The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"The biggest thing is getting the courage to go."
-- Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury on stealing home off of New York's Andy Pettitte.
Boston's three-game sweep of New York closed out a perfect nine-game homestand for the Red Sox who are currently riding a 10-game winning streak after starting 2-6. Boston got another solid start from Justin Masterson who is filling in for the injured Daisuke Matsuzaka. Masterson allowed just one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. The highlight of the game, however, came courtesy of Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. With the bases loaded and J.D. Drew at the plate in the fifth inning, Ellsbury broke from third base to steal home against the Yankees' Andy Pettitte.
The Orioles' 1-2-3 hitters of Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis combined to go 9 for 12 with two home runs, seven RBI, seven runs and 16 total bases and Baltimore needed every bit of that to overcome a four-run deficit. In his second major league start, Baltimore rookie Brad Bergesen was roughed up, allowing five runs courtesy of three home runs but failed to factor in the decision. For Texas, starter Brandon McCarthy and reliever Jason Jennings each gave up four runs as Baltimore used consecutive three-run innings and an egregious throwing error by Nelson Cruz to claw back into the game and win.
Roy Halladay and Jose Contreras both turned in quality starts as each allowed three runs over seven innings while scattering eight hits but it wass the Toronto ace that came away victorious. Halladay got off to a rough start, giving up his three runs in the game's first three innings before settling down to retire 12 of the final 14 batters he faced while Scott Rolen drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth. The win was the Blue Jays' fourth in five games as they improved the majors' best record to 14-6.
Detroit's Armando Galarraga was effectively wild Sunday, walking five while striking out seven and giving up just one run and three hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Brandon Inge got on base for the 18th consecutive game, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning for the Tigers.
Cleveland avoided getting swept at home thanks to a solid performance by starting pitcher Aaron Laffey. Laffey earned his second win of the season by allowing only five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Laffey had been working on a scoreless outing until Minnesota pinch hitter Denard Span drove in two runs in the top of seventh.
Jered Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings while his teammates battered previously unbeaten Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn. Washburn got lit up for six runs in 5 1/3 innings as Howie Kendrick led the charge for Los Angeles by hitting a two-run homer in the second before finishing with a career-high four RBI.
Kurt Suzuki drove in three run and pitcher Dana Eveland hungs on for five innings to pick up his first win of the season as the A's won their second in a row to close out their series with the Rays. Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine continues to struggle this season, as he remains winless on the season and has an ERA near 8.00. On Sunday, Sonnanstine gave up seven runs to an Oakland team that ranks in baseball's bottom five in runs, average, hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Not good.
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