|Wednesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 15 August 2007 13:48|
Shelley Duncan's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth sent the game to extra innings, but the Orioles bounced back quickly against Rivera (3-4), who blew a save in New York's 7-6 win in the series opener Monday night.
Nick Markakis and Tejada doubled with nobody out, putting the Orioles up 4-3. Rivera got Kevin Millar to ground out, but Huff drove a 1-2 pitch into the bleachers in right-center for his second homer in two games.
Chad Bradford (2-5) worked a perfect 10th for the win.
Alex Rodriguez went 4-for-4 for the Yankees, who remained five games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
New York was in danger of being shut out in consecutive games at home for the first time since 2000 when Duncan golfed a 1-0 pitch from Jamie Walker to left for his sixth homer of the season, tying it at 3. The rookie pumped his fist as he rounded first and the Yankee Stadium crowd roared.
Devil Rays 6, Red Sox 5
BOSTON (AP) - Al Reyes struck out Manny Ramirez with two on for the final out, helping starter Andy Sonnanstine end an eight-game losing streak.
Sonnanstine (2-8) won his second major league start on June 10 at Florida, 9-4. He hadn't won since, and in his previous two outings he was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA - he failed to get out of the fifth both times. On Wednesday, he allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Boston cut it to 6-5 on Julio Lugo's RBI double with none out in the ninth, but Reyes fanned Dustin Pedroia and came back from a 3-0 count to strike out Kevin Youkilis. After David Ortiz walked, the closer went right at Ramirez and struck him out swinging for his 18th save in 20 chances.
Carlos Pena drove in three runs and the Devil Rays scored five in the first three innings, matching their total for the previous 39 and snapping their three-game skid.
Boston again failed to provide much support for Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-9), who left trailing 6-0 after six.
Twins 6, Mariners 1
SEATTLE (AP) - Torii Hunter hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and a grand slam in the ninth for the Twins.
Hunter's single off rookie Brandon Morrow also came with the bases loaded, after starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn (8-10) threw wide of first base for an error on Nick Punto's sacrifice. That put runners at second and third, and Joe Mauer was intentionally walked before Hunter lined Morrow's first pitch for his 80th RBI.
In the ninth, Seattle again walked Mauer intentionally with two outs to load the bases. Hunter then hit his ninth career slam, this one off Sean Green.
Pat Neshek (7-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. Minnesota ended its road trip 3-6 thanks to consecutive wins over the AL wild card leaders. The Mariners, who lost for the third time in nine games, stayed a percentage point ahead of the New York Yankees in that race.