The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"What was the count at the end, 3-4 to Green?"
-- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said sarcastically questioning some of the ump's calls in a crucial at-bat between his closer Brian Fuentes and Boston's Nick Green
Alex Gonzalez hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Red Sox to a come-from-behind win. Boston rallied twice in the game to pick up its seventh straight victory. Nick Green worked a controversial walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the tying run, a situation that caused Angels closer Brian Fuentes to blow his seventh save of the year, lose his fifth game and later to lose his cool. Six Los Angeles players had multi-hit games, led by Erick Aybar's 4-for-6 performance. The Angels have now lost three in a row and four of their last five, yet remain six games ahead of Texas in the AL West.
A pair of rookies made a rainy night in Baltimore worthwhile for the few fans that showed up and the handful that stuck around. Matt Wieters was clutch for Baltimore for the second night in a row, delivering his first walk-off home run, a two-run shot off Russ Springer that lifted the Orioles to their second straight win. Chris Tillman allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings of work but didn't pick up the win for Baltimore. Following a nearly two-hour long rain delay that interrupted the eighth inning, Orioles closer Jim Johnson allowed Tampa Bay to tie the game at two thanks to Ben Zobrist's solo home run in the top of the ninth which set the stage for Wieters's heroics. The loss was the Rays' 13th in their past 14 games and dropped the team to .500 for the first time in over three months.
With Jorge Posada serving a three-game suspension for Tuesday night's brawl, Yankees third-string catcher Francisco Cervelli stepped up and stroked a pinch-hit single that scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Cervelli's game-winner served as New York's 14th walk-off hit of the season, but it wasn't without any help. In the eighth, Hideki Matsui hit a two-run blast to bring the Yankees even with the visiting Blue Jays. The win improved New York's record in September to 11-5 as the team heads out on a west coast road trip.
The Rangers continue to plummet out of the playoff picture, getting shut out for the third time in four games on Wednesday night. Texas has scored just one run in its past four games, a dry spell that comes on the heels of the team having scored 41 runs in five games. Oakland rookie Trevor Cahill lasted seven innings and allowed the Rangers' lone hit of the night in the second inning. Though out of the running for a spot in the playoffs, the A's have won three straight and eight of their last 10 as the young squad tries to end the season on a high note.
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