The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"To have the stuff I had out there today and the offense that we had out there today, the bullpen should have never even been in that game."
-- Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett on the unraveling of New York's 6-0 lead over Boston.
Boston climbed out of an early 6-0 hole and ultimately finished on top. Mike Lowell went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer and six RBI while Jason Varitek produced a fourth inning grand slam Saturday as the Red Sox notched their biggest comeback victory over the Yankees since 1968. The win was also Boston's ninth straight and for the second time this year, every starting positional player except shortstop Nick Green recorded at least one hit. Both teams were throwing out their best pitchers of the season so far as it was matchup between former Marlins teammates Josh Beckett (Boston) and A.J. Burnett (New York) who both failed to make it past the fifth inning while giving up 10 and eight runs, respectively.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff home run and the Rangers never looked back against Baltimore. Kinsler also hit a two-run homer in the second inning for his seventh on the year. Orioles starter Mark Hendrickson was responsible for all of Texas's offense, allowing the Rangers to lead off three straight innings with home runs as he collected his third loss of the season while failing to make it out of the fifth inning. The Orioles made it interesting late, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth against reliever C.J. Wilson before Frank Francisco finally shut the door.
Former Oriole Brian Burres made his season debut for Toronto and got torched for six runs in 4 1/3 innings. The one thing Burres could take solace in was the fact that he didn't give up the long ball, instead he watched as reliever Shawn Camp gave up two including the fifth grand slam of Alexei Ramirez's career. Chicago hopes that Ramirez's slam - part of a six-run fifth inning -- will get the struggling shortstop back on track as he is batting just .167 this year. While the Blue Jays pitchers struggled, the White Sox's Mark Buehrle was on cruise control, giving up just two runs in six innings while scattering six hits to register his third win of the season.
Minnesota's Kevin Slowey pitched a dominant eight innings, allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out seven to give the Twins their second straight win over the team with the worst record in the AL. Carl Pavano remains winless on the year for the Indians after giving up five runs in five innings. Minnesota designated hitter Jason Kubel exploded Saturday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, two RBI and 10 total bases thanks in part to two solo home runs.
Seattle jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning then had to fight off Los Angeles the rest of the way for the team's third consecutive victory. Russell Branyan provided the early firepower for the Mariners as his three-run homer in the first inning propelled Seattle to the early lead. David Aardsma recorded the save for the Mariners but not before making things interesting. Aardsma was brought in to close out the game with a three-run cushion but gave up a two-run homer to the Angels' Torii Hunter with one out in the inning before getting the final two outs. No one was probably more appreciative of Seattle's offensive output than starting pitcher Carlos Silva who got his first win since June 28, 2008, a stretch that included 15 consecutive starts.
Nomar Garciaparra's three-run double helped lead Oakland past Tampa Bay as the A's put an end to their five-game skid. Jason Giambi also hit a solo shot for his first home run since returning to Oakland this offseason. After winning his first start of the season, Tampa Bay's Matt Garza has now lost two straight.
The Tigers tag Kansas City's Kyle Davies for seven runs in 5 1/3 innings as Detroit pulls out of a two-game losing skid. Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Gerald Laird and Josh Anderson each drove in two runs. Already nursing a four-run lead, Detroit blew the game open in the sixth to score four more runs.
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