American League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 15)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Toronto 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run homer, Adam Jones had three hits and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, on Monday in the opener of a three-game series. The AL East-leading Orioles' magic number to clinch their first division title since 1997 is now one with 12 games remaining. They can wrap it up on Tuesday. Wei-Yin Chen (16-4) pitched 5 2/3 innings and remained unbeaten in his last seven starts. The left-hander gave up nine hits, two runs and a walk and struck out six. The Orioles have won eight of their last nine, are 11-4 this month and lead the division by 12 1/2 games. Jose Reyes had three hits and scored two runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost three of their last four. Marcus Stroman (10-6) took the loss after giving up five runs in six innings.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 1, New York 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Zobrist singled in the only run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series. Zobrist's second hit of the game brought home Logan Forsythe from third and sent the Yankees to a fourth loss in their last five outings. The contest featured strong starting pitching on both ends. Alex Colome, recalled from Triple-A Durham on Monday, scattered six hits over 6 2/3 scoreless frames in just his second major-league start of the season, while New York's Chris Capuano kept the Rays off the board in six innings of work. Tampa Bay recorded just five hits for the game, but three of them came off Shawn Kelley (3-6) in the deciding ninth. Forsythe and James Loney laced back-to-back one-out singles to put the winning run in scoring position with one out. Kelley briefly regrouped to strike out David DeJesus, but walked pinch-hitter Matt Joyce to load the bases in front of Zobrist's clean hit to right field. Joel Peralta (3-4) issued a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth, then set down the next three Yankee hitters to help set up Zobrist's heroics.
Final Score: Detroit 8, Minnesota 6
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Torii Hunter homered on the first pitch of the ninth inning to break a tie and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6 on Monday to open a three-game series. Hunter's shot to left-center came on a slider from Casey Fien (5-6), who gave up a homer to Miguel Cabrera on a curveball two pitches later. The blasts came after the Twins had tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. The AL Central-leading Tigers were coming off a three-game sweep of Cleveland over the weekend and have won seven of eight. They remained 1 1/2 games up on the Royals, who beat the White Sox in the ninth inning Monday night. Kyle Ryan (2-0) induced a double play from Eduardo Nunez to end the eighth inning after Minnesota tied the game. Ryan played stopper after the bullpen coughed up a 6-4 lead for Max Scherzer, who went seven innings. Joba Chamberlain walked the first two batters, Phil Coke surrendered a two-run single to Joe Mauer and Al Alburquerque gave up a single. Making his second start of the season, regular reliever Anthony Swarzak gave up six runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Twins, who have lost 10 of their 14 games in September. Oswaldo Arcia homered for Minnesota and Mauer drove in four runs.
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Chicago 3
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lorenzo Cain's infield single in the bottom of the ninth capped a two-run rally with two outs and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game set. Mike Moustakas doubled with one out and was immediately replaced on second by Jarrod Dyson. Alcides Escobar grounded out, leaving Kansas City with just one more chance. With Nori Aoki batting, Dyson stole third and Jake Petricka (1-5) uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Dyson to continue through to home, tying the game at 3-3. Aoki, who went 4-for-4 on the evening, proceeded to rip a double inside the third-base line to keep the rally going. Pinch-runner Terrance Gore came on for Aoki and similar to Dyson, took third as Cain's single was chopped over Petricka's head and raced home to score the winning run as Alexei Ramirez had trouble with the bouncing ball behind second. Kansas City still trails Detroit, which won at Minnesota on Monday, by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central. Wade Davis (9-2) grabbed the win for a scoreless ninth before the Royals' speed benefited them in the home half.
Final Score: Houston 3, Cleveland 1
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Altuve drove in two runs and Collin McHugh was solid over 6 2/3 innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians, 3-1, in the opener of a four-game set on Monday. Altuve finished 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored and Dexter Fowler drove in a run for the Astros, who have won their last two games. McHugh (10-9) gave up just one unearned run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts to earn his sixth straight winning decision. The right-hander did, however, leave the game with a left forearm contusion. Michael Brantley had two hits and Carlos Santana brought in the lone run for Cleveland, which have dropped its last four games. Zach McAllister (3-7) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts across six frames.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Seattle 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols hit a three-run double to help the LA Angels of Anaheim to an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a four-game series. The Angels secured at least a wild card spot with the victory, and moved their lead over the Oakland Athletics for first place in the AL West to 10 1/2 games. Pujols left the game with a left hamstring cramp after the hit, but he helped the Angles to their 11th win in their past 12 games. David Freese and Brennan Boesch each hit a home run while Matt Shoemaker (16-4) won for a seventh time in his past eight starts after giving up a run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8) was tagged for seven runs on six hits with a pair of walks in 3 1/3 innings for the Mariners, who have dropped five of their past six games. Seattle fell two games back of Kansas City for the last wild card spot in the American League.
09/16 01:34:16 ET