The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's just destiny when he's up."
-- Mariners reliever Chris Jakubauskas on teammate Ken Griffey Jr. who drove in the game winning (and only) run in the 14th inning
The longest scoreless game in Seattle history came to a fitting conclusion as Ken Griffey Jr. delivered the game winning run in the 14th inning. Griffey, the franchise's best player, stepped up as a pinch hitter with two outs in the inning and drilled a single off the outfield wall to score Adrian Beltre from second. Felix Hernandez struck out 10 during his seven scoreless innings while Chicago starter Mark Buehrle tossed eight scoreless innings in his best start since throwing a perfect game. The White Sox had their chances to score, putting a runner on third base in six different innings without finding a way to get on the board.
Manager Dave Trembley's pregame pep talk seemed to do the Orioles little good as the usual array of base running gaffes and inconsistent pitching led to another loss. Baltimore wrapped up its season series with Oakland, going 1-5 against the AL West's last place team. Orioles starter Jason Berken was able to get out of a jams in both the first and second innings but paid the price in a four-run fourth inning. The A's now get their first day off since the all-star break after concluding a 28-games-in-28-days stretch by going 14-14 with three straight series victories.
Robinson Cano went 2 for 5 and drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 11th inning. Cano's hit allowed Alex Rodriguez to score from second base, Rodriguez originally got on base after being hit by a pitch, making him one of New York's walking wounded. Rodriguez got hit in the elbow and lost feeling in his left arm while Derek Jeter is dealing with a bruised right foot after being hit in the first inning. Both players had X-rays taken after the game with the results coming back negative while Jorge Posada has a swollen right hand after being hit with a foul ball. The slew of injuries couldn't come at a worse time for the Yankees as they head off for a 10-game road trip that begins in Seattle.
Josh Beckett became the majors' first 14-game winner by giving up just two runs over seven innings. While Beckett was making news for winning, Detroit's Zach Miner picked up the loss to achieve a rare feat. Miner has now taken two losses in the series while starting one of the games. Miner got the start Wednesday night and also came on in relief to take the loss Monday. Miner, who gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings, was an emergency starter as Armando Galarraga was out with a sore throat. Surprisingly, the game went on without incident a day after the two benches cleared. The league office issued five-game suspensions to both Tigers starter Rick Porcello and Boston's Kevin Youkilis for their actions during the brawl.
The Angels were able to complete a three-game home sweep of the Rays thanks largely to a five-run seventh inning. After going 1-5 on a six-game road trip, Tampa Bay will be happy to be headed home. On the season, the Rays have a .424 winning percentage on the road compared to a .667 percentage at Tropicana Field. The Angels took the lead in the sixth thanks to a three-run homer from Gary Matthews Jr. then blew open the game in the seventh. Tampa Bay got two home runs from Carlos Pena and one from Pat Burrell in the losing effort.
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