Major Leagues: American League roundup
Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2011
The American League roundup …
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Wade Davis threw a six-hitter, John Jaso hit a three-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays moved within 51/2 games of AL wild-card leading Boston with a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.
Davis (10-8) struck out eight in his second career complete game.
Jaso put the Rays ahead 3-0 with a three-run homer off John Lackey (12-12) in the second.
Boston has lost five of six. After two more games in Florida this weekend, the Red Sox will host Tampa Bay in a four-games series that starts Thursday at Fenway Park.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 0
TORONTO (AP) ó Jeremy Guthrie pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Vladimir Guerrero and Nick Markakis each drove in a run and Baltimore won its third straight.
The major league leader with 17 losses, Guthrie (7-17) came in having won just once in his past six starts and was seeking to avoid setting a career high for defeats. The right-hander made sure of that in a stellar outing. he walked three and struck out five.
Pedro Strop worked the eighth and Jim Johnson pitched around a leadoff walk to close it out in the ninth for his fourth save.
The hard-luck loser was Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil (4-9), who has not won since July 29 against Texas, a span of eight starts. Cecil allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high nine.
Tigers 8, Twins 4
DETROIT (AP) ó Alex Avila hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Ramon Santiago added a two-run shot in the fourth to help the Tigers rally for their seventh straight victory.
Brad Penny (10-10) allowed four runs in the top of the first but settled down after that and Detroit was able to slug its way back from the early deficit. The first-place Tigers have won 17 of 21.
Kevin Slowey (0-5) allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings.
The Twins have lost six of seven and 15 of 19.
Rangers 13, Athletics 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ó Colby Lewis pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory in nearly a month even while giving up another home run as the AL West-leading Rangers beat Oakland.
Lewis (12-10) trailed 2-0 only four batters into the game after Josh Willingham’s two-run homer, the AL-high 33rd allowed by the Rangers’ right-hander this season.
Adrian Beltre had an RBI double for his 2,000th career hit and Elvis Andrus had two run-scoring hits, including a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth that made it 3-2.
Brandon McCarthy (8-8) struck out five over six innings, and only two of the four runs against the big right-hander were earned. His fielding error in the first led to one of those runs.
Indians 8, White Sox 4
CHICAGO (AP) ó Lonnie Chisenhall set career highs with two homers and four RBIs, and the Indians snapped a four-game losing streak.
Ezequiel Carrera, Kosuke Fukudome, Shelley Duncan and Lou Marson had two hits apiece for the Indians. Carrera and Fukudome each drove in two runs.
Jeanmar Gomez (3-2) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings and improved to 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30.
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (11-8) had his second straight rough outing, allowing seven runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings.