The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I'm glad I'm on his side, not the other side."
-- Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay on not having to face staff ace Roy Halladay.
Toronto's Roy Halladay became that majors' first ten-game winner as he tossed a complete game shutout to down Kansas City. Halladay struck out six and needed only 97 pitches to put away the Royals. The win was Halladay's second straight complete game and the 43rd in his career to go along with 12 shutouts. Lyle Overbay hit a solo shot in the second and Aaron Hill added a two-run homer in the third to lead the Blue Jays' offense.
Baltimore completed an abominable road trip by being swept in Oakland, but the finale was at least competitive despite Orioles starter Rich Hill lasting just two thirds of an inning. Hill allowed only one hit but managed to still give up three runs thanks to four walks. The Baltimore bullpen threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings but the Orioles bats couldn't figure out A's rookie pitcher Vin Mazzaro. Mazzaro was making just his second career start but is now 2-0 after giving up five hits and striking out four over 7 1/3 innings. Sunday's game marked the second time in the three-game series against Oakland that a Baltimore starter failed to make it out off the first inning.
Detroit got five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off of two Los Angeles relievers to take two of three at home against the Angels. Clete Thomas did a majority of the damage, hitting a two-out grand slam against Jason Bulger. For Thomas, who came on as a pinch runner for Miguel Cabrera in the fourth inning, the grand slam was not only the first of his career, but just his second hit of the month. Los Angeles didn't do itself any favors, walking nine in the loss.
The Yankees knocked in three runs off of Rays reliever Grant Balfour in the bottom of the eighth inning to pick up the win. A day after giving up four runs to Tampa Bay in the top of the ninth inning, New York closer Mariano Rivera came back on to pitch a perfect ninth and collect his 13th save of the season. The Yankees have now won four of their last six and look to pick up the series victory in Monday's rubber match after rain postponed the opener of what was to be a four-game set between the AL East foes.
Nelson Cruz went 3 for 3 with a home run and three runs scored as the Rangers roughed up Daisuke Matsuzaka for five runs over 5 2/3 innings. The win gave Texas its first series win at Fenway Park in 12 years as the Rangers wrapped up a six-game road trip against the Yankees and Red Sox with a 3-3 mark. Vicente Padilla got the win, giving up three runs (two earned) and four hits over seven innings.
Cleveland throttled Bartolo Colon for six runs over five innings as the Indians took two of three for just the team's second road series win of the season. Cleveland hit back-to-back homers twice, with rookies Chris Gimenez and Luis Valbuena doing it in the second inning while Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo victimized Colon again in the fifth. Indians rookie pitcher David Huff picked up his first major league win by giving up three runs (all on an Alexei Ramirez home run) over five innings.
Seattle's Erik Bedard gave up two runs, struck out four and walked four while needing 101 pitches to labor through five innings yet still picked up the win. Bedard was helped out by solo home runs from Russell Branyan, Jose Lopez and Jamie Burke. Minnesota's Kevin Slowey took just his second loss of the season and was responsible for all of the Mariners' runs before being chased after 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Slowey has lasted five or more innings in every start this season except his two losses (he lasted just 3 innings in a rain-shortened loss against the Orioles).
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