|Saturday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 29 September 2007 19:03|
It was the defending division champion Athletics' fifth straight defeat and 10th in 11 games.
Juan Rivera and Erick Aybar each hit RBI singles and Jeff Mathis added a sacrifice fly for the Angels, who saw Bartolo Colon make his first relief appearance in 10 years.
Colon came out of the bullpen for only the third time in his career and first since Sept. 27, 1997, and pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. Scot Shields allowed Dan Johnson's RBI single in the eighth, then Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 40th save and second in as many games.
Escobar (18-7) won his third straight decision and seventh in eight after having his last turn skipped. He allowed five hits and one run in six innings, struck out four and walked two.
Lenny DiNardo (8-10) pitched 4 2-3 innings of relief and picked up the loss, giving up two runs in the fourth inning as Los Angeles went ahead 3-1. DiNardo allowed five hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
Royals 4, Indians 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Joey Gathright singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth, lifting Kansas City and ending Cleveland's hope of getting home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.
The Indians already had clinched the AL Central title and were set to play the New York Yankees in the first round.
Cleveland's loss gave AL East champion Boston the home field. The Red Sox were to pick later Saturday night whether they wanted to open against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday or Thursday.
Joakim Soria (2-3) pitched the final two innings for the last-place Royals.
Rafael Perez (1-2) took the loss.
Red Sox 6, Twins 4
BOSTON (AP) - J.D. Drew went 3-for-4 and connected for a go-ahead, three-run homer for Boston, a day after the Red Sox clinched their first division title in 12 years.
Tim Wakefield (17-12) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings for the Red Sox after going 0-2 with a 10.70 ERA in his previous four starts.
Hideki Okajima pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances, working out of a sticky jam. The Twins put runners at first and third before Okajima struck out Justin Morneau and got Michael Cuddyer to ground into a double play.
Carlos Silva pitched six solid innings for Minnesota and left with a 4-2 lead, but Boston scored four runs in the seventh off Nick Blackburn (0-2).
Wakefield allowed solo homers by Rondell White, his fourth of the year, in the third, and Joe Mauer, his seventh, in the fourth.
Yankees 11, Orioles 10
BALTIMORE (AP) - Shelley Duncan homered to cap a 10-run fourth inning, and a host of New York backups feasted on Baltimore pitching.
The Yankees trailed 6-1 before nine straight batters reached to open the fourth. Duncan, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano each had two RBIs in the inning.
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (15-9) struggled in his tuneup for Game 2 of the divisional series at Cleveland. The left-hander yielded nine runs and eight hits - including two home runs - in five innings.
Nick Markakis, Ramon Hernandez and Jay Payton homered for the Orioles, who have allowed at least 10 runs in 18 games this season. Baltimore has lost 27 of 38.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera (9-18) put an appropriate finish on a horrid season by giving up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings.
Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 3
TORONTO (AP) - Adam Lind hit a three-run homer, John-Ford Griffin added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-3 on Saturday.
The Blue Jays have won 10 of 15, while Tampa Bay has lost 13 of 17.
Toronto broke a 1-all tie with a four-run eighth against reliever Dan Wheeler (0-5). Reed Johnson started the rally by reaching base on a throwing error, Matt Stairs walked and Russ Adams, pinch hitting for Frank Thomas, bunted down the third base line. Wheeler fielded the ball and threw to Joel Guzman, but he couldn't find first base with his foot.
With the bases loaded, Hill hit a sacrifice fly and Lind connected to right-center.
Scott Downs (4-2) earned the win by getting pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes to ground into an inning-ending double play in the eighth.
White Sox 3, Tigers 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Jim Thome hit career homer No. 507 and Juan Uribe singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for the White Sox.
Darin Erstad led off the Chicago ninth with a walk against Fernando Rodney (2-6), and Scott Podsednik then dropped a bunt down in front of the plate. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez picked it up and threw to shortstop Omar Infante, but second base umpire Doug Eddings ruled that Infante's foot was off the bag as he took the high throw and Erstad was safe.
Ehren Wasserman (1-1) recorded two outs to earn the win.
Pinch-hitter Marcus Thames hit White Sox reliever Boone Logan's first pitch in the eighth inning for his 18th homer, tying it at 2 and denying Gavin Floyd a win. Floyd allowed just six hits in seven innings, including Carlos Guillen's 20th homer in the sixth.