|Wednesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2007 20:24|
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 and remained stuck at 499 career homers in New York's 8-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night and matched the longest hitless streak of his big league career at 21 at-bats.
Jorge Posada homered twice, and Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Shelley Duncan also connected to give the Yankees 13 home runs in two games. That tied the team record for a two-game span set in a doubleheader at the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939.
Rodriguez is hitless since he went deep at Kansas City last Wednesday, dropping his season average to .295.
Scott Podsednik hit an RBI triple and A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 for Chicago, which has lost three straight.
Andy Pettitte (7-7) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings as New York won its third straight.
John Danks (7-7) gave up six runs and six hits in four innings for the White Sox, who used seven pitchers.
Royals 5, Twins 3, 10 innings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After a moment of silence to honor victims of a bridge collapse near the Metrodome, Kansas City beat Minnesota in 10 innings.
Thursday's game between the teams was called off, but the Twins decided to go ahead with this one instead of sending about 25,000 fans back out onto the congested highways.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning off Juan Rincon (3-2) as the Royals won hours after manager Buddy Bell announced he would resign after the season.
The Twins had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Kansas City tied the game in the eighth when Matt Guerrier's wild pitch allowed a run to score.
Zach Greinke (5-5) worked two scoreless innings for the win. Joakim Soria, taking over the closer's role after the departure of Octavio Dotel, worked the 10th for his 11th save.
Red Sox 5, Orioles 4
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning that gave Boston the win in front of Kevin Garnett, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch on his first full day with the Celtics.
Kevin Youkilis gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with a two-run double that scored Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz.
Orioles starter Steve Trachsel had left with a 3-1 lead after six innings, but relievers Paul Shuey and John Parrish (2-2) allowed the only two batters each faced to reach base. Chad Bradford replaced Parrish with the bases loaded and gave up Youkilis' double. Jason Varitek added an RBI single for a 5-3 lead.
Javier Lopez (2-1) got the win and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Miguel Tejada hit his eighth homer in the eighth for Baltimore.
Athletics 3, Tigers 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mark Ellis hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, and Oakland handed Detroit its fourth straight series loss.
The AL Central-leading Tigers dropped two straight to the A's after winning the series opener. The Tigers have lost six of seven games overall and eight of 10.
Mike Piazza had two hits and drove in a run for the A's, who won their second straight following a four-game losing streak. Piazza is batting .354 (17-for-48) with 12 RBIs since coming off the disabled list on July 20.
Andrew Brown (1-0) allowed two hits in 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win, and Alan Embree got five outs for his 12th save.
Oakland starter Dallas Braden, winless in 10 games since beating Baltimore on April 24, allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Nate Robertson (6-9) gave up three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carl Crawford had three hits, including a two-run homer, to lead Tampa Bay.
Crawford connected off Josh Towers (5-8) in the sixth to put Tampa Bay up 3-2. Brendan Harris made it 4-2 with an RBI single off Brandon League.
Crawford, slowed recently by a sore right wrist, has two homers in his last three games after not hitting one in his previous 42 games.
Jonny Gomes also homered for the Devil Rays, just 8-26 since June 25. Gary Glover (5-3) threw two scoreless innings as five pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
Towers allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Rangers 9, Indians 6, 10 innings
CLEVELAND (AP) - Rookie reliever Jensen Lewis failed to get an out on consecutive bunts in the 10th inning and Texas took advantage to send the Indians to their fourth straight loss and seventh in nine games.
Ramon Vazquez lined a single to center to open the 10th against Lewis (0-1), who then fielded a bunt by Frank Catalanotto and threw too late to second to get the lead runner. Lewis grabbed another bunt by Ian Kinsler, stumbled as he went to throw to third, then fired the ball into the dirt at first for an error, letting Vazquez score the go-ahead run. Jason Botts added a sacrifice fly and Marlon Byrd had an RBI single.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, in his first game since being acquired from Atlanta on Tuesday for Mark Teixeira, started at first base for Texas and had a two-run single.
Joaquin Benoit (5-3) pitched 2 2-3 innings and C.J. Wilson ended the game by striking out Kenny Lofton with two runners on for his second save.
Frank Catalanotto's two-run double off Rafael Betancourt tied it at 6 for Texas in the seventh.
Mariners 8, Angels 7, 12 innings
SEATTLE (AP) - Yuniesky Betancourt grounded a run-scoring single through the left side of a five-man infield with one out in the bottom of the 12th to give Seattle the wild win.
Adrian Beltre led off the 12th with an infield single off Justin Speier (0-2). One out later, Jamie Burke was hit by a pitch. Jose Lopez then chopped an infield single to load the bases. With center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. brought in to create a five-man infield, Betancourt singled sharply between third base and shortstop.
Eric O'Flaherty (7-0) got the final out of the top of the 12th as Seattle won for the fifth time in six games. Los Angeles lost for the second time in seven games.
The Angels scored three in the top of the ninth off J.J. Putz, the All-Star closer who had allowed one run in 25 innings entering Wednesday, to tie the game at 7.