The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Obviously, not the best first impression."
-- Indians reliever Chris Perez, who hit two batters, threw a wild pitch, allowed four runs and failed to cover first all in the ninth inning of his Cleveland debut
A seven-run ninth inning provided some late fireworks in Cleveland. Chicago scored a run in each of the first two innings then came the final frame where the White Sox scored four times thanks to a Rick Vaughn-like performance from Indians reliever Chris Perez. Perez hit two batters and threw a wild pitch while giving up two hits to allow all of Chicago's runs in the inning. Undaunted, Cleveland attempted a come back, hitting two home runs, a solo shot from Shin-Soo Choo and a two-run job from Ryan Garko before falling short. Gavin Floyd pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up his sixth win of the season and third straight.
Pitcher Jon Lester and the Red Sox each picked up their eighth straight win against the Orioles. Lester is a perfect 8-0 all-time against Baltimore while Boston has won eight straight against the team dating back to last year. Lester pitched seven scoreless innings and tallied eight strikeouts, ringing up every member of the Orioles lineup except shortstop Robert Andino. Batting lead off, Boston right fielder J.D. Drew went 3 for 5 with two runs, two RBI and one two-run homer.
Juan Rivera and Kendry Morales hit back-to-back home runs and each drove in two runs as the Angels extended their lead over the Rangers in the AL West. The Angels now lead the division by 2 ½ games thanks to a four-run sixth inning. The back-to-back homers came off of Texas starter Vicente Padilla who failed to record any outs in the sixth and finished with a final line of five innings and five runs on 10 hits. The Rangers have now lost three straight and eight of their last 11 games.
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