American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, April 22nd)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, Washington 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols joined elite company Tuesday by hitting two homers off Taylor Jordan to reach 500 for his career and help the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Pujols hit a three-run homer off Jordan in the first inning and then tagged the 25-year old again in the sixth, this time of the two-run variety. The 34-year old became the first player in Major League history to hit No. 499 and No. 500 in the same game. He's the 26th player to reach the milestone and just the fourth to do so in his first 14 seasons, joining Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays. Only Jimmie Foxx and Rodriguez were younger (both age 32) when they hit their milestone shots. Tyler Skaggs (2-0) surrendered two runs on three hits, but walked four with five strikeouts over seven innings to earn the win. Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each collected two hits and scored a run for the Angels, while Mike Trout scored twice in Los Angeles' fifth straight win over the Nationals. Jordan (0-3) was tagged for six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits with five strikeouts over five innings in the setback.
Final Score: Kansas City 8, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Moustakas homered and James Shields struck out nine Indians in six innings as the Kansas City Royals evened this four-game set with an 8-2 win over Cleveland on Tuesday. Eric Hosmer went 4- for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored for Kansas City, which halted a two- game slide and has won six of its last eight games. Shields (2-2) allowed both runs -- one earned -- on six hits and a walk to win his second straight start. Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar had two hits and Alex Gordon drove in a pair of runs for the Royals. Danny Salazar (0-3) took the loss after yielding five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Toronto 9, Baltimore 3
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each clubbed a three-run homer during an eighth-inning rally that boosted the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday from Rogers Centre. Steve Delabar (2-0) picked up the win after spinning a scoreless top of the eighth, while Edwin Encarnacion clubbed a game-tying three-run shot in the sixth for the Blue Jays, who have won three of their last four games. Nelson Cruz slugged a three-run homer for Baltimore, which has dropped three of its last four games on the heels of a three-game win streak.
Final Score: Detroit 8, Chicago 6
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer highlighted Detroit's five-run third inning as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-6, in the second test of a four-game set. Cabrera also added an RBI double among his three hits for the Tigers, who have won four of their last six games. Justin Verlander (3-1) fanned seven and surrendered two runs on eight hits and two walks over seven frames to pick up the win. Ian Kinsler posted a pair of hits, RBI and runs scored in the triumph. Charlie Leesman allowed six runs on nine hits and one walk over 2 2/3 innings for Chicago, which had its brief two-game winning streak snapped. Jose Abreu smacked a solo homer in defeat.
Final Score: New York 9, Boston 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Boston Red Sox fans an unwanted welcome back in his return to Fenway Park, going 2-for-5 with two RBI to help the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of their longtime rivals. Three other Yankee newcomers made big contributions as well in the opener of this three-game series. Masahiro Tanaka yielded just two runs and fanned seven over 7 1/3 innings in another strong start, Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and Carlos Beltran finished 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Tanaka (3-0) allowed back-to-back homers to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth, but just five other hits in his first-ever encounter with the Red Sox. On the other hand, the Yankees battered Boston ace Jon Lester (2-3) for 11 hits and eight runs -- though just three were earned due to a pair of Red Sox errors -- in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 3
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - David Price struck out a season-high 12 batters en route to his ninth career complete game as the Tampa Bay Rays took a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set. Price (3-1), who allowed three runs on a pair of fourth-inning homers, scattered six hits and walked just one to earn the win. He finished two strikeouts shy of tying his career-high of 14. The southpaw fanned 14 against Toronto Aug. 28, 2011. David DeJesus went 3-for-4 with three RBI, Matt Joyce and James Loney both finished with two hits and two RBI and Ben Zobrist was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Rays, who have taken seven straight at home against the Twins. Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier added a solo shot for the Twins, who have dropped three of their last four. Kyle Gibson (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after he was knocked around for seven runs on 10 hits over three-plus innings.
Final Score: Texas 5, Oakland 4
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Choice capped a two-run ninth inning with an RBI single, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Oakland Athletics, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game series. Holding a 4-3 lead, the A's sent Luke Gregerson (0-1) to the mound in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland led off with a double to right and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but was tagged out at the plate on Leonys Martin's squeeze bunt. Martin stole second and raced home on Josh Wilson's double to left. Choice followed with an RBI single to center. Joakim Soria retired the side in order in the bottom half of the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season. Alexi Ogando (1-1) recorded the final out in the eighth to pick up the win. Texas starter Nick Martinez, who was recalled from Double-A Frisco prior to Tuesday's game, gave up four runs -- two earned -- on six hits with three walks over five innings. The right-hander made his second career start. Tommy Milone allowed three runs on five hits with four walks over six innings for the A's, who have lost two straight games for the first time this season.
Final Score: Houston 5, Seattle 2
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Collin McHugh picked up his first big-league win as the Houston Astros belted three home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday at Safeco Field. McHugh (1-0) was making his first start of the season in place of the injured Scott Feldman and dazzledinto the seventh inning. The 26-year-old righty struck out 12 with no walks and only allowed three hits in his stellar outing. Chris Carter and Jason Castro both homered and drove in two runs while Matt Dominguez added a solo blast for Houston, which has won the first two meetings of this three- game series on the heels of a seven-game skid. Erasmo Ramirez (1-3) was charged with three runs on three hits and three walks while fanning eight over six frames as Seattle suffered an eighth straight loss.
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