The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Been a long time since we had a lot of fun like that."
-- Orioles Manager Dave Trembley following the team's improbable victory (and sweep) of Toronto.
Baltimore Orioles 12, Toronto Blue Jays 10 (11)
The Orioles picked up their first three-game sweep of the season in dramatic fashion as rookie left fielder Nolan Reimold hit a three-run walk-off homer in the 11th inning to cap the team's second rally of the game. Baltimore starting pitcher Rich Hill failed to make it out of the fourth inning, leaving the game trailing 7-2. The game figured to be over with Toronto ace Roy Halladay on the mound but once he exited the game after seven solid innings, the Orioles turned it on. Baltimore scored five runs in the eighth inning off of Blue Jays reliever Jesse Carlson to tie the game up. In the 11th, Danys Baez - working his third inning of relief - gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Hill to give Toronto the lead. The lead obviously didn't last long as Reimold helped give the Orioles their first win of the season when trailing after seven innings and the team's first sweep of the Blue Jays since 1994.
Minnesota Twins 4, Boston Red Sox 2
A three-run third inning and a slew of wild pitches propelled the Twins past the Red Sox. Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his second start for Boston since returning from the disabled list, was far from sharp. Matsuzaka tied a Red Sox record for wildness by uncorking four wild pitches in six innings. Boston finished with six wild pitches on the evening - five of which came with Minnesota leadoff batter Denard Span on base.
Detroit Tigers 8, Kansas City Royals 3
The Tigers hammered Royals starter Kyle Davies for all eight of the team's runs. Davies lasted 5 2/3 innings before getting the hook. Detroit rookie pitcher Rick Porcello picked up his fifth straight win by allowing just two runs and four hits over six innings. Outfielder Josh Anderson went 4 for 5 (all singles) while Placido Polanco and Miguel Cabrera each hit home runs to help lead the Tigers charge. Kansas City's freefall continues as the team has now lost 13 of its last 18 games after a hot April and early May.
Seattle Mariners 6, Oakland Athletics 1
Erik Bedard gave up one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings and enjoyed some run support to pick up his third win of the season as Seattle avoided a sweep in Oakland. Bedard has given up three runs or fewer in each of his nine starts but picked up his first win in over a month Wednesday. Russell Branyan helped lead the Mariners offense, driving in two runs while hitting his 11th home run of the season. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez also drove in two runs to put an end to the Athletics' first three-game winning streak of the season.
Cleveland Indians 12, Tampa Bay Rays 7
Cleveland bounced back from giving up five runs in the top of the first inning by scoring five of its own in the bottom of the second inning and then rolled from there. Both starting pitchers were abused in this game. The Indians' Zach Jackson gave up seven runs over four innings in his first starts of the season for Cleveland. Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine coughed up eight runs in just three ugly innings to fall to 3-5 on the season. Ben Francsico led the Cleveland offense, going 3 for 5 while driving in four runs and hitting a three run homer. Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo also each drove in two runs. The two teams have combined for 46 runs in the first three games of a four game series that end today in Cleveland.
New York Yankees 9, Texas Rangers 2
The Yankees blasted four home runs - two from Hideki Matsui - and A.J. Burnett tossed six scoreless innings to top the Rangers. Texas leadoff man Ian Kinsler provided his team's only runs, hitting a two-run shot in the seventh inning against New York reliever Jose Veras. For Burnett, it was his first win since April 15, the New York starter's longest winless streak since 2005 when he was a member of the Florida Marlins. With the win, the Yankees pulled into a first place tie with the Boston Red Sox for first in the AL East.
Los Angeles Angels 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Jered Weaver out-dueled Gavin Floyd in a battle of young pitchers Wednesday. Weaver improved to 4-2 on the year behind an eight-inning performance where he allowed one run, four hits and struck out eight for the Angels. Floyd also struck out eight for the White Sox, lasting a season-high eight innings but had one dicey inning that cost him the win. Bobby Abreu hit a two-run double for Los Angeles, part of a three-run sixth inning as the Angels avoided a three-game sweep.
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