|Saturday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 14 July 2007 19:17|
Matsuzaka (11-6) was charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two in six innings for his fourth win in five decisions. The Japanese right-hander has given up 10 runs in his last two starts after allowing a total of six runs in his six starts before that.
Troy Glaus and Aaron Hill each had a single, a double and a homer off Matsuzaka, driving in three runs in the sixth to help the Blue Jays erase a 4-1 deficit. But Varitek hit a two-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half to chase Dustin McGowan (5-5) and start a five-run rally that broke the game open.
Twins 4, Athletics 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carlos Silva allowed two hits pitching into the seventh inning, Michael Cuddyer drove in a pair of runs and the Twins held on to beat the Athletics.
Luis Castillo, Joe Mauer and Jason Tyner each had two hits for the Twins, who have won the first three games of the series and entered the night trailing Detroit by seven games in the AL Central.
Joe Blanton (8-6) allowed 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings and took the loss for the Athletics, who started the night 10 1/2 games back in the AL West. They have lost a season-high six straight and fell a season-worst three games under .500.
Silva (7-10) had allowed 10 earned runs in his last 10 1-3 innings, but kept the ball down most of the night. He struck out four and walked two in 6 2-3 innings.
Royals 6, Indians 5
CLEVELAND (AP) - Emil Brown hit a three-run homer in the third inning and the Royals hung on to beat the Indians.
The Royals built an early 5-0 lead off ace C.C. Sabathia (12-4), but needed strong work from their bullpen to seal the win. Kansas City used four relievers with Octavio Dotel pitching the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.
Zack Grienke, Jimmy Gobble, Joakim Soria and Dotel combined to hold the Indians to one run over the last four innings.
Mark Teahen had three hits and scored three runs, and rookie Billy Butler had three hits and drove in two runs for the Royals.
Gil Meche (6-6) allowed five runs and eight hits, striking out five and walking one.
Yankees 6, Devil Rays 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Bobby Abreu homered and drove in a season-high five runs, helping Chien-Ming Wang overcome a shaky first inning to win his seventh straight decision with a victory over the Devil Rays.
Abreu hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, Hideki Matsui also went deep for the Yankees against rookie Andy Sonnanstine (1-4) and New York climbed back to .500 for the second time in three nights.
Wang (10-4) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings to improve to 9-1 with two no-decisions over his last 12 starts.
Mariano Rivera came on to get the final three outs to move past John Franco for third place on the career saves list with 425.
Orioles 7, White Sox 6, 10 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) - Nick Markakis singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning for Baltimore.
Kevin Millar and Jay Payton homered for the Orioles, who trailed 5-1 in the sixth and 6-4 in the ninth.
Facing Charlie Haeger (0-1), Corey Patterson led off the 10th with a single, stole second and advanced on a fly ball before Brian Roberts received an intentional walk. With the infield drawn in, Chris Gomez grounded out. Markakis then grounded a single between shortstop and third to win it.
Chris Ray (5-6) worked the 10th for the Orioles, now 2-43 when trailing after eight innings.
Paul Konerko had three hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, and Jerry Owens had two hits, two stolen bases and three runs scored.
Angels 9, Rangers 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero, Reggie Willits and Gary Matthews Jr. each had two RBIs and the Los Angeles bullpen did the job for John Lackey.
Lackey (12-5) overcame a shaky first inning to improve his record against Texas to 3-0 this season and help the AL West-leading Angels beat the Rangers at home for the 19th time in 23 tries.
Kameron Loe (5-7) lasted just 2 2-3 innings, equaling the shortest of his 16 starts this season. The right-hander allowed five runs - three earned - along with five hits and a season-high five walks after winning his previous four decisions.
The Angels pulled ahead 5-4 with three runs in the third. Casey Kotchman and Maicer Izturis hit RBI singles on consecutive pitches with the bases loaded, and Loe forced home the go-ahead run by walking Willits with his 67th and final pitch.
Mariners 6, Tigers 4
SEATTLE (AP) - Kenji Johjima hit a game-breaking grand slam off Kenny Rogers, and Miguel Batista held the highest scoring team in the major leagues to one run in six innings for Seattle.
Johjima's second career slam came in the sixth after he fouled off four of Rogers' pitches in an eight-pitch at-bat. Rogers' final toss of the game was a hanging, 76 mph curveball that Johjima sent into Seattle's bullpen beyond left-center field to blow open a 2-1 game and send Detroit to its second loss in eight games.
Rogers (3-1) allowed five hits and five earned runs for his first defeat since last Oct. 1. The 42-year-old missed the first 11 weeks of the season because of surgery to remove a blood clot in his pitching shoulder, but had allowed just two total earned runs while winning his first three starts.
Batista (9-7) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked two to help Seattle win for the fifth time in six games. He has given up just seven earned runs total in his last five starts.