American League Game Capsules

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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins used the long ball to snap a six-game losing streak. Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon each homered off New York starter Phil Hughes in Saturday's 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium. Samuel Deduno (5-4) limited the Yankees to one run on six hits and three walks in seven strong innings. After the clubs traded runs early, Deduno and Hughes (4-9) settled into a pitchers' duel. The score remained tied until the seventh, when Doumit hit a line drive to right field for a solo blast.

Final Score: Toronto 7, Baltimore 3

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - J.P. Arencibia had the go-ahead, two-run hit in the bottom of the sixth, as Toronto downed Baltimore, 7-3, in the second test of a three-game set from Camden Yards. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run, while Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind each contributed two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Blue Jays, who shook off a loss in Friday's opener. Aaron Loup (4-3) turned in 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Todd Redmond for the win. Redmond lated only four innings, charged with four hits and three runs with six strikeouts. Brian Roberts doubled twice and drove in a run, with Chris Davis and Adam Jones both contributing solo homers for the Orioles, whose three-game win streak ended. Jason Hammel (7-6) was tagged in defeat for 10 hits and six runs over six-plus frames.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Houston 3

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Luke Scott went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 comeback win over the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. Scott belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning and delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth as Tampa Bay overcame an early 3-0 deficit and bounced back from a 2-1 loss in Friday's opener of this three-game series. Wil Myers added a pair of hits and scored twice to help the Rays earn their ninth victory in 10 games, while Roberto Hernandez settled down after being hit hard in the first inning and turned in a solid effort on the mound. Hernandez (5-10) allowed three runs in the opening frame but blanked the Astros over the duration of his six-inning outing, with three Tampa Bay relievers protecting the one-run lead the rest of the way. Lucas Harrell (5-10) was hung with the loss after permitting the deciding run in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Dallas Keuchel, who surrendered three runs on six hits through the initial 5 1/3 frames. Brett Wallace had a two-run homer for Houston and Jason Castro finished 2-for-4 in the setback, the Astros' 11th in 14 games.

Final Score: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Lonnie Chisenhall clubbed his first career grand slam to back a solid start from Scott Kazmir, as the Cleveland Indians downed the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, Saturday in the second contest of a three- game series at Progressive Field. Jason Kipnis finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kazmir (5-4) held the Royals to two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth to nail down his 12th save of the season and secure Cleveland's third straight victory. Jeremy Guthrie (8-7) was touched for all five runs on eight hits and three walks over seven frames to absorb the loss. Alcides Escobar plated a pair of runs, while Miguel Tejada added an RBI and a run scored for the Royals, who have lost four straight games.

Final Score: Texas 7, Detroit 1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre clubbed two- run homers, while Max Scherzer's unbeaten string came to a crashing halt, as Texas topped Detroit, 7-1, in the middle test of a three-game set. Scherzer (13-1) lasted six full frames, charged with eight hits and four runs, walking two and fanning six for his first loss since last September 23 against Minnesota. The right-hander went 19 consecutive regular-season starts without losing, but fell short of matching Roger Clemens' 14-0 start to the 1986 campaign for the Red Sox. A.J. Pierzynski added two RBI, and Nelson Cruz finished with four hits and scored twice for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game skid. Derek Holland (8-4) tossed seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing one run and five walks against seven strikeouts. A fourth-inning RBI single from Hernan Perez was all the offense for the Tigers.

Final Score: Oakland 3, Boston 0

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - A.J. Griffin stymied Boston's potent offense by firing eight outstanding innings, enabling the Oakland Athletics to get back on track with a 3-0 win over the Red Sox in a matchup of AL division leaders from the Coliseum. Griffin (8-6) scattered six hits and walked just one before turning things over to Grant Balfour, with the fiery closer finishing off the shutout and stopping his club's two-game skid that included a 4-2 setback in Friday's opener of this three-game series. The duo received offensive support from Derek Norris, who broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the fifth inning, as well as RBI singles from Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp later on. Jon Lester (8-6) was charged with all three Oakland runs over an otherwise- solid 6 1/3 innings, but was handed his sixth loss in eight decisions due to his teammates' inability to come through in the clutch. The Red Sox stranded eight baserunners, four of which were left in scoring position, and went 0-for-5 in such situations to have a four-game win streak halted.

Final Score: Seattle 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 0

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez pitched eight scoreless innings and the Seattle Mariners handled the Angels, 6-0, on Saturday. Hernandez (10-4) gave up seven hits while striking out four for the Mariners, who have won the first two contests of this three-game series. The right- hander reached double-digit first-half wins for the first time in his career. Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and knocked in four runs for Seattle, which has homered in 21 consecutive games. The last AL team to homer in at least 21 consecutive games was the Texas Rangers when they set the MLB record with a HR in 27 straight contests during the 2002 campaign. Angels starter Jered Weaver (3-5) allowed four runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.

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