The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Sleep is more tranquil, food tastes better and I like my dog a whole lot more."
-- Rays Manager Joe Maddon after the team ended its 11-game skid
Apparently a trip to Baltimore is all you need to cure an 11-game losing streak, just ask the Rays. Tampa Bay starter David Price shook off a rough first inning to give up four runs (three earned) over seven innings and pick up the team's first win since Sept. 2. The eight runs ties fro the most the Rays have scored this month, the only other time they scored that many was, you guessed it, their last win which was an 8-5 decision over Boston. Rookie Reid Brignac led Tampa's charge, going 4 for 4 with a home run and two doubles.
Marco Scutaro's error in the bottom of the 10th inning on what looked to be a sure-fire double play cost the Blue Jays their chance to pick up a series victory for just the second time in their past 10 attempts. Toronto seemed to be in the driver's seat after scoring five runs in the sixth inning off of Detroit ace Justin Verlander, however a three-run pinch-hit homer from Aubrey Huff in the bottom of the ninth inning forced extra innings. Brandon Inge scored the winning run for the Tigers on Scutaro's late-game gaffe.
After winning seven of their previous eight games, the Angels have now lost two of their last three after dropping a make-up game against the Yankees in New York. The meeting of the AL's two best records proved to be a close one and one that was won in the eighth inning. Brett Gardner stole third for the Yankees and the attempted pick off throw went into left field allowing the speedy outfielder to score the tying run. New York would tack on another in the inning and Mariano Rivera shut the door in the ninth inning.
Brett Tomko picked up the 100th win of his career in impressive fashion, working a complete game shutout as Oakland earned its third win in its last four games. Tomko is 5-3 on the season having pitched for the Yankees and now the A's in 2009 - Oakland is his ninth franchise in his 13-year career. The journeyman put it all together for night though, needing only 114 pitches to complete his five-hit masterpiece. Texas has now been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time this season and managed to drop a half-game further back of the idle Boston Red Sox in the AL wild-card race. Scott Feldman took the loss for the Rangers, putting an end to his seven-game winning streak and handing him his first road defeat since June 19.
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