The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"We just got murdered. It wasn't much fun. Matter of fact, it was no fun. There was not really any fun."
-- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire accessing the thrashing his team took Wednesday
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and it was all downhill from there. Oakland pounded Twins starter Glen Perkins for eight runs in just one inning of work and scored eight more against two relievers to maul Minnesota. Oddly enough, the A's only hit one home run (a three-run shot from Scott Hairston) but had 18 hits and worked eight walks with every player except first baseman Daric Barton chiming in with at least one hit. After taking a 12-2 lead in the third inning of Game 1 of this series, the visiting Twins were outscored 30-5, yet somehow weren't swept.
The Yankees pounced on Orioles starter Jason Berken, scoring four runs in the first to win their ninth straight at home over Baltimore. Berken settled down after the first, allowing just one run over the following five innings but the damage was already done. Baltimore threatened several times against New York starter A.J. Burnett but failed to get on the scoreboard until the seventh inning. Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each had two hits to lead the Yankees. Adam Jones went 4 for 5 and he and Nick Markakis hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth against Brian Bruney but the O's couldn't complete the comeback.
Russell Branyan hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning to push the Mariners past the Tigers despite only tallying two hits. Both offenses were held in check by dominant starting pitching. Seattle ace Felix Hernandez lasted seven innings while Armando Galarraga went 7 1/3 but each allowed just one run - Hernandez was credited with the win and Galarraga caught a no-decision. For Galarraga it was just the third time he'd allowed fewer than three runs in a start since the beginning of May, a stretch of 15 starts.
The Angels registered their major league-leading 30th comeback victory of the year by taking advantage of the Royals' dodgy bullpen. Los Angeles put up five runs in the eighth inning to improve to 17 games over .500. Maicer Izturis drove in four runs as the Angels continue to produce offensively without Vladimir Guerrero or Torii Hunter in the lineup. Kansas City starter Brian Bannister left the game up 6-3 with two outs in the seventh inning but watched as his bullpen blew away the lead.
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