American League Game Capsules
(Thursday, July 31)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Eaton finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, as the Chicago White Sox downed the Detroit Tigers, 7-4, in Thursday's rubber match of a three-game series. Jose Abreu doubled twice among his three hits, Moises Sierra added four hits and drove in a run, while Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers contributed an RBI each for the White Sox, who took the set and have won five of their last seven. Paul Konerko was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in for Chicago, while Ronald Belisario (4-7) allowed one hit over 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. John Danks worked the first five, giving up four runs on seven hits with four walks. Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers for the Tigers, who slid to their fifth loss in their last six. Joakim Soria (1-4) took the loss, charged with the go-ahead run over his one relief frame. Drew Smyly gave up 11 hits and four runs over his five-inning stint, then was swapped to the Rays in a three-team deal which saw David Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit and Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson dealt to Seattle.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 1, Baltimore 0 (13 innings)
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols drove in the game's only run in the 13th inning as the Angels salvaged their series in Baltimore with a 1-0 nail biter over the Orioles. Thursday's finale of a three-game set between the playoff contenders featured stellar pitching, equally superb defense and an end to Baltimore's steak of seven straight wins in extra innings. The Angels' pitching staff limited the Orioles to five singles, and their offense finally cashed in when Kole Calhoun worked a leadoff walk in the final frame, raced to third on Mike Trout's base hit to left and scored when Pujols sent a screaming line-drive base hit into center field. David Freese recorded four of the Angels' 12 hits, while six relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings behind Tyler Skaggs, who exited with forearm stiffness in the fifth. Hector Santiago (3-7) hurled two innings of relief to earn the win, and Huston Street retired the top of the Orioles' order in their final trip to earn his fourth save with his new club. The loss, which was credited to Ryan Webb (3-2), was Baltimore's third in its last 10 games. Bud Norris continued his success against the Angels with seven shutout innings but did not factor in the decision. He scattered eight hits and a walk and lowered his already microscopic ERA to 0.43 in six career starts against them.
Final Score: Seattle 6, Cleveland 5
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Zunino's two-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the rubber match of a three-game set. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer, while Robinson Cano and Logan Morrison each drove in a run for the Mariners, who bounced back from Corey Kluber's dominant performance in Tuesday's 2-0 loss, where Seattle managed just three hits. Joe Beimel (3-1) earned the win retiring the final batter in the seventh inning. Starter Chris Young lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. Jason Kipnis supplied a two-run homer and scored twice for Cleveland, which has dropped six of its last eight. Carlos Santana also drove in two runs Bryan Shaw (4-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up Zunino's homer in the eighth. Starter Zach McAllister tossed just 3 1/3 innings, where he gave up four runs on eight hits.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Minnesota 3
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alcides Escobar's two-run triple broke a tie game in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals upended the Minnesota Twins, 6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Mike Moustakas drove in a run and scored twice for the Royals, who scored four times in the seventh and moved within four games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Yordano Ventura (8-8) had seven strikeouts over a seven-inning performance in which he allowed five hits and a pair of runs -- one earned -- in Kansas City's seventh victory in nine contests. Kansas City was hit by bad news after the game when manager Ned Yost revealed first baseman Eric Hosmer has a stress fracture in his right hand. Hosmer will be placed on the disabled list, and will be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Hosmer aggravated an injury he suffered July 20 in a loss to Boston when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning. Twins starter Kevin Correia had a similar line over six frames, but had three less strikeouts and walked none compared to three for Ventura. Danny Santana led off the game with his fourth homer of the year, but the Twins lost for the fifth time in seven games. The Royals weren't active at the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, but the Twins made a move by sending outfielder Sam Fuld to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone.
Final Score: Toronto 6, Houston 5
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Nolan Reimold's second home run of the game propelled the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a four-game series. Reimold homered in the ninth inning off of Chad Qualls (1-3) to put Toronto ahead and Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to lock down the win and pick up his 18th save of the season. Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro also homered the for the Blue Jays, who have won six straight after starting a 10-game road trip with a loss. Drew Hutchison lasted just three innings as he was tagged for four runs on six hits. Aaron Sanchez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Jonathan Singleton hit a solo home run for the Astros, who have lost seven of nine. Jake Buchanan made the start for Houston in place of Jarred Cosart, who was traded to Miami earlier on Thursday. Buchanan gave up three runs on five hits over five innings.
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