American League Game Capsules
(Saturday, April 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Cleveland 0
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Dioner Navarro drove in three runs to back another stellar start from Mark Buehrle, as the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Cleveland Indians, 5-0, on Saturday in the middle portion of a three-game set from Progressive Field. Buehrle (4-0) spun seven-plus scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and three walks while striking out three to remain unbeaten on the season. The veteran left-hander has given up just two runs in four starts this year. Jose Bautista added an RBI and two runs scored and Jose Reyes, who'd been on the disabled list since aggravating a left hamstring injury on Opening Day, also knocked in a run for the Jays, who had lost two straight before claiming Friday's series opener. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (1-2) yielded all five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames to absorb his first home loss since May 31, 2013 against Detroit. Asdrubal Cabrera recorded one of the four hits for the Indians, who have lost three straight and seven of their last nine games overall.
Final Score: Detroit 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer tossed seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Scherzer (1-1) allowed just one run on three hits while striking out nine for the Tigers, who beat the Angels for the first time since Aug. 26, 2012. Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, which bounced back from an 11-6 loss in the opener of this three-game series on Friday. Austin Jackson and Ian Kinsler each knocked in a run. Albert Pujols recorded the 498th homer of his career for the Angels, who also got a homer from J.B. Shuck. Los Angeles starter C.J. Wilson (2-2) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits with three walks over five innings. He lost on the road for the first time since last June 8 at Boston in the second contest of a doubleheader.
Final Score: Boston 4, Baltimore 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brock Holt scorched a go-ahead triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to boost the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the second test of a four-game set from Fenway Park. With the game tied 2-2, Mike Carp started the home half of the seventh with a walk before scoring two batters later when Holt ripped a triple into the gap in right-center field. Evan Meek then replaced Baltimore starter Bud Norris (0-2) on the bump and was greeted by Jonathan Herrera, who executed the safety squeeze to perfection. Herrera's bunt rolled down the first-base line and was smothered by Chris Davis, but the Baltimore first baseman couldn't get the ball out of his glove quick enough, allowing Holt to slide in safely for a 4-2 lead. Junichi Tazawa (1-0), who replaced starter Felix Doubront in the seventh and recorded the final out of the frame, then spun a perfect eighth before Koji Uehara worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to nail down his fourth save of the season. David Ortiz finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer for the Red Sox, who had won two straight before dropping an 8-4 decision in Friday's series opener.
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Minnesota 4
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals used a five-run fourth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, in the middle game of a three- game series. Omar Infante, Nori Aoki, Justin Maxwell and Mike Moustakas each had an RBI for the Royals, who have won five in a row. Alex Gordon went 3- for-4 with a run scored. Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (1-1) allowed four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and four walks over five innings. He was scheduled to pitch Thursday but was scratched due to back stiffness. Kurt Suzuki hit a solo homer and knocked in three runs for the Twins, who went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Aaron Hicks added an RBI. Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (0-2) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over six full frames.
Final Score: Oakland 4, Houston 3
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Reddick capped a three-run ninth inning with an RBI single, giving the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Holding a 3-1 lead, the Astros sent Chad Qualls (0-1) to the mound in the bottom of the ninth. Jed Lowrie started Oakland's rally with a leadoff homer to right. Josh Donaldson walked and Yoenis Cespedes singled before pinch-hitter John Jaso struck out swinging. Alberto Callaspo and Reddick followed with back-to-back RBI singles to complete the come-from-behind victory. Dan Otero (3-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless top of the ninth. Oakland starter Scott Kazmir allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits while striking out five over eight innings. Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored for the Astros, who have dropped six straight. Matt Dominguez knocked in a run. Brett Oberholtzer got the start for Houston and gave up one run on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
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