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American League Game Capsules(Sunday, August 31)
Final Score: Toronto 4, New York 3
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Munenori Kawasaki's tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh inning capped a Toronto rally that carried the Blue Jays to a 4-3 decision over the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays trailed 3-0 after 5 1/2 innings before drawing even via three solo home runs off New York starter Brandon McCarthy. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista went back-to-back in the bottom of the sixth, with Edwin Encarnacion belting the game-tying shot in the seventh. Dioner Navarro followed Encarnacion's blast by drawing a walk against McCarthy and was replaced by pinch-runner Steven Tolleson, who later stole second and scored on Kawasaki's clutch two-out hit off Dellin Betances. The comeback made a winner out of J.A. Happ and gave the Blue Jays consecutive victories for the first time since August 9-10. Toronto took the final two tests of this key three-game set. Happ (9-8) permitted three runs on nine hits and fanned six over seven innings, while Casey Janssen stranded the tying run at third in the ninth to record his 20th save. McCarthy (5-4) was charged with all four Toronto runs despite yielding just five hits in six-plus innings of work. Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle for New York, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored.
Final Score: Baltimore 12, Minnesota 8
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - J.J. Hardy's grand slam highlighted a seven-run sixth inning that helped the Baltimore Orioles roll to a 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Ryan Flaherty and Nelson Cruz also homered in the rout, with Cruz belting his MLB-leading 35th of the season. Caleb Joseph went 4-for-5 and Nick Markakis and David Lough had three hits apiece. Wei-Yin Chen (14-4) was the benefactor of the power surge, earning the win despite allowing four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Trevor Plouffe and Danny Santana each hit two-run homers for the slumping Twins, who have dropped seven of their last eight games, including all three so far in this four-game series. Brian Dozier and Chris Parmelee each had three hits in the setback. Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (5-10) was lit up for eight runs on 12 hits over five-plus innings.
Final Score: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Clay Buchholz tossed nine shutout innings to help the Boston Red Sox dispatch the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0, in the third of a four-game set on Sunday. Buchholz (6-8) surrendered just three hits with six strikeouts and no walks to break a string of three straight losing decisions for his first win since July 18 against Kansas City. Mookie Betts had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Christian Vazquez and David Ortiz each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who bounced back from having just one hit in Saturday's 7-0 loss to the Rays. Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Joyce, and Jose Molina each had a hit for Tampa Bay, which has dropped three of its last four games. Alex Cobb (9-7), who entered the game 7-0 in his last 11 starts, lost his first game since June 23 against Pittsburgh. The right-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Chicago 6, Detroit 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Quintana tossed seven strong innings and received plenty of early offensive support in the Chicago White Sox' 6-2 triumph over the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. Quintana (7-10) held the Tigers to a pair of runs on six hits and a walk, with his White Sox teammates putting up five runs in the first two innings to help the lefty record just his second win since late June. Chicago pounded out 12 hits despite trading away its second regular in as many days prior to the game, sending slugger Adam Dunn to Oakland in exchange for a minor league pitcher. The White Sox shipped outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore on Saturday. Avisail Garcia led Chicago at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Adam Eaton and Carlos Sanchez had two hits and two runs scored to help the White Sox earn a split of this four-game set. Detroit's Rick Porcello (15-9) failed in his attempt to become the American League's first 16-game winner this season after being tagged for six runs and 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Three of those runs were unearned, however, due to four errors the Tigers committed on the day.
Final Score: Houston 3, Texas 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Altuve's single in the eighth capped a two-run rally that gave the Houston Astros a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers in the finale of a four-game set. With one out in the eighth and Houston trailing by a run, Matt Dominguez drove a homer out to left off Neal Cotts (2-8) to tie the game. Cotts then hit Jake Marisnick, who stole second, before getting Gregorio Petit to ground out. Neftali Feliz came on to relieve Cotts, walked Robbie Grossman to put runners at the corners in front of Altuve. The MLB- batting leader laced the first pitch he saw into center that scored Marisnick. Chris Carter followed with a base hit up the middle, but Leonys Martin fired a strike to the plate to get Grossman at home for the final out of the inning. Jose Veras (3-0) got the win for a scoreless eighth and Chad Qualls tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to convert his 16th save of the season.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Oakland 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Shoemaker extended an outstanding run of pitching for the red-hot Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who further distanced themselves from the fading Oakland Athletics with an 8-1 rout that completed a four-game series sweep. Shoemaker (14-4) followed up Jered Weaver's seven-inning gem on Friday and a three-hit shutout from eight Anaheim hurlers on Saturday by firing seven scoreless frames. The 28- year-old rookie yielded just five hits and fanned seven to win his fifth consecutive start. Mike Trout and Chris Iannetta provided the offense in the Angels' sixth straight victory, which increased their lead over Oakland to five games in the American League West. Trout went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, with Iannetta collecting three hits that included a solo home run. The Angels are now 15-4 since Aug. 12, while the A's have gone 6-14 since Aug. 10 and have dropped four in a row. They managed only a single run over the last three tests of this set. Oakland didn't get much on the mound from Scott Kazmir (14-7) either, as the lefty lasted only 1 1/3 innings and was rocked for six runs while walking four.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Washington 3
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dustin Ackley smacked a three-run homer and drove in four as the Seattle Mariners topped the Washington Nationals, 5-3, to salvage a three-game set. Hisashi Iwakuma (13-6) allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts over six innings for Seattle, which snapped a three-game slide. Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the triumph. Fernando Rodney tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 39th save of the year. Bryce Harper cracked two solo shots, with Nate Schierholtz also going deep for the Nationals, who have dropped four of their last six games. Tanner Roark (12-9) surrendered four runs on 11 hits over 6 1/3 frames to garner the loss. The Nationals led 3-1 before the Mariners went ahead following a three-run fifth.
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Kansas City 2 (suspended)
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians scored two runs in the top of the 10th to take a 4-2 lead over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night. But bad weather prevented the Royals from batting in the bottom half of the inning. The game was suspended following a rain delay. The teams will resume the contest on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of a three-game series between the AL Central rivals. The Royals entered the game with a half-game lead over the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. Detroit lost to the White Sox earlier Sunday. Cleveland trails Kansas City by 3 1/2 games.
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