The Wrap: AL
Interleauge games jumble things up a bit so here are your American League-hosted games...
AL Quote of the Night
"Today was a terrible day and that's about it."
-- Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana after taking the worst beating of his major league career.
The Yankees tagged Mets ace Johan Santana for nine runs in just three innings as the Yankees took two of three in the Subway Series. Sunday's loss was the worst of Santana's career. Derek Jeter led the charge for the Yankees, going 4 for 4 with two RBI and two runs. The Yankees scored four runs in the second inning before exploding for nine runs in the fourth. Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano each hit two-run homers in the fourth. A.J. Burnett threw seven scoreless innings to keep the Mets in check and collected his fifth win while striking out eight.
The Rays swept away the Nationals by scoring the final five runs of the game for Tampa Bay's third straight come-from-behind victory over the perpetually reeling Nats. Washington used a three-run fourth to jump out to a 4-0 advantage but starter Ross Detwiler couldn't hang on to the lead, giving up four runs and five walks in six innings while collecting a no-decision. Rays outfielder Gabe Kapler tied up the game in the sixth by hitting a two-run homer and Willy Aybar drove in the game-winning run in the eighth by doubling off of the third base bag.
The Orioles ambushed Braves starter Derek Lowe, getting seven runs against the Atlanta sinkerballer in just 2 1/3 innings. Sunday's win marked the first time since May 27 that Baltimore scored 10 or more runs as every Oriole hitter tallied at least one hit with Ty Wigginton (getting the start in place of Melvin Mora) hitting two home runs. While Lowe was getting battered, Baltimore rookie Brad Bergesen pitched his first career complete game. Bergesen threw 112 pitches, allowed two runs (via two David Ross home runs) on five hits and struck out the final two batters to finish with three strikeouts. The Orioles' Sunday win gave the team its first series victory since sweeping Toronto nearly three weeks ago.
Cliff Lee carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before settling for a 93-pitch, three-hit shutout. Lee outdueled St. Louis' Chris Carpenter who gave up a season high three runs over seven innings in his first loss of the season. Lee, the AL's reigning Cy Young winner, improved to 12-2 in interleague play. Mark DeRosa hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Kelly Shoppach added a solo home run in the fifth to account for the game's only runs.
Florida knocked around Toronto starter Brian Tallet for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Marlins pulled off the road sweep. Florida catcher Ronny Paulino went 4 for 5 with two home runs and finished with three runs and three RBI. Josh Johnson picked up his sixth win of the season by throwing his second complete game of the season for the Marlins.
Brian Bannister pitched eight solid innings, allowing one run and four hits, as the Royals picked up a three-game sweep of the visiting Reds. Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs to lead the Royals offense against Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto. Cueto gave up five runs over six innings to ruin the right-hander's bid for a third straight victory. Despite seeing seven runs cross the plate, Cueto saw his NL-leading ERA fall to 2.17 as the Royals got five unearned runs thanks to two errors by Cincinnati third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr.
Chad Billingsley won his National League-leading ninth game of the season, giving up three runs and five hits over seven innings as the Dodgers took two of three in Texas. Casey Blake's three-run homer in the third inning put Los Angeles ahead for good, Blake finished the day 2 for 4 with four RBI and two runs. The Rangers have now lost four of their last six games during a nine-game homestand that wraps up with a three-game series against intrastate rival Houston that starts Tuesday.
Jered Weaver threw his second complete game and first shutout of the year as the Angels conclude a three-game home sweep of the Padres. Los Angeles battered Chris Young for five runs in 2 1/3 innings to hand the San Diego starter his third straight loss. Juan Rivera hit two solo shots to help lead the Angels' offense.
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