The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"For whatever reason we've had bad luck when I've pitched but I feel like I've been doing the job."
-- Indians pitcher Cliff Lee who threw his second straight complete game and third of the season but is just 6-9 on the year
Cliff Lee turned in his second straight complete game and third of the season to lead Cleveland past Toronto. Lee's victory was in doubt, however, heading into the final inning as the Indians trailed 1-0 thanks to a Scott Rolen homer in the seventh inning. A rare Toronto error - the Blue Jays lead the majors with just 33 - helped keep Cleveland alive and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double to help the Indians end a four-game skid.
New York chased Baltimore starter Rich Hill after just three innings and took over sole possession of first place in the AL East as Boston lost in Texas. The Yankees remained undefeated at home against the Orioles this season thanks in part to Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano who both drove in two runs. Sergio Mitre picked up his first win since July 29, 2007 as he scuffled through 5 2/3 innings by allowing four runs (one unearned) and eight hits. The Orioles are now 1-13 on the road against division foes despite three-hit nights from both Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis.
Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann and Chicago's Clayton Richard dueled into the eighth inning but it was Niemann's Rays that came out on top thanks to some ninth-inning heroics. Pat Burrell drew a bases-loaded walk against White Sox closer Bobby Jenks then Carlos Pena added a sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay has now rallied to win in three of their last four games. While Niemann got the win, Richard was saddled with a no-decision despite allowing just one run over a career-high eight innings of work.
Magglio Ordonez hit a grand slam in the first inning as the Tigers compiled five runs before recording their first out to jump all over the Mariners. Despite building a seven-run lead after two innings, Detroit had to hang on late as Seattle steadily chipped away before falling short. The two teams combined for seven home runs in the first game of a three-game series. Rookie Rick Porcello picked up the win despite allowing five runs in five innings as the Tigers put behind them a weekend sweep at the hands of the Yankees.
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