The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"There's no sense in turning around. Game over."
-- Orioles reliever Jim Johnson explaining his reaction (or lack thereof) after giving up a walk-off home run against the Yankees
Hideki Matsui hit a walk-off two-run homer to lift the Yankees past the Orioles. Baltimore got on the board first, as Nick Markakis delivered a solo home run in the top of the first. Eric Hinske tied up the game in the bottom of the second with his own solo shot. The two early home runs served as the only blemishes for both starting pitchers. Rookie David Hernandez allowed just three hits over six innings while the ageless Andy Pettitte went 7 1/3 innings while striking out eight and allowing just six hits. Baltimore had two consecutive runners thrown out at home in the eighth inning to fall to 1-12 on the road against AL East foes this season. The win was New York's third straight 2-1 victory and pulled the Yankees into a tie for first place atop the division with the Boston Red Sox.
Oakland prevailed in a wild, shockingly high-scoring affair at the Coliseum by rallying from a 10-run deficit, good for the largest comeback in franchise history. The Twins smacked around A's starter Gio Gonzalez for 11 runs in less than three innings with Justin Morneau driving in seven of them to give Minnesota a 12-2 midway through the third inning. Oakland battled back however, scoring three times in the bottom of the third, twice in the fourth and then exploding for seven runs in the seventh. Matt Holliday hit two home runs including a grand slam in the seventh to help push the Athletics to victory. The game, which clocked in at 3 hours 32 minutes, came to an end when Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a wild pitch. The two teams combined for 27 runs, 39 hits, 72 total bases while the Twins pitchers (five in all) failed to strike out a single batter.
The Rangers blasted John Smoltz for three home runs as part of a five-run fifth inning to pick up the win. Michael Young led off the inning with a home run, a few batters later David Murphy hit a two-run shot, on the very next pitch, Jarrod Saltalamacchia went deep to send Smoltz to the showers. Kevin Millwood benefited from the offensive surge as he gave up two runs on six hits over six innings to pick up his first win of the month.
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