The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I'm not a math guy, but I believe that tomorrow is a must-win situation."
-- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire whose team must, in fact, win Thursday to keep its postseason hopes alive
Carl Pavano had dominated the Tigers this year, going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA, but when it mattered most, Detroit got its revenge, tagging the right-hander for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. With the victory, the Tigers now just need one win Thursday against the Twins to clinch the AL Central. Magglio Ordonez led the charge for Detroit, driving in three runs while Brandon Inge chipped in two RBI of his own. Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one half-inning but couldn't hold on for long.
Roy Halladay tossed his third shutout of the season and second in a row as the Blue Jays thumped the reeling Red Sox. Halladay struck out six and allowed just three hits - two to leadoff man Joey Gathright. Jose Bautista and Lyle Overbay each tallied three RBI while Aaron Hill, Randy Ruiz and John McDonald all drove in two runs to help push Toronto to its sixth straight victory while handing Boston its sixth loss in a row.
The Orioles seem to have turned into an incredible losing machine, collecting their 13th straight loss, the longest streak in the majors this year. Ben Zobrist's three-run homer in the third inning off of Baltimore's David Hernandez pushed the Rays to their fourth straight win. The Orioles showed some life late, scoring three runs in the eighth inning, thanks partly to a two-run homer from pinch hitter Ty Wigginton.
Five Angels pitchers combined to shut out the Rangers on Wednesday night to hand the Rangers, who had their playoff hopes dashed Monday night, their fourth loss in a row. Matt Palmer allowed one hit over five innings to improve to 11-2 on the season but has only 13 starts with this one being his first since July 25.
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