American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, August 19)
Final Score: Houston 7, New York 4
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Carter's 30th home run of the season was a game-winner. Carter struck out in his first four at-bats, then launched a three-run shot in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night to lift the Houston Astros to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series. Carter's no-doubt-about-it blast off David Robertson (1-4) landed two sections deep behind left field to break a 4-4 tie after Robbie Grossman and Jose Altuve both walked. Chad Qualls pitched the bottom of the ninth to earn his 14th save for the Astros, who have won three of their last four games. The Yankees had won their last two games against Tampa Bay on the road on the heels of a season high-tying five-game losing streak. They got a two-run homer from Brian McCann and a game-tying two-run double from Martin Prado in the sixth inning. Chris Capuano remained winless in five starts since New York acquired him from Boston last month. The left-hander, who pitched on his 36th birthday, was charged with four runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Boston 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Iannetta's ninth-inning RBI double snapped a tie and sent Los Angeles to a 4-3 victory over Boston in the second edition of a four-game set from Fenway Park. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols also drove in a run apiece for the Angels, who have reeled off six wins in their last seven efforts, including two in a row to begin this series. Joe Smith (5-1) tossed a scoreless eighth, then Huston Street left two on in the ninth while picking up his 10th save. David Ortiz homered among his two hits, with Brock Holt and Mike Napoli adding an RBI each for the Red Sox, who stumbled to their third straight defeat and fourth in five games. Koji Uehara (5-3) took the loss after being charged with the deciding run.
Final Score: Detroit 8, Tampa Bay 6 (11 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Torii Hunter scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers took an 8-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game series. J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run while Ian Kinsler added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Tigers, who have won four of their last six games. Max Scherzer tossed seven innings in the start and allowed four runs on four hits along with three walks while striking out nine. Jim Johnson (5-2) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless 10th inning. The win keeps Detroit two games back of Kansas City for first place in the AL Central, as the Royals defeated the Rockies on Tuesday night. James Loney went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run while Ben Zobrist had two hits, an RBI and two runs for the Rays, who have lost their past three games. Chris Archer was touched for four runs -- one earned -- on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Grant Balfour (1-5) allowed all three runs in the 11th to absorb the loss.
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Tillman turned in yet another strong road start, tossing eight innings of one-run ball to guide the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Tillman (10-5) has been one of the best pitchers in the majors away from home this season. The 26-year-old hasn't lost in 14 road starts, improving to 7-0 after this one. Tillman allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out nine. Nick Hundley homered and Chris Davis drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have won three in a row and improved to 8-3 over their last 11 games. Jose Abreu was the lone bright spot for Chicago, cranking his 32nd home run of the season to produce the lone run. Abreu tied Orioles' slugger Nelson Cruz for the most home runs in the American League. Jose Quintana (6-10) allowed four runs on eight hits to absorb the loss.
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 5
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Yan Gomes was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored as the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 7-5 win over the Minnesota Twins to open a three-game series. Tyler Holt and Zach Walters each drove in two runs for the Indians, who have won six of eight. Trevor Bauer lasted just 4 2/3 innings in the start as he was tagged for five runs on four hits and two walks. Kyle Crockett (3-0) picked up the win for record two outs. Oswaldo Arcia hit a three-run home run while Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas each drove in a run for the Twins, who have lost their past three. Kyle Gibson allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, while Brian Duensing (3-3) was handed the loss after giving up two runs in relief.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hisashi Iwakuma tossed eight shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2, in the middle test of a three-game set. Iwakuma (12-6), who extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings, struck out 11, scattered just four hits and threw 74 of his 96 pitches for strikes for Seattle, which is 2-2 on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Kyle Seager smacked a solo homer and Mike Zunino hit a two-run single among his two hits in the triumph. Fernando Rodney recorded the final out to notch his 36th save of the season. The Phillies had already plated two runs and put runners on first and second in the ninth, but Rodney struck out the tying run in Cody Asche to end the game. A.J. Burnett (6-14) fanned nine, but surrendered five runs on six hits and four walks over 7 2/3 innings for the Phillies, who have dropped eight of their last 11 games.
Final Score: Miami 4, Texas 3 (10 innings)
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning made the Miami Marlins 4-3 winners over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Mike Carp's error allowed Jeff Baker to reach base safely with one out in the 10th. After Christian Yelich lined out for the second out, Donovan Solano extended the inning with an infield single. Neftali Feliz then replaced Neal Cotts (2-7) on the mound to pitch to Stanton, but the move backfired, as the MVP candidate laced a single into right, plating Baker for the game-winning run without a throw. The walk-off single was Stanton's fifth career game-winning hit. Yelich had three hits for Miami, which got an RBI from four different players to surpass its 2013 win total with 37 games left in the season. Marcell Ozuna homered for the 17th time this season. Jarred Cosart turned in six innings of one-run ball, and Sam Dyson (2-0) struck out the side in the top of the 10th to pick up the win. Miles Mikolas also earned a no-decision in his start for Texas, exiting after five-plus innings. Mikolas gave up three runs on eight hits while fanning six.
Final Score: Milwaukee 6, Toronto 1
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Khris Davis drove in a pair of runs while Mike Fiers turned in another stellar effort, as Milwaukee took down Toronto, 6-1, in the opener of a two-game interleague set. Rickie Weeks, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez also knocked in a run apiece for the Brewers, the NL Central leaders who have won five consecutive games. On the heels of his 14-strikeout performance against the Cubs, Fiers (3-1) retired the final 18 batters he faced, eventually going seven innings and allowing a run on two hits with six strikeouts. Munenori Kawasaki drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays, who skidded to their sixth loss in their last seven. J.A. Happ (8-8) was charged in defeat for four runs on six hits over just 3 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Omar Infante went 4-for-5 with three doubles, four RBI and a run scored as the Kansas City Royals grabbed a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies to open a two-game set. Christian Colon, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain all drove in a run for Kansas City, which has won six of its last seven games. James Shields (12-6) won his third straight decision after pitching six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts. The Royals maintained their two-game lead over the Tigers for first place in the AL Central, as Detroit downed Tampa Bay in extra innings on Tuesday. Drew Stubbs hit a two-run home run and Nolan Arenado added a solo homer for the Rockies, who had won three of four coming in. Tyler Matzek (2-9) lost his fifth straight start after getting touched for three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Oakland 6, NY Mets 2
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Kazmir struck out six over six innings strong innings and the Oakland Athletics snapped a five-game losing skid with a 6-2 win over the New York Mets. Kazmir (14-5) set a new career-high in wins and helped the A's win the first game of this brief two-game interleague set. The southpaw allowed a run, four hits and three walks. Coco Crisp cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the fourth inning and Josh Reddick added a two-run homer for Oakland, which returned home following a road trip in which the club went just 1-6. The A's sit a half-game back of the Angels, who were winners in Boston on Tuesday night, for the best record in the American League West. Dillon Gee's (4-6) pitching woes continued, surrendering four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to absorb the loss. Gee dropped to 0-5 over his last seven starts.
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