The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Our starter goes eight innings and we get shut out. That's something you don't see every day."
-- Yankees Manager Joe Girardi coming to terms with the fact that his team was blanked in Oakland
Brett Tomko, who was with New York earlier this season, shut down his former team for five innings to earn his second win of the season. A.J. Burnett took the loss for the Yankees, pitching a full eight innings as the Yankees lost for just the third time this month and were shut out for the first time since June 23 against the Atlanta Braves. All three of the A's runs came in the fourth inning as Oakland's Nos. 2 through 4 hitters each crossed the plate.
The Angels blasted away in Baltimore, scoring all of their runs via the long ball. Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run and a three-run homer, Kendry Morales added a two-run shot of his own while Maicer Izturis hit a solo blast in the sixth. Orioles rookie starter David Hernandez gave up five runs in 5 1/3 inning while reliever Cla Meredith allowed the other three via Guerrero's second home run of the night. Ervin Santana yielded three runs over six innings as Los Angeles improved to 6-6 on the year.
The Rangers began building on their lead in the AL wild card standings by picking up a half-game to stretch their lead to a full game over the idle Boston Red Sox. Texas did most of its damage early, scoring three runs in the first inning and four in the second to create an advantage they wouldn't give up. The Rangers chased Twins starter Francisco Liriano after two innings and Minnesota placed the struggling starter on the 15-day disabled list after the game with a tired arm. Liriano's bad night clearly put Minnesota in a hole but the team's bullpen strung together six innings of one-run ball so there was that.
Mark Buehrle is still in search of his first win since throwing his perfect game on July 23. Buehrle exited the game with a one-run lead but watched as reliever Scott Linebrink coughed up the lead before ultimately collecting the win. The White Sox' bats stepped up and knocked around Royals starter Brian Bannister for seven runs in seven innings. Chicago has now won three of its last four games and has scored exactly eight runs in each of those three wins.
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