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American League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, September 17)

Final Score: Baltimore 6, Toronto 1

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce homered twice as the Baltimore Orioles kept up with their winning ways on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Pearce, who homered in Tuesday's AL East- clinching win, drove in four runs for Baltimore, which swept the three-game series with the Jays and has won four straight overall. Bud Norris (14-8) earned the win and remained perfect over six career starts against Toronto. Norris, who entered the game with a 3-0 mark and 2.79 ERA against the Blue Jays, limited the opposition to just two hits but walked five over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. David Lough also homered and Jimmy Paredes had an RBI in the win. J.A. Happ (9-11) took the loss after giving up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits while striking out five.

Final Score: New York 3, Tampa Bay 2

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Jeter broke out of a slump in his last game at Tropicana Field, scoring the eventual winning run as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night. Jeter, who is retiring, snapped an 0-for-28 slump with a leadoff single in the sixth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly. New York starter Brandon McCarthy (7-4) struck out the last three batters he faced on nine pitches and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided being swept in the three-game set after losing 1-0 and 6-1. They went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip. Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who had a three-game winning streak ended. Alex Cobb (9-8) allowed three runs in six innings and remained winless in his last five starts.

Final Score: Cleveland 2, Houston 0

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Carrasco tossed his first career shutout as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Houston Astros, 2-0, in the third test of a four-game set. Carrasco (8-5) struck out 12, scattered two hits and walked one for the Indians, who have won back-to-back games on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 and drove in both runs in the triumph. Brett Oberholtzer (5-12) allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 frames for Houston.

Final Score: Kansas City 6, Chicago 2

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lorenzo Cain collected three hits including a three-run home run, as Kansas City claimed a 6-2 decision over Chicago in the rubber match of a three-game series. Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-4 with a solo shot and two runs scored for the Royals, who received a pair of hits and an RBI from Salvador Perez. Yordano Ventura (13-10) limited the ChiSox to a run on three hits and two walks while fanning seven over seven innings. Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez knocked in a run apiece for the White Sox, who have dropped three of four. Chris Sale (12-4) was charged with five runs on nine hits despite six strikeouts over five full frames.

Final Score: Minnesota 8, Detroit 4

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Dozier had two hits and two RBI, including the go-ahead triple as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Wednesday night. The Twins won the last two games in the three-game series to put a dent in Detroit's division title hopes. The Tigers' lead for first place in the AL Central was trimmed to a half-game over the Royals with a key three-game series between the division foes on tap this weekend in Kansas City. The Royals beat the White Sox 6-2 on Wednesday. Danny Santana had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI for the Twins and Joe Mauer added two hits and two runs knocked in. Kyle Gibson (12-11) pitched six innings for the win -- Minnesota's fourth in its last 13 games. The right-hander gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks for his first victory in six starts. David Price (14-12) was chased during Minnesota's go-ahead three-run rally in the sixth inning. He was charged with five runs on eight hits and three walks.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Seattle 0

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Wilson shut down the Mariners for seven innings and C.J. Cron hit a timely three-run homer, as the Los Angeles Angels became the second American League team to clinch their division with a 5-0 win over Seattle. The Angels' 18th win in their last 22 games, coupled with an Oakland loss against Texas, gave Los Angeles its first AL West title since 2009. Baltimore won the AL East on Tuesday. Wilson (13-9) struck out seven and allowed just a hit and three walks. He threw just 95 pitches, but was given the last two innings off after LA's offense erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, Boston 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-1, in the middle contest of a three-game set. Clint Barmes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who entered Wednesday's action 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for first place in the NL Central. Francisco Liriano (6-10) allowed one run on three hits while striking out five over six innings for Pittsburgh, which has won 10 of 12. He won his third straight start. Xander Bogaerts drove in the lone run for the Red Sox, who saw starter Clay Buchholz (8-9) give up five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over four innings. The right-hander had a three-start winning streak snapped. Rusney Castillo went 1- for-4 in his MLB debut. Projected as Boston's leadoff hitter of the future, the Cuban Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal on Aug. 23. He batted seventh and started in center field on Wednesday.

Final Score: Texas 6, Oakland 1

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer during a six-run ninth inning, sending the Texas Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. After Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings for Oakland, Sean Doolittle took the mound in the ninth. Elvis Andrus hit a one-out single and raced home on Rougned Odor's double to left- center field. Odor went to third on the throw but almost came off the base. After a long review, Odor was ruled safe at third. Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked prior to Arencibia's blast to left. Robinson Chirinos walked before Jesse Chavez took over for Doolittle. Jake Smolinski and Adam Rosales singled to load the bases. Fernando Abad came in from the bullpen and immediately hit Leonys Martin to force in another run. Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI infield single. Doolittle (1-4), who had not allowed a run in his previous 15 games, was charged with five runs. The Rangers' comeback win gave the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim the AL West title. The Angels, who entered Wednesday's action with a magic number of two, beat the Mariners. Texas starter Derek Holland allowed one run on four hits while striking out five and walking three over 6 1/3 innings. Robbie Ross (3-6) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Samardzija gave up just four hits for the Athletics, who have won three of four.

09/18 02:34:33 ET

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