The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It seems like every time we lose, it's a big one."
-- White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen whose team has been outscored 27-4 in its last three losses.
The first game of Tuesday's doubleheader went down as the fastest game of the season, clocking in at 1 hour, 52 minutes. Bartolo Colon got the win, giving up one run and four hits in seven innings while Seattle's Chris Jakubauskas went a full eight innings. Jakubauskas allowed just two hits but those two hits coupled with a walk in the fourth inning was all the White Sox needed. In Game 2, only one pitcher shined and that was the Mariners' Felix Hernandez who won what, on paper, should have been a solid pitching duel against John Danks. Hernandez struck out nine in eight innings to go to 4-0 on the season while Danks coughed up five runs in four innings.
Once again, the Orioles squandered an early lead (two, in fact) before taking a loss. Baltimore jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning and reclaimed the lead at 3-2 in the third inning before the Angels piled on runs against Adam Eaton, Jamie Walker and Chris Ray. Eaton followed up one of his best starts in years with the type of outing that has quickly become commonplace at Camden Yards. Eaton allowed five runs in six innings to fall to 1-3 on the season. The top of the Orioles lineup continued to produce with all five runs being scored by Adam Jones, Nick Markakis (who now has a 15-game hitting streak) and Aubrey Huff.
Boston pitcher Javier Lopez committed a costly error while covering first base in the ninth inning that allowed Cleveland's Mark DeRosa to score the winning run to end the Red Sox's 11-game winning streak. Lopez's error was Boston's third of the game. Kerry Wood survived a dicey ninth inning to get his first win as an American League pitcher.
The early going of the game was nearly interminable as it took almost two hours to complete the first three innings. The two clubs combined for 14 runs and 17 hits during that time and 193 pitches were thrown as starters Brad Penny and Anthony Reyes failed to survive the first three innings, each allowing seven runs.
Both New York's Phil Hughes and Detroit's Edwin Jackson cruised through the first six innings as each refused to yield a run. Things changed drastically once both were out of the game. The Yankees put up 10 runs in the seventh inning thanks in large part to an error by Tigers center fielder Josh Anderson. The destruction of Detroit allowed New York to shed its four-game losing skid.
Nelson Cruz atones for a costly error in the fifth inning by hitting the game winning single for Texas in the eighth inning. The Rangers' Kevin Millwood gave up four runs (two earned) over eight innings to collect his second win of the season. The victory was Texas's fourth in five games while Oakland continues to flounder, sporting an AL-worst 7-11 record.
Aaron Hill and Vernon Wells each compiled three hits while two other Blue Jays got two hits as Toronto pummeled Gil Meche and Kansas City. Meche gave up five runs and five walks before leaving in the fourth inning with lower back stiffness. Rookie Scott Richmond earned his third win of the season and the Blue Jays have won five of their last seven games.
Justin Morneau and the Twins got in the first and last word on Tuesday against the Rays. Minnesota scored twice in the first inning thanks to a Morneau two-run homer and then Morneau beat out an attempt at a double play at first base to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Minnesota closer Joe Nathan picked up the win after giving up a game-tying solo home run to Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist. The Rays have now dropped seven of their last 10 games and hope to right the ship in Wednesday's series finale in Minnesota before heading back home to face the Boston Red Sox.
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