American League Game Capsules(Thursday, August 21)
Final Score: New York 3, Houston 0
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon McCarthy tossed a four-hit shutout to lead the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros, 3-0, and salvage the finale of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. McCarthy (5-2) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter for New York, which won for just the third time in 10 games. The right-hander ended a personal two-game slide and improved to 8-12 in 26 starts overall with the Diamondbacks and Bombers this season. Chase Headley drove in a pair of runs and scored during a three- run second inning for the Yankees, who will conclude a six-game homestand this weekend with three games against the Chicago White Sox. McCarthy outdueled Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (10-9). The left-hander suffered the tough-luck loss despite allowing just three runs on seven hits in eight innings. He struck out five and also didn't walk a batter during the shortest game in new Yankee Stadium history at two hours and seven minutes.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 1, Detroit 0
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, while Brandon Guyer knocked in the lone run with his club's only hit as Tampa Bay edged Detroit by a 1-0 count in the finale of a three-game set. Cobb (9-6) worked the first seven innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. The 26-year-old right-hander has won his last seven decisions and hasn't lost since June 23 against the Pirates.Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless eighth and Jake McGee worked around a one-out single from Miguel Cabrera in the ninth to notch his 14th save for the Rays, who avoided a sweep and ended a four-game losing skid. Facing his former team for the first time, David Price (12-9) went the distance and was a hard-luck loser after fanning nine and allowing an unearned run for the Tigers, who had won three of four.
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 1
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kennys Vargas smacked a solo homer among his three hits and scored two runs, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-1, to salvage the finale of a three-game set. Phil Hughes (14-8) struck out eight and allowed a run on five hits over seven innings for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Glen Perkins fired a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 32nd save of the year. Corey Kluber (13-7), who was eyeing his seventh straight win, fanned eight, but was touched for three runs on six hits with four walks over seven frames for the Indians. He had been 6-0 with a 1.31 ERA over his last eight starts. Zach Walters homered in defeat.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Boston 0
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Shoemaker flirted with a no-hitter and the Angels one-hit the Red Sox, 2-0, to complete a rare sweep in Boston. Shoemaker (12-4) wound up pitching 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine and only allowing one hit and one walk. Mike Morin recorded the final out of the eighth and Jason Grilli picked up his first AL save with a perfect ninth. Kole Calhoun scored a run and knocked in another as the Angels completed their second ever four-game sweep at Fenway Park, the other coming back in 1962. The AL West leaders head to Oakland for three games this weekend holding a two- game cushion over the second-place Athletics. Boston has dropped five in a row and did not give Rubby De La Rosa (4-5) much support offensively. De La Rosa struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings and was charged with two runs on eight hits and three walks.
08/21 22:54:20 ET