The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He was a doctor today. You have got to give it to him. He had surgery on all of us."
-- Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, a three-time strike out victim of Roy Halladay.
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Los Angeles Angels 4
Roy Halladay struck out a career-high 14 while picking up the complete game victory to become the first pitcher to get his ninth win this year. Halladay scuffled in the seventh inning, giving up four runs but righted the ship and finished out the game. Halladay has now won six straight decisions and his 14 K's were the most from a Toronto pitcher since Roger Clemens struck out 15 in 1998.
Seattle Mariners 8, Baltimore Orioles 2
Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard got the best of his former team, giving up one run and four hits while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings to drop Baltimore. The Orioles traded Bedard to Seattle before last season but had not faced him until last night. Adam Jones, who the Orioles received in return, went 2 for 4 on the night. Seattle's Russell Branyan and Ken Griffey Jr. both hit eighth inning home runs off of Orioles reliever Jamie Walker to put the game out of reach.
Boston Red Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up his first win of the year by giving up one run and six hits over five innings. Matsuzaka was making just his fourth start of the season after missing time with an injury. After going undefeated in May (5-0), Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello picked up the loss in his first start of June. Porcello gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings including Jason Bay's two-run shot in the third inning that put the Red Sox ahead for good. The win gave Boston Manager Terry Francona his 500th win with the Red Sox, becoming the third manager in franchise history to reach the mark.
New York Yankees 12, Texas Rangers 3
The New York Yankees rudely welcomed Texas starter Vicente Padilla back from the disabled list, tagging the Rangers pitcher for seven runs in less than four innings. The meeting of baseball's best home run-hitting teams yielded three as Nelson Cruz accounted for all of Texas' runs with a three-run shot while New York's Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui each delivered three-run blasts of their own. A.J. Burnett picked up the win for the Yankees, it was the second time in a week that Burnett had gotten the best of the Rangers.
Tampa Bay Rays 6, Kansas City Royals 2
Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce drove in four runs, courtesy of a two-run double in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth. Andy Sonnanstine collected the win for the Rays, giving up two runs and six hits in six innings of work. Kansas City starter Kyle Davies lost his fourth consecutive start while the Royals dropped their fifth in a row.
Minnesota Twins 4, Cleveland Indians 3
Joe Mauer's 12th home run of the season proved the difference as the Minnesota catcher's two-run blast in the fifth inning pushed the Twins past the Indians. Kevin Slowey improved to 8-1 on the season after giving up just two runs over 6 2/3 innings. Cleveland cut Minnesota's lead to 4-3 thanks to an eighth inning solo home run from Victor Martinez but couldn't find a way to tie the game.
Oakland Athletics 5, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland's Vin Mazzaro won his major league debut by tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings and at one point the young righty retired 14 of 15 batters to put an end to Chicago's four-game winning streak. Matt Holliday had his second straight multi-hit game, and hit a three-run double to help boost the A's stagnant offense. For Oakland, it was their first shutout victory of the season.
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