AL West Wrap: Rangers sweep Red Sox

AL West Wrap: Rangers sweep Red Sox
May 5, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Adrian Beltre (23) gets swarmed by teammates after a game-winning hit on Sunday.

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Rangers 4, Red Sox 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish pumped his fist coming off the mound after the last of his 127 pitches, ending the seventh inning with his 14th strikeout against Boston.

"Unbelievable, unbelievable," Adrian Beltre said. "He was incredible. He's been doing it all year."

Darvish matched his career high for strikeouts before leaving a tie game, and Beltre had an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Rangers won 4-3 Sunday, completing a three-game sweep and matching the Red Sox for the best record in the majors.

Beltre reached down and out over the plate to line a hit to right-center off Clayton Mortensen (0-2). That sent home Elvis Andrus, who had reached on a two-out bloop single and moved up on a wild pitch before the Red Sox opted to intentionally walk Lance Berkman and bring Beltre to the plate.

"We showed a lot of heart right there," Andrus said. "That shows for us how good we are right now."

The Rangers, Red Sox and St. Louis all have 20-11 marks. Boston has its first three-game losing streak this season.

While Darvish had 14 strikeouts for the second time this season, the right-hander from Japan allowed multiple homers in a game for only the second time in his 36 starts for the Rangers. David Ortiz and David Ross homered in the first two innings.

"After I gave up those runs, I told myself I was only a couple of runs behind. I was trying to stay focused and not dwell on what had happened," Darvish said through his translator.

Orioles 7, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Baltimore's long trip to the West Coast ended the way it began -- with back-to-back wins.

J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each hit a two-run homer off Jerome Williams in his first start of the year, leading the Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Baltimore went 7-4 on its longest road swing of the season and has won five of its last six series.

"Anytime you go to the West Coast for 12 days and you can walk out of there with even a .500 mark, you're feeling pretty good about yourself. But to come away with seven wins out of 11, that's pretty impressive," winning pitcher Jason Hammel said.

Hammel (4-1) allowed four runs and nine hits through six innings, helping the Orioles tie the New York Yankees for second place in the AL East. The right-hander came in 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA in three previous starts against the Angels.

Mike Trout homered for the Angels, whose 11-20 start has matched the worst in franchise history. They have lost seven of nine and are a season-worst nine games behind first-place Texas in the AL West despite a payroll that swelled to $142 million after the offseason addition of 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton. Their only victory in this four-game series came Friday night, when Jason Vargas won 4-0 with a three-hitter.

"We have to do a much better job making pitches, getting hitters out and controlling the defensive side of this game," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We've been terrible at that."

Blue Jays 10, Mariners 2

TORONTO -- For a Blue Jays team that hasn't had much to smile about this season, this was the laugher they've long been waiting for.

Mark DeRosa hit a three-run homer, Melky Cabrera added a solo shot and Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Sunday.

"We were desperate for that. We needed something like that," manager John Gibbons said. "It's not like we're just waiting to get on a roll. We needed a win and they're hard to come by."

Brandon Morrow pitched three-hit ball over eight innings for his first win of the year. He struck out eight, matching a season high.

"Definitely a morale booster," Morrow said.

Cabrera was 3 for 4 with two RBIs while DeRosa went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and scored three times as the Blue Jays improved to 8-0 when scoring five or more runs. Toronto's 10 runs matched a season high.

"That's a pretty good recipe today for winning," Gibbons said. "Great pitching and we made a lot of things happen offensively."

The last-place Blue Jays had lost 14 of their previous 18, a disappointing stretch for a team expected to contend in the AL East this season.

"It wears on you a little bit," Morrow said. "Guys would come in every day ready to play and in the right state of mind, but there's some things throughout the games, maybe not even things in our control, just little things here and there that you say things are just kind of against us right now. That starts to wear on you, but today was a good day for us."

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