The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I think you throw that pitch to anybody else in the league and they are going to strike out on it."
-- Blue Jays Manager Cito Gaston on the curveball Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners hit to drive in the game winning run.
Seattle snapped a four-game skid as Ichiro Suzuki drove in Rob Johnson in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Mariners past the Blue Jays. Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings but failed to get a decision as his bullpen failed him, giving up the tying two runs in the eighth inning. Ichiro finished the day 3 for 4 with two runs scored and his first walk-off hit while Jack Hannahan also chipped in three hits for the Mariners.
Jason Berken's second quality start of his career was likely good enough to help retain his job even if it couldn't get the Orioles a win. John Buck singled in Mark Teahen (who reached base on a swinging bunt) in the top of the 11th to push the Royals to their second straight win. Kansas City had not won two in a row in over three weeks. A lack of clutch hitting doomed Baltimore as the team went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position Tuesday night.
Nick Green's two throwing errors in the ninth inning helped the Athletics score three runs in the inning and ultimately push past the Red Sox for the victory as Jonathan Papelbon was charged with his third blown save of the season. Oakland strung together 21 hits against Boston (led by Adam Kennedy's 5-for-7 evening) and scored twice in the top of the 11th to edge past the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Mark Buehrle picked up where he left off after throwing a perfect game last Thursday, carrying another perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday night and retiring a major league-record 45 consecutive batters in the process. Despite the impressive streak, Buehrle was still saddled with the loss as the Twins rallied past the White Sox. Buehrle was responsible for all five of Minnesota's runs, allowing one to score in the sixth and four in his seventh and final inning as bloop hits ruined his evening.
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