|Thursday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 27 September 2007 19:14|
By The Associated Press
Yankees 3, Devil Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -A day after the Yankees clinched a playoff berth, Phil Hughes kept alive New York's slim hopes in the AL East.
Hughes (5-3) allowed four hits in seven innings, and Jose Molina delivered a two-run single Thursday night to lead the Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-1.
Joba Chamberlain pitched on consecutive days for the first time, striking out B.J. Upton to escape a jam with runners at first and second in the eighth inning. Jose Veras pitched the ninth, completing a six-hitter for his second career save.
New York went ahead in the seventh against Jon Switzer (0-2). Shelly Duncan singled and Robinson Cano doubled before Molina's grounder through a drawn-in infield put New York ahead 3-1.
Twins 5, Red Sox 4
BOSTON (AP) - Michael Cuddyer and Garrett Jones homered off 20-game winner Josh Beckett in his last start before the playoffs, preventing the Red Sox from closing in on an AL East title.
Boston has already clinched a playoff berth, but it needs two more wins - or Yankees losses - to clinch its first AL East title since 1995.
David Ortiz was 4-for-4 with his 34th homer and his 51st double.
Beckett (20-7) allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings, striking out six.
Boof Bonser (8-12) allowed three runs and six hits and two walks, striking out two in five innings. Joe Nathan got four outs for his 36th save.
Mariners 4, Indians 2
SEATTLE (AP) - Jose Guillen and Jose Lopez each hit two-run homers to back Cha Seung Baek, and the Mariners prevented the Indians from taking sole possession of the best record in the American League.
The loss keeps the AL Central-champion Indians (94-65) even with AL East-leading Red Sox (94-65). Home-field advantage is at stake for the team that finishes with the best record.
Baek (4-3) went six innings in his first start since June 16, allowing a run and seven hits. He had two strikeouts and no walks.
After a two-out single by Raul Ibanez in the first inning, Guillen crushed a 1-2 pitch from Paul Byrd (15-8) for his 23rd home run and 99th RBI. After Jeff Clement singled in the fourth, Lopez also hit a two-out home run on a 1-2 pitch from Byrd. It was Lopez's 10th home run.
Orioles 8, Blue Jays 5
BALTIMORE (AP) - Luis Hernandez hit his first major league homer in the sixth inning to give Baltimore the lead, and the Orioles beat the Blue Jays to avoid a three-game sweep.
Jay Payton and J.R. House also homered for the Orioles, who blew a four-run lead before coming back.
Toronto led 5-4 before Hernandez hit a two-run drive off Brian Tallet (2-4). Miguel Tejada added a run-scoring grounder in the seventh, and House led off the eighth with his second big league home run.
Jim Hoey (3-4) got the win despite allowing two runs in 1 2-3 innings. Jamie Walker worked the final two innings for his seventh save.
White Sox 10, Royals 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Lance Broadway allowed two hits over six innings for his first major league win and the White Sox defeated the Royals.
Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have won seven of their last 11 games.
Staked to an early 3-0 lead in his first career start, Broadway (1-1) fooled Kansas City hitters with a sharp breaking ball. The 24-year-old right-hander ended his impressive performance by striking out Billy Butler to end the sixth inning. Broadway struck out eight and walked two.
Billy Buckner (1-2) took the loss for Kansas City.