The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He's made a career out of hitting pitchers' pitches and balls off the plate and he does damage with them. I've never faced a guy that covers as much of an area that he does."
-- Rays reliever Russ Springer, on Vladimir Guerrero after giving up the slugger's 400th career home run
Vladimir Guerrero hit two home runs including the 400th of his career and Kendry Morales chipped in two blasts of his own as the Angels outslugged the Rays on Monday. Tampa Bay hit two homers as well, as Jason Bartlett (who was a single shy of hitting for the cycle) and Carlos Pena each hit a solo shot. With both teams locked in offensively, neither starter made it through the fifth inning. Guerrero's homers extended his hitting streak to 12 games while also making him the seventh active player to have 400 home runs and 2,000 hits. Though the Rays lost the home run derby, than can take solace in the fact that they have now gone deep in 15 straight games.
The good news for the Orioles was that starter Jeremy Guthrie didn't add to his league-leading home run total, the bad news was that he still picked up his league-leading 12th loss of the season. Guthrie was charged with five runs and 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings as the Orioles fell at home against Oakland. Mark Ellis had a career high five hits and drove in four runs to lead the A's offense. The Orioles offense was held in check for eight innings as the team's only run came on a Luke Scott solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez played a large hand in Baltimore's quiet night, throwing six scoreless innings to earn the victory.
After saying goodbye to teammate Alex Rios who was claimed off waivers by the White Sox, the Blue Jays made the Yankees say goodbye to their seven-game winning streak. Toronto got 5 2/3 scoreless innings out of its bullpen in relief of starter Marc Rzepczynski. The 3 1/3 innings marked the shortest outing in the Toronto rookie's career as he gave up four runs and three homers on the night. Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay both hit solo home runs to help the Blue Jays hand New York starter Sergio Mitre his first loss of the season.
Boston was able to do three things against the Tigers on Monday that they couldn't do all weekend against the Yankees: score runs, rally and win. The Red Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Detroit's Edwin Jackson then watched as the Tigers clawed back into the game to tie it at five before putting an end to their six-game losing streak. J.D. Drew scored what became the winning run in the seventh inning off of a Nick Green sacrifice fly.
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