The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)
With Cam channeling his inner Clark Griswold on a European vacation, we're going to roll out some truncated league wraps. Enjoy.
AL-ish Quote of the Night
"It's a miserable ending to a rough road trip."
-- Diamondbacks Manager A.J. Hinch after an error cost the team a win in the ninth inning to close out a 2-4 road swing
The Mariners moved back to above .500 thanks to a costly error by Diamondbacks first baseman Tony Clark. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Clark dropped a routine catch on a throw from third, which allowed Ronny Cedeno to score from third for the game-winning run. The victory gave Seattle a three-game sweep of Arizona for the team's first three-game winning streak since late May and its first sweep since taking care of Oakland in the second series of the season back in April.
Boston's Nick Green hits a home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Red Sox to victory. The solo shot against Braves reliever Jeff Bennett served as Green's fourth of the season while helping Boston to take two of three from visiting Atlanta. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his first win of the season as the Red Sox twice staved off Atlanta rallies after the Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Boston reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the first inning by scoring three runs, two of which came courtesy of a David Ortiz home run. Braves Manager Bobby Cox was ejected for the 145th time in his career in the seventh inning along with third baseman Chipper Jones and relief pitcher Eric O'Flaherty as all three argued balls and strikes.
Albert Pujols hit two home runs including a grand slam as part of an eight-run fourth inning to lead the Cardinals to a drubbing of the Royals. St. Louis chased Kansas City starter Gil Meche after nine runs in 3 1/3 innings to earn a sweep of their in-state rival. The Royals have now lost five straight while dropping three of those games by a score of 12-5 (twice in back-to-back nights against Arizona).
Tigers starter Justin Verlander faced the Brewers for the first time since throwing a no-hitter against them in 2007 and while he couldn't duplicate the feat, he did earn the victory. Verlander gave up two runs, five hits and struck out eight over 7 2/3 innings as Detroit managed a three-game sweep of visiting Milwaukee and notched its fourth win in a row. Brandon Inge was responsible for all of the Tigers' runs as he delivered a three-run blast in the bottom of the sixth inning.
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