American League Game Capsules
(Thursday, May 21)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Seattle 4
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce hit his first career grand
slam and the Baltimore Orioles topped the Seattle Mariners 5-4 in Thursday's
rainy rubber match at Camden Yards. Tommy Hunter (2-1) earned the win after
escaping a bases-loaded jam during the eighth prior to J.J. Hardy's go-ahead
RBI single in the home half. Rickie Weeks supplied a pinch-hit, two-run
single and Welington Castillo and Logan Morrison brought in a run apiece for
the Mariners, who were coming off a 4-2 win on Wednesday. Neither starter
factored into the decision due to a two-hour, 17-minute rain delay.
Baltimore's Chris Tillman surrendered one run on one hit and three
walks over three innings, while Seattle's J.A. Happ gave up four runs on four
hits over two frames.
Final Score: Detroit 6, Houston 5 (11 innings)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - James McCann hit his second career home run
during the 11th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-5 victory over the
Houston Astros in the opener of a four-game set. McCann led off the decisive
frame by smacking an 0-2 slider from Tony Sipp (2-1) just over a leaping
Colby Rasmus and the left-field wall for the win. Yoenis Cespedes reached
base in all five plate appearances, finishing 3-for-3 with two runs and two
walks for the Tigers, who have their last two games. Miguel Cabrera drove
in his 1,400th run and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer. Alex Wilson
(1-0) earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings of relief.
Tigers starter David Price allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits
with a season-high 12 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Preston Tucker sent the
game into extra innings with his first career homer in the ninth, while Evan
Gattis hit an RBI triple for the Astros, who entered the game with wins in
seven of their last eight games.
Final Score: Toronto 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - R.A. Dickey had his knuckleball working
again, Edwin Encarnacion belted a three-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays
bounced back with an 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Dickey
(2-5) spun a five-hitter in his first complete game of the season,
striking out seven with one walk and rebounding from a two-start stretch in
which he was roughed up for 13 runs in 11 innings. The Blue Jays gave him
plenty of support by tagging Matt Shoemaker (3-4) for eight runs -- seven
earned -- over six-plus innings to earn a split of this four-game series and
win for only the third time in their last 12 tilts. Thursday's result halted
a string of nine consecutive Anaheim road victories that Shoemaker had
started. Dickey did give up homers to David Freese and Marc Krauss,
with Freese finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI in the loss. Mike Trout also
collected two hits and scored twice for the Angels. Danny Valencia added a
solo homer and Jose Bautista knocked in two runs for Toronto. Both Ryan Goins
and Steve Tolleson had two hits and two runs scored.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Oakland 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - David DeJesus hit a solo homer and an
RBI double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics
on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Alex Colome (3-1) ended
a two-start winless streak after throwing four shutout innings. The right-
hander allowed just four hits and a walk as the Rays won for the third time
in their last four games. The A's, who are an MLB-worst 14-29, lost for the
13th time in their last 15 games. Jesse Chavez (1-4) surrendered three runs
on five hits and a walk in six-plus innings, falling to 1-4 in six outings
since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation.
Final Score: Texas 3, Boston 1
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mitch Moreland finished with a solo homer
among his three hits and drove in two runs as Texas claimed a 3-1 victory
over Boston in the finale of a three-game series from Fenway Park. Delino
DeShields walked twice and scored a run for the Rangers, who won the set and
have taken three of four overall. Wandy Rodriguez (2-2) gave up a run on four
hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. Shawn Tolleson
tossed a scoreless ninth to post his second consecutive save. Xander Bogaerts
collected two hits and David Ortiz drove in the lone run for the Red Sox,
who have struggled with producing runs in dropping four of their last six.
Clay Buchholz (2-5) was tagged in the loss for five hits and three runs --
two earned -- over his 7 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Cleveland 5, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles hit back-to-
back homers in the first inning, and Danny Salazar posted a quality start in
carrying the Indians to a 5-2 win over the White Sox in the finale of a four-
game series. Salazar (5-1) flirted with disaster plenty of times but held
the White Sox scoreless over six frames. He struck out eight and scattered
five hits and three walks to bounce back from his shortest stint of the year.
Aviles finished with four hits, Swisher had two and the Indians cruised to
their first three-game winning streak of the season. Chicago followed up a
six-game winning streak by dropping the final three games of the series.
John Danks (2-4) took the loss after coughing up five runs on six hits and
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