American League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, July 30)
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Yovani Gallardo outdueled Tampa Bay ace David Price, as the Milwaukee Brewers salvaged the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field with a 5-0 victory over the Rays on Wednesday. Price has been the subject of trade rumors with the non-waiver deadline approaching Thursday afternoon. However, Tampa Bay's recent surge has quelled much of the speculation with the All-Star lefty still under contract for next season. Tampa Bay lost for just the second time in its last 13 games and fell two games under .500. The Rays haven't been at the .500 mark since they were 10-10 after a game on April 22. Price (11-8) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over seven innings on Wednesday in his first loss since June 20 against Houston. He had won six straight starts and was trying to become the first Rays pitcher ever to win seven in a row. Gallardo (6-5) picked up a win for the first time since June 19 at Arizona. He had been 0-1 in six starts since, and on Wednesday yielded just four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The right-hander also threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in his last outing five days ago against the New York Mets in a no-decision. Martin Maldonado went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in for Milwaukee, which halted a three-game skid. Aramis Ramirez chipped in a pair of hits, including run-scoring single.
Final Score: Houston 8, Oakland 1
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Robbie Grossman's two-run homer capped the six-run first inning that propelled the Houston Astros to an 8-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. Six of Houston's eight hits came during the first-inning rally against struggling A's starter Jason Hammel. Hammel (0-4) has lost all four of his starts since he was acquired from the Cubs in a deal that featured All-Star Jeff Samardzija. He was lit up in this one, departing with one out in the fifth inning after allowing all eight runs and two homers. In contrast, Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (10-7) was superb en route to his AL-leading fourth complete game of the season. The left-hander yielded just a run on four hits over nine dominant innings and earned his first career win against Oakland in five starts. Jon Singleton also homered for the Astros and Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the sixth. Houston won two of three in the series.
Final Score: Baltimore 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Kevin Gausman pitched seven solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4-3, in the middle test of a three-game set. Gausman (5-3) overcame a sticky fifth inning and lasted seven frames, allowing only three hits, three walks and three runs. Darren O'Day and Zach Britton each pitched an inning of relief as Baltimore collected its third straight win, including Tuesday's 12-inning thriller. Chris Iannetta drove in two runs for the Angels, whose starter, Garrett Richards (11-4), was tagged for four runs on six hits over seven innings. Richards had his seven- decision winning streak stopped his last time out and put himself in a hole Wednesday when Jones took him deep in the opening frame. Manny Machado, who snapped the Angels' three-game winning streak with a walkoff homer on Tuesday, singled ahead of Jones' 21st home run of the year.
Final Score: Cleveland 2, Seattle 0
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber outdueled Felix Hernandez and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners, 2-0, in the second of three games from Progressive Field on Wednesday. Kluber (11-6) was dominant over nine innings, allowing just three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts to win his fourth straight decision and earn his first career shutout. He is the first pitcher since Jim Scott of the White Sox in 1914 to go nine innings and face 28 batters in two straight starts and became just the fourth pitcher to throw an 85-pitch shutout against an American League team in the past 20 years. Yan Gomes drove in both of Cleveland's runs with a double in the fifth inning and Nick Swisher had two hits for the Indians, who have won two of their last three. Hernandez (11-3) was tagged with the loss despite giving up just two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over seven frames. However, the right-hander set an MLB record for allowing two or fewer runs in at least seven innings in 14 straight games, breaking Tom Seaver's mark. Seattle mustered just three hits to lose for the sixth time in its past eight games.
Final Score: Detroit 7, Chicago 2
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Castellanos had four RBI, and his three-run homer keyed a six-run opening inning, as the Detroit Tigers dominated the Chicago White Sox, 7-2, at Comerica Park. Max Scherzer (13-3) yielded five hits and a run over seven innings to win his fifth consecutive decision over a seven-start span. He hasn't lost since June 17 against Kansas City. Scherzer, the first AL pitcher to reach 13 victories this season, has won nine of his last 10 decisions against the White Sox, dating back to Sept. 1, 2012. Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez had consecutive RBI singles in the big inning, during which eight straight Tigers reached base against Hector Noesi. The AL Central leaders, who snapped a four-game skid, bounced back from an 11-4 loss in the opener of this three-game series. Noesi (5-8), who won his previous two starts, was charged with 10 hits and six runs over six frames. Adam Dunn homered in the ninth inning off Al Alburquerque, but the White Sox fell eight games behind the division-leading Tigers.
Final Score: Toronto 6, Boston 1
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dioner Navarro had three RBI singles and the Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up a three-game sweep at Fenway Park with a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Juan Francisco knocked in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have won five in a row and eight of their last nine. Mark Buehrle (11-7) bounced back from a bad outing against the Yankees in the Bronx last week to break a nine-start winless streak. Buehrle, 0-6 since a win over Kansas City on June 1, gave up just one run on six hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. The Red Sox, mired in a 1-8 funk, recalled righty Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket to pitch for ace Jon Lester, who was given the day off amid rising speculation he will be traded before Thursday's non-waiver deadline. Workman (1-4) lost his fourth straight decision for Boston after allowing five runs -- two earned -- on four hits and four walks.
Final Score: Texas 3, New York 2
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Colby Lewis tossed seven solid innings as the Texas Rangers won their first series in a month by edging the New York Yankees, 3-2, on Wednesday. A 12-11 slugfest won by the Yankees on Tuesday gave way to a surprising pitchers' duel in the finale of this three-game series. Lewis (7-8) snapped a three-start skid by limiting New York to four hits and two walks, the only costly mistakes coming on solo home runs from Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. Lewis retired the final 13 hitters he faced, while Neal Cotts and Neftali Feliz each pitched a perfect inning of relief. The Rangers pushed three runs across in the first inning against Hiroki Kuroda (7-7), who settled in and lasted seven innings but nevertheless took the loss, the Yankees' fourth in five games. Texas had dropped seven series in a row since taking two of three from the Twins from June 27-29 and was an ugly 1-9-3 in its last 13 home series entering the week.
Final Score: Kansas City 3, Minnesota 2
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Gordon provided the go-ahead RBI double as the Kansas City Royals used a sixth-inning rally to top the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game set on Wednesday. Gordon finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI, while Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas each hit an RBI double for the Royals, who bounced back from a 2-1 loss in the series opener on Tuesday. Jason Frasor (2-1) earned the win after recording a strikeout to get the Royals out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. Starter Danny Duffy gave up one run on four hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Willingham homered and Danny Santana drove in a run for Minnesota, which had its two-game win streak come to an end. Starter Phil Hughes (10-8) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits over six frames.
07/31 01:07:28 ET