The Wrap: AL
AL Video of the Night
For the second straight night, a pitch hit Boston's Kevin Youkilis and this time he took exception to it. Youkilis (6'1" 210 lbs.) charged the mound after being plunked by Detroit rookie Rick Porcello (6'5" 200 lbs.) and was then hip-tossed to the ground by Porcello, which led to the benches and bullpens being emptied. Porcello said he didn't throw at Youkilis on purpose but it didn't really matter as both men were still tossed from the game. After order was restored it was Youkilis's replacement, Mike Lowell, who started doing the damage. Lowell went 2 for 3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs to help push the Red Sox past the Tigers. Lowell's work helped Boston come back from an early 3-0 deficit and win their second straight.
The Orioles beat the A's for the first time since 2007 thanks to a solid outing by rookie starter David Hernandez. Hernandez allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his fourth win of the season but his first against a team he'd previously faced. The win ended Baltimore's three-game losing streak and a nine-game stretch of futility against Oakland. Despite delivering a quality start for the Athletics, Trevor Cahill joined the Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie as the AL's only 12-game losers as Cahill dropped his fourth straight.
Chicago's John Danks pitched eight innings of one-run ball and struck out eight but had to wait until the very end to see if he would get the win. After eight scoreless innings, the White Sox' bats came alive as Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as Chicago put an end to a two-game slide. Ramirez's blast came against Mariners reliever David Aardsma and spoiled a fine outing by rookie Doug Fister who was making his second major league start.
Ervin Santana shook of the effects of a mostly disastrous season for the Los Angeles starter to deliver his finest performance of the season: a three-hit complete game shutout. Santana picked up his fifth win of the season and third in a row but still entered the game with a 7.20 ERA and had not yet won at home this year. The lack of home victories is particularly astounding considering the fact that for his career, Santana's home-road splits aren't even close with his road ERA being nearly two runs worse (3.91 vs. 5.51). The Angels were able to get the better of Tampa Bay pitcher David Price who gave up three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to take the loss.
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