The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"When guys are locked in, the ball looks like a beach ball and stuff. And then there's the exact opposite of that where it looks like an aspirin coming out of a shotgun."
-- Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay who hopes he is getting closer to the beach ball side of the continuum
Boston scored twice in both the second and third innings to shake off an early 1-0 deficit and fend off visiting Oakland. Jason Bay hit a solo shot in the second inning for his first home run since June 23 - a stretch of nearly 50 at-bats. During his power outage, Bay has hit just .184 and driven in only four runs while striking out 20 times.
A night after getting just one hit, the Orioles exploded offensively but it didn't always look headed that way. Baltimore seemed ready to roll past Seattle in the first inning, scoring two runs in the top of the first before Jeremy Guthrie gave back three in the bottom half of the inning. Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard briefly took control, striking out eight but only lasted four innings against his former team as he was held to a 75-pitch limit in his first appearance since being sidelined with shoulder inflammation. Once Bedard left, Luke Scott took over. Scott went 3 for 4 with a career-high seven RBI and hit a three-run homer as part of a six-run seventh inning. Scott finished a double shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run single in the first inning and a two-run triple in the sixth.
Pat Burrell picked a fine time to get his first hit of the game as the Tampa Bay designated hitter hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the 11th inning. Burrell had been stuck in a 4-for-34 slump before putting an end to the Rays' four-game skid. Making his major-league debut, Toronto's Marc Rzepczynski allowed just one run and two hits over six innings but failed to get a decision yet became the latest in a parade of successful rookie pitchers for the Blue Jays this year. Toronto had plenty of chances to score, tallying 10 hits but couldn't bring in the runs. Meanwhile Tampa Bay was far more economical, only managing four hits but did add six walks.
The Yankees pounded the Twins for 10 runs and 16 hits to notch their fifth win of the month and fifth win of the season against Minnesota. While three of New York's wins against the Twins came in the team's final at-bat, Tuesday night's game featured no such drama. The Yankees held a five-run lead after four innings then put together a five-run sixth to put the game away. Four players had multi-hit games for New York led by Mark Teixeira's 4-for-6 performance. Scott Baker took the early beating for Minnesota, giving up five runs in just three innings of work to take the loss. While Baker was struggling, CC Sabathia was cruising, giving up one run and three hits over seven innings.
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