American League Game Capsules
(Friday, July 25)
Final Score: New York 6, Toronto 4
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Beltran and Ichiro Suzuki homered off Mark Buehrle, who must be wondering what gives against the New York Yankees. Ditto that for the Toronto Blue Jays in the Bronx. Beltran and Suzuki's homers in the third inning gave the Yankees the lead for good in a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday to open a three-game series between the AL East foes. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the 17th time in a row at home, the longest such streak in the majors in four years. As for Buehrle? It's been a lot longer since he's won against the Yankees. He fell to 0-9 in his last 14 starts against them since 2004 and dropped to 1-12 vs. the Yankees in 19 all-time starts -- a strange mark on the durable left-hander's resume. Buehrle (10-7) lasted just three innings -- his shortest outing in more than four years -- and gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk. Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) got the win despite allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings, all on two homers by Toronto slugger Jose Bautista. The Yankees stretched their winning streak to four games, pulled one game ahead of Toronto for second place in the division and improved to 7-1 on their 10-game homestand. The Blue Jays started a 10-game road trip and had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Boston 4
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Longoria lined a go-ahead three- run double as part of a four-run bottom of the seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth straight game following a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game set. David Price (11-7), who had a minuscule 0.90 ERA over his last five starts coming in, struck out 10 and allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings to win his sixth consecutive outing for Tampa Bay, which has won 19 of its last 24 games overall. Price faced the fading Red Sox for the first time since hitting David Ortiz with a pitch on May 30, which led to a benches-clearing brawl in the fourth inning of a 3-2, 10-inning loss. Desmond Jennings smacked a two-run homer and scored a pair of runs, while Ben Zobrist ran out three infield singles among his four hits to go with an RBI and a run scored in the triumph. Jake McGee picked up his 10th save of the season despite yielding a run in the ninth.
Final Score: Miami 2, Houston 0
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Mathis stroked a two-run double during the seventh inning and Brad Hand tossed 7 1/3 effective innings as the Miami Marlins topped the Houston Astros, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Hand (2-2) allowed just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts to earn his second straight victory. Donovan Solano and Giancarlo Stanton both supplied two hits for the Marlins, who have won five of their last six games. Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Gregorio Petit accounted for the Astros' three hits and starter Dallas Keuchel (9-7) gave up just two unearned runs on nine hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in Houston's third straight defeat.
Final Score: Texas 4, Oakland 1
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerome Williams threw six strong innings in his first game for the Texas Rangers, leading them to a 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday in the opener of a three-game series. Williams (2-4) was signed by the Rangers on July 11 after being released by Houston a day earlier. The right-hander's contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock earlier Friday and he gave up one run and five hits while striking out four in his first start of the season after 26 relief appearances for the Astros. Elvis Andrus had two hits and scored twice and Adrian Beltre added two hits, including an RBI single for the Rangers, who won for just the sixth time in their last 33 games. The AL West-leading A's saw a two-game winning streak snapped. They had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning but Neftali Feliz escaped the jam to earn his first save since 2011.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Cleveland 4
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler's two-run home run gave the Kansas City Royals a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the second of a four-game set. Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored while Mike Moustakas also hit a solo home run for the Royals, who have won four straight. Starter Yordano Ventura lasted 6 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Carlos Santana hit a pair of home runs and drove in three, while Jason Kipnis also drove in a run for the Indians, who have lost five of their last six games. Josh Tomlin gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Salvador Perez hit a one-out single off of Carlos Carrasco (3-4) in the eighth and Nick Hagadone then took the mound. After getting Moustakas to pop up, Butler punched a shot over the left field wall for a 6-4 lead.
Final Score: Chicago 9, Minnesota 5
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and scored twice to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 9-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Chicago's standout rookie joined Jose Canseco and Tony Oliva as the only Cuban-born rookies to hit 30 home runs in a season with his first-inning blast. Tyler Flowers and Alexei Ramirez also homered for the White Sox, who have won the first two of this four-game series. John Danks (9-6) was charged with four runs on six hits over seven innings of work but earned the win. Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (5-13) dropped another decision after allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits in the setback. Correia now leads the majors in losses after sharing the dubious distinction with San Diego's Eric Stults.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Detroit 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Efren Navarro's go-ahead single in the sixth inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the second contest of a four-game set on Friday. Navarro replaced left fielder Josh Hamilton, who left the game with a sore left knee in the fourth inning, and finished with two hits while Kole Calhoun provided an RBI double for the Angels, who have won two of their last three games. Reliever Mike Morin (3-3) earned the win after escaping a bases-loaded threat with a strikeout in the sixth. Starter Tyler Skaggs gave up a run on five hits with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Miguel Cabrera homered among his two hits and starter Drew Smyly (6-9) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts across 5 2/3 frames for Detroit, which had its two-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: Baltimore 2, Seattle 1 (10 innings)
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Davis' leadoff home run in the 10th inning gave the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the second of a four-game set. Nelson Cruz's solo homer was the only other run for the Orioles, who have won four of their last five. Kevin Gausman allowed a run on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Darren O'Day (3-1) got the win for retiring the final two batters of the ninth inning. Kendrys Morales drove in the lone run of the game for the Mariners, who have dropped their last four contests. Felix Hernandez tossed seven innings in the start and gave up a run on five hits with 10 strikeouts.
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