American League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 15)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Toronto 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run homer, Adam Jones had three hits and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, on Monday in the opener of a three-game series. The AL East-leading Orioles' magic number to clinch their first division title since 1997 is now one with 12 games remaining. They can wrap it up on Tuesday. Wei-Yin Chen (16-4) pitched 5 2/3 innings and remained unbeaten in his last seven starts. The left-hander gave up nine hits, two runs and a walk and struck out six. The Orioles have won eight of their last nine, are 11-4 this month and lead the division by 12 1/2 games. Jose Reyes had three hits and scored two runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost three of their last four. Marcus Stroman (10-6) took the loss after giving up five runs in six innings.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 1, New York 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Zobrist singled in the only run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series. Zobrist's second hit of the game brought home Logan Forsythe from third and sent the Yankees to a fourth loss in their last five outings. The contest featured strong starting pitching on both ends. Alex Colome, recalled from Triple-A Durham on Monday, scattered six hits over 6 2/3 scoreless frames in just his second major-league start of the season, while New York's Chris Capuano kept the Rays off the board in six innings of work. Tampa Bay recorded just five hits for the game, but three of them came off Shawn Kelley (3-6) in the deciding ninth. Forsythe and James Loney laced back-to-back one-out singles to put the winning run in scoring position with one out. Kelley briefly regrouped to strike out David DeJesus, but walked pinch-hitter Matt Joyce to load the bases in front of Zobrist's clean hit to right field. Joel Peralta (3-4) issued a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth, then set down the next three Yankee hitters to help set up Zobrist's heroics.
09/15 23:44:55 ET