The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"How 'bout magic Joe Saunders?"
-- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia humorously attempting to divert questions about his team's magic number (six) to his starting pitcher
Joe Saunders gave up two runs and seven hits over 8 2/3 innings as the Angels kicked off a 10-game homestand with a victory over the Yankees. Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the bottom of the first inning to give Los Angeles an early lead that it would not relinquish. Andy Pettitte took the loss for New York, his first since July 25; he had gone 5-0 over the nine starts in between losses. The Yankees have lost three of their last four as they trudge through a late-season west coast swing.
The Twins prevailed in a battle of division foes headed in opposite directions. Nick Blackburn tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win for Minnesota who moved within 2 ½ games of idle Detroit for the AL Central lead. Chicago, meanwhile, is now seven games out of first, have lost five of their last six and got booed at home Monday night. Orlando Cabrera went 2 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead a Twins team that has now won seven of its last eight games.
The Royals shrugged off two six-run deficits to top the Red Sox on a rain-soaked evening in Kansas City. The Royals have won 11 of their last 14 games with seven of their wins coming against teams currently holding spots in the playoffs (Los Angeles, Detroit and Boston). Both starting pitchers were battered with Kansas City's Lenny DiNardo giving up eight runs in five innings while his Boston counterpart, Tim Wakefield, coughed up five runs in five innings. The Royals' three through five hitters combined for seven RBI and five runs scored and drew three of the 11 walks that Red Sox pitchers issued.
David Purcey picked up his first win since Sept. 7 of last year, allowing one run over 7 1/3 innings to end the Blue Jays' four-game losing streak. Travis Snider drove in three runs while Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion each tallied two RBI to lead the Toronto offense. Orioles starter Chris Tillman gave up four runs in five innings of work to take the loss and the team used six relievers to round out Baltimore's fifth straight loss. At 60-90, the Orioles need to win four of their final 13 games (all of which are against teams that are out of the playoff picture) to avoid the franchise's first 100-loss season since 1988 and third since moving to Baltimore in 1954.
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