Friday American League Capsules. September 20th, 2008

Friday American League Capsules.

BOSTON 4, TORONTO 3

TORONTO Jason Varitek snapped a tie in the eighth inning by plating Jason Bay with a fielders choice as the Boston Red Sox recorded a 4-3 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Kevin Youkilis plated Varitek with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and Sean Casey followed with a two-run double for Boston (90-63), which remains 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays (91-61) in the American League East. The Rays cruised to an 11-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

After getting the final out of the seventh inning, Manny Delcarmen (0-2) quickly retired the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth to pick up the win. Delcarmen left in a favor of Hideki Okajima, who induced Lyle Overbay to fly out to left field to end the inning.

Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting in the ninth by committing a throwing error that advanced leadoff hitter Adam Lind to second base, but the righthander settled down and retired the next three batters to pick up his 39th save of the season.

Gregg Zaun and Travis Snider belted back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the second inning and Marco Scutaro added one of his own in the fifth for Toronto, which was mathematically eliminated from winning the division. Another loss – or Red Sox win – would also bring an end to the Blue Jays wild-card aspirations.

Brian Tallet (1-2) allowed one run and one hit in one-third of an inning to take the loss.

A.J. Burnett allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings while tossing a season-high 121 pitches.

TAMPA BAY 11, MINNESOTA 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida Carlos Pena hit a replay-aided three-run home run and rookie Evan Longoria drove in three runs as the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to an 11-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Penas 31st home run of the season was originally ruled a two-run double. However, it turned out to be a historic night as his hit produced the first reversal using instant replay.

Penas blast off Boof Bonser appeared to be touched by a fan before bouncing over the right field wall. First base umpire Mike DiMuro signaled fan interference, which brought both managers out of their respective dugouts.

The umpires convened and decided to look at the video. Following a delay of 4 minutes, 10 seconds, crew chief Gerry Davis signaled a home run.

Edwin Jackson (12-11) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings to pick up his first win in four starts.

Joe Mauer drove in the lone run for Minnesota.

NY YANKEES 3, BALTIMORE 2

BRONX, New York Robinson Cano belted a solo homer and Johnny Damon collected two hits in support of Carl Pavanos strong effort as the New York Yankees recorded a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

In the third inning, Cano connected for his 14th homer of the season and Brett Gardner laced an RBI double to even the score at 2-2 against Baltimore starter Radhames Liz (6-6).

In the fifth, the Yankees took the lead for good when Damon scored on a wild pitch from Liz with two outs and Alex Rodriguez at the plate. Damon had reached on a one-out single and promptly stole second before Derek Jeter singled to set up the clinching run.

Pavano (4-1) surrendered two runs and six hits over five innings. Four relievers bridged the gap for Mariano Rivera to pick up his 37th save of the season.

CLEVELAND 6, DETROIT 5

CLEVELAND Jamey Carrolls RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a wild night at Jacobs Field as the Cleveland Indians rallied to edge the Detroit Tigers, 6-5.

Shin-Soo Choo erased a 5-2 deficit in the eighth, belting a three-run homer into the right field stands for his second blast of the night.

An inning later, Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch to lead off and pinch runner Josh Barfield advanced to third on Ryan Garkos single. Carroll followed with a single to deep right field, plating the winning run.

Rafael Perez (4-3) combined with Rafael Betancourt to pitch a perfect ninth, striking out the only batter he faced.

Earlier in the game, four players were ejected after a benches-clearing brawl in the seventh inning. Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield was hit by a pitch and trotted to first, only to take issue with Indians righthander Fausto Carmona tossing a pickoff throw to first.

The two had words and Sheffield charged the mound, sparking a fight and a slew of minor scuffles as the benches and bullpens cleared. Sheffield, Carmona, Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco and Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez all were ejected.

CHI WHITE SOX 9, KANSAS CITY 4

KANSAS CITY, Missouri Alexei Ramirez belted a grand slam and Dewayne Wise added two solo home runs as the Chicago White Sox toppled the Kansas City Royals, 9-4.

Ramirezs blast sparked a six-run rally in the fourth inning against Royals starter Brian Bannister (8-16), who surrendered seven runs and eight hits in five frames. Nick Swisher scored on a wild pitch and Orlando Cabrera laced an RBI single to cap the outburst.

Jim Thome hit a homer in the fifth and Wise followed suit in the seventh and ninth to secure the victory for White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (14-11), who allowed three runs and six hits in six effective innings.

Mark Teahen hit a three-run shot in the fourth and David DeJesus had a run-scoring single in the seventh for the Royals.

LA ANGELS 15, TEXAS 13

ARLINGTON, Texas The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim erupted for season highs in runs and hits as they survived a battle with the Texas Rangers, 15-13.

Garret Anderson collected four hits and Torii Hunter added a home run and four RBI as the Angels won despite blowing a 7-0 lead and allowing the Rangers to score nine runs in the third inning.

After falling behind, 9-7, the Angels scrambled back with a run in the fourth and five in the fifth to move ahead for good.

Former Ranger Darren Oliver (6-1) picked up the victory despite allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Jamey Wright (7-7) took the loss, allowing five runs and six hits in just one inning.

OAKLAND 2, SEATTLE 0

OAKLAND, California Dana Eveland pitched seven solid innings as the Oakland Athletics stifled the Seattle Mariners, 2-0.

Eveland (9-8) allowed seven hits while striking out seven to pick up the win. Joey Devine didnt allow a hit in the eighth and Brad Ziegler worked around a pair of hits in the ninth to record his 10th save of the season.

Travis Buck led off the fourth with his fourth home run to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. Kurt Suzuki added an RBI single later in the frame.

Felix Hernandez (9-11) took the loss despite throwing eight effective innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out eight and walking one.

The Mariners have lost nine in a row and been outscored, 49-17, in the process.

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