The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"You're not always going to win. It's not always going to be an oil painting."
-- Rays Manager Joe Maddon, after what I guess he might qualify as more of a watercolor win over the Red Sox
The Rays managed to get five runs (four earned) against Boston's Josh Beckett to take the second game of a three-game series against the team they are trying to catch in the AL wild-card race. Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell both hit home runs off of Beckett, who got a no-decision after also compiling nine strikeouts over six innings for the Red Sox. In his last four starts (0-1), Beckett has allowed at least five runs.
CC Sabathia picked up his major league-leading 16th win of the season, striking out nine and allowing just one run over seven innings as the Yankees continued their dominance over the Orioles. New York improved to 12-3 against their division foe in a game in which the score doesn't reflect how close it was. The Yankees exploded for seven runs in the top of the ninth inning, as Baltimore Manager Dave Trembley need three pitchers to record the final three outs. Alex Rodriguez went 3 for 5 for New York and drove in four runs while Johnny Damon went 4 for 5 and scored two runs.
The White Sox finally broke through against the Twins, knocking around Minnesota closer Joe Nathan for all four of their runs as Chicago notched just its second win this season and third since the summer of 2007 at the Metrodome. For Nathan it was his fifth blown save this year, but second in his past six appearances. The loss snapped the Twins' three-game winning streak while the White Sox avoided a sweep.
The Rangers inched closer to the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race, pulling within 2½ games after completing a three game sweep of the Blue Jays. Toronto has now lost six of its last seven and given up 10 or more hits in six of their last seven games, as well.
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