Major Leagues: American League Roundup
The American League roundup …
NEW YORK óA.J. Burnett scattered six hits over seven innings and Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez homered for New York in a 4-2 win over Toronto on Friday.
The Yankees rebounded from Thursday night’s 8-4 loss to Seattle for their eighth win in nine games.
Burnett (7-4), who lost to his former team at Toronto on May 12, allowed two runs, struck out seven and walked two. Mariano Rivera struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Mariners 7, Red Sox 6
BOSTON ó Rob Johnson doubled home two runs in the 11th inning and Seattle beat Boston 7-6 on Friday night.
George Kottaras hit his first major-league homer in the bottom of the 11th for the Red Sox, who tied the game at 5 with two runs in the eighth inning.
Seattle’s Ronny Cedeno hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in a three-run fourth, three batters after a fan in the front row snatched a foul pop that third baseman Kevin Youkilis was attempting to make a play on.
Tim Wakefield made his 383rd start for the Red Sox, surpassing Roger Clemens for the top spot on the team’s all-time list.
Rangers 3, Rays 1
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Tommy Hunter earned his first career victory on his 23rd birthday and Hank Blalock homered for Texas, which won its third straight.
Hunter (1-1) was making his sixth career start and third this season. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out five in 51/3 innings.
Jason Jennings, C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco pitched 3 2-3 innings of scoreless relief to complete the three-hitter, which equals the fewest hits Tampa Bay has had this season. Francisco pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save.
Blalock, who hit a two-run homer in the ninth to beat the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, had a two-run shot in the fourth.
Scott Kazmir (4-5) made his second start for Tampa Bay, which has won eight of 11, since coming off the disabled list June 27. The left-hander gave up three runs ó one earned ó and struck out six in five innings.
White Sox 5, Royals 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó John Danks threw 71/3 shutout innings and got a big lift from reliever Scott Linebrink as Chicago won its seventh straight.
A. J. Pierzynski homered and he and Scott Podsednik both had three hits for the White Sox, who won for the 11th time in 13 games.
Chicago has won five straight over the Royals, who have lost seven of nine and scored just three runs in their last four games.
Zack Greinke (10-4) lost to the White Sox for the first time in three decisions this season.
Danks (7-6) gave up five hits while striking out seven and not allowing a walk. He left with one out in the seventh after the Royals loaded the bases. Linebrink came in and got a double play grounder from Alberto Callaspo. Linebrink earned his second save.
Greinke gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings and his major league-leading ERA went from 1.95 to 2.00.
Indians 15, Athletics 3
CLEVELAND ó Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs and Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak.
Choo had an RBI single, two-run double, three-run homer and capped his night with a solo shot, his 12th. It was Choo’s second career multihomer game and the most RBIs by a Cleveland player since Grady Sizemore drove in seven last Aug. 21 against Kansas City.
Cleveland, with the worst record in the AL at 32-49, won for only the third time in 16 games.