|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:08|
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -The New York Yankees tied a franchise record with eight home runs in a 16-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, but Alex Rodriguez didn't hit one.
He stayed stuck at 499 with an 0-for-5 performance. A-Rod is hitless in 17 at-bats since he connected against Kansas City last Wednesday.
Hideki Matsui homered twice, and Jorge Posada, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano and Shelly Duncan hit one apiece for New York.
The Yankees hit eight in a doubleheader opener at the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren hit two each, and Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had one.
Matsui homered in the first and sixth innings, giving him 13 homers in July and 21 this season. Abreu hit a three-run drive and Matsui connected in the first against Jose Contreras (5-14), who has lost his last seven starts and nine of his last 10.
Mike Mussina (6-7) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Orioles 5, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) - Erik Bedard allowed two hits over six innings to win his seventh straight decision, and Baltimore won despite two homers by David Ortiz.
Bedard (11-4) struck out six and walked five to give Baltimore its sixth victory in seven games.
Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the third that accounted for the only runs off Bedard, and a solo shot in the eighth that made it 5-3.
Jamie Walker got the last two outs for his fourth save.
Brian Roberts homered on the first pitch from Josh Beckett (13-5) and added an RBI double in the Orioles' three-run third. Beckett allowed five runs and nine hits, striking out six to lose consecutive starts for the first time this year.
Rangers 3, Indians 1r
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon McCarthy won for the first time in more than two months, beating Cleveland and 13-game winner Fausto Carmona.
McCarthy (5-7), who had been winless since May 27 with three losses and four no-decisions, took a shutout into the seventh before Ryan Garko homered.
Carmona (13-5) was unbeaten in five July starts and was bidding to become the majors' second pitcher with 14 wins. He allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in seven innings.
Nelson Cruz homered for the last-place Rangers, who were baseball's most active wheelers and dealers before the 4 p.m. EST trading deadline. It was the first homer off Carmona in 38 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays 2, Devil Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Former Tampa Bay bat boy Jesse Litsch threw 6 2-3 shutout innings against his old team.
Litsch (4-4), who worked for the Devil Rays from 2000-02, gave up seven hits in his first pro start at Tropicana Field. He struck out two and walked one.
Toronto won for the seventh time in 10 games. Tampa Bay has lost 26 of 33 since June 25.
Matt Stairs put Toronto up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second. Vernon Wells made it 2-0 with a run-scoring double in the eighth.
Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Edwin Jackson (2-11) gave up one unearned run and five hits in six innings for the Devil Rays, who were looking for their first three-game winning streak since June 9-12.
Twins 5, Royals 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Torii Hunter homered and Carlos Silva cruised through eight innings as Minnesota won its fourth straight.
Hunter's homer, his 22nd, led off the second against Jorge De La Rosa (8-11). Three hits and two errors later, the Twins had a 4-0 lead.
Silva (9-11) allowed seven hits, including solo home runs to Jason LaRue in the third and Jason Smith in the eighth. Joe Nathan notched his 24th save despite allowing a leadoff homer to Mark Grudzielanek in the ninth.
Grudzielanek had three hits, but made an error and was caught stealing twice.
De La Rosa gave up eight hits and two walks in six innings.
Angels 8, Mariners 0
SEATTLE (AP) - Gary Matthews Jr. hit two home runs, his first in six weeks and John Lackey threw a six-hitter in his first complete game of the season for Los Angeles.
Lackey allowed six singles in his second scoreless start this season - both against the Mariners. The Angels won for the fifth time in six games. It was Lackey's first shutout since last July 14 against Tampa Bay.
Matthews had four hits to tie a season high and drove in three runs. It was his third career multihomer game and second of the season.
The Angels hit four home runs, including a rare one from Maicer Izturis and another from Orlando Cabrera, who had a season-high four RBIs. Los Angeles had hit four home runs total in 22 games before Tuesday.
Seattle's four-game winning streak ended in part because Jeff Weaver (2-10) allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings.
Athletics 7, Tigers 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kurt Suzuki and Jack Cust hit two-run singles in the sixth inning to help Oakland snap a four-game losing streak.
Dan Haren (13-3) was the beneficiary of the four-run rally and outpitched fellow All-Star Justin Verlander (11-4) to win his third straight start. Haren allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in six innings.
The A's then broke through in the sixth with help from an error by shortstop Carlos Guillen that allowed Mark Kotsay to reach base to open the inning. Marco Scutaro singled and both runners scored on Suzuki's two-run single that tied the game at 3. Macay McBride relieved and gave up a single a walk to load the bases. Cust followed with his two-run single.
Suzuki added an RBI single and Travis Buck hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to make it 7-3.