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American League Roundup: Angels ride eight-run eighth

August 10, 2008

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Angels 11, Yankees 4

Anaheim, Calif. - Vladimir Guerrero triggered an eight-run eighth inning with a home run. Los Angeles, which began the day 13 games ahead of Texas in the AL-West, improved to a season-high 30 games over .500.

Mark Teixeira, Garret Anderson and Mike Napoli added solo home runs for Los Angeles, which has scored 30 runs in winning three straight.

The Yankees have lost four of six. In the four losses, they've given up 38 runs; in two wins, they've allowed just three.

After striking out all three times he faced Dan Giese, Guerrero led off the eighth against Edwar Ramirez (3-1) and drove the right-hander's first pitch of the game to right-center for his 21st homer and a 4-3 lead.

Anderson added an RBI single, former Yankee Juan Rivera hit a two-run double, Chone Figgins singled home another run and Napoli scored on a wild pitch. Maicer Izturis then hit an RBI single and Guerrero drove in Figgins to cap the Angels' most productive inning of the season. Seven of the runs came with none out. Scot Shields (5-3) pitched a hitless eighth inning for the win.

Giese allowed a run and three hits over six innings and struck out five in his third major league start. The 31-year-old right-hander handed a 3-1 lead to Jose Veras, who promptly surrendered solo homers by Anderson and Napoli in the seventh.

Orioles 9, Rangers 0

Baltimore - Daniel Cabrera stymied Texas for six innings, and Baltimore got a homer and four RBIs from Melvin Mora.

Indians 4, Blue Jays 2

Toronto - Paul Byrd pitched a six-hitter to win his fourth consecutive start, and Ryan Garko drove in two runs in Cleveland's victory over Toronto.

Garko, who was pulled after failing to run out a grounder in Wednesday's loss at Tampa Bay, started at first base and went 2-for-4. He doubled home a run in the fourth and had an RBI single in Cleveland's three-run sixth.

Byrd (7-10) threw his first complete game since a 7-0 victory over the White Sox on Sept. 1, 2007.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 2

Chicago - Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw his longest outing of the season, and David Ortiz hit a three-run double to help Boston beat Chicago.

The White Sox's already-shaky pitching depth took a tumble in the second inning when Jose Contreras left the game due to a likely season-ending Achilles' tendon injury.

Tigers 10, Athletics 2

Detroit - Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs, lifting Detroit past Oakland. Gary Sheffield and Edgar Renteria also homered for Detroit, which won for the second time in nine games. Frank Thomas connected for Oakland, which has lost 11 of 12 games.

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