American League Game Capsules
(Friday, September 19)
Final Score: New York 5, Toronto 3
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer and knocked in three runs before leaving with a right hamstring strain, as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, in the second test of a four- game series. Brian McCann drove in a run for the Yankees, who have won three in a row on the heels of a three-game skid. Hiroki Kuroda (11-9) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost six straight. Mark Buehrle (12-10) continued to struggle against the Yankees, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. The left- hander fell to 1-14 lifetime against New York, with 12 consecutive losing decisions.
Final Score: Boston 5, Baltimore 3 (10 innings)
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - David Ortiz's two-run home run in the 10th inning lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game set. With Darren O'Day (5-2) on the mound, Xander Bogaerts reached base on a bad throw from Kelly Johnson, and Ortiz followed with his second home run of the game for a 5-3 advantage. Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless home 10th to secure his seventh save of the season. Ortiz finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI. Yoenis Cespedes also homered for the Red Sox, who had lost four of five coming in. Allen Webster started for Boston and allowed a run on seven hits in 5 2/3 frames. Junichi Tazawa (4-3) got the win for tossing a scoreless ninth. Nelson Cruz was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the AL-East champion Orioles, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Gausman allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in five innings.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Tampa Bay 3
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Avisail Garcia's two-run double in a four-run fifth inning led the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Alexei Ramirez finished with three hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Jose Abreu brought in the other run for the White Sox, who had veteran first baseman Paul Konerko return to the lineup after a 14-game absence due to a broken hand. Jose Quintana (9-10) combated early adversity to win his third straight decision, allowing just three runs -- one earned -- on nine hits with no walks and six strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Logan Forsythe drove in all three runs for Tampa Bay, which was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. Jeremy Hellickson (1-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Detroit 10, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ian Kinsler homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched into the eighth inning in Detroit's 10-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals in a key AL Central showdown. Eugenio Suarez knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who opened a 1 1/2-game lead on the Royals atop the division. J.D. Martinez continued to torch the Royals, as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Verlander (14-12) scattered seven hits and gave up a run over 7 1/3 innings in Detroit's fifth victory in seven games. Jason Vargas (11-10) threw 30 pitches in the first inning and was charged with nine hits and five runs over 3 1/3 frames. Jayson Nix drove in the lone run for the Royals in the opener of this three-game set. Kansas City is in second place in the wild card standings, a half-game behind Oakland and a half-game in front of Seattle.
Final Score: Seattle 10, Houston 5
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager hit three-run homers during a seven-run fourth inning, sending the Seattle Mariners to a 10-5 victory over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series. Dustin Ackley added a pair of home runs for the Mariners, who sit a half-game behind Kansas City for second place in the AL wild card standings. Taijuan Walker (2-2) gave up two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Jonathan Villar and Dexter Fowler each knocked in two runs for the Astros, who have lost four in a row. Jose Altuve went 3-for-3 with a run scored to extend his Major League lead to 216 hits. In doing so he tied Magglio Ordonez (2007) for the most hits in a season by a Venezuelan-born player. Altuve also set a franchise record with his 24th three-hit game of the season, passing Craig Biggio (23 in 1998). Brad Peacock (4-9) allowed seven runs -- two earned -- on six hits with four walks over 3 1/3 innings. He pitched for the first time since Sept.8 due to soreness in his lower back.
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Cleveland 4 (10 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Plouffe's RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game set. With Kyle Crockett (4-1) on the mound, Danny Santana led off with a single, Brian Dozier then singled and Joe Mauer was issued an intentional walk. Kennys Vargas then struck out and Josh Tomlin took the mound. Plouffe greeted him with a liner that dropped in center for the win. Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Vargas also hit a solo home run for the Twins, who have won four of their last five. Phil Hughes went seven innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts, while Jared Burton (3-5) got the final two outs of the 10th for the win. Michael Brantley hit a solo home run for the Indians, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Trevor Bauer gave up three runs on four hits over six innings in the start.
Final Score: Texas 12, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Ryan Rua had the first four-hit game of his career and the Texas Rangers got a two-run homer from Jake Smolinski in a 12-3 rout of the Angels. Adrian Beltre had a two-run single and Dan Robertson drove in two runs for the Rangers, who posted their season-high seventh straight win. Lisalverto Bonilla (2-0), in his second major league start, surrendered two hits and a pair of runs over five innings. Brennan Boesch belted a two-run homer for the AL West champions, who have lost two straight games. Hector Santiago (5-9) surrendered seven hits and seven runs -- six earned -- and was lifted with no outs in the second inning.
Final Score: Oakland 3, Philadelphia 1
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings as the Oakland Athletics nabbed a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to open a three-game set. With the win, the A's went a half-game ahead of the Royals, who lost to Detroit on Friday, for the top wild card spot in the American League. Lester (16-10) allowed one run on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts to win his third straight start for the Athletics, who came into the contest having gotten swept over three games by Texas. Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies, who have lost five of their last six games. David Buchanan (6-8) gave up three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in the loss.
09/20 01:38:33 ET