The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I think enough's enough."
-- White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen on pitcher Jose Contreras who was removed from the rotation following Monday's game
For the third time in four games, Boston has combined with an opponent to score 15 or more runs as the Red Sox ripped the White Sox on Monday. Boston knocked out Chicago starter Jose Contreras after 2 2/3 innings, putting up seven runs against the aging pitcher. Contreras is just 1-5 in eight starts since the all-star break. The Red Sox needed all the runs they could get as their own starter scuffled through 4 2/3 innings. Clay Buchholz, who had allowed a combined four runs in his previous three starts, was torched for seven runs on six hits. Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer and J.D. Drew chipped in a solo shot while both Dustin Pedroia and Alex Gonzalez had 3-for-4 nights to power the Boston offense.
A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly were all the Twins needed to pick up their fourth straight win. Orioles starter Chris Tillman had carried a three-hit shutout into the sixth before allowing a leadoff single to Alexi Casilla and leaving after loading the bases with one out in the inning. Minnesota's Scott Baker was practically on cruise control, going seven innings while giving up one run on four hits to collect his sixth straight win. The Orioles' lone run came courtesy of Brian Roberts's RBI double in the third inning that scored Michael Aubrey.
Roy Halladay allowed season highs of eight runs and 12 hits over six innings as he followed up one of his shortest outings of the season with his worst. Four Tampa Bay players drove in more than one run led by Carlos Pena's three RBI as the Rays improved to 10-3 this season against the Blue Jays. Jeff Niemann picked up his 12th win but his night wasn't without its share of trouble. Tampa Bay's young right-hander survived a five run second inning to ultimately last 6 1/3 innings for his third consecutive victory.
The Tigers managed to build a 10-0 lead and that's when things got interesting. Justin Verlander lost control of the game after throwing five scoreless innings and being staked to a huge lead as the Angels clawed back into the game before Verlander claimed his 14th win of the season. After losing control, Verlander lost his temper as he and catcher Gerald Laird got into a heated argument in the Detroit dugout. Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver suffered just his second loss since the all-star break, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Tigers exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach and Miguel Cabrera did his part as well, going 3 for 5 with five RBI on the night.
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