The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I said, 'I'm going in in the eighth inning? Who's going to pitch the ninth?' "
-- Red Sox shortstop Nick Green who threw two scoreless innings of relief
Chicago battered Red Sox starter Junichi Tazawa for nine runs in four innings to avoid a four-game sweep in Boston. Prior to Thursday night, Tazawa had allowed a combined seven earned runs in his four previous starts but a lack of command on his secondary pitches led to an early exit. Jayson Nix had three hits while Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome each chipped in two to lead the White Sox offense. John Danks was the beneficiary of the run support and allowed two runs over six innings for his fourth straight quality start. The pitching star of the evening, however, was Boston shortstop Nick Green. Green, who hadn't pitched since his junior college days some 11 years ago, didn't allow any runs while pitching the eighth and ninth innings and hit 90 mph on the radar gun with his first two pitches.
Ian Kinsler went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the Rangers past the Yankees in a Thursday matinee game. A.J. Burnett struck out a season high 12 batters but was still saddled with the loss, giving up three runs in six innings. Burnett remains winless in the month of August, going 0-4 with a 6.03 ERA in six starts. Texas' win coupled with Boston's loss moved the Rangers within 1½ games of the AL wild-card lead.
The Orioles were one out away from a 4-3 victory but Cleveland's Andy Marte had other ideas. Marte hit a two-run homer off Baltimore closer Jim Johnson in the top of the ninth inning and Indians closer Kerry Wood shut the door in the bottom half to give Cleveland its fifth win in its past six games.
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