|Monday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 13 August 2007 19:12|
The Tigers won the two previous games and had a chance to win a series for the first time since sweeping Minnesota from July 17-19. Since then, they are 8-17.
The latest loss dropped Detroit into a first-place tie in the AL Central with idle Cleveland the day before traveling to play the Indians in a two-game series.
Detroit's Placido Polanco set a major league record for second baseman by playing his 144th straight game without an error, breaking the mark set by Luis Castillo earlier this year while playing for Minnesota.
Ellis hit his 16th homer, tying an A's season record for second basemen, joining Davey Lopes (1983) and Jimmy Dykes (1921).
Gaudin (9-8) gave up two runs, four hits and two walks over 6 2-3 innings, winning for the first time since July 5.
Chad Durbin (7-5) gave up six runs, six hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Shannon Stewart went 4-for-5 for Oakland and Jack Cust had three hits.
Detroit's Magglio Ordonez tied the game with a two-run single in the first and matched the 104 RBIs he had last season.
Red Sox 2, Devil Rays 0
BOSTON (AP) - Tim Wakefield held Tampa Bay hitless into the seventh inning, and Julio Lugo had three hits for slumping Boston.
Wakefield (14-10) allowed two hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two to improve to 18-2 lifetime against the Devil Rays. The only batter to reach second or third base against him was Carl Crawford, who spoiled the no-hit bid when he led off the seventh with a hard grounder between the first and second basemen.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 28th save.
James Shields (9-8) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out five for the Devil Rays.
Lugo singled in the first and scored on a double by David Ortiz. Lugo drove in a run with a single in the seventh, and Mike Lowell brought in the final run in the eighth with a single.
Yankees 7, Orioles 6
NEW YORK (AP) - Melky Cabrera raced home on Derek Jeter's grounder in the ninth inning to lift New York.
Baltimore tied it in the top of the ninth against Mariano Rivera but couldn't stop streaking New York, which has won four straight and nine of 10.
Chad Bradford (1-5) hit Cabrera with a pitch with one out and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi then singled to right, advancing the speedy center fielder to third. Jeter followed with an infield tapper that Bradford couldn't bring in. Second baseman Brian Roberts rushed in to pick up the ball but Cabrera was already crossing home.
Bobby Abreu and Wilson Betemit homered for New York, which stayed within four of AL East-leading Boston and remained in a virtual tie with Seattle in the wild card.
Rivera (3-3) had converted 19 straight save opportunities but allowed the tying run on Brian Roberts' single to right.
Royals 6, Blue Jays 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mark Teahen homered for the first time in more than two months and Kansas City took advantage of three Toronto errors.
Teahen, who led the Royals with 18 home runs in 2006, hit his sixth home run in the first inning, ending a drought of 250 at-bats without a homer. Teahen's previous home run was May 29 against Baltimore.
The Royals took advantage of fielding errors by Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay in the third to score two unearned runs and grab a 3-2 lead. In the fifth, Hector Luna couldn't handle Pena's grounder to third, leading to an RBI single by Billy Butler.
Perez (7-11) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Frank Thomas to end the inning.
Jesse Litsch (4-5) allowed five runs - two earned - in 6 2-3 innings, giving up six hits, while walking two and striking out two, to take the loss.
Mariners 4, Twins
SEATTLE (AP) - Richie Sexson homered on the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth to give Seattle the win that put the Mariners a season-high 16 games over .500 (66-50).
Sexson, who had been struggling to keep his average above .200 until a recent surge, hit a 1-0 pitch from Matt Guerrier (1-4) for Seattle's first game-ending homer of the season and its sixth win in seven games.
Seattle remained one percentage point ahead of the New York Yankees in the wild card standings. The Mariners moved within three games of first-place Los Angeles in the AL West.
J.J. Putz (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.
Jose Vidro had three hits, including an RBI single in the fifth off Johan Santana immediately after Minnesota had cut its deficit to 2-1. Sexson added a two-run double off the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
Santana allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings but Minnesota still lost its fifth straight.