|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2007 19:52|
New York (82-62) has won 10 of its last 13 to move a season-high 20 games over .500. The Yankees are four games in front of Detroit in the AL wild-card standings after the Tigers split a doubleheader with Texas on Tuesday.
Giambi, who was 2-for-27 over his past 10 games, went 1-for-3. The grand slam was his first of the season and 12th of his career.
Phil Hughes (3-3) allowed two runs - one earned - and three hits in six innings to win for the first time since Aug. 10.
Edwar Ramirez struck out five in two innings of scoreless relief, and Ross Ohlendorf closed it out in the ninth in his major league debut.
New York took a 3-0 lead in the second against Shaun Marcum. Toronto made it 3-2 in the bottom of the inning, but Posada's two-out homer in the third made it 4-2 and the Yankees pulled away in the fifth when Giambi hit his 13th homer, and first since Aug. 26.
Marcum (12-6) allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings, losing for the first time in four starts. He walked a season-high four and struck out five.
Rangers 13, Tigers 6, 1st game
Tigers 4, Rangers 1, 2nd game
DETROIT (AP) - Rookie Jair Jurrjens allowed one run over five innings to lead the Tigers to the split of the day-night doubleheader.
Marlon Byrd hit two of the Rangers' seven homers in their 13-6 win in the opener.
Jurrjens (2-1) was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after having shoulder problems.
Detroit is four games behind the Yankees, who beat Toronto 9-2, in the AL wild-card race. The Tigers are 6 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland, which beat Chicago, in the AL Central.
The Rangers, who took an 11-0 lead in the first game, went up 1-0 on Byrd's sacrifice fly in the first inning of the nightcap, but Brandon McCarthy (5-9) couldn't survive the bottom of the inning.
Gary Sheffield's RBI single in the first ended an 0-for-25 slump, his longest since an 0-for-29 skid in 2002. Magglio Ordonez and Ivan Rodriguez added RBI hits in the inning.
Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his 34th save.
The second-game loss ended Texas' season-best winning streak at six games, but they have still won 13 of 16.
Vicente Padilla (6-9) allowed three hits and three walks in six shutout innings in the opener, improving his scoreless streak to 12 innings.
Chad Durbin (8-7) gave up five runs - four earned - and six hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Hank Blalock, David Murphy, Freddy Guzman, Jarrod Saltamacchia and Ramon Vazquez also homered for Texas, which had not hit seven homers in a game since getting eight on June 30, 2005, against the Angels.
Angels 10, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero returned from a four-game absence and hit two home runs to lead Los Angeles. He had been out because of an inflamed right triceps.
The Angels lost center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a sprained right ankle. X-rays were negative, and the team said he will miss at least the next five games.
Chone Figgins doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Angels won their fifth straight road game.
Guerrero hit a two-run drive to cap a five-run third inning and added a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 33rd career multihomer game and fourth this season. He needs one more homer to reach 25 for a 10th consecutive year.
Joe Saunders (8-3) gave up four runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.
Kevin Millar went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Orioles, who have lost 17 of 20. Baltimore (61-82) is assured of its 10th consecutive losing season.
Victor Santos (0-1), making his Baltimore debut, allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Red Sox 16, Devil Rays 10
BOSTON (AP) - Mike Lowell had four hits and Kevin Youkilis hit a bases-loaded triple during a six-run sixth inning as Boston rallied from a seven-run deficit.
The Red Sox fell behind 8-1 in the fourth, but Boston scored four in the fourth, three in the fifth, six in the sixth and two more in the seventh - on solo homers by David Ortiz and J.D. Drew.
Rookies Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia also homered for Boston. With the season-high 16 runs, the Red Sox maintained a five-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.
Bryan Corey (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning to earn the win in Boston's biggest comeback victory since 2000.
Jon Switzer (0-1) got the last out of the fifth but allowed two runs and two hits in the sixth to give up the rest of the lead. Tampa Bay had won three straight and 13 of 17.
Carlos Pena and Brendan Harris homered for the Devil Rays, who scored four in the second against Tim Wakefield and chased him with one run in, two on and no outs in the fourth. Dioner Navarro finished with a career-best four hits, while Pena, Akinori Iwamura and Josh Wilson each had three.
Indians 8, White Sox 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Paul Byrd got his 15th victory and Travis Hafner had three RBIs for surging Cleveland which won for the 15th time in 18 games.
Byrd (15-6) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, including two homers by Juan Uribe, as Cleveland increased its lead in the AL Central over Detroit to 6 1/2 games after the Tigers split a doubleheader with Texas.
Byrd had a career-best 17 wins for Kansas City in 2002.
Cleveland benefited by the wildness of Chicago pitchers, collecting 10 walks, including two with the bases loaded in a three-run sixth when the Indians broke a 3-3 tie.
Ryan Garko hit his 18th homer to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in the second. Uribe tied the game twice, with a solo shot in the second and a two-run drive in the fourth, his 17th and 18th of the season.
Twins 6, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Scott Baker beat Kansas City for the third time this season and extended the Royals' losing streak to seven games.
Baker, who carried a perfect game into the ninth inning of a shutout against Kansas City on Aug. 31, gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings this time. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts against the Royals this year, with 20 strikeouts and two walks in 22 2-3 innings.
Baker (9-7) allowed 10 hits. Joe Nathan worked a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save.
Alex Gordon went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk for the Royals, who stranded 13 runners and equaled their longest losing streak of the season.
The Twins took advantage of errors by first baseman Billy Butler in the first inning and left fielder Joey Gathright in the sixth to score two unearned runs off Kyle Davies (2-5). Davies pitched five-plus innings, giving up four hits.
Athletics 7, Mariners 4
SEATTLE (AP) - Mark Ellis tied a career high with four hits while Mike Piazza and Shannon Stewart each had three hits and two RBIs for Oakland.
The free-falling Mariners lost manager John McLaren during a heated argument, then lost for the 15th time in 17 games. Seattle dropped 6 1/2 games behind New York in the AL wild-card race with 19 games left.
McLaren was tossed in the fourth inning after Jarrod Washburn walked Donnie Murphy with the bases loaded, tying the game at 1. Washburn then walked Kurt Suzuki to force in a second run and Stewart's two-run single made it 4-1.
Relievers Ruddy Lugo (6-0), Andrew Brown, Alan Embree and Huston Street shut out the Mariners over the final 4 2-3 innings. Street got his 14th save by finishing the ninth.
Washburn (9-14) allowed six runs, eight hits and a season high-tying five walks in 5 2-3 innings.