The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's nice to see David feel good about himself."
-- Red Sox Manager Terry Francona on David Ortiz who hit a home run despite sitting on a 3-0 count
The Red Sox scored five runs in the seventh inning to avoid getting swept at home by the Mariners. Seattle had been riding a three-game winning streak and held a 4-3 lead before relievers Miguel Batista and Mark Lowe were knocked around in the seventh. Boston looked ready to steamroll the Mariners as Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz both hit solo home runs in the first inning off of Seattle starter Brandon Morrow. Morrow got it together and finished by allowing three runs (Jacoby Ellsbury added his own solo shot in the sixth) over six innings but was in the dugout when the Red Sox took charge.
Minnesota tallied all six of its runs in the fourth inning against Detroit starting pitcher Rick Porcello. Porcello had allowed just one hit in the previous three innings before getting blindsided by the Twins. Minnesota batted around in the sixth as Brendan Harris made both the first and last outs of the innings. In between, slugger Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer and an error from Adam Everett helped two more runs to score. Nick Blackburn tossed a complete game for his seventh win of the year and carried a shutout into the ninth. Blackburn has not allowed more than three earned runs since May 16, a 6-4 loss against the New York Yankees. The Twins have now won four straight series.
For the second straight game, the Orioles squandered a 4-0 lead on the road against Los Angeles. Baltimore built its lead against Northern Virginia native Joe Saunders who was able to work a no-decision and remain a perfect 5-0 against the Orioles. After swapping the lead back and forth in the middle three innings, Los Angeles broke the game open with a three-run seventh as Baltimore reliever Chris Ray entered the game in relief with the bases loaded and walked the first two (and only) batters he faced. Torii Hunter helped lead the Angels offense, going 2 for 5 with two doubles.
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