American League Game Capsules
(Friday, April 18th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Melky Cabrera supplied four hits and a run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set. Munenori Kawasaki, Edwin Encarnacion, and Brett Lawrie each drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who snapped a two-game skid. Starting pitcher Drew Hutchison gave up two runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts across 5 1/3 innings. Steve Delabar (1-0) retired the final two batters in the sixth after having men on first and third to earn the win. Sergio Santos picked up his fifth save of the season after issuing two walks and striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth. Carlos Santana stroked a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis had three hits for the Indians, who have dropped three of their last four. Justin Masterson allowed two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, but Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up a run on two hits in the seventh.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 11, Detroit 6
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim cruised past the Detroit Tigers, 11-6, in the opener of a three-game series. Albert Pujols added a three-run homer for the Angels, who had 10 extra-base hits. Mike Trout had a pair of doubles and two RBI. Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver (1-2) picked up his first win of the season after giving up one run on three hits over six innings. He had three strikeouts and three walks. Ian Kinsler had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who dropped all six of their meetings with the Angels last season. Torii Hunter, Nick Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez added an RBI apiece. Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1), making his first start of the season, gave up four runs on six hits over three innings. Luke Putkonen allowed seven runs on five hits over two-plus frames.
Final Score: Baltimore 8, Boston 4
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Schoop went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday in the opener of a four-game set at Fenway Park. Nelson Cruz had two RBI and Nick Markakis added a pair of doubles, one RBI and two runs scored for the Orioles, winners in three straight. Chris Tillman (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks while fanning five to pick up the win. Darren O'Day threw 1 1/3 scoreless frames to earn his first save of the season. Brock Holt had two hits and an RBI while Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who had won two straight entering the contest. John Lackey (2-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out six to absorb his second straight loss.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 11, New York 5
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - James Loney knocked in four runs, two of which came on a go-ahead single in the seventh inning that propelled the Tampa Bay Rays to an 11-5 come-from-behind victory over the New York Yankees. Loney had a two-run double earlier, while Wil Myers finished 3-for-5 with three RBI to help the Rays halt a four-game skid and avenge a 10-2 drubbing by the Yankees in Thursday's opener of this four-game set. Tampa Bay overcame a 4-0 deficit by scoring three times in the seventh and five more in the eighth. Sean Rodriguez tacked on a two-run homer late and Evan Longoria had three hits and scored a pair of runs. Erik Bedard, taking his first turn in Tampa's injury-plagued rotation, was tagged for four runs on six hits while lasting just 3 2/3 innings, but four Rays relievers held the Yankees to one run the rest of the way. Scott Sizemore delivered a three-run double and Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a run scored for New York, which had a five-game win streak come to an end. Adam Warren (0-1) took the loss after surrendering three runs in one inning of relief.
Final Score: Texas 12, Chicago 0
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers scored 12 runs on 18 hits to back Martin Perez's first career shutout. Perez (3-0) allowed just three hits in the Rangers' 12-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The left-hander struck out eight and walked one for Texas, which has won four in a row. Leonys Martin went 3-for-5 with four RBI and finished a double short of the cycle for the Rangers, who went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Robinson Chirinos added a two-run homer. Felipe Paulino (0-2) gave up 10 runs on 13 hits with three walks over 3 2/3 innings for the White Sox, who have dropped three straight.
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Minnesota 0
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Moustakas stroked a two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals shut out the Minnesota Twins, 5-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Omar Infante supplied two hits and two RBI as the Royals won their fourth straight game. Eric Hosmer contributed two hits and drove in a run in the triumph. Jason Vargas (2-0) spun seven scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and one walk to go with four strikeouts. Josmil Pinto had two hits for the Twins, who entered the game as winners in five of their last six. Starter Ricky Nolasco (1-2) was tagged for all five runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Miami 8, Seattle 4
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo Stanton's grand slam in the ninth inning gave the Miami Marlins a dramatic 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners to open a three-game set. Three straight batters reached base against Yoervis Medina (0-1) to set the plate for Stanton, who cracked a 1-1 curveball over the wall in left-center for the win. Prior to the home run, Reed Johnson was ruled out on a sacrifice bunt play, but a replay determined that third baseman Kyle Seager had juggled the ball. Stanton finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run for the Marlins, who have won two of three. Stanton continued his hot start to the season, as he is now batting .329 with six home runs and a league-leading 26 RBI. It was his second career walk-off grand slam, with the other coming on May 13, 2012 against the Mets. Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings and gave up three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits, while Steve Cishek (1-0) tossed a perfect ninth for the win. Brad Miller and Corey Hart each drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped their past four. Chris Young was tagged for four runs on seven hits in just three innings of work.
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