The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"You always remember those..."
-- Twins third baseman Joe Crede wistfully reminiscing about his Wednesday night walk-off grand slam.
Minnesota Twins 14, Detroit Tigers 10 (13)
The Tigers and Twins combined to hit six home runs but none were more important than Joe Crede's walk-off grand slam that lifted Minnesota to its fourth win in its past five games. Crede took advantage of a tired Brandon Lyon who was huffing and puffing his way through a third inning of relief. Hours before Crede ended the game, Dontrelle Willis made his first start of the season for Detroit and was not horrible. Willis allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Willis still has not registered a win since the Tigers traded six prospects for him and Miguel Cabrera two seasons ago.
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Baltimore Orioles 6
As one might expect, allowing four runs in the top of the ninth inning ended up hurting the Orioles who rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth before running out of steam. Brian Roberts and Felix Pie (who replaced an injured Adam Jones in centerfield) hit back-to-back homers in the final frame off of Rays reliever Troy Percival. Jeff Niemann gave up just two runs over five innings of work to earn his third win of the season for Tampa Bay. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen and reliever Bob McCrory each gave up four runs as Baltimore settled for a two-game split with the reigning American League Champions. Jones, who hit two home runs in the previous game, left Wednesday's game after tweaking his hamstring for the second time this season.
Los Angeles Angels 8, Boston Red Sox 4
The Angels got their third complete game in six games as Matt Palmer improved to 4-0 on the season, giving up four runs and five hits while retiring the final 19 batters he faced. Given the fact that Los Angeles has the worst bullpen ERA in the majors, it's probably for the best they're getting such solid pitching. Even better for the Angels, they're expected to get back starters Ervin Santana and John Lackey this week.
Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Another fine Cliff Lee performance was finally rewarded with a win as the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner pitched seven scoreless innings to get his second victory of the season. After two rough early starts, Lee has allowed just seven runs in his last six starts. Chicago's Mark Buehrle had been on a similar streak as the four runs he gave up to Cleveland are the most he's given up in any start this season. Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko each homered off of Buehrle in what was just the Indians' second win in their past seven games.
New York Yankees 8, Toronto Blue Jays 2
The Yankees battered Blue Jays starter Scott Richmond for five runs in 1 2/3 innings to end Toronto's three-game winning streak. Richmond pitched a scoreless first inning before getting slammed in the second. Every New York starter except for Nick Swisher reached base as the Yankees carved out eight extra base hits against the AL East-leading Blue Jays. Brett Gardner of all people led the New York charge, going 2 for 3 with three RBI, two runs and one walk as well as his first major league home run.
Texas Rangers 6, Seattle Mariners 5 (11)
Seattle scored one run in the top of the 11th but closer Brandon Morrow gave up two in the bottom half of the inning to give Texas its third straight victory. Hank Blalock was the hero for the Rangers, hitting a two-run double to end the game. The Mariners have now lost eight of their last nine games.
Oakland Athletics 7, Kansas City Royals 2
The A's collected their first sweep of the year by putting away the Royals for the second straight night. After a hot couple of weeks, Kansas City has come crashing back down to earth having dropped their fifth straight. Oakland has been struggling all year and is still looking for its first three-game win streak of the season. Royals reliever Jamey Wright gave up four runs to the Athletics and has now given up seven runs in his past two appearances, though only one of those runs was earned.
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