The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I'm acting like a pitching machine out there."
-- Mariners closer Brandon Morrow who on back-to-back days has taken the loss after blowing leads in both appearances.
Texas Rangers 3, Seattle Mariners 2
For the second straight game, Seattle closer Brandon Morrow took the loss after giving up multiple runs in the final inning. The Rangers scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull the rug out from under the Mariners. Morrow gave up two home runs, a solo shot to Hank Blalock and a two-run blast to Chris Davis to end the game. Morrow's troubles marred an impressive outing by Felix Hernandez who allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings. Texas pitcher Matt Harrison pitched his second straight complete game, needing just 102 pitches. It was Harrison's 13th win in 22 career starts, which gives him the best start to a career for a left-handed pitcher since 1911.
Baltimore Orioles 9, Kansas City Royals 5
The Orioles knocked around Royals starter Gil Meche for five runs in 4 1/3 innings and tacked on another three in the sixth inning to club Kansas City. Cesar Izturis batted second in the lineup to replace an injured Adam Jones and delivered a triple and three RBI. Izturis was one of four Orioles to record multi-hits games. Jeremy Guthrie wasn't terribly sharp but got his third win of the season all the same, giving up four runs in five innings. Baltimore rookie Nolan Reimold made his major league debut, getting the start in left field and finished 1 for 5 with a single.
Minnesota Twins 6, Detroit Tigers 5
Justin Verlander struck out 13 over 6 1/3 innings but did not factor into the decision as the Twins topped the Tigers. Verlander allowed just two runs but those two were the beginnings of what became a six-run seventh inning for Minnesota. For the second straight game, Joe Crede was the key for the Twins, hitting a two-run, two-out single in the seventh a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the 13th inning. Detroit put up five runs in the sixth inning to take what seemed like a commanding lead against Minnesota's Scott Baker but the Twins battled back.
Boston Red Sox 5, Los Angeles Angels 4 (12)
Catcher Jeff Mathis singled in Reggie Willits from second base to give the Angels their ninth win in 11 games. Los Angeles pitcher Ervin Santana allowed three runs over five innings in his first start of the season after being sideline with elbow woes. David Ortiz's rough start to the season reached a new low Thursday as the Boston slugger went 0 for 7 while leaving an astonishing 12 runners on base.
New York Yankees 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2
CC Sabathia gave up two runs and five hits over eight innings to win his third game of the season. Sabathia earned wins in back-to-back starts for the first time this year, as he and the Yankees hope that he's building up steam like he did last season. Hideki Matsui hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to put the Yankees ahead for good.
Cleveland Indians 11, Tampa Bay Rays 7
Fausto Carmona gave up five runs over 5 1/3 innings but still managed to get his second win of the season. The Indians scored nine runs in the middle three innings to knock out Rays starter James Shields after five innings and five runs and then throttled reliever Joe Nelson for four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Cleveland has now scored 28 runs in their last four games after scoring only six runs in the preceding four games.
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