The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"The game should have never started in the first place."
-- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire airing his grievances after Minnesota lost a six-inning game due to rain in Baltimore.
The Orioles and Twins played for only 1 hour, 27 minutes, fighting through four rain delays totaling nearly four hours before the game was called after six innings. For Baltimore, it was the team's first win of the season when scoring less than five runs. The Orioles were aided by the home runs of Nick Markakis and Luke Scott to take the first of a two game series against Minnesota.
Carlos Pena's solo home run off of Yankees reliever Phil Coke in the 10th inning gave the Rays (13-16) their ninth win over a division opponent. New York got three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to force the game into extra innings. Grant Balfour picked up the win for Tampa Bay despite only recording one out. Both teams got solid performances out of their respective starting pitchers. Andy Sonnanstine gave up just two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings for the Rays while the Yankees got six innings of three-run ball out of A.J. Burnett who tallied eight strikeouts.
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Postponed due to rain.
The Indians got another solid performance out of Carl Pavano as Cleveland mangled pitcher Justin Masterson and Boston for their second win in three days. The Indians had been beset with bullpen troubles but managed to avoid any danger Wednesday as Pavano and Aaron Laffey combined to hold the Red Sox in check. Cleveland's Nos. 2 through 5 hitters each had three hits and at least one RBI to lead the charge for the Indians.
The Royals throttled the Mariners as Kansas City's suddenly potent lineup scored seven or more runs for the fourth time in five games. The Royals are rolling having won seven of their last eight games and five in a row to be tied with Boston for the second best record in the American League (17-11) behind Toronto (20-10). Kansas City had six players record multi-hit games while both Mark Teahen and Mike Jacobs drove in three runs. The Royals did most their damage against Seattle starter Carlos Silva who was ushered out of the game after giving up six runs in just three innings of work. Conversely, Kansas City's Sidney Ponson allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings for his first win of the season.
Roy Halladay collected his sixth win of the season by allowing just one run over eight innings as the Blue Jays buried the Angels. Toronto harassed the Los Angeles pitching staff, scoring their 13 runs against three different Angels while chasing starter Anthony Ortega (making his second major league start) in the second inning. Five Blue Jays tallied two or more hits while Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay each homered and drove in three runs.
Texas got its fifth straight win while handing the A's their fourth straight loss. The win put the Rangers in first place in the AL West for the first time in three years. Scott Feldman pitched six efficient innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while Rangers reliever Frank Francisco picked up his major league-leading ninth save of the season. Texas led the entire game by getting a first inning home run from rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus.
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