American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, May 21st)
Final Score: Baltimore 3, New York 2 (10 innings)
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth's leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning halted the Baltimore Orioles' longest losing streak at Camden Yards in five seasons, with the blast giving the host team a 3-2 triumph over the rival New York Yankees. McLouth belted the third pitch thrown by Vidal Nuno (1-1) deep into the seats in right center to stop Baltimore's season-high six-game skid, with all the losses coming at home. The slide was the Orioles' longest at Camden Yards since dropping 11 in a row from Aug. 22- Sept. 7, 2007. Chris Dickerson provided the rest of Baltimore's offense with a pair of solo homers while finishing 3-for-4, with McLouth collecting a pair of hits in the victory. Miguel Gonzalez contributed seven strong innings for the Orioles in his first start since May 3. The right-hander, activated from the disabled list prior to the game, held the Yankees to a pair of runs on five hits without a walk. Jim Johnson (2-4) recorded the win with a perfect top of the 10th, one night after the Baltimore closer blew his third consecutive save in Monday's 6-4 extra-inning loss to New York. Travis Hafner drove in both Yankee runs with a pair of singles, while Phil Hughes allowed two runs on five hits in a six-inning no-decision.
Final Score: Detroit 5, Cleveland 1
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, while Andy Dirks added a solo shot and two RBI as Detroit downed Cleveland, 5-1, in the first of a two-game set. Prince Fielder knocked in the other run and Victor Martinez contributed three hits for the Tigers, who had dropped four of five coming in. Max Scherzer (6-0) worked eight strong innings, giving up just two hits and one run while striking out seven with one walk. Michael Bourn finished with two hits and scored the lone run on Michael Brantley's first- inning sacrifice fly for the Indians, whose five-game win streak came to an end. Corey Kluber (3-3) lasted 6 1/3 frames in defeat, allowing eight hits and three runs despite fanning eight.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria's been more than mighty over the past few weeks. Longoria tallied two hits and a pair of runs scored, while Kelly Johnson and Desmond Jennings smacked solo homers in the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle test of a three-game set. Longoria extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .400 (24-of-60) with nine doubles, three homers and 14 RBI during the torrid stretch. Alex Cobb (5-2) surrendered a run on three hits and two walks for Tampa Bay, which has won four of its last five contests. Fernando Rodney tossed the final 1 2/3 innings to notch his ninth save of the year. Ramon Ortiz (1-2) lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk for the Blue Jays, who had prevailed in five of their past seven tilts coming in.
Final Score: Oakland 1, Texas 0
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Yoenis Cespedes homered for the game's only run and Dan Straily spun seven stellar innings of two-hit ball to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers, 1-0, in the second installment of a three-game set at Rangers Ballpark. Cespedes launched his ninth of the season with two away in the third, while Straily (2-2) struck out five without walking a batter to earn his first victory since his first start of the season on April 5. Sean Doolittle worked around a two-out single in the eighth before Grant Balfour fired a perfect ninth to notch his ninth save and secure Oakland's fifth straight triumph. Texas' offensive struggles spoiled a solid start from Yu Darvish (7-2), who scattered five hits and three walks over six frames to absorb his second loss of the season and first since April 12. A.J. Pierzynski, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, registered one of the three hits for the Rangers, who have dropped back-to- back games to the A's after taking two of three from their AL West rivals in Oakland last week.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Boston 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jose Quintana failed to allow a hit for 6 1/3 innings and Jeff Keppinger hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth to help send Chicago past Boston, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game series. Quintana (3-1) walked only two batters heading into the seventh, until a one- out base hit from Ortiz ended his bid for immortality. Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava added base hits of their own, chasing the left-hander from the game. He ended up allowing three hits and fanning five for the win. Addison Reed tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 16th save. Alex Rios added a late RBI double for the White Sox, who have take the first two in the set and six of eight overall. Dustin Pedroia knocked in the lone run for the Red Sox, who had swept Minnesota over the weekend. Felix Doubront (3-2) gave up five hits and a pair of runs over six solid innings.
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Houston 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer tallied two hits with two runs scored and the Kansas City Royals used a four-run eighth inning to capture a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros in the middle test of a three-game set. The Royals scored all of their runs over the last three frames. Alex Gordon had three hits and a run scored for the Royals, who snapped a four-game skid. Bruce Chen (3-0) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win. Jimmy Paredes smacked a three-run homer, while starter Bud Norris fired six scoreless innings for Houston, which had won three of its last five tilts coming in.
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Minnesota 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman smacked a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight victory with a 5-4 decision over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at Turner Field. After Evan Gattis' pinch-hit, two-out solo homer tied the game in the ninth, Jason Heyward kept the 10th alive with a double into the gap in left-center field. Brian Duensing (0-1) then intentionally walked Justin Upton to get to Freeman, who punched a 3-2 slider into shallow right field to score Heyward for the deciding run. Craig Kimbrel (1-1) blanked the Twins in the top of the 10th to earn the win. Freeman also added an RBI double in the first, while Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Braves, who can sweep this three-game set with a victory in Wednesday's finale. Trevor Plouffe and Ryan Doumit smacked consecutive run- scoring singles in the eighth to put Minnesota in front, but reliever Glen Perkins was unable to hold the lead in the ninth for the Twins, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.
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