|Thursday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 26 July 2007 19:12|
Chicago had not won a home series since winning two of three against Oakland from May 21-23.
With the score 3-all, Podsednik singled off Miner (1-3) leading off the ninth. Josh Fields sacrificed, Miner bobbled the ball and then made a bad throw to second baseman Placido Polanco, who was covering first base.
The ball went into foul territory down the right-field line, and Ryan Raburn's throw to the plate was too late to get Podsednik.
Bobby Jenks (3-4) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, Chicago's fifth in nine games against the Tigers this season.
Detroit's Justin Verlander allowed just three runs and three hits in seven innings. Verlander remained at 11-3 and got his second straight no-decision after a stretch in which he won six of seven starts.
Red Sox 14, Indians 9
CLEVELAND (AP) - Manny Ramirez hit the third-longest home run at Jacobs Field, a tree-clearing solo shot, and added a two-run homer as the Red Sox outslugged the Indians.
Ramirez's tape-measure rocket in the second inning off Cliff Lee (5-8), conservatively estimated at 481 feet, set the tone for the Red Sox, who won three of the four games against one of the AL's other premier teams.
After the Indians closed to 12-9, Ramirez connected again with an eighth-inning drive that barely cleared the wall in center. It was his 49th multihomer game, tying Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews for 12th on the career list.
Wily Mo Pena hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell drove in two runs apiece for Boston.
Ryan Garko hit a three-run shot and Frankin Gutierrez homered for the Indians.
Julian Tavarez (6-8) relieved starter Kason Gabbard in the fifth, working out of a bases-loaded jam. He lasted 2 1-3 innings.
Royals 7, Yankees 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jorge De La Rosa repeatedly pitched out of trouble, and the Royals teed off on Kei Igawa to stop New York's winning streak at six.
Alex Gordon homered, tripled and doubled, and Tony Pena Jr. and Mark Grudzielanek also tripled for Kansas City, which had lost the first three games of the four-game series.
A day before his 32nd birthday, Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a walk and remained one shy of 500 career home runs.
De La Rosa (8-10) won for the first time in three starts since July 8, allowing six hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings with five strikeouts.
Six of the Royals' seven extra-base hits came against Igawa (2-3), the Yankees' $46 million bust. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, his ERA rising to 6.79. Igawa is winless since April 28, and with New York off on Monday - and able to skip Igawa's next turn in the rotation - it appears likely he will be sent back to the minors soon and replaced by 21-year-old rookie Phil Hughes, who has been impressive during a rehab assignment.
Orioles 10, Devil Rays 7
BALTIMORE (AP) - Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer and walked three times, helping the Orioles win their fourth straight and improve to 18-13 under interim manager Dave Trembley.
Kevin Millar, Nick Markakis and Chris Gomez had two RBIs apiece for the Orioles, now 9-4 since the All-Star break.
Carlos Pena and Ty Wigginton homered for the Devil Rays, who have been outscored 64-20 during a six-game skid. Tampa Bay has lost nine in a row in Baltimore and is 1-8 against the Orioles this season.
Rob Bell (3-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, got four straight outs after replacing ineffective starter Steve Trachsel.
Tampa Bay starter Edwin Jackson (2-10) allowed six runs, seven hits and three walks in 3 1-3 innings. He threw six shutout innings against the New York Yankees in his previous start, but couldn't up with an encore and walked off the mound with a 7.00 ERA.
Athletics 6, Mariners 2
SEATTLE (AP) - Nick Swisher hit two home runs to back Dan Haren, and the Athletics extended the Mariners' losing streak to a season-high seven games.
Swisher's second homer broke open a 3-2 game in the ninth off George Sherrill, after Chris Reitsma had walked consecutive batters.
Earlier, Mark Ellis and Swisher each hit their 12th homers off Jeff Weaver (2-9), who lost his third consecutive start despite allowing only three runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Haren, the American League's ERA leader, allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings while actually raising his ERA from 2.41 to 2.42. He struck out seven and walked two in his longest outing since June 20.
Haren (12-3) allowed a home run by Richie Sexson in the fifth, then stranded the tying run at third base in the sixth by striking out Jose Vidro.