American league roundup

June 6, 2009


Rangers 5, Red Sox 1

Boston — Kevin Millwood held Boston scoreless for seven innings, Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer, and Texas ended an eight-game losing streak in Fenway Park.

The Rangers, who dropped two of three games against the Yankees this week, lost all seven in Fenway last year and went 1-9 overall.

The loss snapped Boston’s four-game winning streak and dropped its home mark to 17-7, second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Millwood (5-4), winless in four of his last five starts, shut out the Red Sox until David Ortiz’s RBI single in the eighth.

Angels 2, Tigers 1

Detroit — Juan Rivera’s ninth-inning single broke a scoreless tie, saving a stellar outing from Ervin Santana and sending Los Angeles past Detroit.

Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales started the ninth with singles off Fernando Rodney (0-1), and Rivera poked a single to right through the drawn-in infield for the game’s first run. After Erick Aybar’s sacrifice bunt, Howie Kendrick’s groundout made it 2-0.

Magglio Ordonez hit an RBI single in the ninth, but Angels closer Brian Fuentes replaced Santana and got Curtis Granderson to hit a foul pop behind third that Chone Figgins caught before tumbling into the stands. It was Fuentes’ 15th save in 18 tries.

Santana (1-2) picked up his first win since Sept. 22, after allowing 15 runs in his previous two outings.

Indians 6, White Sox 0

Chicago — Carl Pavano pitched a three-hitter for his fifth career shutout, and Mark DeRosa hit a three-run homer.

Pavano (6-4) handled the White Sox lineup with relative ease in his first shutout since May 17, 2005, for the Yankees. He faced four batters over the minimum.

After giving up a leadoff double in the first inning to Scott Podsednik, he retired the next three hitters and stranded Podsednik at third.

Pavano is 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA after going 0-3 with a 9.50 ERA in April.

Athletics 9, Orioles 1

Oakland, Calif. — Jack Cust and Matt Holiday each hit three-run homers, and Dallas Braden matched his career high of seven strikeouts.

Aaron Cunningham drove in two runs while Adam Kennedy had a pair of hits and scored twice for the A’s, who extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.

Twins 2, Mariners 1 (10)

Seattle — Minnesota ended Ichiro Suzuki’s hitting streak at 27 games and took advantage of Seattle left fielder Wladimir Balentien’s two 10th-inning misplays.


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