The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"That's about as good as I've seen any pitcher in my time here at this level."
-- Indians Manager Eric Wedge on Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke struck out 15 to earn his 12th win of the season. The 15 strikeouts are a Royals record and came over eight innings of two-run ball, as the Kansas City ace allowed one walk and five hits over 117 pitches. The six runs of support were a luxury for Greinke as he entered Tuesday night's game sporting the American League's lowest ERA while also getting the fewest runs in support. Mitch Maier and Mike Jacobs both drove in two runs to lead the Kansas City offense.
The Twins have picked a good time to get rolling, as Minnesota won its fifth straight for the team's longest winning streak of the season. Minnesota clinched a win in the bottom of the ninth as Delmon Young hit a game-winning single off Baltimore reliever Kam Mickolio, driving in Michael Cuddyer for the winning run. Several Orioles players contributed to the one-run loss but perhaps none more so than reliever Brian Bass who, in trying to protect a 6-3 lead, faced five batters and allowed each of them to reach base and left after giving up three runs without recording an out in the sixth inning.
The Rangers withstood a furious Yankees rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to escape with a victory in the first of a three-game series. Texas carried a 10-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth then watched as relievers Jason Grilli and Frank Francisco allowed two runs apiece before finally snuffing out New York. The Yankees staked themselves to a four-run lead after the first inning but Joba Chamberlain couldn't hold it together and ultimately picked up his fourth loss of the season.
Victor Martinez came off the bench to drive in the game-tying run in the seventh and later drove in an insurance run as Boston maintains its 1½-game lead in the AL wild card standings. In the win, Jacoby Ellsbury picked up his 55th stolen base of the season to set a Red Sox record. Both Chicago starter Freddy Garcia and Boston's Jon Lester gave up three runs and pitched into the seventh inning but neither collected the win. The White Sox have now lost three in a row since late July and have fallen into a second place tie in the AL Central with the Minnesota Twins as both trail the Detroit Tigers by 4½ games.
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