American League Game Capsules
(Friday, July 11)
Final Score: Baltimore 3, New York 2 (10 innings)
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Hundley stroked a one-out RBI single to center field in the 10th inning to lift the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Friday in the opener of a three-game series. Manny Machado scored on the hit after leading off the 10th with a double off Adam Warren (1-5). The AL East-leading Orioles -- playing in extra-innings for the third time in their last five games -- improved to 9-2 in their last 11 overall. They had just three hits in the first nine innings. Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson hit solo homers off Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez, but the Yankees lost for the third time in their last four games. New York played its fourth extra-inning game in its last 12. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He didn't walk anyone, but threw three wild pitches and hit two batters.
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Chicago 4
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Swisher's two-run homer punctuated a three-run fifth inning and sent Cleveland to a 7-4 decision over Chicago in the opener of a three-game set. Lonnie Chisenhall added a game-tying single in the deciding frame for the Indians, who have won seven of their last 10 and reached the .500 mark at 46-46. David Murphy added a two-run shot, while Carlos Santana and Chris Dickerson each drove in a run for the Tribe. Corey Kluber (9-6) allowed four runs on eight hits through six innings, but hung on long enough to snag the win. John Axford, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined to throw three perfect innings, with Allen earning his 11th save by striking out the side in the ninth. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer, while Adrian Nieto and Leury Garcia added an RBI apiece for the White Sox, losers of three straight after winning three in a row. Hector Noesi (3-7) was touched for seven hits and six runs with four walks over 4 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Toronto 8, Tampa Bay 5
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Tolleson hit a go-ahead, two- run single during a three-run ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-5, in the opener of a three-game series. The Rays sent Grant Balfour (0-3) to the mound in the ninth. Dan Johnson walked and moved to third on Jose Reyes' one-out double to right. Tolleson scored both runners on a bloop single down the right-field line. Melky Cabrera walked before a wild pitch put men on second and third. Jose Bautista followed with an RBI single to right. Kirby Yates got the final two outs of the inning. Aaron Loup (3-2) earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Casey Janssen retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his 14th save of the season.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 3, Texas 0
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Richards pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the second contest of a four-game series. Richards (11-2) scattered five hits -- all singles -- and two walks, and struck out eight in the Angels' first shutout at Texas since Sept. 18, 2009. The right-hander has won his last five starts and owns a 1.77 ERA with 40 strikeouts over that span. Richards was nominated for the Final Vote in the American League that was ultimately won by Chicago's Chris Sale. Mike Trout homered, while Erick Aybar and David Freese each knocked in a run for the Angels, who have won eight of nine. Nick Tepesch (3-5) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on six hits over six-plus innings on the hill.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Anibal Sanchez tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Sanchez (6-3) allowed a run in the first inning but silenced KC after that, yielding just eight hits with three strikeouts to pick up the win. After dropping his first two decisions of the season, Sanchez has compiled a 6-1 record in 12 starts. Austin Jackson had three of Detroit's five hits in the triumph. Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera drove in a run apiece, helping the Tigers win their fourth straight game. Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 and Salvador Perez collected two hits and an RBI for Kansas City, losers in five of seven. Danny Duffy (5-9) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over six frames to absorb the tough-luck loss.
Final Score: Boston 8, Houston 3
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Vazquez collected his first three major-league hits and his first three RBI on Friday night as the Boston Red Sox raced past the Houston Astros 8-3 in the opener of a three-game series. Vazquez, the catching prospect who was called up on Wednesday when the Red Sox cut veteran A.J. Pierzynski, had a single, two doubles and scored two runs in his second big-league game. David Ortiz added a three-run double for the Sox, who have won three in a row on the heels of a 1-7 stretch. Boston starter John Lackey (10-6) reached double-digit wins for the 11th season in a row. He allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, walking five and striking out three. Chris Carter hit two solo homers for the Astros, who were coming off a sweep of the Rangers on the road on the heels of a seven- game losing streak.
Final Score: Seattle 3, Oakland 2
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Safeco Field. Hernandez (11-2) allowed six hits, a pair of runs and two walks with nine strikeouts. His franchise-record of starts with at least seven innings pitched and two earned runs or less allowed now stands at 11 straight games. The right-hander also set the Mariners club record for lowest ERA at the All-Star break. Hernandez has a minuscule 2.12 ERA throughout the first half this season, topping Randy Johnson's 2.20 mark in 1997. Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 and drove in the game-winning RBI in the sixth, while Logan Morrison added a solo homer and Endy Chavez knocked in a run. Jeff Samardzija (1-1), making his second start for the Athletics, surrendered three runs on five hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.
Final Score: Colorado 6, Minnesota 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings and the Rockies got two-run homers from Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki to beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, to open a three-game series. Pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes added a solo blast for Colorado, which has won three in a row. De La Rosa (10-6) scattered six hits and allowed a run to win his fourth consecutive start. Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau finished 0-for-4 in his first game against his former team. Morneau played in Minnesota for 10-plus seasons from 2003-13, winning AL MVP in 2006. Eduardo Nunez knocked in both runs for the Twins, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Kris Johnson (0-1) was charged with eight hits and five runs over four-plus innings.
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