The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It was 9-0 last night. It's 7-0 tonight, and we end up losing the ballgame. At some point, these guys -- they've got to look in the mirror."
-- Indians Manager Eric Wedge on his bullpen that has choked on big leads in the past two games.
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Cleveland Indians 7
Tampa Bay spotted Cleveland a seven run lead in the first four innings and then took over from there. The Indians chased a struggling Scott Kazmir after just 3 1/3 innings but couldn't hang on as the Rays scored all eight of their runs in five of the final six innings. Kazmir has now allowed six or more earned runs in four of his eight starts this year. Cleveland starter Anthony Reyes gave up five of the runs but three different relievers aided the Rays by each giving up a run in what became the biggest comeback in Tampa Bay history. To be fair, the Indians defense played a part in the meltdown as the Rays scored two runs on throwing errors as well as one on a wild pitch.
Kansas City Royals 8, Baltimore Orioles 1
Adam Eaton vs. Zack Greinke. Yeah, this game went about as you'd expect. The two teams endured a two hour, thirty minute rain delay but only one team truly showed up. Eaton gave up seven runs over five innings and allowed two home runs in the fourth, including a three-run shot off the bat of Miguel Olivo that put the game out of reach. Greinke wasn't as dominant Friday as he has been this season, of course allowing one run and six hits to go with six strikeouts over seven innings of work is still a pretty, pretty good night.
Detroit Tigers 14, Oakland Athletics 1
The Tigers got grand slams out of both Ryan Raburn and Brandon Inge as Detroit absolutely obliterated Oakland. Clete Thomas, Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez each added three hits as the Tigers did a fine job of bouncing back after being swept for the first time this season. The Athletics' Brett Anderson bore the brunt of Detroit's beating, allowing nine runs (though only three earned) in just 3 1/3 innings. The A's may have been better served sticking with Hammer as their starting pitcher as the rapper was slated to throw out the game's first pitch before a rain delay forced him to leave.
New York Yankees 5, Minnesota Twins 4
The Yankees tallied three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Twins closer Joe Nathan to stun Minnesota. Melky Cabrera was the hero for New York, hitting a two-run single to give New York its third straight win. The bullpen collapse ruined a fine outing by Twins starter Francisco Liriano who gave up just one run on four hits in six innings of work before being denied his third straight win.
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago's John Danks has now allowed five or more runs in three of his past four starts as Toronto rung up seven runs against the White Sox starter. Danks lasted just three innings and fell to 2-3 on the season. Blue Jays rookie Brett Cecil fared much better, improving to 2-0 after giving up three runs in six innings. Toronto had four players notch multi-hit games as the Blue Jays have now scored eight or more runs 12 times this season.
Texas Rangers 10, Los Angeles Angels 8
Kevin Millwood gave up just two runs over six innings to outduel Joe Saunders but had to watch as the Rangers fight off a strong Angels rally to win their fifth straight. Texas hit four home runs, including two from leadoff man Ian Kinsler. Reliever Derek Holland gave up five runs in the top of the ninth to make things interesting but Texas, despite closer Frank Francisco being out due to injury, was able to close the door. Saunders had allowed just four runs in his past three starts for Los Angeles but was ambushed in Texas.
Seattle Mariners 5, Boston Red Sox 4
Boston starter Jon Lester got through five innings before imploding in the sixth to take the loss. Lester allowed five runs (four in the aforementioned sixth inning) over 5 2/3 innings, as the Red Sox have now dropped three straight. Ichiro Suzuki led the Mariners' offense, hitting a solo home run in the fifth and a two-run blast in the sixth to give starter Chris Jakubauskas the win despite giving up four runs in six innings. David Aardsma collected his fourth save of the year as Seattle has stripped Brandon Morrow of his closer title after consecutive disastrous outings.
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