The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"We seem to bring out a lot in him."
-- Red Sox Manager Terry Francona on the Rays' Evan Longoria who has seven homers and 24 RBI in 11 games against Boston this year
Evan Longoria hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Rays past the Red Sox. Longoria's blast came against Takashi Saito who was in his second inning of relief work for Boston. Jon Lester held Tampa Bay in check for six innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out 10. Matt Garza did his part for the Rays also, giving up two runs over seven innings. Longoria's evening was a bit of feast or famine as he struck out four times but also delivered two home runs, the first of which came in the eighth inning.
Brian Matusz gave up one run and six hits in five innings to go along with five strikeouts as the Orioles rookie won his major league debut. Matusz was Baltimore's top pick in last year's amateur draft and was called up to replace fellow rookie pitcher Brad Bergesen who is on the 15-day disabled list. Matusz also became the fifth Baltimore pitcher to win his debut this season, something that no team has done since 1888. Perhaps equally important for the Orioles was the fact that the team was able to tally eight runs against Jarrod Washburn. Washburn was named the American League's top pitcher for the month of July and was making his first start since being dealt from Seattle to Detroit at the trade deadline. Nick Markakis and Cesar Izturis each had three hits, drove in three runs and hit a home run to lead the O's attack.
Scott Podsednik singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to push the White Sox past the Angels. The loss snapped Los Angeles's five-game winning streak while also serving as the team's first road defeat in nine games. Things seemed to be going the Angels' way early as Chicago starter Jose Contreras gave up three runs, five walks but just one hit before getting pulled after 2 2/3 innings. D.J. Carrasco came out of the bullpen to stabilize the game for the White Sox, pitching four innings of two-hit ball to pick up the win.
The Yankees knocked around Toronto ace Roy Halladay for five runs (four earned), three solo home runs and 10 hits to pick up the victory. Halladay has just one win in his seven starts since returning from the disabled list but lost consecutive starts for the first time this season. Despite getting knocked around some, Halladay still managed to pitch a complete game. While Halladay was having his struggles, Andy Pettitte was doing fine for New York, throwing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to pick up the win, his first since July 1.
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