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American League Game Capsules(Thursday, August 28)
Final Score: Detroit 3, New York 2
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Avila drove a first-pitch slider off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. Avila's two-out blast off Shawn Kelley hit midway up the wall and out of the reach of Ichiro Suzuki, who had to race back into the shadows to track the ball. Victor Martinez started the winning rally with a double off Kelley (2-5) and J.D. Martinez followed with a walk. Pinch-runner Bryan Holaday scored easily on Avila's hit to give the Tigers their fourth win in five games. They bounced back from an 8-4 loss on Wednesday -- when the Yankees had nine straight hits off David Price in an eight-run third inning -- to win two of three games in the series and tie Seattle for the second AL wild-card spot.
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - J.J. Hardy broke a tie game with an RBI single in the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles held on to top the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, in the finale of a four-game AL East series. Baltimore bounced back from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs over the winning by taking three of four from their division rivals. Steve Pearce hit a solo homer for the first-place Orioles, who extended their lead to seven games over the Yankees. Evan Longoria homered and drove in two of Tampa Bay's runs.
Final Score: Houston 4, Texas 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Castro's fifth-inning grand slam lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game set at Minute Maid Park. Collin McHugh (7-9) yielded two runs on eight hits and struck out six over seven innings. McHugh improved to 3-0 in six August starts. Roman Mendez (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs in the fifth in relief of starter Nick Tepesch, who was charged with two runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Cleveland 3, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians grabbed a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in the finale of a three-game series. Carrasco (6-4) allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings for the Indians, who have won four of their last five. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Michael Bourn went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn each drove in a run for the White Sox, who have lost eight of their last nine games. John Danks (9-9) lost his third straight decision as he was charged with two runs on five hits in six innings.
Final Score: Minnesota 11, Kansas City 5 (10 innings)
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Schafer and Brian Dozier each knocked in two runs during a six-run 10th inning, as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-5, to avoid a three-game sweep. Schafer went 3- for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored for the Twins, who snapped a four- game skid. Dozier also had three hits with three RBI and two runs scored. Anthony Swarzak (3-1) recorded the final two outs in the ninth to pick up the win. Tommy Milone got the start for Minnesota and gave up four runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. Alex Gordon hit a solo homer and ended with two RBI for the Royals, who lead the Tigers by 1 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central. Detroit beat the Yankees earlier Thursday. Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings. Bruce Chen (2-4) gave up six runs on five hits in the 10th to take the loss.
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