American League Game Capsules

Published August 02, 2014

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Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Verlander pitched eight strong innings and Rajai Davis finished with two RBI and two runs scored as the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-2. Verlander (10-9), who is now 25-2 for his career against National League opponents, allowed two runs and struck out five, while not allowing a walk. Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double during a three-run fifth inning and Victor Martinez had an RBI single for the Tigers, who won for just the second time in their last seven games. Franklin Morales (5-6) gave up three runs and walked four in six innings of work, leaving the Rockies at 2-16 in their last 18 road games.

Final Score: Baltimore 2, Seattle 1

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles matched a club record in Friday's 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards. Chen (12-3) nearly copied his July 24 outing against the Mariners by limiting them to a run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. The lefty, who struck out eight, won his personal-best fifth straight start. The AL East-leading Orioles played their seventh consecutive one- run game, tying the team mark set June 21-29, 1956. They have gone 5-2 during that stretch. Seattle plugged trade-deadline acquisitions Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia into its lineup for the opener of this three- game set, looking to jumpstart the offense, but the attack fizzled and wasted a solid start by Roenis Elias (8-9). Elias, on his 26th birthday, gave up two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.

Final Score: Cleveland 12, Texas 2

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Aviles drove in three runs and scored twice as the Cleveland Indians' offense erupted for a 12-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. David Murphy finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Michael Brantley supplied three hits and drove in two runs for the Indians, who have won three straight games against the Rangers. Danny Salazar (4-4) gave up four hits, three walks and an unearned run with four strikeouts over six innings to win his third straight start. Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus each drove in a run for Texas, which has dropped four of its last six. Starter Jerome Williams (2-5) was roughed up in his second start of the season, giving up 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks across four-plus frames.

Final Score: Boston 4, New York 3

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dustin Pedroia drove in two runs and scored a run to help Anthony Ranaudo earn the win in his MLB debut, as the Boston Red Sox held off the New York Yankees, 4-3, on Friday. With John Lackey and Jon Lester gone, the Red Sox recalled Ranaudo from Triple-A Pawtucket. Ranaudo (1-0) gave up two runs on four hits with four walks over six innings. Former Red Sox hurler Chris Capuano (1-2) got the start for New York on Friday and gave up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. He was designated for assignment by Boston on June 25 after going 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Tampa Bay 3

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Trout hit a two-run homer, Huston Street overcame a shaky ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim posted a 5-3 win over a Tampa Bay Rays club that began the post-David Price era. Josh Hamilton added a solo blast for the Angels before leaving with a bruised finger after being hit by a pitch. Matt Shoemaker (9-3) needed 96 pitches to get through five innings, but picked up the win after allowing three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits. Street, the fourth Angels reliever, pitched through a no-out, bases-loaded jam to earn his fifth save with his new club.

Final Score: Chicago 10, Minnesota 8

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexei Ramirez hit a go-ahead single in a four-run eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox held on for a 10-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins in a back-and-forth opener of a three-game set on Friday. Jose Abreu finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk, while Tyler Flowers and Ramirez both had two RBI for the White Sox, who have won six of their last eight games. Javy Guerra (1-2) recorded the final two outs of the eighth to earn the win. White Sox starter Chris Sale gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, Kennys Vargas hit a two-run double and Chris Parmelee homered for Minnesota, which dropped its third straight game. Casey Fien (5-5) was charged with four runs in the eighth inning while getting just one out. Twins starter Logan Darnell allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in four innings of work.

Final Score: Houston 3, Toronto 1

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Gregorio Petit's first career home run helped the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the second of a four-game set. Robbie Grossman and Jesus Guzman each drove in a run for the Astros, who had lost seven of nine coming into the game. Collin McHugh pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Jose Vera (1-0) recorded the final two outs of the eighth to pick up the win. Dioner Navarro drove in the lone run of the game for the Blue Jays, who had a six-game winning streak broken. J.A. Happ pitched seven innings in the start and allowed a run on three hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts. Aaron Loup (3-3) allowed two runs in the eighth to take the loss.

Final Score: Kansas City 1, Oakland 0

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Raul Ibanez hit a solo homer, Jeremy Guthrie tossed six shutout innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Guthrie (7-9) gave up three hits while striking out six and walking two for the Royals, who have won three in a row. Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Oakland starter Sonny Gray (12-4) took the hard-luck loss after allowing one run on thee hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings. The right-hander saw his six-game winning streak come to an end. The Athletics solidified possibly the best rotation in baseball by adding Jon Lester hours before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lester is scheduled to start Saturday's game.

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