AL Roundup: Damon hits walk-off homer
Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 21, 2011
The American League roundup …
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Johnny Damon lost a grand slam to a video review in the seventh inning, then hit a game-ending home run in the ninth that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Seattle Mariners 8-7 Sunday.
Damon connected for a leadoff shot in the ninth on the first pitch from Dan Cortes (0-2), sending his 11th homer of the season into the right-field seats.
The Rays trailed 5-4 in the seventh when Damon launched a drive to right-center field. First ruled a home run, the umpires changed the call to a three-run double after a video review.
Yankees 3, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 5 in his return to the lineup, but Curtis Granderson hit an inside-the-park home run and New York took three of four from Minnesota.
Tigers 8, Indians 7
DETROIT — Center fielder Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and first-place Detroit completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland.
Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in the Tigers’ seven-run third inning.
Red Sox 6, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jon Lester curbed the Kansas City Royals on three hits for six-plus innings and Jason Varitek tripled for the first time in more than four years.
Carl Crawford and Darnell McDonald hit solo home runs for Boston.
White Sox 10, Rangers 0
CHICAGO — Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers, and Chicago took two of three from the AL-West leading Texas.
Chicago finished its first winning homestand (5-4) since June 3-12.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. — Luis Perez pitched brilliantly in his first big league start, combining with Casey Janssen on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista connected for his majors-best 36th home run for Toronto.
Angels 7, Orioles 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jerome Williams pitched seven stellar innings to get his first major league victory in almost six years, Peter Bourjos homered for the third straight game and Howie Kendrick also went deep, leading Los Angeles to a win.
Williams (1-0) posted his first victory in the majors since Sept. 25, 2005 with the Chicago Cubs, after losing his previous eight decisions. The 29-year-old Hawaiian-born right-hander allowed a run and six hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.
Brian Matusz (1-6) threw 84 pitches over four innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.
Torii Hunter’s hitting streak ended at 18 games (0 for 5) after Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones robbed him of a home run in the fourth.