The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I see it after the ball got out of the park."
-- Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez who missed his team's game winning homer in the eighth because he had placed a towel over his head
Felix Hernandez allowed one run (via a wild pitch) and three hits over eight innings but looked to be headed for a hard-luck loss. That was until Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give Hernandez his fifth straight win. Hernandez has allowed three runs or less in each of his last eight starts but has four no-decisions during that stretch. Rookie Tommy Hunter threw six innings of scoreless ball but failed to factor into the decision for the Rangers.
Roy Halladay may be the most coveted player as the July 31 trade deadline slowly approaches but Tampa Bay's David Price was the better pitcher Thursday. Price allowed one run over six innings and struck out seven as the Rays completed a three game sweep of Toronto. Halladay was no slouch, turning in his 11th quality start of the season by allowing three runs in seven innings while striking out eight in the loss. Carlos Pena went 2 for 4 with two RBI thanks to a fifth-inning double to lead Tampa Bay.
A four-run sixth led the Royals past the Red Sox as Kansas City took the first of a four-game set in Boston. Justin Masterson was charged with the loss after allowing two runs in 1/3 of an inning. For Masterson, it was just the third time that he had allowed an earned run in 13 appearances - a stretch that dates back to June 4. The Royals got multi-hit performances out of three players with Willie Bloomquist and Mark Teahen each tallying three. Bloomquist drove in a run and rang up five total bases while Teahen scored two runs. Boston's loss coupled with a Yankees win put the rivals in a tie atop the AL East.
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