The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"No one feels sorry for us for being in last place."
-- Royals Manager Trey Hillman whose last place squad has now won five straight against the division-leading Tigers
The Royals picked up their seventh win in their last eight games and fifth straight over the Tigers by throttling the AL Central leaders. Detroit starter Jarrod Washburn gave up four runs in just one inning of work as his knee continues to bother him, the latest blow to a suddenly thin rotation. Last week the Tigers lost both Nate Robertson and Armando Galarraga to injuries and have gotten almost nothing out of Jeremy Bonderman and Dontrelle Willis this season. Detroit has lost six of its last eight games but still holds a 4½ game lead in the division. Making his third start of the season, Robinson Tejeda picked up the win, allowing one run and two hits over five innings to defeat Detroit twice in one week. Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo each hit three-run homers to power the Royals offense.
Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the Red Sox and showed he's still more than capable of helping the team. Matsuzaka tossed six scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the year in his first start since June 19. John Lackey was the hard-luck loser in what may be a playoff preview, allowing three runs over 7 2/3 innings. With a win and another Texas loss, the Red Sox extended their AL wild-card lead to 5½ games.
The Blue Jays knocked around Yankees starter Sergio Mitre for seven runs in five innings, and then the two teams started knocking around each other. Two Blue Jays hitters were plunked during the game leading Toronto reliever Jesse Carlson to hit Jorge Posada in the eighth inning. The two players eyed each other but the fireworks didn't go off until Posada bumped into Carlson after scoring (Carlson was backing up home plate). The contact led to both benches clearing and both players getting tossed. Before the brawl occurred, Toronto had already staked itself to a healthy lead, allowing ace Roy Halladay to pick up his 15th win of the season. It's the fourth straight season Halladay has tallied at least 15 wins and he's reached that mark in six of the past eight seasons. The Blue Jays offense was powered by five home runs, including two from rookie Travis Snider.
In a role reversal from Monday night, the Orioles allowed four runs in the first inning but managed to come back and win, and even did it against Rays rookie of the year candidate Jeff Niemann. Matt Wieters had his best offensive game in the majors, driving in five runs including a three-run blast as Baltimore, down 5-0 at one point, earned its largest comeback victory since overcoming a nine-run deficit against Boston in June. Batting third, Brian Roberts went 3 for 4 and hit his 52nd double of the season, setting a franchise record. Tampa Bay's Niemann gave up a career-high 11 hits and suffered his first loss since July 26.
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