American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, August 26)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Schoop delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth inning, Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 with two RBI and the Baltimore Orioles came through with a 4-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Nelson Cruz also had two hits, including a run-scoring double, while four Baltimore relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Orioles win their second straight in this four-game set. Brad Brach (5-0) collected the victory with 1 1/3 shutout frames after taking over for starter Wei-Yin Chen. Grant Balfour (1-6) was handed the loss for being charged with two runs in one-plus inning of work. Evan Longoria finished 2-for-4 and knocked in both Tampa Bay runs, with Desmond Jennings also recording a pair of hits in defeat.
Final Score: Boston 11, Toronto 7 (11 innings)
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Napoli's three-run blast highlighted a seven-run 11th inning, as the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-7, in the second test in a three-game series. Allen Craig hit a two-run shot in the deciding frame for the Red Sox, who won in extra innings for the second consecutive night to put an eight-game slide further into the rear view. Dustin Pedroia finished with two hits including an early two-run homer, four RBI and two runs scored. Junichi Tazawa (3-3) tossed a scoreless 10th frame to notch the victory. Dioner Navarro drove in two, while Jose Bautista homered and Munenori Kawasaki ended up with three hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have played four straight extra-inning games and fell to 1-3 in those contests. Casey Janssen (3-2) was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on two hits over his inning-plus relief stint.
Final Score: Detroit 5, New York 2
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings and J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, as the Detroit Tigers earned a 5-2 victory over New York and snapped the Yankees' season-high tying five-game winning streak. Torii Hunter added two hits with an RBI for the Tigers, who had won the last two of a four-game series to earn a split over the weekend at Minnesota. Detroit remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central, as the Royals came up with a 2-1 win over the Twins on a walk-off homer by Alex Gordon. Porcello (15-8) and Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy were both coming off shutouts in their last outings, but only the Detroit right-hander followed it up with a strong effort on Tuesday. After tossing a three-hit shutout last week against Tampa Bay, Porcello scattered nine hits on Tuesday, but limited New York to just two runs -- both on Jacoby Ellsbury homers -- and didn't walk a batter to join teammate Max Scherzer as the only 15-game winners in the American League. McCarthy (5-3), coming off a four-hit shutout against Houston, had his worst outing since joining the Yankees in a July 6 trade with Arizona. The Tigers ripped him for five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Cleveland 8, Chicago 6 (10 innings)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Walters' two-run home run in the 10th inning proved to be the difference, as Cleveland edged Chicago, 8-6, in the opener of a three-game series. Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles and Roberto Perez knocked in a run each for the Indians, who were coming off a series win over Houston and have won seven of their last 10 overall. Bryan Shaw (5-3) struck out three over 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings for the win. Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run shot and drove in three for the White Sox, who suffered their seventh consecutive defeat. Avisail Garcia added two RBI and Adam Eaton knocked in the other run for the hosts. Jake Petricka (0-4) pitched to two batters in the 10th and didn't record an out to suffer the loss, charged with two hits including Walters' deciding homer.
Final Score: Kansas City 2, Minnesota 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Gordon belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Kansas City Royals a dramatic 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. The Royals had managed just three singles through the first eight innings and Alcides Escobar made it four with a leadoff base hit in the ninth against Glen Perkins (3-1) before Gordon drilled an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right-center field to send the Kauffman Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Kansas City bounced back from an 8-1 drubbing at the hands of the Yankees on Monday and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers notched a 5-2 win over New York on Tuesday and were about to close the gap before Gordon's blast. Minnesota, coming off a four-game series split against Detroit over the weekend, has lost three in a row. Joe Mauer singled home the only run for the Twins. Kansas City's Danny Duffy allowed just one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Wade Davis (7-2) picked up the win with a hitless ninth.
Final Score: Houston 4, Oakland 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Carter hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros rallied for a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in the second of a three-game set. Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to help make a winner out of Josh Fields (4-6), who tossed a scoreless inning of relief to help the Astros snap a three-game losing streak. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over seven innings. Jonny Gomes and Nate Freiman each drove in a run for the Athletics, who fell a game behind the Angels for first place in the AL West as the Angels defeated the Marlins on Tuesday.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Texas 0
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Endy Chavez drove in two runs while James Paxton and Danny Farquhar combined for a four-hit shutout as the Seattle Mariners grabbed a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the second of a three- game set. Paxton gave (4-1) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings the Mariners, who have won four of their last five. Farquhar allowed just one walk in the final 2 1/3 frames. Nick Martinez (3-10) allowed all five runs on six hits with four walks in five innings for the Rangers, who had won their previous two coming in. Adrian Beltre had two hits in the loss.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Miami 2
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Shoemaker tossed seven scoreless innings, while Albert Pujols ended up with three hits and two RBI as the Angels claimed an 8-2 victory over Miami in the second of this three-game interleague set. Efren Navarro drove in two, with Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Hank Conger and Howie Kendrick driving in a run apiece for Los Angeles, which opened up a one-game edge in the AL West after Oakland lost in Houston earlier Tuesday. Shoemaker (13-4) allowed two hits and walked two while striking out six. Jarrod Saltalamacchia picked up a ninth-inning RBI double and Ed Lucas added a run-scoring hit for the Marlins, who failed to gain momentum from a 7-1 win in Monday's opener. Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) was touched in the loss for six runs and 10 hits over just 3 1/3 frames.
08/27 01:36:56 ET