American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, September 23)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, New York 4
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI and slugged one of three Baltimore home runs in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Nelson Cruz added three hits, including his 40th homer of the season, while ex-Yankee Kelly Johnson also had a solo shot as part of a 3-for-5 night as well to help the playoff-bound Orioles put New York on the brink of postseason elimination. With Kansas City defeating Cleveland on Tuesday, the Yankees now stand five games behind the Royals for the American League's second wild card with five to play. Baltimore's 17-hit barrage supported a relatively effective outing from Ubaldo Jimenez (6-9), who held the Yankees to a pair of runs on three hits over five-plus innings. All three Oriole homers were served up by Brandon McCarthy (7-5), roughed up for 11 hits and five runs despite fanning eight over 5 1/3 innings. Brian McCann finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer that pulled the Yankees within one in the seventh, but Zach Britton struck out Derek Jeter with the tying run on base in the ninth to notch his 36th save. Jeter, playing in likely his third-to-last game at Yankee Stadium, had an infield single and scored a run in five trips to the plate.
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Yordano Ventura tossed seven scoreless innings and got plenty of run support in the Kansas City Royals' 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Ventura (14-10) limited the Tribe to just eight baserunners -- four hits and four walks -- while striking out six over his career-high 117-pitch outing. Omar Infante, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon all drove in two runs for the Royals. Kansas City still trails Detroit, which defeated the White Sox on Tuesday, by one game in the AL Central. It did, however, move three games ahead of Seattle for the American League's second wild card position. Danny Salazar (6-8) was charged with five runs on eight hits and struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings in the loss. The Indians were eliminated from the AL Central with Detroit's win and now trail KC by 4 1/2 games in the wild card race.
Final Score: Toronto 10, Seattle 2
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Dalton Pompey cracked his first major-league homer off former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Tuesday. Pompey's upper-deck blast leading off the fifth sparked a seven-run inning against the Mariners ace, who gave up eight runs for only the second time in his career. Hernandez didn't make it out of the inning and the Mariners, who are chasing an AL wild-card spot, dropped their fourth game in a row. R.A. Dickey (14-12) remained unbeaten in his last seven starts after giving up just two runs and five hits in seven innings. The knuckleballer outdueled his fellow former Cy Young winner, striking out six. Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have taken the first two games of the four-game series by a combined score of 24-6 to reach 80 wins (80-77) for the first time in three seasons. The Mariners are three games out of a wild-card spot with five games left in the season. They haven't made the playoffs since tying the major-league record with 116 wins in 2001. Hernandez (14-6) had allowed just three earned runs in four previous starts this month, but fell to 1-3 in his last eight outings.
Final Score: Detroit 4, Chicago 3
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers probably didn't expect they had to bat in the home ninth after their lefty ace David Price cruised through his first eight innings. Good thing Miguel Cabrera was there to come through for the Tigers again. Cabrera's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox in the middle test of a three-game set. Price surrendered just three hits through eight frames before the White Sox tagged him for three runs on five hits to tie the game in the ninth. Joe Nathan (5-4) recorded the final out to notch the win and the hosts bounced right back in the home half. Ian Kinsler singled and Torii Hunter walked against Jake Petricka (1-6) before Cabrera ripped a base hit to left to plate Kinsler and record his 11th career game-winning hit. Detroit remains a game ahead of Kansas City for first place in the AL Central following the Royals' 7-1 win over Cleveland Tuesday. Cabrera finished 2-for-5, while Kinsler posted two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Tigers, who had dropped four of their last six games coming in.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Boston 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Zobrist's two-run double during a five- run eighth inning led the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday. Zobrist finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, Matt Joyce homered and James Loney drove in two runs for the Rays, who have won two of their last three games. Alex Cobb (10-8) surrendered just one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over seven innings to win his sixth straight road decision. Daniel Nava hit an RBI double and Jemile Weeks brought in a run for Boston, which had starter Clay Buchholz (8-10) give up three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts across 7 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Texas 2, Houston 1
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Robinson Chirinos homered and the Texas Rangers held off the Houston Astros, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game set on Tuesday. Adrian Beltre and Jake Smolinski both had three hits and Daniel Robertson hit an RBI single for the Rangers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games. Nick Martinez (5-11) was solid over 6 2/3 innings, limiting Houston batters to five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Marwin Gonzalez had two hits and Matt Dominguez drove in a run for Houston, which saw Brett Oberholtzer (5-13) allow two runs on nine hits and two walks across 4 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Arizona 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Plouffe went 4-for-4 with a run scored and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3, in the middle test of a three-game set. Kyle Gibson struck out eight and allowed a run on seven hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Andrew Chafin (0-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks over three frames for Arizona, which has dropped seven of its last eight games.
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