|Sunday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 12 August 2007 12:43|
It was the fourth loss in six games for the Red Sox, whose lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East shrunk to four games - Boston's smallest margin since May 1.
Corey Patterson led off the 10th with a single off Kyle Snyder (2-3) and went to third on a single by Nick Markakis. After Tejada fouled out, Markakis stole second and Millar hit a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats.
Chad Bradford (1-4) got two outs in the 10th for the win.
Gagne, obtained from Texas on July 31, was seeking to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth. He entered with a runner on and promptly yielded a tying home run to Tejada on a 3-2 pitch. He retired the next two batters, but he has allowed seven runs in four innings over seven games.
Boston starter Curt Schilling allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He walked off with a 3-1 lead and in position to earn his first victory since June 7. Instead, he got a no-decision in his second start since spending more than six weeks on the DL with shoulder tendinitis.
Yankees 5, Indians 3
CLEVELAND (AP) - Andy Pettitte didn't have much trouble with Cleveland's lame lineup and Jason Giambi homered for the second straight day as the Yankees completed a season sweep.
Pettitte (9-7) carried a shutout into the seventh and allowed seven singles in 7 1-3 innings. He used his renowned pickoff move to snuff out Cleveland's rally in the seventh inning.
The Yankees have won eight of nine are a baseball-best 23-8 since the All-Star break.
Giambi connected for a two-run homer off Jake Westbrook (3-7) in the fourth and Melky Cabrera added a solo shot for the surging Yankees, who led 4-0 before Cleveland scored once in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Mariano Rivera, called on to work out of a jam in the eighth, gave up three hits in the ninth as the Indians pulled to 5-3. But with runners at second and third, Rivera struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore before getting Casey Blake on a routine fly for his 19th straight save.
Tigers 11, Athletics 6
DETROIT (AP) - Magglio Ordonez hit two homers in an eight-run second inning and the Tigers won consecutive games for only the second time since mid-July.
The All-Star slugger joined Hall of Famer Al Kaline as the only Tigers to homer twice in one inning. Kaline did it in 1955 against the Kansas City Athletics.
Detroit's Placido Polanco tied a major league record by playing his 143rd consecutive game without an error at second base. Luis Castillo set the mark for second basemen from May 30, 2006, to June 5, 2007, with Minnesota.
Nate Robertson (7-9) gave up five runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, giving Detroit consecutive wins by a starter for the first time since its four-game winning streak last month.
Dallas Braden (1-7) lasted just 1 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs and seven hits. He hasn't won since April 24 - his first major league start.
Mariners 6, White Sox 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Jeff Weaver pitched his second shutout of the season and Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer to lead the Mariners past the White Sox, who still had a reason to celebrate.
Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for Chicago, breaking David Wells' American League record and tying the major league record of 41 straight batters retired. Jim Barr also set down 41 straight for San Francisco in 1972.
Jose Guillen and Richie Sexson also homered for the Mariners, who have won 11 of their last 15 games and continue to lead the American League wild-card standings.
Weaver (4-10) had a season-high eight strikeouts and retired 11 in a row between the first and fourth innings. He allowed five hits and didn't walk a batter.
John Danks (6-10) allowed six runs and eight hits, striking out five and walking one. He hasn't won since July 16 at Cleveland, going 0-4 in his last five starts.
Angels 6, Twins 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jered Weaver pitched effectively into the eighth inning and the Angels got home runs from Chone Figgins and Jeff Mathis to complete a three-game sweep.
Weaver (8-5) gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking none in his second impressive outing against the Twins this season. He held them to a run and five hits over seven innings in a 16-3 rout on June 4 at Angel Stadium.
The AL West-leading Angels became the fifth team this year to limit the Twins to six runs or less in a three-game series, along with the Red Sox, Athletics, Tigers and Blue Jays.
Boof Bonser (5-9) gave up five runs, nine hits and four walks over 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-7 with a 5.37 ERA in his last 11 starts since beating the Washington Nationals 6-3 on June 10, and is the first Minnesota pitcher to go winless in 11 consecutive starts since LaTroy Hawkins in 1998.