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American League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, September 17)

Final Score: Baltimore 6, Toronto 1

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce homered twice as the Baltimore Orioles kept up with their winning ways on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Pearce, who homered in Tuesday's AL East- clinching win, drove in four runs for Baltimore, which swept the three-game series with the Jays and has won four straight overall. Bud Norris (14-8) earned the win and remained perfect over six career starts against Toronto. Norris, who entered the game with a 3-0 mark and 2.79 ERA against the Blue Jays, limited the opposition to just two hits but walked five over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. David Lough also homered and Jimmy Paredes had an RBI in the win. J.A. Happ (9-11) took the loss after giving up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits while striking out five.

Final Score: New York 3, Tampa Bay 2

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Jeter broke out of a slump in his last game at Tropicana Field, scoring the eventual winning run as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night. Jeter, who is retiring, snapped an 0-for-28 slump with a leadoff single in the sixth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly. New York starter Brandon McCarthy (7-4) struck out the last three batters he faced on nine pitches and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided being swept in the three-game set after losing 1-0 and 6-1. They went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip. Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who had a three-game winning streak ended. Alex Cobb (9-8) allowed three runs in six innings and remained winless in his last five starts.

Final Score: Cleveland 2, Houston 0

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Carrasco tossed his first career shutout as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Houston Astros, 2-0, in the third test of a four-game set. Carrasco (8-5) struck out 12, scattered two hits and walked one for the Indians, who have won back-to-back games on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 and drove in both runs in the triumph. Brett Oberholtzer (5-12) allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 frames for Houston.

Final Score: Kansas City 6, Chicago 2

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lorenzo Cain collected three hits including a three-run home run, as Kansas City claimed a 6-2 decision over Chicago in the rubber match of a three-game series. Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-4 with a solo shot and two runs scored for the Royals, who received a pair of hits and an RBI from Salvador Perez. Yordano Ventura (13-10) limited the ChiSox to a run on three hits and two walks while fanning seven over seven innings. Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez knocked in a run apiece for the White Sox, who have dropped three of four. Chris Sale (12-4) was charged with five runs on nine hits despite six strikeouts over five full frames.

Final Score: Minnesota 8, Detroit 4

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Dozier had two hits and two RBI, including the go-ahead triple as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Wednesday night. The Twins won the last two games in the three-game series to put a dent in Detroit's division title hopes. The Tigers' lead for first place in the AL Central was trimmed to a half-game over the Royals with a key three-game series between the division foes on tap this weekend in Kansas City. The Royals beat the White Sox 6-2 on Wednesday. Danny Santana had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI for the Twins and Joe Mauer added two hits and two runs knocked in. Kyle Gibson (12-11) pitched six innings for the win -- Minnesota's fourth in its last 13 games. The right-hander gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks for his first victory in six starts. David Price (14-12) was chased during Minnesota's go-ahead three-run rally in the sixth inning. He was charged with five runs on eight hits and three walks.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, Boston 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-1, in the middle contest of a three-game set. Clint Barmes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who entered Wednesday's action 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for first place in the NL Central. Francisco Liriano (6-10) allowed one run on three hits while striking out five over six innings for Pittsburgh, which has won 10 of 12. He won his third straight start. Xander Bogaerts drove in the lone run for the Red Sox, who saw starter Clay Buchholz (8-9) give up five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over four innings. The right-hander had a three-start winning streak snapped. Rusney Castillo went 1- for-4 in his MLB debut. Projected as Boston's leadoff hitter of the future, the Cuban Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal on Aug. 23. He batted seventh and started in center field on Wednesday.

09/17 23:44:57 ET