The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"That's kind of embarrassing to get only one strikeout."
-- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who, despite the paltry strikeout total, still finished two outs shy of a complete game
Mark Buehrle allowed one run over 8 1/3 innings to hold the punchless Royals in check. Buehrle had been seeking his first complete game since last May but settled for the victory. The Chicago pitcher credited his strong performance to a new grip on his changeup and had his longest outing of the season as a result. Kansas City dropped its third straight and has scored only one run in each of those three losses.
The Orioles returned to the West Coast and picked up where they left off by taking the loss. Bobby Abreu hit two home runs for the Angels, including a three-run blast in the fifth that broke open the game. Both of Abreu's home runs came against Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie who is tied for second in the majors in home runs allowed with 19. Los Angeles starter John Lackey successfully kept the Orioles at bay, allowing two runs on four hits over eight solid innings to pick up the win. Lackey held Baltimore's top three hitters of Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis hitless (a combined 0 for 12).
The Mariners knocked around Yankees starter CC Sabathia to put an end to New York's seven-game winning streak. Sabathia gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Branyan and Franklin Gutierrez each drove in two runs with Branyan and Gutierrez adding home runs. Branyan's two-run blast came in the top of the ninth as he launched a shot over Monument Park against Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves - a home run that Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu described as "majestic."
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