The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"We're not mathematically out of it, but our chances aren't very good right now."
-- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler whose team has fallen back 2 ½ games in the AL West race during a nine-game homestand
Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs as the Angels took two of three from the struggling Rangers in Texas. The Rangers closed out a nine-game homestand with a 2-7 record while being shut out four times. John Lackey picked up the win for the Angels despite allowing three runs in the first inning, his final line was six innings, five runs and four strikeouts. Lackey's five earned runs were the most the right-hander has allowed in his past five starts.
The Tigers managed to avoid a three-game sweep in Minnesota and clings to a three-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central. Nate Robertson allowed two runs over five innings to pick up the win for Detroit and his first since April 11. Placido Polanco went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs as the Tigers picked up their first win of a nine-game road trip. Minnesota went 6-3 during a nine game homestand and had won all six in a row before Sunday's loss. The Twins now hit the road for 10 of their final 13 games.
The Royals seem to be relishing the opportunity to play spoiler as Kansas City picked up its 10th win it last 13 games, all against division opponents. The Royals got another solid outing from reliever-turned-starter Robinson Tejeda who gave up one run and three hits over six innings while earning his third win in four starts. Tejeda has gone at least five innings in each start and hasn't allowed more than one run in any of them. Freddy Garcia was the hard-luck loser for Chicago, allowing just two runs over eight innings - his longest start of the season. The White Sox have now lost four of their last five with their only win having come on Saturday when pitcher Jake Peavy finally made his debut for the team.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Bay each drove in three runs as the Red Sox completed their season series with the Orioles on Sunday. Boston won 16 of 18 games against Baltimore this year, including the last eight straight. The Orioles were in trouble from the early going as starting pitcher Jason Berken coughed up six runs in just three innings of work. Matt Wieters continued to be a late-season bright spot for Baltimore, delivering his second straight three-hit game.
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