American League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Texas 3, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas' Martin Perez outdueled Oakland's Sonny Gray in a battle of up-and-coming aces. Two of the top young pitchers in baseball entered Wednesday's action undefeated, but only Perez stayed perfect in the Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Athletics. Perez (4-0) tossed his second straight three-hit shutout. The 23-year-old, who recorded his first career shutout against the White Sox on Friday, has not allowed a run in 26 consecutive innings. The left-hander also pitched eight scoreless innings against the Astros on April 13. The only other Rangers pitcher to ever throw eight-plus scoreless innings in three consecutive starts is Charlie Hough from Aug. 28-Sept. 7, 1983. The 24-year- old Gray (3-1) allowed three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks over seven innings. The right-hander had a six-game winning streak dating back to last season snapped. Donnie Murphy hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who completed their first sweep in Oakland since August 2011. Michael Choice and Alex Rios each knocked in a run.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Houston 3
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Seager's three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the Seattle Mariners to snap an eight- game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Josh Fields (0-1) came on to pitch for Houston in the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Robinson Cano before Corey Hart followed with a single of his own on a grounder to left. Fields struck out Justin Smoak, but Seager came up to the plate and crushed the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall to win the game. Seager drove in all five of Seattle's runs, also hitting a two- run homer in the seventh. Fernando Rodney (1-1) spun a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win. Mariners starter Chris Young allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and five walks across seven innings. Jason Castro drove in two runs with a double and Chris Carter stroked a solo homer for the Astros, who had won six straight against the Mariners entering the game. Houston starter Jarred Cosart lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering just two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Final Score: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Kipnis doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians held off the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, to win the third installment of this four-game series. Michael Bourn had three hits, including a two-run triple, and pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall provided some insurance with an eighth-inning RBI single. The Indians won for the third time in four games. Cleveland, which bounced back from an 8-2 loss Tuesday, totaled 11 hits. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals, who lost for the third time in four tries following their five-game win streak. KC starter Jason Vargas allowed six hits and three runs -- two earned -- in six innings, while Cleveland's Justin Masterson allowed eight hits and three runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Baltimore 10, Toronto 8
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Nelson Cruz knocked in five runs with a grand slam and a solo homer to lift the Baltimore Orioles to a 10-8 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the second installment of a three-game set. Matt Wieters supplied a solo home run, three hits and two RBI for the Orioles, who have won two of their last three. Chris Davis also stroked a solo shot in the triumph. Chris Tillman (3-1) received the win despite allowing seven runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Tommy Hunter escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season. Brett Lawrie, Jose Reyes and Ryan Goins all homered for Toronto, which has dropped two of its last three games. Todd Redmond (0-2) was tagged with the loss after recording only two outs and allowing three runs on four hits. Melky Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double for the Blue Jays, while starter Dustin McGowan gave up six runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in four-plus innings of work.
Final Score: Chicago 6, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Semien belted his first career grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. White Sox rookie Jose Abreu hit his seventh homer, a two-run shot in the first inning, and made a game-ending catch on a line drive down the first base line with Detroit runners at second and third base in the ninth inning. The White Sox have won two of the first three games in the four- game series and three of their last four overall. Austin Jackson hit a two- run homer to punctuate a four-run fourth inning for the Tigers. White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo (1-0) threw 6 1/3 innings for the win, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Tigers lefty Drew Smyly didn't factor in the decision after striking out seven in six innings. The former reliever, making his second start of the season, gave up just six hits and a walk.
Final Score: Boston 5, New York 1
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox caught the New York Yankees in a very sticky situation to even the latest series between the two bitter AL East rivals. After having starting pitcher Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning for a foreign substance, the Yankees went on to drop a 5-1 decision to a Red Sox team that received a much-needed boost from their own starter. With two out and Grady Sizemore batting in the bottom of the second, home plate umpire Gerry Davis was requested by Red Sox manager John Farrell to check Pineda for illegal materials on his body. Davis touched a brownish substance that appeared to be pine tar on the right side of the pitcher's neck and immediately tossed him from the game. The New York right- hander also was embroiled in controversy when he faced the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium earlier this month, as television cameras showed the hurler with a brown substance on his right palm. No protests were made by Farrell during that game, in which Pineda held Boston to one run over six innings in a 4-1 Yankees win. Prior to his departure, Pineda (2-2) permitted a pair of first- inning runs on four hits to take the loss. The incident overshadowed a brilliant performance from Boston's John Lackey (3-2), who bounced back from a pair of poor outings to register a season-best 11 strikeouts while limiting the Yankees to a run over eight innings. Mike Napoli paced the Red Sox offensively by going 3-for-4 with an RBI double, with Dustin Pedroia contributing two hits, an RBI and two runs scored in the middle test of this three-game set. Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts each had two hits for the Yankees, who were coming off a 9-3 victory in Tuesday's opener.
Final Score: Washington 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam LaRoche's RBI single brought home Jayson Werth with the winning run, capping a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth which lifted Washington over the Angels by a 5-4 count in the finale of a three-game interleague set. In the ninth, the Halos picked up another insurance run as Raul Ibanez reached on a LaRoche error, advanced on a wild pitch and scored after a walk to Collin Cowgill thanks to Mike Trout's RBI single off Drew Storen (2-0). Jose Lobaton greeted Ernesto Frieri (0-2) with his first homer of the season to cut the Nats' deficit to 4-2. Denard Span hit a one-out single and Anthony Rendon drew a walk, then Werth plated both with a double to tie the game prior to LaRoche's hit to left field. LaRoche finished with three hits for the Nationals, who fended off a clean sweep. Gio Gonzalez worked five-plus innings, giving up two runs on four hits and knocked in the other run. Trout and Albert Pujols each collected two hits, an RBI and run scored for the Angels, while Erick Aybar added a run driven in for the visitors.
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