The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Zack's human. He's not going to throw a shutout every time."
-- Royals outfielder Willie Bloomquist on ace Zack Greinke who gave up a season-high four runs Sunday
Chicago rallied for a sweep of Kansas City by doing the unthinkable, scoring runs off of Zack Greinke. Greinke had his "worst" outing of the year, giving up four runs (three earned) while striking out seven over seven innings to pick up a no-decision and see his ERA creep over 1.00 for the first time this season. The Royals had staked themselves to a 4-1 lead but saw the game officially unravel in a three-run ninth inning for the White Sox. Scott Podsednik scored twice for Chicago and finished a home run shy of the cycle while catcher A.J. Pierzynski was 2 for 3 against Greinke.
Edwin Jackson turned in a dominant pitching performance as Detroit escaped Baltimore with a series split. Jackson pitched eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball and allowed only one extra-base hit while striking out seven. Luke Scott went 0 for 3 for the Orioles putting a halt to a streak in which he'd hit six home runs in four games while driving in 14 RBI in that stretch. Rookie pitcher Jason Berken also had a fine outing for Baltimore, allowing only one run and four hits over seven innings in his second major league start.
Adam Kennedy home runs served as bookends for Oakland's win. Kennedy hit a solo shot in the top of the first inning and another in the ninth inning to propel the A's past the Rangers and to the team's first win in five games. Kennedy's second blast came off of Texas closer Frank Francisco and was the first run Francisco has allowed all season.
Seattle closer David Aardsma blew his first save of the season in spectacular fashion. Aardsma came on with a two-run lead, and only two outs remaining but managed to walk four batters, give up two hits and allow three runs to score. The Angels were able to come back from being down as many as seven runs and managed to rally when trailing after eight innings for the first time this season.
Kevin Youkilis hit two home runs while Jason Bay and Dustin Pedroia each added one of their own in Boston's rout of Toronto. Jon Lester struck out a career-high 12 to get the win for the Red Sox as he pitched six innings of one-run, three-hit ball. Boston's offensive surge came following a lineup shuffle that moved Pedroia to leadoff and Jacoby Ellsbury down to eighth. The Red Sox had score 13 total runs in their past five games.
Jhonny Peralta singled in Trevor Crowe (filling in for an injured Grady Sizemore in center) in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Indians past the Yankees. Cleveland's Carl Pavano tied his longest outing of the season by going 7 1/3 innings against his former team though he failed to factor into the decision despite allowing only three runs on seven hits. Mark Teixeira hit safely in his 13th straight game. Teixeira drove in all four of New York's runs, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning and a two-run double in the eighth.
The Twins staved off a sweep by knocking off the Rays and former teammate Matt Garza. Garza, who was traded to Tampa Bay before the beginning of last season, was making his first start against his former team and was responsible for all three of Minnesota's runs to fall to 4-4 on the year.
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