American League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 1)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3 (10 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Joyce collected the game-winning hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Tampa Bay posted a 4-3 victory over Boston in the finale of a four-game series. Burke Badenhop (0-3) allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Hanigan, then issued an intentional walk to Kevin Kiermaier before Ben Zobrist's sacrifice bunt moved pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez and Kiermaier into scoring position. Wil Myers also drew a free pass ahead of Joyce's long fly to left which sailed over the head of Yoenis Cespedes to end the game. Grant Balfour (2-6) gave up a hit in an otherwise scoreless top of the 10th. Evan Longoria drove in two runs, and Myers ended up with three hits and an RBI for the Rays, who earned a split in the set. Mike Napoli homered, with Cespedes and Mookie Betts knocking in a run each for the Red Sox, who have dropped three of their last five.
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Baltimore 4
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Mauer had three hits and four RBI, two of which came on a tie-breaking single in the eighth inning, as the Minnesota Twins avoided a four-game sweep by the Baltimore Orioles with a 6-4 victory. Minnesota's three-run eighth helped Phil Hughes (15-9) join the Angels' Jered Weaver and Detroit's Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello as the American League's lone 15-game winners this season. The right-hander fired eight strong innings and allowed just five hits and three runs, all of which were unearned after an error in the seventh preceded Nick Hundley's game-tying homer. Glen Perkins served up a solo homer to Nelson Cruz in the ninth before holding on to record his 33rd save. Mauer delivered a two-run triple earlier in the day, while Kennys Vargas went 2-for-3 with two RBI in only Minnesota's second win in its last nine. Kevin Gausman (7-7) struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings for the AL East- leading Orioles, who had won four straight coming in, but was dealt the loss after being charged with five runs -- four earned.
09/01 17:02:13 ET