American League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, July 9)
Final Score: Detroit 4, LA Dodgers 1
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer outdueled Zack Greinke in a much-anticipated pitching matchup Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. Scherzer (11-3) allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings, helping the Tigers down the Dodgers 4-1 and complete a two-game series sweep. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two, winning his third straight decision. Greinke (11-4), meanwhile, had some early trouble and his offense couldn't respond against the Tigers pitching. The trifecta of Scherzer, Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan held Los Angeles to just four hits overall, two of which came from Yasiel Puig. Greinke was charged with three runs on seven hits in seven frames. He struck out eight without walking a batter, seeing a two-start win streak come to a halt.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Toronto 7
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols hit the go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Angels came away with an 8-7 victory over Toronto in Wednesday's rubber match of a three-game series. Kole Calhoun also slugged a two-run shot, while Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick and David Freese added an RBI each for the Angels, who bounced back from a 4-0 loss on Tuesday and have won six of their last seven Jason Grilli (1-1) turned in a scoreless top of the seventh for the win. Joe Smith fanned two in a scoreless ninth to earn his 12th save. Nolan Reimold finished 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who have dropped six of their last seven. Steve Tolleson added a two-run single, and Dioner Navarro collected three hits and knocked in a run. Aaron Loup (2-2) was charged with two runs on two hits in his one-inning relief stint.
Final Score: New York 5, Cleveland 4 (14 innings)
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacoby Ellsbury belted the go-ahead solo homer in the 14th inning to boost the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the third edition of a four-game series. Ellsbury, who came into the game mired in a 5-for-27 slump on this road trip, went 3-for-7 and scored twice Wednesday as New York moved to 5-2 on the 11-game trek. Mark Teixeira hit a pair of homers off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin and knocked in three runs as the Yankees beat the Indians for the ninth time in the last 11 meetings. Nick Swisher had a two-run single during a three-run opening inning for the Indians, who have lost twice in this series. Vinnie Pestano (0-1) delivered an 0-2 pitch that Ellsbury turned on and drove over the wall in right with two outs. Jason Kipnis singled with one out off David Robertson in the home 14th and then stole second. Asdrubal Cabrera struck out swinging and was barely thrown out at first on a ball that got away near home plate. Michael Brantley then sent a fly ball to deep left field that Zoilo Almonte made an over-the-shoulder grab to end the game. Chase Whitley pitched two innings to get the win, while Robertson nailed down his 22nd save.
Final Score: Boston 5, Chicago 4
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brock Holt's RBI single with one down in the bottom of the ninth was the winner, as Boston rallied from four runs behind with six outs remaining to post a 5-4 victory over Chicago in the third edition of a four-game set from Fenway Park. Javy Guerra (0-1) plunked Mookie Betts with one down in the final frame, then pinch-hitter Daniel Nava's double to the gap in left center was enough to bring Betts around to tie the game at 4-4. Holt followed by bouncing a ball into right, scoring Nava easily to end the contest. Koji Uehara (5-2), named an All Star earlier in the day, picked up the win thanks to a 1-2-3 ninth. Boston began its comeback down 4-0 in the eighth, chasing Chicago starter Chris Sale in the process. Betts led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout, but stayed put when Holt grounded back to the mound. Jake Petricka spelled Sale, who then surrendered back-to-back RBI singles from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Mike Napoli walked, then Jonny Gomes laced a double to left which scored Pedroia, but Guerra grounded out Mike Carp to end the threat. Sale had cruised to that point, and ended up charged with a run on four hits while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings. Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie hit solo homers for the White Sox, who received an RBI double from Adam Eaton as their three-game win streak came to an end.
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Tampa Bay 4
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Salvador Perez's go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning was the deciding factor as the Kansas City Royals came from behind to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Eric Hosmer also homered and Omar Infante finished with three hits for the Royals, who have won 10 of their last 13 games against the Rays. Aaron Crow (4-1) tossed a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win. Starter Yordano Ventura gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings. Kevin Kiermaier's fourth-inning grand slam accounted for the Rays' scoring. The right fielder finished 4-for-4 for Tampa Bay, which lost four of six meetings with Kansas City this season. Kirby Yates (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up Perez's homer. Alex Cobb gave up just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts across 6 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Houston 8, Texas 4
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Robbie Grossman snapped an 0-for-28 slide in a big way, smacking a solo homer among his four hits, two RBI and two runs scored as the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-4, to sweep a three-game set. George Springer belted a two-run shot and Carlos Corporan added a two-run double for Houston, which had dropped seven straight coming into the series. Springer also showcased his glove, robbing Alex Rios of an extra-base hit in the third inning when he made an incredible leaping grab at the warning track before crashing face-first into the wall. Dallas Keuchel (9-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 2/3 frames to notch the win. Yu Darvish (8-5) struck out eight, but surrendered six runs on 10 hits over six frames for the Rangers, who have lost 18 of their last 21 games.
Final Score: Washington 6, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Doug Fister threw seven strong innings and Washington got solo home runs from Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth in a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night. Fister (8-2), who won his third straight decision, gave up seven hits and a pair of runs, while recording two walks and three strikeouts. The right-hander was removed after throwing 113 pitches, 73 for strikes. Werth and Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, as the NL East-leading Nationals won for the eighth time in 10 games. They also bounced back from an 8-2 loss Monday when the Orioles homered three times in the 11th inning. Tuesday's game between the Beltway rivals was postponed by rain and rescheduled for Aug. 4. Bud Norris (7-6), who was activated off the disabled list Tuesday, surrendered six hits and five runs in four-plus frames to have his four-game winning streak snapped. Manny Machado continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, but the AL East leaders lost for just the second time in nine contests.
Final Score: Minnesota 8, Seattle 1
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Dozier had two doubles and scored a pair of runs as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-1, in the third test of a four-game set. Kyle Gibson scattered seven hits and walked one over six scoreless innings, while Kendrys Morales drove in three runs for Minnesota, which has won two straight on the heels of a 1-5 stretch. Roenis Elias allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits and three walks over 3 1/3 frames for the Mariners, who have dropped four of their last six tilts.
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Oakland 2
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Cain pitched six innings to secure his first win in nearly two months and Hunter Pence homered and drove in two runs in San Francisco's 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Giants had been outscored by the A's 11-1 in the first two meetings this week at the Coliseum, but on Wednesday the scene shifted and the trend at AT&T Park continued. The Giants snapped Oakland's six-game winning streak and won at home against the A's for the 13th time in the last 15 such encounters. Cain (2-7) gave up five hits and a pair of runs with two walks and four strikeouts. The righty had been 0-4 over his previous seven starts and won for the first time since May 15 against Miami. Jason Hammel (0-1) surrendered six hits and three runs -- two earned -- with three walks and a trio of strikeouts over five frames in his A's debut. He was acquired last weekend in a deal along with Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs for top prospect Addison Russell, former first-round pick Billy McKinney, right- handed hurler Dan Straily and a player to be named later or cash. Stephen Vogt homered for the A's, who had given up just five runs during their winning streak. They fell to 9-2 in interleague play this season.
07/10 01:37:11 ET