The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)
AL-ish Quote of the Night
"That's not that surprising at all. There are just certain guys that you pretty much know without coming out and making an out and out accusation, but it does not surprise me, not even a little bit."
-- Astros first baseman Lance Berkman on discovering that Sammy Sosa allegedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003
Ian Kinsler led off the game with a home run then hit another in the second inning to lead the Rangers past the Astros in the battle of Texas. The Rangers chased Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez after four innings and all six of the team's runs. Texas starter Kevin Millwood went seven innings to pick up his seventh win, Millwood has lasted at least six innings all but one of his 14 starts this season.
The Nationals were on their way to an unlikely victory at Yankees Stadium until the bullpen got involved. Anderson Hernandez hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning off of CC Sabathia and Shairon Martis left after six innings with a 3-2 lead. Washington's once stout reliever Ron Villone was saddled with the loss, coughing up two runs in one inning of work. Villone has now taken the loss in his last four appearances. Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Yankees' offense.
The Orioles committed three errors, which lead to three unearned runs as the Mets took the first game of a three-game series. Jeremy Guthrie dropped his third straight start, giving up five runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings. Baltimore staged a rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two runs in the frame and bringing the winning run to the plate before New York closer Francisco Rodriguez struck out Adam Jones to end the game.
Monday's opener in the series saw six home runs and Milwaukee's best sluggers combine for 12 runs. Game 2, however, was won by the Brewers without the long ball. Mike Cameron tripled to highlight a three-run eighth inning. Yovani Gallardo struck out eight and walked a season-high six over five innings to pick up his seventh win of the season while Jeremy Sowers also lasted just five innings but took the loss. Mark DeRosa homered for the third straight game and Travis Hafner homered for the second night in a row but combined they couldn't power Cleveland to a victory.
David Ortiz hit a solo home run to spark a six-run fourth inning as Boston throttled Florida. The Red Sox worked over Marlins starter Chris Volstad to the tune of eight runs in 3 2/3 innings for the pitcher's worst start of the season and fourth consecutive loss. Tim Wakefield baffled Florida, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings to pick up his ninth win of the season.
Gil Meche pitched a four-hit complete game shutout to improve to 14-4 all-time in interleague play. The Royals have thrown six shutouts this season, three started by Zack Greinke, two started by Meche and one started by Brian Bannister.
Minnesota battered Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm for eight runs and 14 hits in five innings as the Twins improved to 5-1 in interleague play this season. Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 and four other Twins also had multi-hit games. Despite the hit parade, Minnesota got just three extra-base hits (all doubles) but was able to help Glen Perkins pick up the win in his first start coming off the disabled list.
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