AL Capsules

AL Capsules
May 11, 2013, 1:15 am
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BOSTON (AP) Jon Lester pitched a one-hitter Friday night, allowing only Maicer Izturis' two-out double in the sixth inning, and the Boston Red Sox broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Just nine days shy of the fifth anniversary of his no-hitter, the left-hander retired the first 17 batters before Izturis lined a clean double several feet over the outstretched arm of third baseman Will Middlebrooks that landed just inside the foul line. Lester then ended the inning by striking out pinch hitter Adam Lind.

Lester (5-0) allowed just one of the remaining nine batters to hit the ball out of the infield and finished with five strikeouts.

YANKEES 11, ROYALS 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lyle Overbay hit a two-run homer and finished with five RBIs, Ichiro Suzuki also hit a two-run shot and the Yankees opened their only series in Kansas City with a rout of the Royals.

Overbay finished with a career-high four hits, Suzuki had three hits and Chris Nelson drove in a pair of runs for the Yankees, who gave manager Joe Girardi his 500th win in pinstripes.

Girardi reached the milestone in his 844th game, one fewer than Billy Martin. The only Yankees managers to reach the mark faster were Casey Stengel, Joe McCarthy, Joe Torre and Miller Huggins.

Phil Hughes (2-2) allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings but still earned the victory, thanks to a slumbering offense that awoke against Royals starter Wade Davis and reliever Bruce Chen.

Davis (2-3) allowed seven runs in five-plus innings.

TIGERS 10, INDIANS 4

DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera each hit a long home run, and the Tigers beat the Indians.

The Tigers scored three runs in the second and three more in the fourth. Fielder's third-inning solo shot landed just below the No. 42 honoring Jackie Robinson on the brick facade beyond the wall in right-center field, giving Detroit a 4-1 lead.

Cabrera's three-run homer the following inning landed below Hank Greenberg's retired No. 5 in left-center at Comerica Park.

Detroit's Max Scherzer (5-0) allowed four runs and five hits in eight innings. He struck out seven without a walk.

Corey Kluber (2-2) allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

RANGERS 4, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON (AP) - Jeff Baker hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh, and Texas relievers threw 3 1-3 hitless innings to lead the Rangers to a win over the Astros.

Baker greeted Wesley Wright (0-1) with a leadoff home run to right field to give the Rangers their first lead of the night at 3-2.

Robbie Ross (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings before Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth and Joe Nathan the ninth for his 10th save of the season.

Nelson Cruz and David Murphy also hit home runs for the Rangers. Murphy's shot leading off the ninth inning against Travis Blackley extended the Rangers' lead.

Trevor Crowe homered for Houston.

ANGELS 7, WHITE SOX 5

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Trout had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, to lead the Angels to a 7-5 win over the White Sox.

Hank Conger reached on Conor Gillaspie's error to start the inning and scored on Trout's sharp single to right off reliever Matt Lindstrom that gave the Angels a 6-5 lead. J.B. Shuck then scored on a passed ball.

The Angels built a 5-1 lead after Brendan Harris homered in the fourth. He had three hits and scored twice. The White Sox rallied in the bottom half of the inning scoring four to tie it.

Michael Kohn (1-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the win. Ernesto Frieri allowed a leadoff walk to Alexei Ramirez in the ninth but struck out the side and picked up his sixth save in seven attempts.

Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod (0-3) took the loss.

ORIOLES 9, TWINS 6, 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Manny Machado had a tiebreaking RBI single in Baltimore's three-run as the Orioles rallied for a win over the Twins.

Machado - who stayed in the game after fouling a ball off his ankle in the fifth - rolled a single into right field that scored Chris Dickerson and broke a 6-all tie. Nick Markakis added a sacrifice fly and Adam Jones an RBI double to cap the scoring in the 10th.

Tommy Hunter (3-1) didn't allow a run in 2 1-3 innings. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th for his 35th consecutive save - dating back to last season - to set an Orioles franchise record.

Anthony Swarzak (1-1) allowed all three runs in the 10th.

Baltimore scored all its runs in the last five innings after trailing 6-0 to start the sixth.

MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 3

SEATTLE (AP) - Hisashi Iwakuma retired 16 straight over one stretch of a solid seven-inning outing, Raul Ibanez homered for the first time in nearly a month and the Mariners beat the Athletics.

Iwakuma (4-1) took a one-hitter into the sixth inning before running into trouble, putting together another impressive outing to help cement himself and Felix Hernandez as one of the top rotation duos in baseball. Iwakuma has allowed five earned runs over his last five starts, and the number could have been even smaller if not for a scoring change that ended up tagging him with two earned runs against the A's.

Iwakuma pitched ahead nearly from the start after Seattle scored twice in the first off Oakland starter Dan Straily (1-1). Seattle broke the game open with Ibanez's three-run homer in the third inning that came with two outs.

INTERLEAGUE

RAYS 6, PADRES 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Alex Cobb struck out 13 in less than five innings and Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece to help the Rays rally for a victory over the Padres.

Cobb became the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth. The right-hander left after throwing 117 pitches. He recorded 12 of 14 outs on strikeouts - four of them in the third, when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base.

The other outs were recorded on a grounders to shortstop in the first and third base in the fourth.

Roberts and Zobrist both delivered two-run singles in the seventh, when reliever Dale Thayer (0-2) inherited a 3-2 lead from Padres starter Edinson Volquez. Jake McGee (1-2) pitched one inning for the victory, and Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.