The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He certainly didn't have very good success today."
-- Tigers Manager Jim Leyland on pitcher Jarrod Washburn who got shelled for eight runs Monday night
The Rays put up six runs in the top half of the first inning and never looked back as Tampa Bay knocked off the AL Central-leading Tigers. Detroit pitcher Jarrod Washburn allowed eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings as he continued his struggles since coming to Detroit at the trade deadline. Washburn is now 1-2 in six starts with the Tigers and has allowed three or more earned runs in all but one start. In 20 games with Seattle this season, Washburn had given up more than three runs just five times. Carlos Pena drove in a game-high four runs to lead Tampa Bay and was one of three players to tally three hits. Detroit attempted a small rally against the Rays bullpen, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before losing.
Jeremy Guthrie gave the Orioles his third straight quality start but failed to pick up his third straight win as the Yankees knocked around Baltimore reliever Mark Hendrickson for three runs in the eighth inning. Guthrie was on the hook for two runs over six innings to take the loss. Andy Pettitte continued his mastery of the Orioles, allowing one run over eight innings while striking out eight to improve to 26-6 all time against Baltimore.
The Twins took the first game in a showdown between two teams chasing Detroit for the AL Central title. Minnesota closed within 3½ games of the Tigers (who lost to Tampa Bay) by handing the White Sox their fourth straight loss and eighth defeat in their last nine games. The Twins did most of their damage against Chicago starter Gavin Floyd in the third inning as Joe Mauer hit a solo shot in the inning and Jason Kubel followed two batters later with a two-run homer of his own. Minnesota has now won 10 of its last 13 contests as it looks to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Adam Lind drove in eight runs as the Blue Jays throttled the Rangers on Monday night. Lind hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and a solo home run as part of a seven-run ninth. Toronto catcher Rod Barajas also went deep twice, hitting a three-run shot in the first inning and a solo homer in the fifth. The Blue Jays chased Texas starter Derek Holland after three innings, having knocked around the 22-year-old rookie for 10 runs. The sudden offensive output was reminiscent of Toronto's early-season run and allowed rookie and University of Maryland product Brett Cecil to pick up his sixth win of the season despite giving up seven runs over five innings. Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz each drove in three runs for Texas in the losing effort. With Boston idle Monday, the Rangers wasted an opportunity to gain a half-game on the wild-card leading Red Sox.
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