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American League Game Capsules(Saturday, September 20)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Kansas City 2
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer tossed seven innings of one-run ball to guide the Detroit Tigers past the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in the middle contest of a key three-game series. Scherzer (17-5) gave up seven hits while striking out six for the Tigers, who have won the first two games of this set and sit 2 1/2 games ahead of Kansas City for first place in the AL Central. Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for Detroit, which got an RBI apiece from Tyler Collins and Rajai Davis. Alcides Escobar went 4- for-5 with an RBI for the Royals, who are battling for one of the two wild card spots in the American League. Eric Hosmer drove in a run. Kansas City starter James Shields (14-8) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Toronto 6, New York 3
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Mayberry Jr.'s sacrifice fly capped a three-run sixth inning that carried the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees, 6-3, in the third contest of a four-game series. Danny Valencia knocked in two runs for the Blue Jays, who snapped a six-game skid. Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, four runs scored and three walks. Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (11-6) allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out seven over six innings. The right-hander is appealing a six-game suspension he was docked after an incident against Baltimore on Monday. Derek Jeter, Francisco Cervelli and Brian McCann each drove in a run for the Yankees, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Chris Capuano (2-4) gave up four runs on five hits with four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerome Williams worked seven scoreless innings and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer, as Philadelphia shut down Oakland, 3-0, in the middle test of a three-game series. Chase Utley and Cody Asche each doubled and scored for the Phillies, who dropped a 3-1 decision in Friday's opener. Williams (4-2) allowed four hits and one walk while fanning three over his 93-pitch effort. Antonio Bastardo and Ken Giles worked an inning apiece to finish off the four-hit shutout. Dan Otero (8-2) served up the go-ahead blast for the Athletics, who have lost four of their last five. Drew Pomeranz was lifted after five full frames despite giving up just one hit and a pair of walks with six strikeouts.
Final Score: Baltimore 7, Boston 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run home runs and the Baltimore Orioles grabbed a 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the second of a three-game set. Christian Walker added a solo home run with Nelson Cruz and Jonathan Schoop each driving in a run for the Orioles, who have won five of their last six games. Chris Tillman (13-5) gave up two runs on five hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts in seven innings of work. David Ortiz hit a two-run home run for the Red Sox, who have lost four of their last five games. Rubby De La Rosa (4-8) pitched four innings and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Chicago 1
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Franklin hit a two-run homer to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the second of three games on Saturday. Ben Zobrist finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Yunel Escobar scored a run for the Rays, who bounced back from a 4-3 loss in Friday's series opener. Chris Archer (10-8) surrendered just two hits with four walks and three strikeouts to earn the win. Conor Gillaspie drove in a run and Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia each had a hit for Chicago, which mustered just three hits. Hector Noesi (8-10) gave up all three runs on six hits and three walks over six innings in defeat.
Final Score: Houston 10, Seattle 1
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Marisnick's three-run blast was the last of five Houston home runs, fueling a 10-1 takedown of playoff-hopeful Seattle in the second of three between the clubs. Chris Carter and Alex Presley each hit a two-run shot in the first, while Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan added solo homers for the Astros, who dropped a 10-5 decision in Friday's opener. Dexter Fowler finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Dallas Keuchel (12-9) scattered a run on seven hits with eight strikeouts over eight solid innings. Robinson Cano drove in the lone run for the Mariners. Chris Young (12-9) was pulled in the fourth, having surrendered eight hits and seven runs -- including four of Houston's longballs.
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Mike Aviles added a two-run triple and David Murphy finished 2-for-3 with a run scored to help keep Cleveland's within striking distance in the AL Wild Card race. With both Oakland and Kansas City losing on Saturday, the Indians moved within 3 1/2 games of the two leaders. T.J. House (4-3) allowed two runs while striking out five over five-plus innings to earn the win. Brian Dozier ended 3-for-4 with a solo homer to pace Minnesota offensively. Starter Trevor May (3-5) was blasted for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Texas 5
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Freese hit a three-run home run and the LA Angels of Anaheim held on for an 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers in the second of a three-game set. Mike Trout added a two-run home run and scored three times while Albert Pujols also hit a two-run home run for the Angels, who had lost four of their last six coming in. Jered Weaver (18-8) allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over seven-plus innings to win his third straight start. Adrian Beltre hit three doubles and drove in two runs for the Rangers, who had a season-high seven-game winning streak broken. Colby Lewis (10-14) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits in five innings of work.
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