The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It was one of those days where almost everything was working and they put up a run, so I was like, `Just keep it right there. They can't do too much with you if you keep doing that.'"
-- Royals pitcher Zack Greinke who gave up just one run in the first inning while striking out eight and walking none.
Kansas City Royals 6, Detroit Tigers 1
Royals ace Zack Greinke gave up one run in the first inning then went into lockdown mode after that by pitching his fifth complete game of the season. Greinke struck out eight to pick up his eighth win of the year; he now leads the majors in ERA (0.84), complete games (5), shutouts (2) and is in a tie with Toronto's Roy Halladay for wins. Mitch Maier led the Royals' offense, as the outfielder came in for an injured Coco Crisp in the fifth inning and went 1 for 2 with three RBI. Edwin Jackson took the loss for Detroit, his first defeat in his past four starts.
Baltimore Orioles 7, Toronto Blue Jays 2
The Orioles sent the Blue Jays to their eighth straight loss. Rookie Jason Berken picked up the win in his first major league start by giving up two runs and seven hits over five innings. The Orioles got two RBI apiece from Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold and a solo home run out of Aubrey Huff. While Baltimore has now won four of its last five, the bigger story happened off the field when the Orioles announced that hot shot prospect Matt Wieters will make his major league debut Friday night at Camden Yards against the Detroit Tigers.
Cleveland Indians 5, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Cleveland's Carl Pavano picked up his fifth win of the season by allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings - all five of Pavano's wins have come over his past six starts. Tampa Bay's Matt Garza served up three of the Indians' four home runs to take the loss as the Rays have now dropped three straight for the first time in over a month.
Texas Rangers 7, New York Yankees 3
The threat of rain and the eventual storm held up the start of the game by nearly 2.5 hours but when it started, Chris Davis was ready to hit. The Texas first baseman hit two home runs - both solo shots - to help the Rangers knock off the Yankees. After winning nine straight, the Yankees have now gone 3-2 over their last five games and with Tuesday's loss blew the chance to pull into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for first in the AL East.
Minnesota Twins 5, Boston Red Sox 2
The Twins scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning off of Red Sox starter Jon Lester for Minnesota's fifth win in its last six games. Justin Morneau carried the Twins as his three-run homer in the aforementioned fifth inning led the way. Boston Manager Terry Francona made waves before the game as he moved down rust-encrusted designated hitter David Ortiz to sixth in the lineup. Tuesday marked the first time in four years that Ortiz has batted anywhere but third in the Red Sox' lineup. Nick Blackburn picked up the win for Minnesota, striking out a career-high seven over seven innings - Blackburn has lasted seven innings in six of his past seven starts.
Chicago White Sox 4, Los Angeles Angels 2
Chicago chipped away at Los Angeles starter Joe Saunders, scoring one run in three straight innings to get the victory. Saunders was done after 6 2/3 innings and three earned runs. Tuesday's loss was Saunders's third of the season and the first in a game in which he allowed fewer than four runs, which I guess means Saunders is either lights out or getting lit up. White Sox starting pitcher Bartolo Colon bounced back from a two-inning, eight-run debacle in his previous start and (true to Ozzie Guillen's word) looked fresh. Colon allowed just one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Oakland Athletics 4, Seattle Mariners 3
A four-run seventh inning against Seattle reliever Miguel Batista pushed the A's to their first three-game winning streak of the season. The offensively challenged Athletics scored all four runs via singles and walks while the Mariners' bullpen ruined a solid outing by starter Jarrod Washburn. Dallas Braden picked up the win for Oakland, despite allowing nine hits. The win was in some ways karmic justice for Braden who has given up more than three runs in a game just once this season but still has a 4-5 record.
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