American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, September 16)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Boston 0
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and Starling Marte added a solo shot in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (6-12) gave up just four hits while striking out six over five innings in his return from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander, who had been out of action since Aug. 15 due to a sports hernia, won for the first time since July 2. The Pirates, who have won five of six, hold the National League's second Wild Card spot. Anthony Ranaudo (3-3) allowed three runs on four hits with three walks over 5 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, who took three of four from Kansas City over the weekend.
Final Score: Baltimore 8, Toronto 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - It took 17 years, but the Baltimore Orioles are finally back on top of the American League East. Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes each homered to help the Orioles defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2, and clinch the AL East division title on Tuesday for the first time since 1997. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) survived a rocky start to go five innings and allow two runs on two hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Alejandro De Aza supplied a clutch three-run triple that broke the game open in the seventh for Baltimore, which last clinched the division crown at home on Sept. 22, 1979 courtesy of a loss by Milwaukee. You would have to go back even further, to Sept. 13, 1969, to find the last time the O's clinched with a win on their home turf. Drew Hutchison (10-12) lasted 6 1/3 innings, yielding six runs on five hits while striking out a career-high 11 in the setback. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Reyes each knocked in a run for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and four of five as they continue to fade down the stretch.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, New York 1
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Odorizzi held the New York Yankees' struggling offense to a run over six innings in the Tampa Bay Rays' 6-1 victory at Tropicana Field. Aided by a lineup that went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, Odorizzi (11-12) scattered five hits and a walk to help the Rays to a third straight win. Nick Franklin had two hits and an RBI in his Tampa Bay debut, Wil Myers drove in two runs on a sacrifice fly and James Loney finished 3-for-4 for the Rays. The Yankees, on the other hand, were just 1-for-10 with men in scoring position to fall to 1-5 on this seven-game road trip. The lone hit came on an RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki. Michael Pineda (3-5) took the loss for New York after being reached for two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Detroit 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - An infield single from Aaron Hicks with two down in the bottom of the ninth scored the winning run, as Minnesota posted a 4-3 victory over Detroit in the second test of a three-game series. After J.D. Martinez launched a go-ahead three-run shot in the top of the ninth off Glen Perkins (4-3), things unraveled for the AL Central leaders. Joe Nathan (4-4) walked Trevor Plouffe with one out, and his pinch-runner Doug Bernier came all the way home on a double by Kurt Suzuki which bounced over the outstretched glove of Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis. Pinch-runner Chris Herrmann moved to third, and Hicks' chopper landed well behind and to the left of second base. Detroit shortstop Andrew Romine fielded it cleanly but his throw to first was late, with Herrmann crossing home to end the contest. Kennys Vargas ended up 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored, while Suzuki knocked in two for the Twins, who won for the second time in their last seven. Ricky Nolasco was in line for the win, after giving up five hits and one walk, while striking out five over his eight-inning, scoreless effort. Torii Hunter ended up with two hits and a run scored for the Tigers, while Victor Martinez hit safely twice. Detroit's division lead remained at 1 1/2 games, after Kansas City lost to the White Sox. Rick Porcello allowed seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts and a pair of walks over his eight-inning outing.
Final Score: Chicago 7, Kansas City 5
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Conor Gillaspie's three-run triple in the seventh inning lifted the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the playoff-hopeful Kansas City Royals in the second meeting of a three-game set. Josh Phegley and Adam Eaton singled to begin the fateful seventh off Kelvin Herrera (3-3) -- one of eight relievers used by Kansas City. Alexei Ramirez grounded out to put runners at the corners before Wade Davis was called upon. Davis walked Jose Abreu to load the bases, and Gillaspie split the gap in right-center to clear them and give the White Sox a 7-5 lead. Davis and Herrera both relinquished impressive scoreless streaks, with Davis going 31 2/3 innings and Herrera's stretch ending at 31. The Royals had an opportunity to close within a half-game of the Tigers, who lost Tuesday, in the AL Central race, but they still remain 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners for the second wild card spot. Eric Surkamp (2-0) threw a scoreless inning of relief to earn the victory in the seesaw battle, while Zach Putnam tossed a perfect ninth to collect his fifth save of the season.
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Houston 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 batters over seven one-run innings as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Houston Astros, 4-2, in the second test of a four-game set. Kluber (16-9) scattered seven hits and walked two for the Indians, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Yan Gomes smacked a two-run homer among his two hits in the win. Cody Allen tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings to notch his 21st save of the year. Jose Altuve posted two hits to set the team's single-season hits record in defeat, surpassing Craig Biggio's 210-hit campaign in 1998. Nick Tropeano (1-1) surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks over five frames for Houston, which had its five-game winning streak at Minute Maid Park snapped.
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