The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"We're losing games in different ways all the time, late in the game, early in the game, by a lot of runs, by a few runs. There's so many different ways to lose, you can't describe each of them."
-- White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen describing his team's plight after losing via option No. 4.
Toronto Blue Jays 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Alex Rios hit a run-scoring triple to lead the Blue Jays sweep the White Sox. Jim Thome hit a game-tying two run homer for Chicago in the eighth inning unfortunately, reliever Octavio Dotel couldn't hold off Toronto. The Blue Jays have won seven of their last nine. Toronto starter Scott Richmond bounced back from his shortest start of the season (five runs, 1 2/3 innings) to toss seven scoreless innings.
New York Yankees 7, Minnesota Twins 6
The Yankees didn't need any late-game heroics to hold off the Twins as New York scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Minnesota starter Glen Perkins gave up all six runs in 2/3 of an inning to fall to 1-3 on the season. The Twins were hoping to get a measure of revenge against the Yankees as after being the victims of game-winning, walk-off hits in the series' previous three games, Minnesota came up at the top of the ninth down two runs. Denard Span hit a solo home run in the ninth but that was all the Twins could muster.
Tampa Bay Rays 13, Oakland Athletics 4
Tampa Bay scored six runs in the first inning and rolled from there, collecting their fourth win in a row. The Rays chased Athletics starter Sean Gallagher after he gave up seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Tampa Bay tallied nine walks to go along with nine hits as the A's pitchers (three total) struggled with their command. Shortstop Jason Bartlett went 3 for 3 with five RBI to lead the Rays' attack as Oakland coughs up its fourth straight loss.
John Lackey actually lasted more than two pitches, going five innings while giving up five runs to pick up his first win of the year. Lackey's pedestrian performance was aided by the work of Kendry Morales who hit two home runs and Juan Rivera who hit just his second homer of the season. The floodgates truly opened for the Angels in the fifth as they knocked around Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn for five runs. Seattle trotted out former closer Brandon Morrow to pitch the sixth and seventh but he managed to allow two runs of his own. For Los Angeles, the win stopped a three-game losing streak.
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