American League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, August 20)
Final Score: Texas 5, Miami 4
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Rios had two hits, drove in a pair and scored a run as the Texas Rangers held off the Miami Marlins, 5-4, to earn a split of a two-game interleague set on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Martinez (3-9) started for the Rangers and picked up the win in his hometown, surrendering just two runs on six hits in six innings. With his family in the stands, the right-hander struck out seven and walked two to win for the second time in three decisions. Leonys Martin added three hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who improved to just 6-12 in the month of August. Adrian Beltre chipped in with two hits and scored a run for Texas, which won for only the 15th time in 57 games since June 14. Marcel Ozuna had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in a run for the Marlins, who ended a nine-game homestand with a 6-3 mark.
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chase Utley singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth and the Philadelphia Phillies held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in the rubber match of a three-game set. Wil Nieves finished 3- for-4 with a double and a run scored and Jimmy Rollins scored twice as the Phillies picked up their first-ever series win against the Mariners. Cole Hamels (7-6) got the win for his five innings of work. He surrendered three runs and gave up nine hits while striking out four. Kendrys Morales hit a solo homer and Logan Morrison hit an RBI double for the Mariners, who have dropped three of five on the heels of a five-game winning streak. James Paxton (3-1) suffered his first big league loss after allowing four runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and two walks.
Final Score: Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run and Colby Rasmus added a two-run blast as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-5, in the finale of a two-game interleague set. Jose Reyes added three hits, scored twice and drove in one for the Blue Jays, while Melky Cabrera posted a pair of hits, an RBI and crossed home twice. Edwin Encarnacion and Munenori Kawasaki also drove in a run each as Toronto earned a split. R.A. Dickey (10-12) gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but held on long enough for the win. Carlos Gomez slugged a two-run shot and scored twice for the Brewers, whose five-game win streak came to a halt. Ryan Braun, Mark Reynolds and Jean Segura added an RBI apiece in defeat. Jimmy Nelson (2-4) also worked 5 2/3 frames, but allowed nine runs and four hits in the loss.
Final Score: NY Mets 8, Oakland 5
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets roughed up Oakland's Jeff Samardzija in an 8-5 win at O.co Coliseum. Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Eric Campbell each had two hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler (9-8) won his sixth straight decision after allowing four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Samardzija (3-3) was victimized for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Oakland snapped its season-high five-game losing streak in Tuesday's opener of this two-game interleague set.
Final Score: Houston 5, New York 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Robbie Grossman broke a tie with a two-run single during a four-run seventh inning as the Houston Astros rallied for a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Jake Marisnick had an RBI single and scored in the decisive frame for Houston, which clinched its first-ever series win in the Bronx. New York starter Michael Pineda's outing ended after he walked Jason Castro to open the seventh. Esmil Rogers replaced David Huff (2-1) after a one-out single by Marwin Gonzalez and served up Marisnick's bases-loaded hit that tied the game at 2-2. Grossman then found the gap in right-center field and Jose Altuve singled home Marisnick. Astros starter Scott Feldman (7-9) gave up two runs on eight hits, struck out seven and walked two before departing with two aboard and two outs in the seventh.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Boston 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Hamilton posted two hits and three RBI, as Los Angeles rallied past Boston by an 8-3 count in the third portion of a four-game set from Fenway Park. Howie Kendrick contributed a pair of hits and drove in two for the Angels, who have won seven of their last eight and moved a season-high 25 games over .500. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols also knocked in a run each, while Cory Rasmus (3-1) allowed one run over 2 1/3 relief innings to snag the win. Starter Garrett Richards departed with a left knee patellar injury after giving up two runs on five hits and recording five outs. Following the contest, Halos manager Mike Scioscia simply stated that the injury is "significant" without elaborating. David Ortiz finished 4-for-4 with a solo homer for the Red Sox, who recorded their 70th loss of the season. Yoenis Cespedes and David Ross added an RBI each in defeat. Clay Buchholz (5-8) was tagged in defeat for six runs on seven hits despite fanning five and walking only two over six full frames.
Final Score: Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Porcello tossed his third shutout of the season and the Detroit Tigers grabbed a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a three-game set. Porcello (14-8) gave up just three hits and struck out four, retiring 20 straight batters at one point, to snap a string of three straight losing starts. Victor Martinez provided a grand slam and five RBI, while Ian Kinsler drove in the other run for the Tigers, who have won five of the last seven games. Detroit gained a game on Kansas City for first place in the AL Central, as the Tigers sit one game back of the Royals, who lost to the Rockies on Wednesday. Jake Odorizzi (9-10) allowed three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings for the Rays, who have lost four straight.
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nelson Cruz's major league-leading 33rd home run helped the Baltimore Orioles take a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox to sweep this three-game set from U.S. Cellular Field. Steve Pearce and Adam Jones also homered for Baltimore, which swept a series for the eighth time this season. Jones finished with three hits and two runs scored in the triumph. Wei-Yin Chen (13-4) turned in another quality start for this Baltimore pitching staff, which has been dominant over the club's recent 12-4 stretch. Chen struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings of work and allowed three runs on six hits. Baltimore also improved to 25-18 in one-run games. Hector Noesi's (7-9) two-game winning streak is no more after the White Sox starter surrendered four runs on seven hits in seven innings of work. Noesi fanned eight in the setback.
Final Score: Cleveland 5, Minnesota 0
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. House combined with four other pitchers in a six-hit shutout as the Cleveland Indians took a 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second of a three-game set. House (2-3) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings. C.C. Lee, Scott Atchison, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Shaw polished off the shutout. Mike Aviles went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI while Zach Walters also hit a solo home run for the Indians, who have won four of their last five. Ricky Nolasco (5-9) was touched for four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Twins, who have lost their past four games.
Final Score: Colorado 5, Kansas City 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt McBride's first career grand slam propelled the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a two-game set on Wednesday. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (13-8) won his sixth straight start at Coors Field after going eight strong innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (8-11) surrendered five runs -- one earned -- on five hits and struck out six over seven innings to snap a three-start winning streak. The Royals as a team had their seven-game interleague winning streak snapped as well as their three-game winning streak overall. They now lead Detroit by one game in the AL Central.
08/20 23:47:04 ET