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American League Game Capsules(Friday, August 29)
Final Score: Baltimore 9, Minnesota 1
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Davis hit a grand slam, Delmon Young added a two-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles coasted to a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night to open a four-game series. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (7-7) got the win after holding the Twins to four hits and a run in seven innings. The AL East-leading Orioles entered play after winning three of four against division foe Tampa Bay to open an 11-game homestand, but had one piece of bad news. Red-hot first baseman Steve Pearce left the game after three innings with what the team said was a right abdominal strain. Pearce entered the game on a tear with five home runs and a .333 average since Aug. 17. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Pearce would have an MRI on Saturday. Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer for the Twins, who have lost five of six. Twins righty Trevor May (0-4) remained winless in his first four major-league starts after giving up eight runs in just 4 2/3 innings.
Final Score: New York 6, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning that powered the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Chris Capuano (2-3) started Friday's series opener for New York and earned his first win with the club. The veteran lefty allowed three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and walked one in 6 1/3 innings. Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-9) held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, but left without recording an out in the seventh. Brian McCann opened the decisive frame with a double and Carlos Beltran followed with a walk. McCann came around on Brett Gardner's double to right field, tying the game at 1-1, and an errant throw by Steve Tolleson on the relay to third base allowed Beltran to score the go-ahead run. An infield single by Ichiro Suzuki ended the outing for Buehrle, who fell to 1-13 in his career against the Yankees. He has lost 11 consecutive decisions dating back to 2004.
Final Score: Boston 8, Tampa Bay 4
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam to fuel an early burst of offense which sent Boston past Tampa Bay, 8-4, in the opener of a four-game series. Yoenis Cespedes added two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while Daniel Nava contributed three hits and drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have taken three of four since dropping eight straight. Recalled from Triple-A prior to the contest, Anthony Ranaudo (3-0) allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks over his six-inning start. Brandon Guyer hit a two-run homer and knocked in three for the Rays, who have lost four of their last five. Kevin Kiermaier added a pair of hits, scored once and added an RBI in defeat. Chris Archer (8-7) was torched for eight runs and 10 hits over four full frames.
Final Score: Texas 13, Houston 6
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Rougned Odor and Michael Choice each homered to back a strong outing by Scott Baker, and the Texas Rangers routed the Houston Astros, 13-6, in the second of four at Minute Maid Park. Baker (3-3) was charged with two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander has now won two straight starts after not recording a victory as a starter since July 23, 2011. Elvis Andrus and Adam Rosales each knocked in two runs for the Rangers. Houston, which led the season series 9-4 entering the game, was bidding for its first Silver Boot in eight years. The Silver Boot is given to the team who wins the Lone Star Series between the two clubs and the Astros haven't taken that title since 2006 when they won four of six against them as interleague opponents. Brett Oberholtzer (4-10), who gave up three runs over 14 innings in his previous two starts against the Rangers this season, was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings. Marwin Gonzalez had two RBI, Jason Castro homered for the second straight game, Dexter Fowler knocked in a run and Jesus Guzman added an RBI for the Astros.
Final Score: Detroit 7, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Verlander gave up nine hits in seven innings, but just one run, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Friday night to open a four-game series. Verlander (12-11) has won both of his starts since an 11-day rest to take care of his shoulder discomfort. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts, walked two and threw 116 pitches, including 77 for strikes. J.D. Martinez had three hits and Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter each drove in two runs for the Tigers, who have won five of their last six to put pressure on Kansas City in the AL Central. Chicago has dropped nine of its last 10. Scott Carroll (5-9) took the loss in this one after giving up seven runs -- three earned -- in five-plus innings.
Final Score: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and knocked in three as Cleveland took down Kansas City, 6-1, in the first portion of a three-game series. Zach Walters, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez added an RBI apiece for the Indians, winners in five of their last six contests. Danny Salazar (5-6) tossed five scoreless frames during which he gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out three. Six relievers combined to hold the hosts to a run on five hits the rest of the way. Alcides Escobar finished with four hits and knocked in the lone run for the Royals, whose lead in the AL Central was reduced to a half-game as Detroit won in Chicago earlier Friday. Jason Vargas (10-7) surrendered 10 hits and four runs over his unsuccessful six-inning start.
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