The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"They're owning us right now."
-- Angels center fielder Torii Hunter on the team's 1-5 record against division rival Texas
The Angels rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to knot the score at 7 but then allowed the Rangers to score twice in the bottom half of the inning. Home runs provided the late fireworks as Los Angeles's Juan Rivera blasted a three-run shot to even the score before Hank Blalock's two-run homer gave Texas the win and a series victory. The Rangers battered Angels starter Jered Weaver for seven runs in 5 1/3 innings thanks largely to a five-run sixth inning.
After coughing up a nine-run lead Tuesday night, the Red Sox were able to extract a measure of revenge against the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon. Boston scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to shake off a 5-1 deficit and force extra innings. In the 11th, Julio Lugo came through, hitting a single to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury from third as Boston came away with the series victory. Brad Bergesen allowed one run over eight innings to outduel Josh Beckett but was pulled in favor of the bullpen by Baltimore Manager Dave Trembley, a decision that proved costly.
Three home runs powered the Yankees past the Mariners and to their seventh straight victory. Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera both hit solo shots early on but it was Alex Rodriguez's two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth that broke a 2-2 tie and provided the game's winning margin. In the top half of the inning, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 621st career homer to even the score. During New York's winning streak, Rodriguez has compiled a .435 batting average to go along with four homers, 13 RBI and 10 walks.
Ricky Romero pitched eight scoreless innings and got help from three solo home runs as the Blue Jays topped the Rays. Romero's third straight win put an end to Toronto's four-game skid and Tampa Bay's seven-game winning streak. Romero has pitched into at least the seventh in each of his past six starts.
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