American League Game Capsules
(Friday, May 17th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 12, Baltimore 10
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Kelly Johnson finished 3-for-5 with a three- run homer, four RBI and two runs scored as Tampa Bay withstood a late Baltimore charge and escaped with a 12-10 victory in the opener of a three- game set from Camden Yards. Yunel Escobar added three hits and drove in three runs, while Desmond Jennings hit safely twice and knocked in a pair for the Rays, who ended a two-game skid and won for the seventh time in nine games overall but not before almost wasting an eight-run advantage. James Loney and Evan Longoria each recorded a pair of hits, scored twice and knocked in a run for Tampa Bay, which led 12-4 after six innings. Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) gave up 10 hits and eight runs over 7 2/3 innings, but picked up the win thanks to his club's prolific offense. Joel Peralta retired the final four batters of the contest to earn his first save of the season. Chris Dickerson's three-run shot capped a six-run eighth inning for the Orioles, losers of three straight and five of seven. Chris Davis and Matt Wieters each posted two RBI and J.J. Hardy went deep in the narrow defeat. Jason Hammel (5-2) took the mound bidding for a piece of Orioles history, but was torched for 10 hits and seven runs in just 4 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Cleveland 6, Seattle 3 (10 innings)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Seattle Mariners, 6-3, in the opener of a four-game series. Drew Stubbs worked a two- out walk, stole second and moved to third on Michael Bourn's infield single. Kipnis then smacked a Lucas Luetge (0-1) offering over the wall in right to give Cleveland its second straight win. Stubbs hit a solo homer for the Indians, who got an RBI from Jason Giambi. Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out nine over five-plus innings. Vinnie Pestano (1-0), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game, tossed a scoreless 10th to pick up the win. Raul Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer for the Mariners, who got a solo homer from Kendrys Morales. Brandon Maurer got the start for Seattle and gave up three runs on five hits while striking out six over and walking four over six innings.
Final Score: New York 5, Toronto 0
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda shut down a red-hot Toronto lineup, and the New York Yankees continued their home mastery of the Blue Jays with a 5-0 triumph in the opener of a three-game set. Toronto had racked up 33 runs in the last three victories of a season-high four-game win streak it brought into Friday's showdown, but mustered a mere two hits and three baserunners in Kuroda's (6-2) eight innings of work. The veteran righty added five strikeouts in leading New York to its eighth straight win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, where Toronto is a brutal 3-19 over its last 22 visits. David Adams, Brett Gardner and Austin Romine backed Kuroda by collecting two hits apiece, with Adams scoring twice and Gardner and Romine driving in a run. Jayson Nix added a pair of sacrifice flies to help the Yankees bounce back from consecutive home losses to Seattle in their previous series. Mark Buehrle (1-3) was charged with all five runs allowed in six-plus innings for Toronto, with Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion accounting for all four of the Blue Jays' hits on the evening. Kuroda yielded a double to Cabrera to start the game, then proceeded to retire 18 of the next 19 hitters until Encarnacion singled with one out in the seventh. The only Blue Jay to reach over that stretch was Munenori Kawasaki, who walked in the third, but Kuroda promptly picked off his Japanese counterpart off first.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Texas 1
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Rick Porcello tossed 5 2/3 solid innings and the Detroit Tigers snuck past the Texas Rangers, 2-1, in the second test of a four-game series. Porcello (2-2) gave up one run on five hits while striking out six for the Tigers, who snapped a two-game skid. Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera each knocked in a run for the victors. Geovany Soto hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Nick Tepesch (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings.
Final Score: Boston 3, Minnesota 2 (10 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jonny Gomes drove in the deciding run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series from Target Field. David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with an RBI single for Boston, which trailed 2-1 after six innings before drawing even on Jacoby Ellsbury's run-scoring hit in the seventh. Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each collected two hits in the triumph, which gave the Red Sox their first three-game win streak of May. Alex Wilson (1-0) recorded the final out of the bottom of the ninth to earn his initial major league victory, with Koji Uehara tossing a 1-2-3 10th to notch his first save of the season. Clay Buchholz worked the first seven innings for Boston, striking out nine while yielding just four hits, though one was a two- run homer to Pedro Florimon. The Twins spoiled a strong outing from Vance Worley in their third consecutive defeat, with the right-hander giving up only one unearned run while scattering six hits over six innings. Boston stranded nine runners through regulation and 11 for the game, but scratched home a run against Josh Roenicke (1-1) in the first extra frame to forge ahead.
Final Score: Chicago 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 0
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Sale didn't flirt with a no-hitter this time, but again sailed along against the LA Angels of Anaheim. Sale followed his one-hitter and first career shutout against the Angels last Sunday by blanking them for 7 2/3 innings in this one, and the Chicago White Sox picked up a 3-0 win in the opener of a three-game set. Sale (5-2) had his perfect game broken up by Mike Trout with one out in the seventh inning in his last outing. The southpaw, who extended his scoreless inning streak to 23, fanned 12 and surrendered just three hits and three walks to pick up the win. Alex Rios and Adam Dunn smacked solo homers for Chicago, which has won a season- high four consecutive tilts. Addison Reed fired a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 14th save of the year. C.J. Wilson (3-3), who matched zeroes with Sale for six innings before giving up three in the seventh Sunday, was again the hard-luck loser. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over seven frames for the Angels, who have dropped five of their last six games.
Final Score: Oakland 2, Kansas City 1
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Adam Rosales scorched a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game set at the Coliseum. Kansas City starter James Shields stifled the A's for much of the night, but served up a leadoff blast to Josh Donaldson in the seventh that tied the game. After Sean Doolittle (3-0) blanked the Royals in the top of the eighth, Rosales ripped Shields' third offering of the home half over the left-field wall for the go-ahead run. Grant Balfour spun a perfect ninth to nail down his seventh save of the season for the A's, who had dropped two straight. Shields (2-4) went the distance in defeat, striking out nine and giving up just six hits and a walk over eight efficient frames. David Lough, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha before the game, collected two of Kansas City's five hits and knocked in the lone run for the Royals, who have lost five of their last seven games.
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