American League Game Capsules
(Monday, June 17th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Colorado 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Maicer Izturis hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game set at Rogers Centre. Izturis finished 2-for-3 and also made a spectacular diving play in the fifth inning to potentially save a run for Toronto. Josh Johnson worked 7 1/3 shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out 10 for the Blue Jays, who have won six straight games. Brett Cecil (3-0) recorded the final two outs of the eighth to earn the win and Casey Janssen notched his 15th save of the season. Jorge De La Rosa carried a no-hitter over 5 1/3 innings. He allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out four over seven frames. Matt Belisle (4-4) was pegged with the loss for Colorado, which has dropped four of its last six games.
Final Score: Detroit 5, Baltimore 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Max Scherzer remained undefeated by hurling six solid frames in the Detroit Tigers' 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Scherzer (10-0) became the first 10-game winner in the AL by scattering seven hits and two walks while allowing only one run on Chris Davis' home-run ball. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out 10 and lowered his ERA to 3.08. He is the first Tigers starter to open a season 10-0 since at least 1916. Miguel Cabrera backed the quality outing by going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer while Austin Jackson chipped in three hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Tigers, who opened a 10-game homestand with their third win in four games. Jake Arrieta (1-2) was forced into a spot-start for Baltimore and was touched for five runs on 10 hits to take the loss.
Final Score: Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the ninth inning to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set at Progressive Field. Billy Butler had a line drive double to left off Bryan Shaw (0-1), Lorenzo Cain was walked and David Lough reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Matt Albers threw a pitch in the dirt that allowed Johnson to cross the plate. Greg Holland had a shaky bottom of the ninth. He allowed a Michael Bourn double and a wild pitch that put him on third with one out. Holland escaped the jam by striking out Mike Aviles and getting Jason Kipnis to ground out to secure the victory and collect his 15th save of the year. Aaron Crow (3-2) recorded the last two outs of the eighth to earn the win. Eric Hosmer had the only RBI for the Royals, who have won five of their last six.
Final Score: Texas 8, Oakland 7
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Nelson Cruz belted a pair of homers, including the go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth inning, and Texas broke a six-game skid with an 8-7 win over the Oakland Athletics. The A's scored six times in the fourth inning off Rangers starter Nick Tepesch, but failed to hold on in the opener of this four-game series. The Rangers, who trimmed Oakland's lead to two games in the AL West, received a homer and three RBI from A.J. Pierzynski. Texas also broke a six-game home losing streak. Joe Nathan allowed a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to Coco Crisp in the ninth inning, but retired Derek Norris on a pop-up to third baseman Adrian Beltre to end the game. Nathan secured his 21st save of the year. Tepesch gave up six hits and as many runs over 3 2/3 frames. Neal Cotts (3-1) threw 2 1/3 hitless frames to get the win. Dan Straily surrendered eight hits and six runs over 4 2/3 innings. Jesse Chavez (1-1) was saddled with the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Houston 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox rallied to score four runs in the sixth inning, capped with a three-RBI triple by Dayan Viciedo, and avoided a four-game sweep against the Houston Astros with a 4-2 victory on Monday. With Houston starter Bud Norris (5-7) pitching, Alejandro Aza singled to lead off, but Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios lined out. Adam Dunn smacked a 1-1 pitch to center to put runners at the corners. Paul Konerko then delivered an RBI single to center. After Conor Gillaspie hit an infield single to load the bases, Viciedo brought all the runners home with a triple to center to give Chicago the lead. Nate Jones (3-4) got the final out in the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the win, as the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak. Starter Jose Quintana needed 104 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks. Jason Castro knocked two RBI doubles for the Astros, who were looking for their first four-game sweep at Minute Maid Park since Sept. 4-7, 2009, against the Phillies.
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