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American League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 22)

Final Score: Cleveland 4, Kansas City 3 (10 innings) (Game 1) Final Score: Kansas City 2, Cleveland 0 (Game 2)

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Limited to one pitch in his last outing, Danny Duffy returned to toss six scoreless innings and help the Kansas City Royals gain ground in the AL Central with a 2-0 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Duffy (9-11) pitched for the first time since Sept. 6, when he departed against the New York Yankees because of tightness in his left shoulder. He got into some early trouble Monday night, but held the Indians to six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar both knocked in a run for Kansas City, which moved to within a game of the division-leading Detroit Tigers. Carlos Carrasco (8-6) gave up two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings for Cleveland. Before this game, the teams completed a suspended contest from last month. The Indians held on for a 4-3, 10- inning victory, but the loss in the opener of this scheduled three-game set saw them fall back to 3 1/2 games behind the Royals for the AL's second wild-card spot.

Final Score: New York 5, Baltimore 0

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Jeter began his final home series by driving in three runs as part of the New York Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Jeter delivered an RBI groundout in the third inning and a two-run double in the fifth. The retiring shortstop's big night overshadowed a brilliant performance from New York starter Michael Pineda, who dominated Baltimore's hitters over 7 1/3 innings to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games. Pineda (4-5) yielded just one hit -- a fifth-inning single to J.J. Hardy -- and a walk while striking out a season-high eight. Jose Pirela belted an RBI triple in his first major league at-bat and finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored to aid the Yankees' cause. Chase Headley also collected a pair of hits, including a solo home run. Despite Monday's result, New York still trails Kansas City by four games for the American League's final wild card with six remaining. Hardy's hit was the only one for Baltimore in the loss, the first since August 6 for Wei-Yin Chen (16-5). The left-hander was reached for four runs -- two earned -- over six innings.

Final Score: Toronto 14, Seattle 4

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Bautista went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays played the role of spoiler Monday with a 14-4 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners. The playoff- hopeful Mariners have lost three in a row, dropping them two games behind the Royals for the second wild card spot in the AL. James Paxton (6-4) had the shortest outing of his rookie campaign at the most inopportune time. Toronto knocked out the left-hander in the third inning, touching him for nine runs -- eight earned -- on seven hits and six walks. Danny Valencia tripled in three runs in the first inning, Edwin Encarnacion's two-run single highlighted a five-run second inning, and Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose both homered in the blowout. J.A. Happ (10-11) benefited from the run support and picked up the win with seven quality innings of two-run ball.

Final Score: Chicago 2, Detroit 0

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Bassitt fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox blanked the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game set. Bassitt (1-1) allowed six hits and walked one, while Tyler Flowers smacked a two-run homer in the second inning for the White Sox, who have won three of their last four games. Jake Petricka recorded the final four outs for his 14th save of the season. Kyle Lobstein (1-1) surrendered two runs on five hits and a walk over seven frames for Detroit, which has dropped four of its last six contests. The Tigers are one game ahead of Kansas City for first place in the AL Central following the Royals' 2-0 win over Cleveland. The Indians held on for a 4-3 10-inning win earlier in the day to conclude a rain-suspended game from last month.

Final Score: Texas 4, Houston 3

Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Guilder Rodriguez collected his first two major league hits, the last an RBI single in the seventh inning that provided the difference in the Texas Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Roughned Odor had a three-run triple earlier for Texas, which continued its late-season surge by posting its ninth triumph in 10 games. Derek Holland (2-0) pitched into the eighth inning, allowing three runs -- two earned -- to record the win. Nick Tropeano (1-2) pitched well in his third major league start for Houston, but was still saddled with the loss after being reached for four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Jose Altuve delivered an RBI double for the Astros, while Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Final Score: Oakland 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 4

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics scored a month's worth of runs in the opening frame -- at least it must've seemed that way to Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija fired seven solid innings and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 8-4, in the opener of a three-game set. The A's plated six runs on just two hits in the first inning, capitalizing on four C.J. Wilson walks. That was more than enough support for Samardzija (5-5), who has been backed by just five total runs in his last four starts. He's 0-2 during that stretch, with Oakland scoring one run or less in three of those outings. Samardzija, who has thrown 23 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, gave up an unearned one on five hits with three strikeouts for the A's, who have won three of their last four games on the heels of a 5-15 stretch. Oakland is one game ahead of Kansas City for the AL's first wild-card spot and three in front of Seattle for a postseason berth. Wilson (13-10) lasted just two-thirds of an inning, with four of his six runs surrendered being earned. Albert Pujols smacked a three-run homer for the Angels, who have dropped six of their last nine games. The Halos are 2 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore for home-field advantage in the American League after the O's were blanked 5-0 by the New York Yankees earlier on Monday.

Final Score: Arizona 6, Minnesota 2

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Trumbo's two-run homer highlighted a five-run Arizona fifth inning as the Diamondbacks defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game set. Didi Gregorius had three doubles, an RBI and a run scored for Arizona, which snapped a six-game losing streak. A.J. Pollock also posted three hits and scored a run. Josh Collmenter (11-8) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings to notch the win. Ricky Nolasco (5-12) surrendered five runs on nine hits and a walk over 4 2/3 frames for the Twins, who have dropped three straight games.

09/23 02:46:09 ET