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American League Game Capsules(Monday, July 21)
Final Score: Texas 4, New York 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Shin-Soo Choo, Rougned Odor and Geovany Soto each had RBI singles during a three-run sixth inning that propelled the slumping Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees. The Rangers also received a needed lift from starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (1-2) to win for only the second time in their last 12 games. The right-hander held New York to just four hits and two runs over a career-best 7 1/3 innings. Choo, Soto, Odor and Jake Smolinski each finished with two hits for Texas, which entered the opener of this four-game set 4-24 since June 17. The Yankees, meanwhile, had as many hits as errors (five) and couldn't carry over the momentum from a three-game home sweep of Cincinnati over the weekend. Shane Greene (2-1), responsible for three of the Yankee miscues, was dealt the loss after permitting four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury was the lone bright spot for New York, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Final Score: Boston 14, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - David Ortiz belted a pair of two-run homers, Stephen Drew homered and drove in four runs and the Boston Red Sox pummeled the Toronto Blue Jays, 14-1, in the opener of a four-game series. Mike Napoli went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs scored, while Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez each had two RBI for the surging Red Sox, winners of five straight and eight of their last nine. Boston's season-high output overshadowed a terrific outing from John Lackey (11-6), who did his part with seven innings of one-run, two hit ball. The Blue Jays, fresh off a series win against the Texas Rangers, only produced one run via consecutive doubles from Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco in the third inning. Their starter, Drew Hutchison (6-9), did not make it out of the top half of the third en route to his fifth loss in his last six starts.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Kansas City 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Dunn hit a two-run single in the first inning and Chris Sale did the rest as the Chicago White Sox eked past the struggling Kansas City Royals, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game series. The Royals, hoping to continue their recent success at U.S. Cellular Field, ran into a buzzsaw in Sale, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball in lowering his ERA to 2.03 on the year. Sale (9-1) scattered seven hits and a walk while fanning eight as Chicago came away victorious for the fourth time in six games. Kansas City, which had won 10 of its previous 11 as the visitor in this AL Central series, has scored just 17 runs during a 1-7 slump. Jeremy Guthrie (5-9) settled down after a rough start but still took the loss, having allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over six frames.
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Willingham's solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and made the Minnesota Twins 4-3 winners over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of this three-game set. The Twins never trailed and held a 3-2 advantage before Cleveland tied the score with a run in the top of the eighth. Willingham, who scored earlier in the contest, stepped up with one out in the bottom of the stanza and took a Bryan Shaw (4-2) offering out to left for his ninth bomb of the season. Casey Fien (5-4) got the win after allowing a run in the eighth, and All-Star Glen Perkins tossed a perfect ninth to secure his 23rd save of the year. The win snaps Minnesota's six-game home losing skid against the Indians. Kris Johnson went five innings for the Twins, surrendering two runs on five hits. Johnson remains winless in four starts and seven appearances for his career. Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Cleveland starter T.J. House went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
Final Score: Baltimore 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and Bud Norris pitched a gem in his return to the big leagues as the Baltimore Orioles topped the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2, on Monday. Norris (8-6) yielded just two runs -- one earned -- while striking out eight to earn the win. He was placed on the disabled list in late June with a strained right groin following a four-game win streak and lost his only time out since, a forgettable four-inning outing against the Nationals on July 9. Norris made a minor league start with Double-A Bowie during the All-Star break before being recalled to the majors. Norris has been dominant against the Angels, compiling a 4-0 record in his last five starts against them. Nick Markakis added a pair of hits and two runs scored for Baltimore, which improved to 2-2 on a 10-game road trip. Matt Shoemaker (7-3) pitched well aside from the two home runs, matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on the mound.
Final Score: Seattle 5, NY Mets 2
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Mets, 5-2, in the opener of a three-game set. Kyle Seager had a pair of hits and two RBI, while Dustin Ackley smacked three hits, drove in a run and made a spectacular leaping catch at the wall in left to take a homer away from Travis d'Arnaud in the sixth. Roenis Elias (8-8) struck out eight and allowed a run on five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 frames for Seattle. Mike Zunino smacked a solo homer in the victory. Jonathon Niese (5-5) surrendered four runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings for the Mets, who have dropped three straight.
Final Score: Detroit 4, Arizona 3
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Torii Hunter belted a two-run homer, Austin Jackson added a solo shot and the Detroit Tigers escaped Chase Field with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. Miguel Cabrera drove in the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning, and the Tigers held on for their second straight win after losing three in a row to the Indians. Justin Verlander (9-8) scattered three runs, six hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings in winning his 13th consecutive decisions against NL teams. Gerardo Parra hit a solo homer for the Diamondbacks, who were looking to win four in a row for the first time this year. Randall Delgado (1-2) took the loss in an extended relief effort. He was used for 2 1/3 innings after Vidal Nuno failed to make it out of the fifth having allowed three runs on seven hits.
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