American League Game Capsules
(Friday, August 22)
Final Score: Oakland 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Athletics trimmed the Angels' AL West lead by holding on for a 5-3 win in the opener of a three-game set at O.co Coliseum. Sonny Gray (13-7) snapped a four-start losing streak, pitching 8 1/3 innings, and Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the sixth for Oakland, which is one game behind Los Angeles. The win was just the third in the last 11 games for the A's, while the Angels had their winning streak snapped at four games. The Angels threatened in the ninth after Gray departed. Closer Sean Doolittle gave up a David Freese RBI single, but struck out pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta swinging with the bases loaded to earn his 19th save.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Boston 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The playoff-hopeful Seattle Mariners stunned the Fenway Park faithful with five runs -- all with two outs -- in a ninth- inning rally that sent them to an improbable 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were the only team in the big leagues this season that had not lost when leading entering the ninth, going 44-0 in such games. They held a seemingly comfortable 3-0 cushion heading into Seattle's last at-bat in the opener of this three-game series before Koji Uehara (5-4) imploded. With two outs and a runner on second, Endy Chavez extended things with a hard-earned 10-pitch walk. Chris Denorfia dropped a base hit into right field to load the bases, and Austin Jackson lined a two-run double off the left-field wall on an 0-2 count to make it a one-run game. Dustin Ackley followed with the go-ahead hit, a bloop between a lunging Brock Holt and Yoenis Cespedes down the left-field line. Denorfia and Jackson scored the tying and eventual winning runs, and Robinson Cano tacked on an RBI single for good measure. Fernando Rodney worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to earn his 37th save. Dominic Leone (6-2) picked up the win, Seattle's first in its last 10 visits to Boston, with a scoreless eighth.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Texas 3
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler and Josh Willingham hit solo home runs to back six innings from Yordano Ventura in Kansas City's 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and an RBI for the AL Central leaders, who have won seven of their last nine games. Ventura (10-9) surrendered four hits and a run, walked three and struck out six in the opener of this three-game series. Adrian Beltre had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Rangers, who have dropped six of their last eight contests. Colby Lewis (8-11) yielded six hits and four runs over six innings.
Final Score: Minnesota 20, Detroit 6
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Eduardo Escobar finished a double shy of the cycle, compiling a career-high five hits with three runs scored and two RBI, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 20-6 drubbing of the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a four-game series on Friday. Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored in the win. Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe also homered, Joe Mauer finished with three RBI, and Brian Dozier knocked in a pair for Minnesota. Ryan Pressly (2-0) was credited with the win in relief of starter Tommy Milone. The southpaw allowed five runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings in his second start with the Twins. Robbie Ray (1-4) was roughed up for six runs on six hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
Final Score: New York 4, Chicago 3
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin Prado singled up the middle with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to lift the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series. The White Sox sent Daniel Webb (5-4) to the mound in the ninth. Ichiro Suzuki singled before Webb got two quick outs. Webb then intentionally walked Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mark Teixeira worked a walk to fill the bags for Prado, who hit a two-run homer earlier in the game. Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Yankees, who moved within eight games of the Orioles for first place in the AL East. New York starter Shane Greene allowed three runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts over five-plus innings. David Robertson (2-4) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost four in a row. John Danks gave up three runs on six hits over five-plus innings.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Toronto 0
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs to back nine stellar innings from Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, 8-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Smyly (8-10), who was acquired from Detroit as part of the trade that sent former Cy Young winner David Price to the Tigers, dazzled in his fourth start with his new club. The southpaw allowed just two hits and struck out four to earn his first career complete game. Wil Myers also homered and scored twice for the visitors, who have won their last two games following a four-game slide. Marcus Stroman (7-5) went five-plus innings for the slumping Jays and was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits.
Final Score: Houston 5, Cleveland 1
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Base-running mistakes in the eighth inning and a pair of errors in the ninth cost the Indians Friday night in a 5-1 loss to the Astros. Pinch-runner Gregorio Petit scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by catcher Roberto Perez, and Jon Singleton belted a three- run homer to cap the uprising in Houston's fourth win in five games. Astros starter Brad Peacock allowed two hits and fanned four over the first five innings, but walked off the mound as he was warming up to begin the sixth. The Astros said Peacock departed due to discomfort in his right forearm. Carlos Carrasco fanned eight over six frames for the Indians, who lost their second straight game.
Final Score: Chicago Cubs 4, Baltimore 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Javier Baez and Luis Valbuena homered to back seven solid innings from Jake Arrieta as the Chicago Cubs beat the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Arrieta (7-4), who took a perfect game into the fifth, gave up one run on four hits against his former team. The right-hander is in his first full season with the Cubs after being acquired from Baltimore last July. Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 34th homer of the season for the Orioles, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (7-5) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven over five innings.
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