The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's a cheap way of me not buying my mom a gift."
-- Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. on his game-changing two-run homer in the eighth inning of a Mariners win.
Ken Griffey Jr. went 2 for 5 with a double and a two-run homer to help the Mariners end their six-game losing streak. Minnesota's Nick Blackburn - who pitched seven scoreless innings but failed to factor into the decision - held Seattle in check for the better part of the game. The Mariners scored four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to get their first win since last Sunday.
The script has become pretty familiar: Koji Uehara pitches well but the Orioles lose. Baltimore carried a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning thanks to Aubrey Huff's Joba Chamberlain-mocking home run. In the seventh however, the Yankees got their revenge as Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon each hit homers off of Baltimore relievers to put up four runs in the inning and win the series.
Bartolo Colon's streak of 12 consecutive wins over Texas came to an end Sunday. Colon only lasted 4 1/3 innings while giving up five runs for the third time this season. Hank Blalock hit two of the Rangers' three home runs to lead the charge as the team supported an impressive outing by Vicente Padilla. For the second straight start, Padilla allowed just one run and one hit.
The Angels completed a sweep of the Royals by taking three runs off of Kansas City reliever Jamey Wright. Los Angeles was able to preserve its first three-game sweep of the season thanks to an amazing catch by Torii Hunter in the ninth. Miguel Olivo hit a fly ball to deep left-center that was sure to be a game-tying home run had Hunter not been there. The Angels have now won seven of their last eight while the Royals were swept for the first time this season.
Toronto rookie Brett Cecil got his first major league win in his second career start by pitching eight scoreless innings. Cecil struck out six while allowing only five hits and two walks to help the Blue Jays take two of three in Oakland. Alex Rios went 2 for 4 with three RBI to lead the Toronto offense.
Jason Bay's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning pushed the Red Sox past the Rays in the finale of the three-game series. Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon nearly blew the game, allowing two runners to reach base with no one out in the top of the ninth but settled down and dialed up three consecutive strikeouts to end the game.
For the first time in the three game series, the Indians scored some runs; unfortunately it still wasn't enough to win. Detroit got four runs in the second inning off of Cleveland starting pitcher Anthony Reyes and that was pretty much the game. The Indians had been held scoreless in their previous two games and have now lost four straight for the second time this season.
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