|Friday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 17 August 2007 19:16|
Clay Buchholz (1-0) gave Boston six strong innings in his major league debut to pace an 8-4 win in the afternoon. John Lackey (15-7) failed to win his 16th game in the afternoon, and Josh Beckett did the same in the nightcap.
Ervin Santana pitched well in his return from the minors, retiring the first 13 batters he faced in the night game. But his bid for his first victory since June was spoiled when David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back RBI doubles off Francisco Rodriguez in a four-run eighth to give Boston a 5-4 lead.
The Angels had little trouble with Gagne (3-1), Boston's key acquisition at the trading deadline. The former Rangers closer allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.
Rodriguez (5-2) got the win.
Yankees 6, Tigers 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Pettitte pitched eight fantastic innings to win his fourth straight start and Jason Giambi homered twice, helping New York get back on track.
Andy Phillips hit a two-run double and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI double for the Yankees, who had lost three straight after winning nine of 10. Joe Torre earned his 2,041st victory as a manager, passing Walter Alston for sole possession of eighth place on the career list.
Giambi hit two solo shots, one in the fourth inning off Nate Robertson (7-10) and a drive deep into the right-field upper deck in the eighth against Aquilino Lopez.
Pettitte (10-7) tamed the Tigers all night. Throwing heavy cutters and sliders on a damp evening, the left-hander allowed one run and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2
TORONTO (AP) - A.J. Burnett won his second straight start, Frank Thomas hit his 506th career home run and Toronto extended its home winning streak against Baltimore to five games.
Burnett (7-6) gave up two runs and three hits over 6 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out six.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in two starts since returning from the disabled list Aug. 12 after missing 37 games with a sore shoulder.
Garret Olson (1-2) allowed five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings in his fourth major league start. He walked four and struck out one.
Toronto won for the 12th time in 15 home games.
Indians 2, Devil Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Paul Byrd made two early runs stand up, holding Tampa Bay to one run in six innings.
Byrd (11-5) scattered eight hits and a walk, striking out five. He worked out of several jams and held Tampa Bay to 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Ryan Garko put the Indians ahead 1-0 on an RBI single in the first, and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Franklin Gutierrez with a second-inning sacrifice fly.
Both runs went against Edwin Jackson (3-12), who gave up seven hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked five for Tampa Bay, which is 13-35 since June 25.
Twins 2, Rangers 1, 10 innings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nick Punto scored on a wild pitch with nobody out in the 10th inning to lift Minnesota.
After striking out with two runners on in the top of the 10th and two outs, Marlon Byrd misplayed a shallow fly ball from Nick Punto, and the error allowed Punto to stretch a single into a triple.
With Joe Mauer at the plate, reliever Jamey Wright (3-5) bounced a pitch at the plate that got past catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Punto dashed home to end the game.
Matt Guerrier (2-4) got the win after pitching one inning and allowing two hits.
Royals 9, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Emil Brown hit his first home run in over a month and Brian Bannister pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game for Kansas City.
Brown's two-run shot, his first homer since July 14, highlighted a four-run rally in the first which gave Bannister all the support he needed. Brown broke an 0-for-12 streak with the long ball, and matched the RBI total of his previous 16 games combined.
With the win and Chicago's loss at Seattle, Kansas City moved into a fourth-place tie with the White Sox in the AL Central.
Bannister (9-7) walked one and struck out four while winning for the ninth time in 13 decisions. The right-hander leads all AL rookies with a 3.31 ERA. He's 9-0 when getting at least four runs of support.
Dan Meyer (0-1) lost in his first major league start and his first major league appearance in three years. He lasted four innings, allowing six runs - three earned - and five hits. He walked two and did not strike out a batter.
Mariners 5, White Sox 4
SEATTLE (AP) - Miguel Batista took a shutout into the seventh inning and Raul Ibanez continued his sudden surge with three hits for Seattle.
Ibanez hit his seventh home run in 10 games - he had six in his first 96 games - while Jose Vidro also had two RBIs.
Seattle remained one-half game ahead of the New York Yankees in the wild-card standings and closed to three games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the AL West lead.
Jose Contreras (6-15) pitched seven innings and allowed five runs in losing his eighth consecutive start. He allowed nine hits and struck out five.
Batista (13-8) allowed three runs and three hits, struck out five and walked five.