The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"This is one of my favorite starts of my career."
-- Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander who righted the ship after getting rocked for five runs in the first inning
Clete Thomas earned his first walk-off home run in his career, blasting a Danys Baez offering to straight-away center field and lead Detroit past Baltimore. The Orioles had Tigers starter Justin Verlander on the ropes early but failed to deliver the knockout blow. Despite a five-run first inning, Verlander settled down to strikeout eight over eight innings and collect a no-decision. Making the second start of his career, Chris Tillman worked six innings, giving up five runs (including three in the bottom of the first inning) while collecting five strikeouts.
The A's tallied all three of their runs in the bottom of the ninth thanks largely to a two-run triple from pinch hitter Rajai Davis. Texas's C.J. Wilson blew his third save in 16 attempts this season to take the loss. Dustin Nippert got the start for the Rangers in place of the injured Kevin Millwood. Nippert threw five scoreless innings but couldn't pick up the win. Oakland's Brett Anderson seemed in line to take a hard-luck loss but also ended up with a no-decision after allowing just two runs and six hits over 7 2/3 innings.
Zack Greinke matched his shortest outing of the season, lasting just five innings as the Rays had little difficulty against one of baseball's best pitchers. Tampa Bay managed six runs and 10 hits against Greinke who entered the game leading the majors with a 2.08 ERA. Carl Crawford drove in a game-high three runs and, along with Jason Bartlett, also tallied three hits. Bartlett, Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar each drove in two runs. Scott Kazmir picked up the win for the Rays to win his second straight decision, it's the first time he's done that this season since winning his first two starts of the year.
August 4, 2009; 7:58 AM ET
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