The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It was time for us to get one on our side."
-- Orioles Manager Dave Trembley on the team's win over the Rays. Baltimore had lost 14 of its last 17 games.
Brian Roberts turned into a one-man wrecking crew in the seventh inning to help propel the Orioles to their first win in a week. Roberts hit a single, stole a base and scored a run to jump-start Baltimore in a two-run seventh that was followed by a two-run eighth inning. For Roberts it was his first hit in 18 at bats and first stolen base in 18 games. As has become their way, the Orioles scored early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before recording an out in the game. Instead of watching their lead erode, however, Baltimore got a serviceable outing out of Adam Eaton (five innings, four runs) and four innings of scoreless one-hit ball out of the bullpen.
Zack Greinke threw his third complete game of the season to improve to 6-0 and hand the White Sox their third straight loss. Greinke was dealing as he has been all season, following a 72 mph curveball with a 96 mph fastball at one point, on his way to 10 strikeouts. It was the third time this year Greinke has struck out 10 and he has yet to strike out less than seven in any of his six outings.
Jon Lester looked more like the pitcher from last year than the one that entered Monday 1-2 with an ERA of 5.40 and that was good news for Boston. On a soggy night in New York, Lester tied a career high with 10 strikeouts over 7 innings and allowed just three runs on six hits in a game that was delayed by rain for over two hours. Jason Bay and Mike Lowell each homered and drove in two runs as the Red Sox won their first game at the new Yankees Stadium. Mark Teixeira hit a home run from each side of the plate in the losing effort.
Both teams botched chances to win in the ninth inning before the Indians strung together three runs in the top of the 12th to win. Cleveland scored three in the top of the ninth to take a two-run lead but closer Kerry Wood couldn't shut the door as Toronto scored twice to force extra innings. Grady Sizemore hit a two-run double to lock up the win for the Indians.
Minnesota blew open a tied game by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to give Francisco Liriano his first win of the season. Michael Cuddyer led the charge for the Twins in the seventh with a two-run triple. For Liriano, it was a start reminiscent of his dominant rookie season of 2007 as he struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings.
The Angels pretty much only have one healthy pitcher that was supposed to be part of their rotation this year and Joe Saunders is doing a fine job of carrying the load. Saunders improved to 4-1 on the season after giving up just two runs and striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings for the Angels' second straight victory. Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli were responsible for all of Los Angeles's runs, driving in three and two, respectively.
Texas used several small innings to overcome Seattle's one big inning to get the win Monday night. The Mariners scored four runs in the fifth inning but the Rangers scored twice in three straight innings as Texas handed Felix Hernandez his first loss of the season. Hernandez did strikeout nine but was responsible for six of the Rangers' runs and all 10 of their hits in six innings of work.
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