American League Game Capsules(Tuesday, July 29)
Final Score: Chicago 11, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn clubbed consecutive home runs to highlight a seven-run seventh inning, as the Chicago White Sox pounded the Detroit Tigers, 11-4, to start a three-game series at Comerica Park. Abreu, who finished with four RBI, hit a two-run homer, his major league-leading 31st of the season. The blast came after Alexei Ramirez stroked a three-run double, which was part of Chicago's 15-hit attack. Jose Quintana (6-7) scattered nine hits and gave up a pair of runs to help the White Sox to their fourth win in five games. The lefty moved to 3-0 over his last eight starts. He hasn't lost since June 13 against Kansas City. Anibal Sanchez (7-5) surrendered six hits and five runs -- four earned -- over 6 1/3 innings to lose his third straight home start. Bryan Holaday drove in two runs for the AL Central leaders, who dropped their fourth consecutive contest. The Tigers are 4-9 in their last 13 games.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Milwaukee 1
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Cobb gave up just three hits and had a season-high 12 strikeouts in eight innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer and delivered a go-ahead RBI double in a four-run eighth inning for the Rays, who have won the first two games of the three-game series and 11 of their last 12. Cobb (7-6) remained unbeaten in his last six starts with 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings. He gave up two walks, a run and reached double digit strikeouts for the third time since June 13, when he got 11 against Houston. Cobb struck out 10 in seven shutout innings against the Cardinals in his last start last Wednesday. Matt Garza was good in seven innings against his former team, but not as good as Cobb. Garza gave up five hits, including Zobrist's homer, and two walks in his second career start against the Rays. The NL Central-leading Brewers have lost four of their last five.
Final Score: Toronto 4, Boston 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Stroman tossed seven innings of one- run ball and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, in the middle test of a three-game set. Stroman (7-2) struck out eight and allowed six hits and two walks over seven innings for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of their last eight games. Casey Janssen gave up a leadoff homer to Xander Bogaerts in the ninth, but recorded the final three outs in succession to pick up his 17th save of the season. Colby Rasmus smacked a solo shot among his pair of hits and runs scored, while Anthony Gose drilled a two-run double to highlight his two-hit night and scored a run in the triumph. Rubby De La Rosa (3-4) surrendered three runs on nine hits and two walks over six frames for Boston, which has dropped seven of its last eight contests.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Dustin Ackley's two-run double helped fuel the Seattle offense as the Mariners took a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday. Ackley finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and Mike Zunino homered and scored twice for the Mariners, who snapped a string of six straight losses at Progressive Field. Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5) earned the win after yielding just two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over seven strong innings. Iwakuma is now 9-0 over his last 14 road starts dating back to July 20, 2013. Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes each drove in a run for Cleveland, which has dropped five of its last six games. Starter Trevor Bauer (4-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up all five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Gibson tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set. Gibson (9-8) surrendered just two hits and two walks, while fanning seven batters to earn the win. Gibson is now 3-0 in three career starts against the Royals. Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham each drove in a run for the Twins, who have won two straight games. Eric Hosmer drove in the Royals' lone run with an RBI single in the ninth inning as the team dropped their second consecutive game after winning five in a row. Starter James Shields (9-6) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and four walks in six innings.
Final Score: Baltimore 7, LA Angels of Anaheim 6 (12 innings)
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Manny Machado homered into a sea of orange-clad fans in the 12th inning to send the Baltimore Orioles past the Angels, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game series between playoff contenders. The AL-East leading Orioles improved to 12-3 in extra innings, including 6-0 in July, when Machado smacked a leadoff shot off Cory Rasmus (2-1) into the left-field seats for his first career walk-off home run. Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, which was coming off a successful 6-4 road trip. Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three runs during a three-hit night for the Angels, who had won four of five entering the set. Each bullpen was called on early after neither starter made it out of the fifth inning. Chris Tillman was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- on six hits for Baltimore, while Jered Weaver surrendered a season-high six earned runs on seven hits and four walks.
Final Score: New York 12, Texas 11
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Zoilo Almonte drove in the go-ahead run in a seven-run sixth inning that propelled the New York Yankees to a wild 12-11 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The Yankees overcame a career night from J.P. Arencibia, who went 4-for-5 with seven RBI and two home runs, including a grand slam that pulled Texas within 10-8 in the seventh inning. Mark Teixeira created some much-needed breathing room with a two-run homer in the eighth, and New York held on despite a shaky outing from David Robertson to halt a three-game slide. Robertson surrendered two runs in the ninth and loaded the bases before retiring the dangerous Adrian Beltre on deep flyout to left to seal the win. Brett Gardner went 4-for-5 and led off the slugfest with a home run, while Almonte, Brendan Ryan and Carlos Beltran each drove in a pair of runs for the victors. The offensive barrage made a winner of Brandon McCarthy (3-0), who stayed unbeaten in four starts with his new club by holding the Rangers to four runs on nine hits over six frames. Nick Martinez (1-7) coughed up Gardner's leadoff homer and was working with a 4-1 lead when the wheels fell off in the sixth.
Final Score: Oakland 7, Houston 4
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead RBI single as part of a six-run top of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Houston Astros, 7-4, in the middle test of a three-game set. Oakland trailed 4-1 heading into the ninth before sending 11 batters to the plate in the final frame. Derek Norris singled and Josh Reddick doubled to put runners on second and third against Chad Qualls (1-2) to begin the ninth. Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo ripped a base hit to center to plate Norris and Reddick. Pinch-runner Billy Burns came on for Callaspo, but he was out at second on a force play when John Jaso grounded one to first. Jed Lowrie walked after a wild pitch moved Jaso to second. Yoenis Cespedes stepped up next and fisted a single to right to bring home the tying-run Jaso. Tony Sipp replaced Qualls and served up the go-ahead single to Moss, who whacked a one-hop liner through the shift on the right side of the infield to plate Lowrie for a 5-4 Oakland edge. Jose Veras then took over for Sipp and Josh Donaldson greeted him by launching a double onto Tal's Hill in center to push across Cespedes and Moss to make it 7-4. Evan Scribner (1-0) was credited with the win following a scoreless eighth, while Sean Doolittle fired a 1-2-3 home half of the ninth to notch his 16th save of the season. Josh Reddick smacked a solo homer among his two hits, while Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. The AL West leaders have won five of their last seven games. Marwin Gonzalez cracked a solo shot and Astros starter Scott Feldman surrendered a run on five hits and three walks over seven frames.
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