The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"If it wasn't for Nick's little hit out there to left, he's got a perfect game."
-- Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff noting that Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn was one hit away from a perfect game
Jarrod Washburn pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout to lead the Mariners to a series opening win and their sixth victory in their past 10 games. Nick Markakis got Baltimore's lone hit thanks to a fourth-inning single that broke up what could have been a perfect game, as Washburn didn't allow any walks either. Brad Bergesen took his first loss since May 19, after giving up four earned runs over six innings. Franklin Gutierrez had three hits while third baseman Chris Woodward drove in two runs in the sixth inning.
The Royals scored two runs against Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in the eighth inning and Mike Jacobs delivered a solo shot against Fernando Rodney in the ninth to rally past the Tigers. Armando Galarraga pitched seven solid innings of one-run ball but had his bid for his first three-game winning streak since April go by the wayside. Kansas City has now won three straight for the first time since mid-June while AL Central-leading Detroit has lost three straight for the first time since the beginning of last month.
John Smoltz made his first start at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox and Nomar Garciaparra made his first return to Boston since being traded in 2004. However, once the game started, Oakland rookie pitcher Brett Anderson was the story. Anderson pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out a career high nine. While Anderson was locking down the Red Sox, the A's bats were on fire, tallying 15 hits to go with their six runs as five players had multi-hit games led by Adam Kennedy's 3-for-5, two-RBI performance.
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