|Monday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 06 August 2007 19:31|
By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Paul Byrd threw his first shutout in more than two years and Travis Hafner homered to lead Cleveland to a 4-0 victory over Minnesota on Monday night.
Byrd (10-4) needed 99 pitches to complete the four-hitter, his first shutout since July 1, 2005, at Kansas City. The victory allowed Byrd to match last year's win total, and now he's eyeing his best season when he went 17-11 for Kansas City in 2002.
Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter - Nos. 4-6 in the Minnesota order - were a combined 1-for-10 Monday night and 3-for-31 in the series. The Twins have scored more than four runs just once in the last 14 games.
Casey Blake's RBI single in the fourth snapped a season-high 17-inning scoreless streak for Twins pitchers.
Hafner's homer in the seventh made it 2-0.
Carlos Silva (9-12) tied a season high with six strikeouts and allowed six hits in seven innings.
Tigers 6, Devil Rays 4
DETROIT (AP) - Ryan Raburn hit a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh for Detroit, which snapped its longest losing steak of the season.
The defending AL champions had lost five straight and 12 of 15 since they had baseball's best record on July 21.
Sean Casey hit a one-out homer to spark the seventh, while Carlos Guillen had an RBI triple and Raburn singled for a 5-4 lead.
Reliever Gary Glover (5-4) was chased after getting only one out in the inning, allowing four runs and five hits. Edwin Jackson gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Devil Rays, who have lost seven straight road games and 18 of their last 20 away from home.
Zach Miner (2-3) earned the win after retiring a batter in the seventh. Todd Jones finished with a perfect ninth for his 29th save.
B.J. Upton's three-run homer in the fifth gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) - Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a four-run sixth inning and Andy Pettitte won consecutive starts for the first time this season for New York.
The Yankees won their fourth straight, improved to 19-7 since the All-Star break and stopped Toronto's home winning streak at eight.
Pettitte (8-7) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Melky Cabrera, who had three hits, tripled and scored on Johnny Damon's grounder in the third, but Thomas hit a two-run double in the bottom half and Wells singled in a run in the fifth.
Cano's double off Scott Downs (1-2) made it 4-3, and one out later, Cabrera hit an RBI single.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Maicer Izturis hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning for Los Angeles to spoil Curt Schilling's return from the disabled list.
The home run was Izturis' third in 187 at-bats this season. Jeff Mathis then chased Schilling (6-5) with a double that snapped an 0-for-18 drought and scored on Chone Figgins' sacrifice fly against Julian Tavarez.
Justin Speier (1-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for his first victory with Los Angeles. Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his 28th save, striking out Brandon Moss with two on and two outs.
Moss made his major league debut, entering when Manny Ramirez was ejected in the fourth for arguing a checked-swing third strike.
Schilling gave up four runs and nine hits in six-plus innings and struck out five in his first start since June 18 in Atlanta. He went on the DL the following day with tendinitis in his shoulder.
Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer for Boston.
Athletics 9, Rangers 7, 13 innings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Piazza singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning and seven Oakland pitchers combined for 21 strikeouts in the win over Texas.
Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam in the first inning as Oakland build a 7-0 lead. The Rangers tied it in the ninth on Michael Young's solo homer off Alan Embree.
Rob Bowen led off the 13th with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Willie Eyre (3-5) got a foul out before intentionally walking Nick Swisher. Piazza then lined a single to right - Oakland's first hit since the fifth inning. Mark Ellis drove in another run with an infield single.
Andrew Brown (2-0) struck out five in two innings. Kiko Calero pitched the 13th to earn his first save, striking out Marlon Byrd with runners on the corners to end it.