American League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, September 2)
Final Score: Boston 9, New York 4
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Xander Bogaerts had four hits, including one of three Boston home runs, and two RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 9-4 rout of the New York Yankees that opened a three-game series. Mookie Betts and Yoenis Cespedes each finished 3-for-5 for Boston, with Betts clubbing a solo homer and Cespedes delivering an RBI double. Daniel Nava also homered, connecting on a three-run blast that helped stake Boston to a 6-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings and ultimately hand the Yankees a third straight loss and fifth in seven games. This defeat was a costly one as well for the Yankees, who fell five games behind Detroit in the race for the AL's final Wild Card after the Tigers rallied to top Cleveland on Tuesday. Joe Kelly (1-1) benefited from the early run support to notch his first victory since coming to Boston in the July 31 trade that sent John Lackey to St. Louis. The ex-Cardinal worked around four walks to allow three runs over 6 2/3 innings and struck out six. Yankees starter Shane Greene (4-2), however, was shelled for six runs on six hits before departing with two out in the top of the third. Martin Prado and Brian McCann both homered and collected two hits to pace New York offensively. Derek Jeter had an RBI single in the setback.
Final Score: Detroit 4, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - J.D. Martinez hit safely three times and struck the go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the second edition of a four-game series. Victor Martinez, Rajai Davis and Miguel Cabrera each collected three hits for the Tigers, who won in more convincing fashion, 12-1, in Monday's opener and have taken five of their last seven overall. Detroit remained a half-game behind Kansas City in the AL Central, following the Royals' 2-1 win against Texas. Phil Coke (3-2) turned in four outs of scoreless relief, while Joe Nathan closed out the contest to earn his 29th save. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo before the game, Kyle Lobstein started and fanned a career-best 10 over 5 1/3 frames. He surrendered three walks, five hits and two runs. Carlos Santana posted a two-run blast while Michael Brantley added two hits and scored a run for the Indians, losers of two straight after winning six of seven. Cody Allen (5-4) suffered the loss and a blown save after serving up the deciding blast to Martinez. Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 over his 5 1/3-inning outing, scattering 10 hits and one run.
Final Score: Toronto 8, Tampa Bay 2
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Reyes' three-run homer in the fourth inning helped the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday. Dioner Navarro hit a two-run blast, Danny Valencia added a solo shot and Jose Bautista and Ryan Goins each drove in a run for Toronto, which has won three straight games. R.A. Dickey (11-12) earned the win after holding Tampa Bay to just two runs off two hits and three walks with six strikeouts over seven solid innings. Ryan Hanigan and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI for the Rays, who mustered just two hits and have dropped two of their last three games. Jeremy Hellickson (1-3) lasted just 3 1/3 innings as the right-hander's struggles continued at home. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks to stretch his winless streak to 10 straight starts at Tropicana Field.
Final Score: Chicago 6, Minnesota 3 (10 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Dayan Viciedo hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning as the Chicago White Sox nabbed a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the first of a two-game set. Viciedo led off the 10th with his 18th home run of the season. A single from Paul Konerko preceded Tyler Flowers' second home run of the game for a 6-3 margin. Jake Petricka pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half of the 10th for his 11th save of the season. Flowers finished with four RBI while Carlos Sanchez was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the White Sox, who have won three of four. Hector Noesi gave up three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. Daniel Webb (6-4) got the final two outs of the ninth for the win. Kennys Vargas hit a two-run home run while Danny Santana was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who have lost eight of 10. Tommy Milone pitched just 3 2/3 innings in the start, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Lester Oliveros (0-1) was handed the loss for giving up the three runs in the 10th.
Final Score: Kansas City 2, Texas 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - An RBI single from Salvador Perez in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference, as the Kansas City Royals clipped the Texas Rangers by a 2-1 count in the middle test of a three-game series. Norichika Aoki doubled twice and knocked in the other run for the Royals, who remained atop the AL Central by a half-game over Detroit, which won again at Cleveland earlier on Tuesday. Jason Frasor (4-1) retired two batters in the eighth inning, while Aaron Crow tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save. Jeremy Guthrie went the first seven, giving up eight hits and one run. Alex Rios picked up three hits and Dan Robertson drove in the lone run for the Rangers, who have dropped four straight. Michael Kirkman (0-1) was charged with the lead run while recording two outs in the eighth. Derek Holland pitched well in his season debut, allowing a run on six hits while fanning six.
Final Score: Houston 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Altuve smacked a solo homer among his four hits and recorded his 50th stolen base of the season as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 8-3, in the opener of a quick two-game set. Altuve, who had his second straight four-hit game, also scored a pair of runs and drove in two for the Astros, who prevailed in Tom Lawless' debut as interim manager and have won three straight overall. Houston fired manager Bo Porter on Monday not long after a story in the Houston Chronicle reported that general manager Jeff Luhnow and Porter had been at odds, primarily over the manager's in-game decisions. Porter was in just his second season with the Astros, who had already eclipsed last year's win total of 51 and will likely end a three-year run of 100-loss seasons. Jason Castro was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Dexter Fowler posted two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Robbie Grossman tallied three hits, an RBI and a run scored in the triumph. Brad Peacock (4-8) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings. C.J. Wilson (10-9) surrendered five runs on eight hits and a walk over 3 1/3 frames for the Angels, who had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Seattle 6, Oakland 5
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run and the Seattle Mariners took a 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics in the second of a three-game set. Austin Jackson had two hits and drove in two runs, while Endy Chavez also had a pair of RBI for the Mariners, who had dropped five of seven coming in. James Paxton (5-1) got the win after allowing two runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings. Craig Gentry went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI with Sam Fuld, Brandon Moss and Adam Dunn each giving a pinch-hit RBI for the Athletics, who have lost five of their last six games. Sonny Gray (13-8) allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Cincinnati 4
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Schoop's solo home run turned out to be the game-winner as the Baltimore Orioles took a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds to open a three-game set. Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Orioles, who have won five of six. Bud Norris (12-8) pitched six scoreless innings and allowed four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts to pick up the win. Jay Bruce's grand slam in the eighth inning accounted for the offense for the Reds, who have lost three of four. Mat Latos (5-4) allowed five runs on 10 hits over five innings to take the loss.
09/03 01:19:12 ET