The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I just said 'Hey' to Dontrelle and he said 'Hey' and the next thing I knew the benches were empty and all hell was breaking loose."
-- White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski who was at the center of a benches-clearing incident against the Tigers
Miguel Cabrera went just 1 for 5 Tuesday night but his one hit came at the right time as the Detroit slugger hit a solo home run in the 10th inning to boost the AL Central-leading Tigers past the White Sox. Cabrera's homer bailed out the Detroit bullpen. Fernando Rodney walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and was pulled before recording an out. Brandon Lyon then came on and walked in a run and allowed Paul Konerko to hit a two-run double as Chicago tied up the game to force extra innings.
Brad Bergesen tossed eight shutout innings and Nolan Reimold added a solo home run as the Orioles ended a five-game skid. Reimold's fifth inning blast was the rookie's seventh of the season. Every Orioles batter except for Adam Jones and Melvin Mora got at least one hit as Baltimore scored all three runs against Mariners starter Jason Vargas. Mora nearly had a home run but after the first review in Camden Yards history, it was ruled that a fan interfered with the play and Mora was called out.
Mark DeRosa's grand slam lifted Cleveland past Kansas City on Tuesday night. The Royals held a 4-0 lead midway through the six but couldn't make it stand as the Indians tied it up in the bottom half of the inning then came DeRosa's blast in the seventh. Cleveland worked to pick up ace Cliff Lee who gave up all four of Kansas City's runs over six innings and ended up with a no-decision. For Lee, it was the first time since his second start of the season that he'd allowed four or more runs.
Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six innings to pick up his third straight win as Los Angeles handed Tampa Bay its third straight loss. Five Angels had multi-hit games to give Rays starter James Shields his first loss in nearly a month - a stretch that included two wins and two no-decisions. Chone Figgins scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Los Angeles offense.
Boston knocked around New York starter A.J. Burnett for five runs in just 2 2/3 innings as the Red Sox took the first game of three-game series in Boston. Josh Beckett threw six innings of one-hit ball as Boston picked up its sixth win in its past eight games. Burnett's outing was his shortest of the season and the shortest since 2007 when he lasted just two innings in his first start of the season with Toronto.
Brian Tallet allowed all two of Texas' hits over seven solid innings as Toronto pasted the Rangers. The Blue Jays got home runs from Adam Lind and Aaron Hill while Scott Rolen went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs to support Tallet who matched the longest start of his career. Making his fifth career start and first of the season, Doug Mathis gave up five runs over five innings to take the loss for Texas. Mathis was inserted into the starting rotation for Brandon McCarthy who went on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his shoulder blade.
Scott Baker gave up three runs over eight innings as Minnesota ended Oakland's seven-game winning streak. Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer while Carlos Gomez and Justin Morneau each drove in two runs to lead the Twins' attack. Baker had kept the A's bats silent but the Athletics scored all five of their runs in the ninth inning before Minnesota brought in closer Joe Nathan to pick up the save. Brett Anderson took the loss for the A's and became the first Oakland starting pitcher to be pinned for a loss since June 30th when he was drubbed in a 14-1 loss to Texas.
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