|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2007 19:15|
By The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Gary Matthews Jr. drove in four runs and robbed Boston's Coco Crisp of a home run, and Los Angeles beat the Red Sox 10-4 on Tuesday night.
Joe Saunders (6-0) allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings for the Angels.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (13-10) allowed seven runs - six earned - and seven hits in four-plus innings for Boston, which saw its lead in the AL East, which was a season-high 12 games as recently as July 5, drop to five games over New York, which beat Toronto 9-2. It's the smallest lead for the Red Sox since May 2, when they led by 4 1/2.
The Red Sox took a 4-2 lead in the fifth on Doug Mirabelli's two-run homer and an RBI double by Kevin Youkilis. But the Angels responded with five in the bottom half to go ahead 7-4.
Orlando Cabrera had an RBI double and Matthews put the Angels back in front with a two-run single that chased Wakefield. Matthews hit his 14th home run, a solo shot, in the eighth.
Matthews leaped above the fence to pull back Crisp's bid for a home run, ending the fourth inning.
Yankees 9, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) - Bobby Abreu drove in four runs and Roger Clemens threw six shutout innings before being ejected for hitting a batter as New York won its fifth straight.
Melky Cabrera of the Yankees had two doubles and a triple for his second straight three-hit game.
Alex Rodriguez was hit on his knee by a pitch from Toronto's Josh Towers in the third as the benches and bullpens emptied twice in the inning.
Clemens (4-5) plunked Alex Rios in the middle of his back leading off the seventh with New York ahead 7-0. Clemens and Yankees manager Joe Torre were ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez.
Top prospect Joba Chamberlain made his major league debut for the Yankees and Jason Giambi returned after more than two months on the disabled list.
Called up from Triple-A before the game, the 21-year-old Chamberlain pitched the final two innings. Giambi pinch hit in the ninth and grounded into a fielder's choice.
Towers (5-9) gave up five runs and nine hits over five-plus innings.
Tigers 9, Devil Rays 6
DETROIT (AP) - Rookie Ryan Raburn had two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run in the three-run eighth for Detroit.
The Tigers led 6-1 after six innings, but Jonny Gomes tripled and scored in the seventh the hit his second career grand slam in the eighth to tie it.
Raburn led off the bottom of the eighth with a double off Dan Wheeler (0-1). He scored on a groundout by Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco followed with a run-scoring single and Sean Casey had an RBI double to make it 9-6.
Magglio Ordonez homered and drove in a pair of runs for the Tigers, who have won two straight following a season-high five-game skid. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 30th save.
Carl Crawford had four hits and Dioner Navarro hit his fourth homer for Tampa Bay, which has lost eight straight road games and 19 of 21 away from home.
Tampa Bay's Jason Hammel remained winless in 13 career starts, giving up five runs and 10 hits in four innings.
Mariners 10, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE (AP) - Raul Ibanez had two homers and four RBIs and Seattle's Jeff Weaver earned his first win since June 25.
Ibanez had gone 31 games and 116 at-bats without a home run until he his solo shot in the second off Steve Trachsel. He added a two-run drive off Jamie Walker (1-2) in the seventh and doubled in a run in the eighth.
Jose Guillen got four hits for the Mariners, who have won seven of 10. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5, his ninth three-hit game of the season.
Weaver (3-10) allowed three runs and 11 hits in six innings. He was winless in his last six starts, had lost four straight decisions and was 0-5 on the road.
Weaver left with Seattle trailing 3-2, but the Mariners took the lead with a three-run seventh.
Ramon Hernandez had three hits and two RBIs for the Orioles.
Indians 2, White Sox 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Westbrook retired 23 of 24 batters at one stretch and Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth for Cleveland.
Westbrook (3-6) won his second straight outing after going 12 straight starts without a win. After allowing a run in the first inning, he retired 12 in a row before Scott Podsednik's fifth-inning single and then set down 11 another straight.
He allowed one run and two hits, struck out five and hit a batter in eight innings.
Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 31st save.
White Sox starter John Danks (6-9) didn't allow a hit until Jhonny Peralta led off the fifth with a single. One out later, Jason Michaels doubled to put runners on second and third. With two outs, Sizemore drove in both runners to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
Royals 5, Twins 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mark Teahen had four hits for his third straight multihit game and Brian Bannister won his third straight decision for Kansas City.
Teahen went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and is 9-for-13 in his past three games. Teahen tied his career high with the four hits, doing it for the sixth time, and second this season.
Bannister is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his past four starts, allowing 23 hits and five earned runs in 28 innings.
Bannister (8-6) gave up one run and six hits, including four doubles, in seven innings.
The Royals took the lead in the third on Mark Grudzielanek's sacrifice fly.
David DeJesus and Teahen had run-scoring doubles in the fifth off Boof Bonser (5-8) to make it 4-1. Bonser, who is 0-6 in 10 starts since June 10, gave up four runs and nine hits.
Rangers 8, Athletics 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in sixth and Kason Gabbard went six innings to earn his first win with Texas.
Mark Ellis homered and had three hits for Oakland and Shannon Stewart homered.
The game was tied at 3 when A's starter Chad Gaudin (8-8) walked Nelson Cruz leading off the sixth, and Jason Botts followed with a single.
Saltalamacchia doubled in Cruz to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. Gerald Laird chased Gaudin with a two-run double, and Frank Catalanotto's double extended the lead to 7-3.
Gabbard (5-1) gave up three runs and five hits in his first home start for Texas, which ended a five-game losing streak.
C.J. Wilson got four outs for his third save.