American League Game Capsules(Wednesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Texas 3, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas' Martin Perez outdueled Oakland's Sonny Gray in a battle of up-and-coming aces. Two of the top young pitchers in baseball entered Wednesday's action undefeated, but only Perez stayed perfect in the Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Athletics. Perez (4-0) tossed his second straight three-hit shutout. The 23-year-old, who recorded his first career shutout against the White Sox on Friday, has not allowed a run in 26 consecutive innings. The left-hander also pitched eight scoreless innings against the Astros on April 13. The only other Rangers pitcher to ever throw eight-plus scoreless innings in three consecutive starts is Charlie Hough from Aug. 28-Sept. 7, 1983. The 24-year- old Gray (3-1) allowed three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks over seven innings. The right-hander had a six-game winning streak dating back to last season snapped. Donnie Murphy hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who completed their first sweep in Oakland since August 2011. Michael Choice and Alex Rios each knocked in a run.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Houston 3
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Seager's three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the Seattle Mariners to snap an eight- game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Josh Fields (0-1) came on to pitch for Houston in the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Robinson Cano before Corey Hart followed with a single of his own on a grounder to left. Fields struck out Justin Smoak, but Seager came up to the plate and crushed the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall to win the game. Seager drove in all five of Seattle's runs, also hitting a two- run homer in the seventh. Fernando Rodney (1-1) spun a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win. Mariners starter Chris Young allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and five walks across seven innings. Jason Castro drove in two runs with a double and Chris Carter stroked a solo homer for the Astros, who had won six straight against the Mariners entering the game. Houston starter Jarred Cosart lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering just two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
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