The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Sometimes, it's more mental than fundamental."
-- Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre offering a good philosophy for life while explaining how he's shaking off a slow start to the season after driving in the game winning run
Seattle Mariners 3, Baltimore Orioles 2
Adrian Beltre singled in the winning run for Seattle in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Baltimore reliever Jim Johnson as the Mariners picked up a 2-1 series victory. Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 27 straight games by going 1 for 3. The Orioles saw a two-run homer by Aubrey Huff get taken off the board thanks to a video review in the first inning. Luke Scott hit his 12th homer in the season in the loss. Baltimore has lost four of its last five games while Seattle has won four of its last six.
Boston Red Sox 10, Detroit Tigers 5
Josh Beckett carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning then hung on for the victory. Curtis Granderson hit a single with two outs in the seventh inning to break up Beckett's no-hitter. The Tigers scored five unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth to also dash Beckett's shutout bid. Luckily for Beckett and the Red Sox, Boston had already scored six runs in the top of the eighth to maintain a healthy lead.
Texas Rangers 4, New York Yankees 2
Texas' Scott Feldman improved to 5-0 after holding New York to two runs over 6 1/3 innings. Feldman has given up three runs or less in each of his eight starts this season. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, getting the early lead against the Yankees' Andy Pettitte who left his previous start with a stiff back. Pettitte picked up the loss, lasting only five innings while giving up six walks to go along with six strikeouts.
Los Angeles Angels 8, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Jered Weaver struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings while his offense did a number against the Blue Jays. Chone Figgins went 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI while the Angels collected seven extra base hits. Los Angeles chased Toronto starter Casey Janssen after four innings - a far different outcome than the previous night where Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay struck out 14 Angels.
Tampa Bay Rays 9, Kansas City Royals 0
Jeff Niemann pitched a complete-game two-hitter for Tampa Bay while striking out nine. Niemann needed just 100 pitches to toss his first career complete game and carried a perfect game into the fifth inning. Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to lead the Rays' offense Wednesday. Zobrist has hit two grand slams this year and holds the Tampa Bay record for grand slams, having hit four over his four seasons with the team. Royals pitcher Brian Bannister was charged with eight runs over 3 2/3 innings.
Cleveland Indians 10, Minnesota Twins 1
Cliff Lee threw eight innings of one-run ball to tie up the Twins. Lee has not given up more than three runs in an outing since his second start of the season yet Wednesday's win was just his third of the season. The difference was obviously run support as Cleveland used a five-run third inning to begin the onslaught in Minnesota. Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak got tagged for six of those runs in just his third major league start.
Oakland Athletics 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Jason Giambi, Bobby Crosby and Landon Powell each hit solo home runs to help boost Oakland. Crosby and Powell went back-to-back in the fourth inning against Chicago starter Clayton Richard. Josh Outman collected the win for the A's to move to 3-0 on the season after giving up three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
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