American League Game Capsules
(Sunday, September 21)
Final Score: New York 5, Toronto 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Gardner hit the 15,000th home run in Yankees franchise history to snap a fifth-inning tie and Brian McCann homered twice, helping New York to a 5-2 victory over Toronto in the return of Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday. Tanaka had been sidelined since early July with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Doctors recommended rehab rather than Tommy John surgery and the rookie began a throwing program before pitching an instructional league game on Monday in Tampa. In his first start since July 8, Tanaka (13-4) allowed hits to the first two batters, leading to a run. He then surrendered just three more hits with no walks and four strikeouts the rest of the way before being lifted with one out in the sixth. The right-hander was on a strict pitch count and reached 70 at the time of his exit. If there are no complications, Tanaka would likely make one more start next weekend in Boston. McCann finished with three runs batted in for the Yankees and Derek Jeter continued to shine in his final homestand with an RBI double. New York, still clinging to very faint playoff hopes heading into the final week of the campaign, took three of four from the Blue Jays this weekend.
Final Score: Boston 3, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Kelly pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox nabbed a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles to wrap up a three-game series. Kelly (3-2) allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts for the Red Sox, who had lost five of seven coming into the game. Mookie Betts and David Ross each hit a solo home run in the win. Miguel Gonzalez (9-9) gave up three runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who had won five of six coming in.
Final Score: Chicago 10, Tampa Bay 5
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Avisail Garcia homered twice, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday. Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer and Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs for the White Sox, who used a six-run sixth inning to put the game out of reach. John Danks (10-11) picked up the win after keeping the Rays hitless through 5 1/3 innings. He finished allowing two runs on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six frames. Brandon Guyer supplied two hits, two RBI and one run scored, while Kevin Kiermaier and Wil Myers each brought in a run for Tampa Bay, which played its last home game of the season. Nathan Karns (1-1) gave up six runs on five hits and two walks over five-plus innings.
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Detroit 2
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Norichika Aoki's two-run triple in the fourth inning helped the Kansas City Royals pull a game closer to the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers with a 5-2 victory on Sunday. The Royals salvaged the finale of this key three-game series to get within 1 1/2 games of the division front-runners. They also stayed ahead in the wild card race and currently hold a 1 1/2 game edge over the Mariners. Jeremy Guthrie (12-11) shook off an ugly start against Detroit earlier this month, holding them to two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings. Two weeks ago, the Tigers knocked Guthrie out in the third inning en route to a 9-5 victory, one of 13 over their division rivals this year. On Sunday, however, it was Rick Porcello (15-12) getting the early hook. Porcello was touched for four runs on nine hits before being pulled with one out in the fourth.
Final Score: Houston 8, Seattle 3
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Marisnick hit a three-run homer, while Alex Presley finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, as Houston topped Seattle, 8-3, in the rubber match of a three-game set. Jose Altuve added two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Astros, who put a four-game skid in the rear view by winning the final two games in the series. Collin McHugh (11-9) allowed three runs on four hits and struck out six over his successful six- inning outing. Michael Saunders hit a two-run shot and scored twice for the Mariners, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the AL's second wild card berth. Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9) was tagged in defeat for six hits and four runs with three walks despite fanning eight over 4 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber made another case for the American League's Cy Young Award by striking out 14 batters over eight stellar innings, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Kluber (17-9) upped his season strikeout total to 258 while holding Minnesota to two runs on seven hits to win his fourth straight start. More importantly, the effort ensured the Indians wouldn't lose ground in the AL Wild Card race entering the final week. Cleveland remained 3 1/2 games back of Kansas City, which also won Sunday, for the second Wild Card. The Indians host the Royals for a crucial series beginning Monday. Michael Bourn went 3-for-5 with three runs scored to help the Indians to a fifth victory in six games. Michael Brantley also collected three hits while knocking in two runs, with Jose Ramirez contributing two RBI on a pair of hits. Chris Herrmann doubled twice and drove in a run for the Twins, while Danny Santana had an RBI double in the loss. Minnesota starter Anthony Swarzak (3-2) lasted just 4 1/3 innings, permitting five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits while walking two.
Final Score: Texas 2, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Rua's first major league homer came in the ninth inning and lifted the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday. With the game tied after eight innings, Rua blasted a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left off Angels closer Huston Street (1-2) to give the Rangers the lead. Neftali Feliz needed just 12 pitches in the ninth to strike out the side and earn his 11th save of the season. Shawn Tolleson (3-1) picked up the win in relief of Nick Tepesch, who allowed one run on four hits over seven innings.
Final Score: Oakland 8, Philadelphia 6 (10 innings)
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Donaldson's two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning sent Oakland to an 8-6 win over Philadelphia in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set. Nate Freiman reached with a one- out single against Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (0-1) and Donaldson then powered a pitch over the wall just to the left of center to end the contest. Sean Doolittle (2-4) struck out four over two perfect relief innings.
09/21 20:04:22 ET