|Wednesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2007 20:28|
By The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Rookie Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking home run, Mike Lowell went 4-for-4 with three doubles and two and Boston beat Los Angeles 9-6 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
The victory, coupled with the Yankees' 15-4 loss at Toronto, increased Boston's lead over New York to six games in the AL East. The Angels' lead over Seattle in the AL West shrunk to three games with the Mariners' 8-4 win at Baltimore.
Pedroia's home run glanced off left fielder Garret Anderson's glove and went over the fence to give the Red Sox a 7-6 lead in the seventh inning. Pedroia's fifth homer was off Justin Speier (1-3).
Boston tacked on two runs in the eighth on Julio Lugo's sacrifice fly and Scot Shields' wild pitch.
Hideki Okajima (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings for the victory. Eric Gagne pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon a perfect ninth for his 26th save.
Boston starter Jon Lester gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks over 3 1-3 innings in the shortest of his 19 big league starts.
Dustin Moseley gave up six runs and 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings in his third straight start for the injured Bartolo Colon.
Tigers 7, Devil Rays 1
DETROIT (AP) - Dioner Navarro had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Tampa Bay snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
Navarro, who homered Tuesday night, is now hitting .201, the first time he is above .200 since May 15. Delmon Young and Carlos Pena both drove in two runs in Tampa Bay's third win in its last 22 road games.
Detroit, which is 3-10 since July 25, remained one-half game behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. The Indians lost 6-4 in 13 innings to Chicago.
James Shields (9-7) beat the Tigers for the second time this season, giving up one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out nine without walking a batter.
Chad Durbin (7-5), making his first start since June 19, allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Navarro made it 5-1 in the sixth with the two-run homer, his fifth of the season.
Blue Jays 15, Yankees 4
TORONTO (AP) - Vernon Wells had four RBIs and Roy Halladay struck out eight over seven innings for Toronto.
Frank Thomas added three RBIs for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their past 11 home games. Wells finished 3-for-4 and scored twice as Toronto matched a franchise record with nine doubles.
Robinson Cano hit two home runs, one a two-run shot, and Hideki Matsui added a solo blast, but the Yankees' five-game winning streak came to a close.
Halladay (13-5) gave up four runs and six hits and walked one.
Chien-Ming Wang (13-6) allowed a career-high eight runs and nine hits over 2 2-3 innings, his shortest career outing.
Alex Rodrigues of the Yankees sat out the game one day after being hit on his right calf by a pitch from Toronto's Josh Towers.
Mariners 8, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Jose Vidro homered and drove in four runs and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits for Seattle.
Vidro hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added sacrifice flies in the fourth and sixth. He was 3-for-3, and the four RBIs matched a season high.
Jose Guillen and Raul Ibanez homered for the Mariners, who have won eight of 11. It was the third home run in two games for Ibanez, who had gone 31 games without one until Tuesday night.
Felix Hernandez (8-6) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. J.J. Putz got the final four outs for his 33rd save.
Miguel Tejada had three hits and his 1,000th career RBI, and Nick Markakis drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have lost three of four and six of nine.
Jeremy Guthrie (7-4) allowed five earned runs and eight hits in four innings, the rookie's second-shortest outing of the season.
Twins 11, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Michael Cuddyer's home run keyed Minnesota's biggest inning in more than a month, and Johan Santana won his ninth straight decision against Kansas City.
Cuddyer's two-run shot off Odalis Perez in the five-run third was the first for Minnesota since Torii Hunter went deep on July 31, a span of 242 plate appearances that had left the Twins as the only major league team without a homer in August. Cuddyer also had an RBI single.
Hunter added a two-run shot off Ryan Braun in the fifth, had an RBI single in the sixth and doubled in the eighth. Every Twins starter hit safely in the 19-hit attack.
Mike Redmond tied a career-high with four singles and Justin Morneau, who snapped an 0-for-17 skid with two doubles on Tuesday, had two more doubles.
Santana (12-9) went six innings and is 9-0 in his last 12 starts and 12-3 lifetime against Kansas City. He gave up two runs and eight hits, while raising his career mark in August to 22-5.
Perez (6-11) went three innings and allowed six runs - three earned - and seven hits.
Athletics 6, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rob Bowen went deep from both sides of the plate for his first career multihomer game and Lenny DiNardo gave up three runs over six innings for Oakland.
With the game tied at 3, Bowen homered leading off the seventh against reliever A.J. Murray (0-1) to break a 3-for-39 slump. It was Bowen's first homer and RBI since he was acquired by Oakland in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 16.
Bowen added a two-run shot in the eighth off right-hander Wes Littleton for a 6-3 lead.
It was the sixth time an Oakland player homered from both sides. Nick Swisher was the last on at April 23, at Baltimore.
DiNardo (6-6) allowed eight hits and struck out four. Alan Embree got three outs for his 14th save.
Murray gave up one run and one hit in 2-3 inning.
Brad Wilkerson homered for the Rangers, who have lost six of seven.
White Sox 6, Indians 4, 13 innings
CHICAGO (AP) - Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer off Cleveland's Aaron Fultz in the bottom of the 13th inning.
Scott Podsednik singled with one out and Uribe hit his 12th homer of the season.
Fultz (3-2) took the loss and Jose Contreras (6-14), making his first regular-season relief appearance since 2003 while with the Yankees, got the victory by pitching two innings.
A.J. Pierzynski homered to tie the game leading off the bottom of the 12th against Indians closer Joe Borowski, who suffered his fourth blown save in 35 chances.
Cleveland took the lead in the top of the 12th after Uribe couldn't hold Kenny Lofton's pop to shallow left - ruled an error - as pinch-runner Josh Barfield scored for a 4-3 lead.
C.C. Sabathia, bidding for his 15th victory, allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings, leaving with a 3-2 lead.