|Friday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 20 July 2007 16:52|
By The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) -Josh Beckett had 10 strikeouts and tied for the major league lead with his 13th win as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over Chicago on Friday night.
Coco Crisp's three-run triple in the fifth inning gave Boston a 4-3 lead and Julio Lugo hit a grand slam in the eighth, driving in the last of the 10 runs allowed by starter Jose Contreras.
Lugo extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 3-for-4 and is 19-for-38 in that span.
The Red Sox scored four runs in the fifth after Chicago had taken a 3-1 lead in the third on Jim Thome's three-run homer.
Beckett (13-3) went six innings, allowing four hits and two walks.
Contreras (5-12) broke a tie for most losses in the AL with Ervin Santana of Los Angeles.
Royals 10, Tigers 2
DETROIT (AP) - Billy Butler had four hits and four RBIs to lead Kansas City.
Mark Grudzielanek also had four hits for the Royals, including three against Kenny Rogers to raise his career batting average against the left-hander to .643 (9-for-14). The Royals are 23-18 since June 1 after posting 22 straight losing months.
Gil Meche (7-6) improved to 4-0 in his last seven starts, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out five without walking a batter.
Rogers (3-2) had his second straight poor start after returning from an injury with three straight wins. He allowed six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.
The Tigers cut the margin to 4-2 on Magglio Ordonez's RBI single, but Kansas City came right back with two runs in the seventh and four in the ninth.
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) - Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and Miguel Batista earned his 10th win for Seattle.
Raul Ibanez and Jose Guillen hit consecutive RBI singles in the fifth for Seattle. Batista (10-7) won for the third time in four starts, allowing two runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 29th save, extending his streak of scoreless innings to 22.
Beltre erased the 1-0 deficit in the fourth when he followed a walk to Guillen with a home run to center, his 15th.
Rookie Jesse Litsch allowed four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings. Litsch (2-4) struck out two and lost for the third time in four starts.
The Blue Jays finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and are batting .128 (6-for-47) in such situations over the past five games.