The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Normally this time of year, you got Hawaii already booked up."
-- Former Oriole and (Devil) Ray Aubrey Huff on playing for a team in a pennant race (the Detroit Tigers) for the first time in his career.
The Tigers picked up their fourth win in five games by rallying to score four runs in the eighth inning and put away the Mariners. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez held Detroit in check for seven innings, allowing just one run while striking out nine but watched as reliever Mark Lowe gave up four runs (two earned) in 1/3 of an inning. Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello struck out eight and gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision in his first start since being at the center of a bench-clearing brawl against the Boston Red Sox.
The Rays earned their third win in a row by hanging on to beat the Orioles. Baltimore scored twice in the top of the eighth inning to come within a run of Tampa Bay but could get no closer. David Price picked up the win, his third in his last four starts, by allowing two runs over five innings. Orioles rookie starter Jason Berken continued to have his struggles, giving up five runs (four via three home runs) in 5 2/3 innings. The loss dropped Baltimore to a season-low 23 games below .500.
Boston starter Josh Beckett was given an early four-run lead to play with and play with it he did, leaving after 5 1/3 innings after conceding seven runs and the lead. The seven earned runs were more than Beckett had combined to give up in his past four starts. Ultimately, it didn't matter as the Red Sox bats kept knocking around Blue Jays pitchers for the win. Boston chased Toronto starter Ricky Romero in the fourth inning and scored three more against reliever Casey Janssen in the eighth inning. Every Boston batter had at least one hit and Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz each drove in three runs. With the win and a Texas loss, the Red Sox are now tied with the Rangers for the lead in the AL wild card standings.
Derek Jeter recorded three hits for the third straight game as the Yankees bounced back from being shut out. Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui also helped the New York cause by tallying two hits apiece in Oakland. CC Sabathia gave up two solo home runs over eight innings and struck out seven for his fourth win in a row. Sabathia's victory also put him in a tie with Boston's Beckett and St. Louis's Adam Wainwright for most wins on the season at 14.
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