The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I got a bat in my hand. I'm not going to go up there swinging gingerly."
-- Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones on hitting two home runs in Tuesday night's game.
Baltimore Orioles 7, Tampa Bay Rays 5
Adam Jones had his first multi-home run game of his young career, hitting a solo homer in the first and a three-run shot in the second inning as the Orioles dropped the Rays. Both teams got shoddy starting pitching in the game as neither Baltimore's Mark Hendrickson nor Tampa Bay's Andy Sonnanstine made it past the second inning. The disastrous duo gave up all of the game's runs. Brian Bass pitched four scoreless innings and has quietly become one of the team's better relievers after an atrocious start to the year. In his first three appearances, Bass gave up a total of 14 runs, in his last eight appearances he's allowed just two runs.
Toronto Blue Jays 5, New York Yankees 1
Toronto's Roy Halladay becomes the majors' first seven game winner as he gave up one run to pitch a five-hit complete game against the Yankees. During one stretch, Halladay retired 17 straight batters in out-pitching former teammate A.J. Burnett. Burnett was booed throughout the game at Rogers Centre as he chose to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Blue Jays to sign with the Yankees in the offseason. Scott Rolen had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Toronto offense.
Texas Rangers 7, Seattle Mariners 1
Josh Hamilton returned from the disabled list to hit a home run as the Rangers won their eighth game in their past 10 outings by topping the Mariners. Hamilton's homer was the go-ahead run in what turned into a six-run seventh innings for Texas as it sent Seattle to its seventh loss in its past eight games.
Minnesota Twins 6, Detroit Tigers 2
After starting off the season 3-0, Detroit's Armando Galarraga has now allowed at least five runs in each of his past three starts as the Tigers fell to the Twins on Tuesday. Galarraga gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings and the Twins got their third win in four games. Joe Mauer and Joe Crede each hit two-run homers to help boost a Minnesota offense that has suddenly exploded for 29 runs in the past four games.
Boston Red Sox 4, Los Angeles Angels 3
The Red Sox scored three runs in the final two innings to win the series opener against the Angels. Los Angeles spoiled a one-run, four-hit gem by starter Jered Weaver as baseball's worst bullpen (6.90 ERA) was scored upon for the 20th time in 29 appearances this year.
Oakland Athletics 12, Kansas City Royals 3
The beleaguered Oakland offense exploded for a season-high 12 runs to go along with 13 hits. Orlando Cabrera drove in four runs, Jack Cust plated three and Jason Giambi and Matt Holiday each scored two to lead the A's. Luke Hochevar, making his first start of the season for the Royals, was torched for eight runs on seven hits in just two innings of work. Kansas City has now lost a season-high four straight and has fallen into a first place tie with the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
Chicago White Sox 7, Cleveland Indians 4
Jim Thome awoke from a 3 for 22 slump to hit two two-run homers and power the White Sox past the Indians. It was Thome's 42nd career multi-home run game. The Indians have now lost five of their last six games as starting pitcher Jeremy Sowers fell to 0-2 on the season since being called up from Class AAA Columbus.
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