The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)
AL-ish Quote of the Night
"If I had hair like that, I'd still be single."
-- Tigers Manager Jim Leyland on the once long locks of outfielder Magglio Ordonez
Sporting a new 'do, Magglio Ordonez hit his first home run in 40 games as Detroit completed it second straight sweep of an NL Central team. Ordonez's homer was a two-run blast that was part of a three-run fourth inning for the Tigers. Second baseman Ramon Santiago earlier delivered a two-run shot of his own in the third inning to help lead Detroit to its sixth straight victory.
Scott Podsednik singled in pinch runner Gordon Beckham from third base in the bottom of the 13th to lift the White Sox. Podsednik's hit came with the bases loaded and two out and made him one of four Chicago players to register a multi-hit game. The White Sox have now won two in a row at home for the first time since late May and are still just 18-19 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Seattle pitcher Jarrod Washburn picked up his first win since April 21 thanks to an impressive offensive showing by the Mariners. Washburn began the season 3-0 before going 0-5 in 10 starts over the past two months. Despite the large gap between victories, Washburn has an ERA hovering around 3.20 and has sported a 2.25 ERA over his last five starts. Ichiro Suzuki led the charge for Seattle as he homered to begin the game and finished 4 for 5 and a triple shy of the cycle. Mariners designated hitter Mike Sweeney also tallied four hits, going 4 for 4 with a walk and two RBI. Seattle has won seven of its last nine games to claw back to two-games-above .500 at 37-35.
The Rays spotted the Phillies a four-run lead in the first inning and then rolled from there. Down 4-0 before even coming up to the plate, Tampa Bay bounced back to score three runs in the bottom half of the first, three more in the second, another three in the sixth and one more for good measure in the seventh. With his spot in the rotation possibly on the line, Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine gave up four runs and five hits in the first inning then settled down and allowed just one more hit over the remainder of his 5 1/3 innings of work. Five Tampa Bay hitters churned out multi-hit games and every Rays player except for B.J. Upton recorded at least one hit.
The comments to this entry are closed.