The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Obviously, I didn't do my job, but they did theirs."
-- Indians starting pitcher Carl Pavano, who gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in what still became a Cleveland victory
A four-run ninth inning propelled Cleveland past Los Angeles as the Angels dropped two in a row for the first time in over a month. Los Angeles seemed to be in control early after Juan Rivera, Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the second against Indians starter Carl Pavano. Cleveland returned the favor in the ninth though as Victor Martinez hit a three run blast that was immediately followed by a Jhonny Peralta solo shot as the Indians took Angels closer Brian Fuentes deep on consecutive pitches. Cleveland tallied 20 hits with Shin-Soo Choo and Peralta each registering four as the Indians picked up their fifth straight win and improved to 6-1 on their current nine-game road trip.
If Monday night's start against the Royals was a test for Orioles pitcher Rich Hill, then the left-hander probably failed. Hill lasted just 2 1/3 innings after giving up three runs, four hits and issuing three walks in 61 pitches. Hill's ERA ballooned to 7.80 for the season and he has walked 40 in less than 60 innings of work. Billy Butler led Kansas City's offense, going 5 for 5 with three RBI and two runs. Baltimore's Adam Jones went 1 for 3 with two RBI, hitting a solo home run and getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Red Sox used six extra base hits to help back pitcher Josh Beckett who became the majors' first 12-game winner of the season. Beckett allowed three runs over seven innings while striking out 10. Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie each drove in two runs while four Boston players had multi-hit games, led by Jacoby Ellsbury's three-hit performance.
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