American League Game Capsules(Thursday, July 24)
Final Score: Toronto 8, Boston 0
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Stroman carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Juan Francisco ended a double shy of the cycle, as Toronto downed Boston, 8-0, Thursday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Stroman (6-2) allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, who won the final three games of this four-game set. The right- handed rookie has won consecutive starts and improved to 3-0 over his last six trips to the mound. Francisco went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and drove in four runs for Toronto, which has won five of six overall. The double he couldn't find, was hit three times by Melky Cabrera, who ended 3-for-4 with two RBI. Dioner Navaro added two hits and walked twice for the Blue Jays, who pounded out 14 hits to end a seven-game homestand 5-2. Boston's Shane Victorino broke up the no-hit bid to lead off the seventh inning. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk as the Red Sox fell to 1-3 on their current seven-game road trip.
Final Score: New York 4, Texas 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon McCarthy pitched six strong innings for his second straight win and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Thursday to finish a four-game series. The Yankees won the last three games of the series -- Wednesday's outing was shortened to five innings because of rain -- and improved to 6-1 on their 10- game homestand. McCarthy (2-0) struck out five and gave up one run on four hits and two walks. The Yankees have won all three of his starts since acquiring the right-hander from the Diamondbacks on July 6 for Vidal Nuno. J.P. Arencibia hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who have lost five of their last six and 27 of their last 32 games. Colby Lewis (6-8) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Oakland 13, Houston 1
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning, as Oakland finished off Houston thanks to a 13-1 decision in Thursday's rubber match of a three-game series. Stephen Vogt hit a three-run double and Derek Norris added three hits, two runs scored and drove in a run for the Athletics, who have won fiver of their last seven overall. Josh Reddick doubled twice, scored once and added an RBI, while Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 and crossed home twice for Oakland. Jeff Samardzija (2-1) scattered five hits and one run over eight innings, striking out six and failing to issue a walk. Chris Carter's fourth-inning solo homer was the only meaningful offense for the Astros, who have dropped five of their last seven.
Final Score: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Hector Noesi pitched into the eighth, and Adam Eaton knocked in a pair of runs as Chicago topped Minnesota, 5-2, in the opener of a four-game series. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers added an RBI each for the White Sox, who were coming off a series loss at home against the Royals. Noesi (5-7) worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up only a two-run homer to Danny Santana and two other hits while striking out three. Jake Petricka pitched a quiet ninth to earn his fifth save. Phil Hughes (10-7) left the game one batter into the fourth after taking a ball off the right ankle. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in defeat for the Twins, who had taken two of three from the Indians.
Final Score: Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1 (14 innings)
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Norichika Aoki drove in the winning run in the 14th inning as the Kansas City Royals grabbed a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game set. With Marc Rzepczynski (0-3) on the mound, Lorenzo Cain led off the 14th with a single and then stole second with John Axford on the mound. Danny Valencia then struck out, but Aoki hit a grounder down the third base line and into left field as Cain raced home for the win. Mike Moustakas scored the other run in the contest for the Royals, who have won three straight. Aaron Crow (5-1) got the win for striking out the side in the top of the 14th. Yan Gomes drove in the only run of the game for the Indians, who have dropped four of their last five. Carlos Santana had two hits and scored a run. Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and went nine innings for Cleveland as he gave up an unearned run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Danny Duffy pitched well for Kansas City in the start, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven shutout innings of work.
Final Score: Detroit 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer got the better of the up-and- coming Garrett Richards as the Detroit Tigers snuck past the Angels, 6-4, in the opener of a four-game series. Scherzer (12-3) struck out 11 over seven innings and needed a late rally to earn the victory after giving up three runs on six hits. Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth, and Ian Kinsler knocked in a pair for the AL Central-leading Tigers, winners in four of their last five. A string of nine consecutive quality starts for Richards (11-3) came to an end, with the emerging right-hander yielding four runs on seven hits over six innings. Since failing to make it out of the first inning against Oakland on May 30, Richards was 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA. Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Angels, who have dropped four of their last six.
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wei-Yin Chen matched a career high with eight innings pitched as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners, 4-0, in the opener of a four-game set on Thursday. Chen (11-3) scattered five hits -- all singles -- with a walk and three strikeouts in just his second eight-inning start of his career. He tossed eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Oakland A's on April 26, 2013. Delmon Young homered, Joseph collected two hits and Nick Markakis provided an RBI for the Orioles, who have won three of their last four. Hisashi Iwakuma (8-5) was victimized by a four-run fourth inning in the setback. He allowed seven hits with four strikeouts over seven innings.
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