The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Sit down. Forget it. Nobody is like him."
-- The Rays' B.J. Upton on teammate Carl Crawford who swiped six bases in a Tampa Bay win over Boston.
Tampa Bay won its first series in nearly a month as Carl Crawford and the Rays ran away with Sunday's game. Crawford tied a modern MLB mark by becoming the fourth player to steal six bases in one game. In addition to the grand larceny, Crawford went 4 for 4 with an RBI. Tampa Bay's James Shields pitched into the eighth inning to earn his third win. Despite being 10-15 on the season, the Rays are 5-2 in the AL East as they look to defend their division crown this season.
Toronto earned a three-game sweep of Baltimore behind seven solid innings out of starter Scott Richmond who moved to 4-0 for the season. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched all eight innings in the loss, giving up four runs on six hits but interestingly, all the runs and hits came after he retired the first two batters in those innings. Alex Rios and Vernon Wells each hit home runs off Guthrie as Baltimore has now lost every game in which the team has scored four runs or fewer (0-12).
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Postponed due to rain.
Seattle won baseball's longest game of the season (15 innings played in 5 hours, 2 minutes) by managing to rally several times Sunday on their way to their seventh come-from-behind victory of the year. Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings. Seattle then got three runs in the bottom of the 13th to stay alive before Jose Lopez hit a bloop single to give the Mariners the win. 526 pitches were thrown in the game and Jason Vargas picked up the win after being called up on Saturday from Class AAA Tacoma. Meanwhile Dana Eveland (who actually started Game 1 of the series on Friday) took the loss for Oakland. In games like this there's always one guy that practically embarrasses himself at the plate and in this game it was Matt Holliday who managed to go 0 for 7 but did notch a RBI.
Justin Verlander turned in his second straight dominant performance, striking out 11 to go along with one run and two hits over seven innings to win his second game of the year. Cleveland starting pitcher Cliff Lee fell to 1-4 on the season and has now lost more games this year than he did all of last year when he went 22-3. Despite the poor record and Sunday afternoon's loss, Lee has pitched reasonably well, against the Tigers he had a quality start, giving up three runs over seven innings. For the second straight game, Curtis Granderson put Detroit over the top, hitting an RBI double in the seventh inning that gave the Tigers the lead late.
Minnesota's Scott Baker carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and then things quickly unraveled. Baker gave up five runs in the seventh as Kansas City rallied past the Twins. Jose Guillen did most of the damage in the inning, hitting a three-run homer off of Baker before finishing with four RBI on the day. Sunday's win marked the largest deficit the Royals have overcome this season and gave the team a series victory over the Twins. Kansas City starter Gil Meche left his last start due to back stiffness but did not miss his turn in the rotation and instead had his longest outing of the season and collected his second win.
Ian Kinsler hit his third leadoff home run of the season and the Rangers never looked back. Kinsler's ninth homer of the year was the only blast on a surprisingly quiet night in Texas. John Danks caught the loss for Chicago after giving up five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Harrison, on the other hand, managed to pitch five scoreless innings to improve to 2-2 on the season.
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