American League Capsules
Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 06:45 pm
TORONTO - Mark Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to become baseball's first 10-game winner, Edwin Encarnacion homered again and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday.
Buehrle (10-1) won his sixth straight decision. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three.
He lowered his ERA to 2.10, second-best in the AL to New York's Masahiro Tanaka, and improved to 25-12 lifetime against the Royals.
Encarnacion, who matched Mickey Mantle's AL record with 16 home runs in May, started off a new month with another drive. He hit a two-run shot off Aaron Crow in the eighth for his 19th homer of the season.
Jeremy Guthrie (2-5) lost his fifth straight decision.
TWINS 7, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Hughes pitched eight poised innings in his return to New York and wound up a winner when the Twins rallied past the Yankees behind big hits from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier in a six-run ninth.
Willingham belted a tying homer on the first pitch from closer David Robertson, denying rookie Chase Whitley his first major league victory. Robertson (0-2) then walked two batters and gave up Dozier's two-out double, putting the Twins on top 3-2.
Eduardo Nunez, also let go by the Yankees, lined a two-run double on Matt Daley's first pitch. Oswaldo Arcia added a two-run single off Matt Thornton to make it 7-2, all but sealing Minnesota's second victory in the three-game series.
Hughes (6-1) held his former team to three hits — all in a row to begin the fourth — and retired his final 15 batters during his sixth straight win.
RED SOX 4, RAYS 0
BOSTON (AP) — Jon Lester pitched seven shutout innings and Brock Holt drove in two runs with one of his four doubles to lift the Red Sox to their seventh straight win, completing a three-game sweep over the reeling Rays.
Boston's streak follows a 10-game skid, its longest in 20 years. The Red Sox said that matches a major league record for consecutive wins after a double-digit losing stretch, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
The 1989 Detroit Tigers did it after losing 12 in a row, and the 1942 Pittsburgh Pirates also did it after dropping 10 straight.
Holt had his big day after hitting his first major league homer in Saturday night's win. Garin Cecchini added an RBI double for his first major league hit.
Evan Longoria had a pair of singles for the Rays, who dropped their season-high sixth straight. Tampa Bay owns the AL's worst record at 23-34.
ORIOLES 9, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Manny Machado hit his first career grand slam, David Lough homered and drove in three runs, and the Orioles beat the Astros.
Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, leading the majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs, left in the third inning with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Scott Feldman. X-rays were negative and Cruz was listed as day to day.
Machado's towering shot capped a six-run sixth inning.
The 21-year-old Machado missed the first month after off-season knee surgery and has struggled since his return, prompting manager Buck Showalter to move him from the second spot to seventh in the batting order. He was back to batting second on Sunday and had two hits for the second straight game, raising his average to .230.
Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) got the win. Feldman (3-3) allowed nine runs in 5 1-3 innings.
ATHLETICS 6, ANGELS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie homered and drove in two runs against Oakland nemesis Jered Weaver and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Angels.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run single and Coco Crisp and Lowrie added RBI hits in a four-run third inning against Weaver (6-4) to give the A's their first home sweep of at least three games against the Angels since June 29-July 1, 2004.
Oakland leads the AL West by 4 1/2 games over Los Angeles, its largest pre-All-Star break lead since being 5 1/2 up in 1990.
The big inning was more than enough support for Sonny Gray (6-1), who allowed a pair of sacrifice flies and an RBI double by Erick Aybar in 6 2-3 innings to rebound from a rare rough start. Gray has 11 quality starts in 12 outings this season for a 2.45 ERA.
MARINERS 4, TIGERS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie Roenis Elias pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career, leading the Mariners over the Tigers.
Elias (4-4) struck out eight and walked one in his 12th major league start, and the first one to last longer than seven innings.
The 25-year-old left-hander from Cuba kept Detroit off balance with his curve, striking out five with the breaking ball. The Tigers only put one runner in scoring position, and Elias matched a career high with 111 pitches.
Max Scherzer (6-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
WHITE SOX 4, PADRES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale pitched a two-hitter, Paul Konerko homered and the White Sox defeated the Padres.
Sale (5-0) struck out nine, walked none and threw 100 pitches. He froze Everth Cabrera for a called strike three to end the game, lowering his ERA to 1.59 ERA in seven starts.
Sale has allowed just one earned run in his last 25 innings, a span of four starts. The lefty was on the disabled list in late April because of a strained muscle in his pitching arm.
Konerko had two hits and drove in three runs as the White Sox won for the eighth time in 13 games.
Eric Stults (2-6) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.
INDIANS 6, ROCKIES 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Bourn's two-run homer in the ninth inning gave the Indians a win over the Rockies and a sweep of their three-game series.
Bourn hit an 0-1 pitch into the right-field seats off Adam Ottavino (0-2). Mike Aviles singled and took second on George Kottaras' sacrifice before Bourn hit his second home run of the season.
Bourn raced around the bases and threw his helmet into the air as he was mobbed by his teammates at home plate. The walk-off win was Cleveland's fourth of the season.
Scott Atchison (2-0) worked around a two-out double in the ninth by striking out Charlie Blackmon to end the inning.
Colorado completed a 2-7 road trip and has lost four straight for the first time since last September.