The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I don't know who was pitching worse. Him or the kid across the way. It was kind of a race, who's going to get run out of there first."
-- Blue Jays Manager Cito Gaston on his starting pitcher (Brian Tallet) and Rays starter Scott Kazmir. Kazmir lasted longer, giving up seven runs in 6 1/3 innings compared to Tallet's eight runs over 3 innings.
Ben Zobrist went 3 for 5, scored three runs and drove in four more including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. Zobrist's single in the ninth scored Carl Crawford from third base, as the Rays knocked off the Blue Jays in their final at-bat for the second straight game. Dioner Navarro also had a three-hit game and four other Tampa Bay players pitched in two-hit games. Toronto got two RBI from both Marco Scutaro and Alex Rios but fell just short of the victory despite twice battling back from three-run deficits. The Rays also tallied four stolen bases, including a steal of home by B.J. Upton.
Two errors by Jose Lopez in the ninth inning led to an unlikely Baltimore victory. The Orioles scored all five of their runs in the ninth to take two of three from the Mariners and close out a West Coast road trip with a 3-4 record. David Hernandez allowed two runs over six innings but took a no-decision as Baltimore went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position through the first eight innings.
As has been the case all season long, Tim Wakefield's knuckleball was working as he struck out eight to lead Boston past Oakland to pick up his AL-leading 11th win. Wakefield is tied with Colorado's Jason Marquis for the most wins in the majors this season and honestly, did anyone see this coming from either guy? Two homers in one inning accounted for the Red Sox' runs as J.D. Drew hit a solo shot in the sixth and David Ortiz added a three-run blast. Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill was charged with all the runs and left after recording just one out in the sixth.
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