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Archive for Wednesday, August 20, 2008

American League Roundup: Rays rally against Angels

August 20, 2008

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Rays 4, Angels 2

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Willy Aybar broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double, and Tampa Bay rallied past Los Angeles for its ninth victory in 11 games.

The AL East leader overcame a strong pitching performance by Angels starter Ervin Santana, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth and left with a 2-1 lead after allowing one run and four hits in seven innings.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 2

Baltimore - Daisuke Matsuzaka won his fourth straight start despite struggling through five innings, and Boston received homers from Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis. Matsuzaka (15-2) gave up two runs, six hits and five walks. The right-hander failed to retire the side in order but stranded nine runners, including five in scoring position, before being lifted after 105 pitches.

Tigers 11, Rangers 3

Arlington, Texas - Matt Joyce homered twice, including a three-run shot in a nine-run seventh inning, and Armando Galarraga beat his former team. Galarraga (12-4) allowed three runs and eight hits, striking out five in six innings.

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1

Toronto - Johnny Damon allowed two balls to glance off his glove, including an eighth-inning drive by Marco Scutaro that became the go-ahead double.

A.J. Burnett earned a win in his sixth straight start, and first baseman Lyle Overbay helped preserve the lead in the top of the ninth when he made a brilliant throw to get Alex Rodriguez trying to stretch a hit into a double leading off.

New York, which got Hideki Matsui back from the 15-day DL, dropped 11 games back of Tampa Bay, the Yankees' largest division deficit this season.

White Sox 5, Mariners 0

Chicago - Clayton Richard pitched six innings for his first major-league win, and Nick Swisher and Jim Thome homered. A.J. Pierzynski added three hits and scored a run as the White Sox won for the seventh time in eight games and maintained a one-game lead over second-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

Twins 13, Athletics 2

Minneapolis - Kevin Slowey had a career-high 12 strikeouts, and Brian Buscher matched his career best with five RBIs. Buscher had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Twins pummeled Sean Gallagher (1-2) for 10 earned runs in five innings.

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