage of an AL record-tying four errors by Oakland third baseman Marco Scutaro.
Beltre hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run shot in the eighth for the Mariners, who beat All-Star Dan Haren for the second time this season and improved to 2-3 under new manager John McLaren. Beltre had two doubles.
Haren (10-3) was looking to win his 11th straight decision. He lost lost for the first time since a 2-1 defeat to the Angels on April 7. Haren's other loss this season came on opening day, when Seattle scored four unearned runs in a 4-0 victory.
The Mariners made five errors, including one by Scutaro that helped fuel Seattle's three-run seventh.
Scutaro, starting in place of banged-up Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez, was the 23rd third baseman to have four errors in a game.
Eric O'Flaherty (6-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the win, setting a Mariners record with six consecutive victories to start his career.