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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 19:41
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 BALTIMORE (AP) -The Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record Wednesday in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.
Trailing 3-0, the Rangers scored five runs in the fourth, nine in the sixth, 10 in the eighth and six in the ninth.
It was the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since Chicago set the major league record in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Marlon Byrd and Travis Metcalf hit grand slams for the Rangers. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez each homered twice and finished with seven RBIs. David Murphy had five of the Rangers' 29 hits, the most by a major league team since Milwaukee had 31 in a 22-2 victory over Toronto on Aug. 28, 1992, according to Elias.
Hours after announcing manager Dave Trembley would return for the 2008 season, the Orioles absorbed the most lopsided loss in franchise history and set a team record for hits allowed.
Kason Gabbard (6-1) won the opener and Wes Littleton got his second career save. Daniel Cabrera (9-13) took the loss, giving up six runs and nine hits in five innings.
In the second game, the Rangers overcame home runs by Jay Payton and Nick Markakis and rallied from a 7-6 deficit against Jim Hoey (1-1).
Joaquin Benoit (6-3) earned the victory with 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief. C.J. Wilson pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Yankees 8, Angels 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Andy Pettitte won his fifth consecutive start and the Yankees salvaged the finale of their three-game series against the Angels.
Pettitte (11-7) allowed five hits in seven innings, coming to the rescue for the Yankees yet again. He struck out six and walked two in a dominant performance, one night after the Angels roughed up New York's pitching staff for an 18-9 rout.
The victory was Joe Torre's 1,150th as New York manager, surpassing Casey Stengel and giving him sole possession of second place on the franchise list behind Joe McCarthy (1,460).
The Yankees got RBI singles from Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter in the seventh inning against John Lackey (15-8) to take a 3-1 lead.
Bobby Abreu led off the eighth with his 15th homer, chasing the right-hander. Later in the inning, Jorge Posada's third hit, a two-run double off Scot Shields, and Cabrera's second RBI single gave New York a six-run lead.
Devil Rays 2, Red Sox 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Daisuke Matsuzaka for the third time this season.
Edwin Jackson (4-12) overcame control problems to limit Boston to one run in six innings. He allowed five hits, five walks and struck out three. The Red Sox, who won the first two games of the series, stranded 14 runners in the game.
David Ortiz walked and J.D. Drew singled in the ninth before Al Reyes retired Jason Varitek for his 19th save in 21 opportunities.
Tampa Bay is 3-9 this year against Boston, with all three wins coming against Matsuzaka (13-10). It was the 12th time in his last 16 starts that Dice-K has had two runs of less in support.
Indians 11, Tigers 8
DETROIT (AP) - Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer and the Indians increased their lead in the AL Central to 1 1/2 games over Detroit.
The Indians overcame homers by Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez and Marcus Thames.
The Tigers rallied for two runs in the ninth when Jensen Lewis allowed RBI singles by Placido Polanco and Ordonez with one out. Joe Borowski relieved with two on and retired Guillen before striking out Ivan Rodriguez on a 3-2 pitch for his 35th save in 40 chances.
The Indians scored four runs with two outs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Gutierrez also doubled and scored two runs to back winner Paul Byrd (12-5), who lasted 5 1-3 innings. He gave up six runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out four.
Verlander (13-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings.
Twins 8, Mariners 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Michael Cuddyer's grand slam fueled a seven-run first inning for Minnesota against Miguel Batista, and the Twins ended the Mariners' winning streak at five.
Carlos Silva (10-12), who entered with the second-worst run support among AL starters, cruised with the big lead and completed seven innings for his first victory this month.
Batista (13-9) lost for only the second time in eight starts, but this one was pretty much over before he even got two outs. The Twins sent 11 batters to the plate in the first.
After Cuddyer's big hit, Garrett Jones added an RBI single, Nick Punto had a sacrifice fly and Alexi Casilla added one more with a triple. Jason Kubel's RBI single polished off Batista's shortest start this year. He surrendered eight runs, nine hits and one walk in two innings.
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO (AP) - Esteban Loaiza won in his season debut by outpitching A.J. Burnett, and the Athletics beat the Blue Jays to complete a three-game sweep.
Oakland (64-64) has won four straight and eight of 10, reaching .500 for the first time since it was 44-44 at the All-Star break. Toronto dropped to .500 at 63-63.
Loaiza (1-0), sidelined since March with neck and knee injuries, allowed one run and three hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two, throwing 110 pitches. After Aaron Hill's solo homer in the fifth, Loaiza retired 12 of his next 13 batters.
Alan Embree finished the four-hitter for his 16th save in 19 chances.
Burnett (7-7) gave up four runs - one earned - and four hits in seven innings. It was his first loss in three starts since he came off the disabled list Aug. 12.
Royals 7, White Sox 6
CHICAGO (AP) - Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who ended a three-game skid and kept the White Sox from completing their first series sweep at home since Aug. 11-13, 2006, against Detroit.
Brian Bannister (10-7) won for the fifth time in seven starts and lowered his ERA to 3.28, eighth-best in the American League. After giving up two runs, three hits and a walk in the first inning, the rookie right-hander retired 18 of 21 batters.
The White Sox cut it to 7-6 in the ninth on Josh Fields' three-run homer off Joakim Soria with two outs. Jim Thome singled before Soria struck out Paul Konerko to end it.
Konerko hit his 25th home run in the eighth off Gobble to make it 7-3.
The Royals struck early against struggling Jose Contreras (6-16), scoring two runs in each of the first two innings. Contreras gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
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