The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)
AL-ish Quote of the Night
"We did a little bit of everything tonight, all on the negative side."
-- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire assessing his team's 8-2 loss to the Pirates
Pittsburgh rookie Andrew McCutchen hit his first career home run in the third inning while both of the LaRoche brothers added blasts of their own as the Pirates powered past the Twins. The Pittsburgh outburst helped pitcher Ian Snell pick up his second win of the season and first since April. Snell allowed two runs and five hits over six innings. Joe Crede drove in both of the Twins' runs by hitting a bases-clearing double in the third inning.
John Lannan nearly threw his second complete game of the season but settled for an 8 1/3-inning victory against his hometown team. Lannan, a Long Island native, grew up a Yankees fan and became the first Nationals pitcher to ever win in the Bronx. Adam Dunn hit a towering home run and Nick Johnson drove in two with a triple in the fifth inning. Johnny Damon homered in the bottom of the ninth and Robinson Cano battled Washington closer Mike MacDougal before grounding into a game-ending double play.
Matt Wieters hit his first career home run and Aubrey Huff added a two-run shot as the Orioles topped the Mets. Wieters received a curtain call for his two-run, opposite field blast off New York starter Tim Redding in the second inning. Huff's two-run shot put the Orioles ahead for good in the seventh inning and came against the Mets' lefty specialist, Pedro Feliciano. Nick Markakis went 4 for 4 with two runs while Huff and Melvin Mora also had multi-hit games. Koji Uehara was seeking his first win since April but had to settle for a no-decision after leaving in the fifth inning with a 4-2 lead.
Milwaukee picked up a three-game sweep of Cleveland thanks to J.J. Hardy who hit a home run and drove in the winning run in the top of the 11th inning. The Indians rallied to force extras, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth behind Ryan Garko's three-run double. The Brewers hit three solo home runs to up their total in the series to five, the two teams combined to hit 11 homers in the series.
Ivan Rodriguez broke Carlton Fisk's records for most career game caught by doing so in his 2,227th game Wednesday. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, he made two costly throwing errors in the game that lead to a Texas win. The two-error effort was the first for Rodriguez since 2004 and both led to Rangers runs. Ultimately, David Murphy was the hero for Texas, singling in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to help the Rangers push past the Astros. Every Texas starter except for Chris Davis recorded at least one hit. Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel also reached a milestone as he tied Luis Aparicio for most hits by a Venezuelan player with 2,677.
Brad Penny picked up his 100th career victory on the same night the Red Sox hosted their 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park. Penny gave up one run on three hits over five innings to reach the pitching milestone. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 3 for 5 with three RBI to lead the charge against Florida starter Andrew Miller. Miller dropped to 2-3 on the season after giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Arizona tagged Zack Greinke for six runs (four earned) over 6 2/3 innings. Greinke is winless in his last four starts and has a 5.26 ERA over that stretch but still a 1.96 ERA for the season. Max Scherzer allowed two runs while scattering nine hits over six innings for the Diamondbacks to pick up his fourth win of the season. Mark Reynolds hits a two-run homer in the seventh while Stephen Drew went 2 for 6 and drove in three runs to help lead the Arizona offense.
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