American League Game Capsules
(Saturday, September 20)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Kansas City 2
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer tossed seven innings of one-run ball to guide the Detroit Tigers past the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in the middle contest of a key three-game series. Scherzer (17-5) gave up seven hits while striking out six for the Tigers, who have won the first two games of this set and sit 2 1/2 games ahead of Kansas City for first place in the AL Central. Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for Detroit, which got an RBI apiece from Tyler Collins and Rajai Davis. Alcides Escobar went 4- for-5 with an RBI for the Royals, who are battling for one of the two wild card spots in the American League. Eric Hosmer drove in a run. Kansas City starter James Shields (14-8) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Toronto 6, New York 3
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Mayberry Jr.'s sacrifice fly capped a three-run sixth inning that carried the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees, 6-3, in the third contest of a four-game series. Danny Valencia knocked in two runs for the Blue Jays, who snapped a six-game skid. Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, four runs scored and three walks. Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (11-6) allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out seven over six innings. The right-hander is appealing a six-game suspension he was docked after an incident against Baltimore on Monday. Derek Jeter, Francisco Cervelli and Brian McCann each drove in a run for the Yankees, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Chris Capuano (2-4) gave up four runs on five hits with four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerome Williams worked seven scoreless innings and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer, as Philadelphia shut down Oakland, 3-0, in the middle test of a three-game series. Chase Utley and Cody Asche each doubled and scored for the Phillies, who dropped a 3-1 decision in Friday's opener. Williams (4-2) allowed four hits and one walk while fanning three over his 93-pitch effort. Antonio Bastardo and Ken Giles worked an inning apiece to finish off the four-hit shutout. Dan Otero (8-2) served up the go-ahead blast for the Athletics, who have lost four of their last five. Drew Pomeranz was lifted after five full frames despite giving up just one hit and a pair of walks with six strikeouts.
09/20 19:59:17 ET