AL Capsules

AL Capsules
September 1, 2013, 1:28 am
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NEW YORK (AP) Ivan Nova threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Robinson Cano supplied the offense as the New York Yankees edged Baltimore 2-0 Saturday for their second straight win over the Orioles.

Nova (8-4) outworked Scott Feldman in an efficient 104-pitch outing for his second complete game, helping the Yankees move past their division rival by a half-game in the AL wild-card chase. New York entered the final day of August trailing Tampa Bay by 4 1/2 games. Baltimore trailed by four.

The Yankees were looking for another big offensive day after beating Baltimore 8-5 on Friday night. But Alex Rodriguez was scratched due to flu-like symptoms and Feldman (4-4) shut New York down allowing a leadoff double to Brett Gardner and Cano's RBI double in the first.

Cano later drilled a line drive to right field off Troy Patton leading off the eighth for his 25th home run.

Feldman yielded six hits in seven innings.

TIGERS 10, INDIANS 5

DETROIT (AP) - Omar Infante homered twice and drove in five runs to power Detroit to its third consecutive win.

The Tigers stretched their lead in the AL Central to 8 1/2 games over the second-place Indians despite playing without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who was sidelined by irritation of the abdominal area. The team says the reigning AL MVP is day to day.

Infante hit a three-run homer in the second and a two-run shot in the sixth for Detroit, which has won seven in a row against Cleveland to improve to 15-3 against the Indians this year.

Yan Gomes homered in the seventh and Carlos Santana added a two-run inside-the park home run for the Indians, who have lost five in a row.

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (12-7) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (7-7) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.

RED SOX 7, WHITE SOX 2

BOSTON (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings against his former team, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the Red Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.

Ellsbury also scored twice and drove in a run for the AL East leaders. David Ortiz, who snapped an 0-for-23 stretch with a two-run single in Friday's win, went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI in Boston's 15-hit attack.

Peavy (11-5) allowed two runs and five singles in his sixth start for the Red Sox, who acquired the right-hander in a three-team deal on July 30.

Chicago, last in the AL Central, had won 10 of 12 before dropping the first two of a three-game series against Boston. John Danks (4-11) gave up six runs, five earned, and 11 hits over five innings.

ATHLETICS 2, RAYS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Coco Crisp had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs, Sonny Gray threw 6 2-3 stellar innings, and Oakland beat Tampa Bay.

Gray (2-2) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out seven and the A's won their fifth in six games to remain two games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

James Loney had two hits for the Rays, who fell for the sixth time in seven games and fell 4 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

The A's and Rays are the top two teams in the AL wild-card race.

Alex Cobb (8-3) lost for the first time since April 30 despite allowing two runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out seven.

Grant Balfour pitched the ninth, giving up an RBI single to Desmond Jennings, for his 35th save in 37 chances.

RANGERS 2, TWINS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Leonys Martin hit a game-winning bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning to give Texas a victory over Minnesota.

Alex Rios doubled with one out against losing pitcher Caleb Thielbar (2-2).

Two walks and one out later, Martin sent a ground ball past Brian Duensing, the Twins' third pitcher of the inning, to send Rios home.

Starting pitchers Matt Garza of the Rangers and Mike Pelfrey each gave up a first-inning run before shutting out their opponent over the next six innings.

Brian Dozier led off the game with his 15th home run, a season record for a Minnesota second baseman.

Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly following two singles allowed Texas to tie the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning.

Joe Nathan (5-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

The Rangers' Elvis Andrus left the game that inning because of tightness in his lower back.

BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 2

TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie drove in the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, helping Toronto rally for the win.

Toronto batted around while scoring three unearned runs in the eighth against four relievers. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar helped the Blue Jays with a key error.

The late rally made a winner of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (11-12), who allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. Casey Janssen finished for his 26th save in 28 chances, with pinch runner Chris Getz thrown out trying to steal second for the final out.

Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera (5-7) recorded one out and was charged with two runs and two hits. Aaron Crow issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Lawrie and Rajai Davis, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.

MARINERS 3, ASTROS 1

HOUSTON (AP) - Joe Saunders pitched neatly into the sixth inning for his first win in a month, and Seattle earned its third consecutive victory.

Kendrys Morales, Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley each drove in a run for the Mariners, who had lost six in a row before the series against the major league-worst Astros. They will have Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound when they go for a series sweep.

Saunders (11-13) yielded an unearned run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his first win since Aug. 4 at Baltimore. The left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in his previous four starts.

Matt Dominguez and Brandon Barnes had two hits apiece for Houston (44-91), which appears to be headed for its third straight 100-loss season. Dallas Keuchel (5-8) gave up three runs - all in the first - and four hits in seven innings.

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