The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's good on paper, but it's not good enough."
-- Rays pitcher David Price who lost Sunday despite allowing three runs over seven innings
Scott Feldman threw seven shutout innings and struck out 11 to pick up his fifth straight road win and help Texas avoid a three-game sweep in Tampa Bay. The victory kept the Rangers alone in second place behind the Red Sox for the AL wild card at a game back while the Rays are three games behind. David Price allowed three runs on three hits in seven innings as the Rays pitcher had his streak of five straight home wins snapped. Michael Young and Ivan Rodriguez both drove in a pair of runs to account for the Rangers' offense.
The Orioles picked up their first series win since the all-star break, taking two of three in Chicago. Baltimore hadn't won a road series since early July and got a surprisingly effective start out of rookie Jason Berken who was the victim of two first-inning errors yet still pitched into the sixth inning for his third win of the season. Berken, a Wisconsin native, was able to pitch in front of family that drove in and saw him outduel Mark Buehrle who remains winless (0-6) since throwing his perfect game. Four Orioles had multi-hit games led by Brian Roberts's 3 for 4 performance, while Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold both took Buehrle deep.
Josh Beckett became the fourth pitcher in this three game series to allow seven or more runs, allowing all eight of New York's as the Yankees left Fenway Park by taking two of three. New York's Andy Pettitte (seven) and A.J. Burnett (nine) and Boston's Brad Penny (eight) were the equally unfortunate pitchers in a highly offensive series. To his credit, Beckett avoided the big inning, and didn't walk anyone it was just that five of the nine hits he allowed in his eight innings of work left the stadium. While Beckett was struggling, Sabathia was dealing, striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings for his major league-leading 15th win of the season that also was his fifth straight victory and seventh in his last eight starts.
Minnesota Twins 10, Kansas City Royals 3
Michael Cuddyer homered twice in the same inning to turn a pitcher's duel into a rout. Cuddyer's homers came as part of an eight-run seventh inning - he started off the inning with a solo shot against Royals starter Brian Bannister and later hit a two-run blast off of reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The game had been tied at one apiece with Bannister battling Carl Pavano before Minnesota pulled away. The win gave the Twins their first road sweep since June 2008 against San Diego.
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