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American League Game Capsules

12:27 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Matt Wieters' RBI double in the eighth inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles over the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series. Wieters ended with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in for the Orioles, who have won three in a row. Adam Jones had an RBI and two runs scored. Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. Tommy Hunter (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who have dropped two straight since winning four in a row. Alcides Escobar added an RBI. Ervin Santana got the start for Kansas City and gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. Tim Collins (1-1) allowed one unearned run over 1 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss.

Detroit at Washington, postponed

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Tuesday's scheduled contest between the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up at 4:05 p.m. (et) on Thursday, which is a common off day for both clubs.

Final Score: Cleveland 1, Oakland 0

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Multiple errors led to the game's only run and Zach McAllister pitched a gem as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Oakland Athletics, 1-0, in a pitcher's duel from Progressive Field. Carlos Santana led off the decisive fifth inning with a grounder to first base, which was muffed by Brandon Moss. The ball scooted toward second base and was picked up by Eric Sogard, whose errant throw to the pitcher covering first allowed Santana to advance to second. Mike Aviles singled Santana to third two batters later, and Yan Gomes plated Santana with a sacrifice fly to deep center field. McAllister (3-3) went 7 2/3 innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out four. Chris Perez surrendered a one-out single to Yoenis Cespedes in the ninth but got out of it unscathed for his fourth save of the season. A's starter Tommy Milone (3-4) was terrific as well. He was charged with just one unearned run and five hits over seven innings of work despite the loss.

Final Score: Minnesota 6, Boston 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ryan Doumit finished with two hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice as Minnesota used a late charge to down Boston, 6-1, in the second edition of a four-game series. Joe Mauer added two hits and an RBI, with Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe and Wilkin Ramirez driving in a run each for the Twins, who dropped a 6-5 decision in 11 innings in Monday's opener and won for the third time in their last eight. Scott Diamond (3-2) worked seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out two without issuing a walk. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ninth-inning homer stood as the lone offense for the Red Sox, who have lost four of their last five. Ryan Dempster (2-3) allowed five hits and four runs -- two earned -- with eight strikeouts over his seven-plus frames.

Final Score: Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 4

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Maicer Izturis snapped a tie game with a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and behind a spirited effort from the bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for the second straight day to upend the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4, in the second test of a four-game set. A terrifying moment occurred in the second inning when Jays starter J.A. Happ was taken off the field by stretcher after taking a line drive from Desmond Jennings off the side of his head. He remained conscious and was brought straight to the hospital. Forced to dig into its bullpen early, four Toronto relievers combined for 7 2/3 scoreless innings, with Steve Delabar (2-0) tossing two innings of one-hit ball. Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth to notch his ninth save. Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer, Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a solo shot and two runs scored, while Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera each plated a run to help Toronto earn back-to-back victories at Tropicana Field for the first time in almost five years. Joel Peralta (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Rays, who blew a seven-run lead in an 8-7 loss to the Jays on Monday. The Tampa Bay bullpen spoiled a solid start from Roberto Hernandez, who tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out seven.

Final Score: Houston 7, LA Angels of Anaheim 6

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Carter blasted a three-run homer as part of a five-run third inning that lifted the Houston Astros to a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the opener of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. Jose Altuve also homered for Houston, which had lost six straight and 10 of its previous 11 games. Robbie Grossman scored twice and stole his first two bases of the year, while Jimmy Paredes drove in a run with a double in the third during his first start of 2013. Jose Veras threw a perfect ninth to save it for Jordan Lyles (1-0). who earned the win after striking out six in five innings of work. He was charged with three runs before giving way to the bullpen. Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo each homered for Los Angeles, which has dropped 10 of 13, while Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and has now hit safely in 16 of 18 games. C.J. Wilson (3-1) struck out a season-high 12 batters for the Angels, but absorbed the loss after allowing all seven runs -- only two of which were earned -- in 6 1/3 innings.

Final Score: Chicago Cubs 9, Texas 2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Scott Feldman tossed a gem and Chicago plated five runs in the fourth inning as the Cubs routed the Texas Rangers, 9-2, at Wrigley Field. Feldman (3-3) had Texas hitters guessing all night as he yielded just two hits in seven scoreless frames, lowering his ERA to 1.63 over his last four starts. Feldman also helped himself at the dish, delivering an RBI single as part of the big fourth inning. Anthony Rizzo and Luis Valbuena each went 3-for-4 while the former added a home run and four RBI for the Cubs, who won after dropping their previous four. Starlin Castro had two RBI and three runs scored. Nick Tepesch (2-3) took the loss after getting lit up for six runs -- five earned -- on six hits and four walks in four innings of work.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Seattle 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored and Garret Jones added a two run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Seattle Mariners, 4-1, in the opener of a brief two-game set at PNC Park Travis Snider also had an RBI double and Starling Marte scored a run for the Pirates, who had dropped four of their last six games. Jeanmar Gonez (2-0) scattered two hits and two walks while striking out five over five scoreless innings to earn the win. Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth to earn his 13th save. Raul Ibanez drove in the lone run for the Mariners with a pinch-hit double in the seventh inning. Aaron Harang (1-4) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings to absorb the loss. He struck out six without issuing a walk.

Final Score: Milwaukee 6, Texas 3

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Yuniesky Betancourt smashed a two-run home run and Aramis Ramirez had a solo homer as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Texas Rangers, 6-3, in the first of a two-game set. Carlos Gomez hit a two- RBI double and Ryan Braun drove in one run for the Brewers, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Brewers starter Wily Peralta (3-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over six frames and Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his seventh save. Mitch Moreland knocked a solo shot. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz also drove in one run apiece for the Rangers, who entered the game off a 9-2 makeup loss against the Cubs. Starter Justin Grimm (2-2) fanned seven but gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings.

Final Score: NY Mets 1, Chicago White Sox 0 (10 innings)

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Baxter's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th inning plated the game's only run and lifted the New York Mets to a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the opener of a two-game set at Citi Field. New York starter Matt Harvey was the story for much of the night, as the 24-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed just one hit -- an infield single to Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh -- over nine stellar frames. The Mets' offense, meanwhile, managed just four hits until the decisive 10th inning, which started with Ike Davis' leadoff walk off Chicago reliever Nate Jones (0-3). Davis then moved to second on Juan Lagares' bunt before racing home on Baxter's pinch-hit single to right to send the Mets to their third victory in their last four games. Bobby Parnell (3-0) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Chicago starter Hector Santiago was nearly as impressive as Harvey, giving up just four hits and two walks while fanning eight over seven strong frames, but it wasn't enough to keep the White Sox from falling for the third time in their last four tries.

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