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American League Game Capsules(Wednesday, August 27)
Final Score: Texas 12, Seattle 4
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rougned Odor hit a grand slam, Leonys Martin added a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 12-4, on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up a three-game series. Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis snapped a three-start losing streak with his second complete game of the season. Lewis (9-11) struck out seven, walked one and gave up four runs and seven hits. Martin had three hits, three RBI and scored twice for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four games. Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners, who are battling for one of the AL's two wild-card spots. Mariners righty Erasmo Ramirez (1-6) was charged with 10 runs in a spot start after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma so ace Felix Hernandez could get an extra day of rest.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Smyly tossed seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, in the third test of a four-game series. Smyly (9-10) gave up one run on two hits while striking out six. In his previous start on Friday, Smyly threw his first complete game in an 8-0 defeat of Toronto, retiring the final 19 batters. Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers and Matt Joyce each drove in a run for the Rays, who bounced back after losing the first two games of this set. Chris Davis hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who entered Monday's action with a seven-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the AL East. Kevin Gausman (7-6) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over four innings.
Final Score: Toronto 5, Boston 2
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Valencia's three-run homer came in a four-run seventh and helped Toronto take down Boston, 5-2, in the finale of a three-game set. Jose Bautista homered and Jose Reyes knocked in the other run for the Blue Jays, who avoided a sweep and won for the first time in a nine-inning contest since Aug. 20 in Milwaukee. Marcus Stroman (8-5) worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Brett Cecil recorded the final four outs to pick up his fifth save. David Ortiz ended up with two hits and driving in a run for the Red Sox, who had taken the first two in the series in extra innings. Tommy Layne (1-1) was charged with the unearned go-ahead run while failing to record an out in relief of Joe Kelly. Kelly left after six-plus frames and allowed just three hits and two runs.
Final Score: New York 8, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Greene tossed seven strong innings, while his New York Yankee teammates battered David Price en route to an 8-4 victory at Comerica Park. Price (12-10) was tagged for nine consecutive hits during a third inning in which New York scored all eight of its runs to avenge a 5-2 defeat in Tuesday's opener of this three-game set. The 2012 AL Cy Young recipient gave up 12 hits in all before being removed with still none out in the third. Price, coming off a complete-game one-hit loss to his former Tampa Bay squad last Thursday, had worked at least six innings in 19 consecutive starts coming in. Derek Jeter knocked in two runs during the frame and Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann each finished with a pair of hits and an RBI to help the Yankees close within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the AL's second Wild Card. Greene (4-1) did his part as well, notching eight strikeouts and holding Detroit to two runs on five hits.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Cleveland 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Abreu drove in two, and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Chicago clipped Cleveland, 3-2, in the second test of a three-game series. Adam Dunn knocked in the other run, while Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored twice for the White Sox, who put an end to their seven-game losing skid. Hector Noesi (8-9) worked seven innings for the win, allowing six hits and a pair of runs while striking out five. Michael Bourn finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Lonnie Chisenhall went deep for the Indians, who saw their three-game winning streak halted. Corey Kluber (13-8) gave up three runs on nine hits despite fanning eight over 6 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each knocked in two runs during a six-run eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-1, in the second test of a three-game series. Minnesota starter Phil Hughes (14-9) shut down the Royals for seven innings but imploded in the eighth. Raul Ibanez led off with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by Lorenzo Cain, who stole second. Mike Moustakas then reached on an infield single to put men on the corners. After Christian Colon popped out, Jarrod Dyson put down a perfect bunt to plate Cain and tie the game at 1-1. Nori Aoki followed with an RBI single to left-center field, and Alcides Escobar's infield single put men on the corners before Brian Duensing came in from the bullpen and walked Alex Gordon. Casey Fien took over on the mound and gave up a two-run single to Butler. Perez added a two-run triple to left-center field. The six-run inning made a winner out of Wade Davis (8-2), who tossed a perfect eighth. Liam Hendriks was sensational in his Kansas City debut, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.
Final Score: Oakland 5, Houston 4
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Fuld's homer in the ninth capped a three-run inning as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Houston Astros, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Jonny Gomes led off the ninth with a bloop single to left off Houston closer Chad Qualls (1-4), was lifted for a pinch-runner, then Craig Gentry stole second to move into scoring position. Gentry advanced to third on a groundout by Alberto Callaspo before Eric Sogard sprayed a single out to left that knotted the game at 3-3. Following a groundout by Coco Crisp, Fuld pounded a hanging sinker into the seats in right to give Oakland the lead. Dan Otero (8-1) earned the win after working out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth to keep it a one-run game and Eric O'Flaherty allowed a homer to Chris Carter in the ninth, but still managed to nail down the first save of his career. Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first action since June 16th due to a broken right hand. Brad Peacock also went 5 1/3 innings for Houston, yielding one run on four hits and five walks in the no- decision.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Miami 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Gordan Beckham also homered among his two hits, drove in two and scored twice for the AL West leaders. Los Angeles holds a one-game lead over Oakland with a pivotal four-game series starting between the two clubs in Anaheim on Thursday. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton each knocked in a run for the Angels, who have won three of four. Hector Santiago (4-7) grabbed the win after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Henderson Alvarez (10-6) took the loss, yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Miami has dropped five of its last seven.
08/28 01:52:30 ET