American League Game Capsules

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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz led a 14-hit Boston outburst as the Red Sox got back on track with a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Ortiz belted a solo homer while collecting a pair of hits and scoring twice. John Lackey contributed 6 2/3 effective innings on the mound to help the Red Sox halt a three-game skid that included a 10-3 defeat to their AL East rivals in Friday's series opener. Lackey (8-10) held New York's recently potent offense to a run on six hits to pick up his first win since July 12. The right-hander had gone 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA over his last five starts. He received plenty of help from a lineup that rocked New York ace Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) for five runs -- three earned -- and a season-high 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hitting for the Yankees, who had won five of six coming in, with a pair of singles in four at-bats. Lyle Overbay finished 3-for-4 and scored New York's lone run in the loss.

Final Score: Detroit 6, Kansas City 5

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera's 39th home run of the season was a game-winner, with his ninth inning solo blast lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, Saturday at Comerica Park. Cabrera deposited the fifth pitch he saw from Aaron Crow (7-4) just past the right field wall to snap the third tie of the game. The reigning MVP had two hits and two RBI for the contest. Joaquin Benoit (3-0) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to pick up the win, the Tigers' second of this five-game set.

Final Score: Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Adam Lind homered twice and J.A. Happ made a triumphant return to Tropicana Field in the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Making his third start since sustaining a frightening skull fracture when struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tampa's Desmond Jennings in a May 7 matchup between the clubs in St. Petersburg, Happ (3-2) allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings to help the Blue Jays bounce back from a 5-4 loss in Friday's opener of this three-game set. Jose Bautista added a solo homer and two runs scored to the win, while Brett Lawrie went 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Roberto Hernandez (6-13) surrendered two of Toronto's three homers and allowed five runs -- four earned -- overall through 5 2/3 innings to record his 13th loss of the season, tied for the most in the majors. Evan Longoria finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and Yunel Escobar had an RBI single for Tampa Bay, which had a three-game win streak halted and fell two games back of Boston for first place in the AL East.

Final Score: Chicago 8, Minnesota 5

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Dayan Viciedo clubbed a three-run homer and Chris Sale spun seven solid innings, as the Chicago White Sox edged the Minnesota Twins, 8-5, Saturday in the third tilt of a four-game series at Target Field. Sale (9-11) struck out eight while yielding three runs on nine hits and one walk to notch his third straight victory. Chicago reliever Nate Jones served up a two-run blast to Ryan Doumit in the eighth to bring the Twins within 6-5, but Alejandro De Aza clubbed a two-run shot of his own in the ninth to restore Chicago's three-run cushion. Addison Reed retired the Twins in order in the home half to secure his 30th save of the season. Adam Dunn collected three hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Avisail Garcia and Paul Konerko each added an RBI for the White Sox, who snapped a season- long 10-game road skid with Friday's win. Andrew Albers (2-1), who spun a pair of scoreless gems in his first two big league starts, was handed his first career loss after giving up five runs on eight hits over seven innings. Joe Mauer registered two RBI and a run scored in the setback, Minnesota's fourth in its last five games.

Final Score: Texas 15, Seattle 3

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Craig Gentry registered three RBI and was one of nine Texas players to plate a run in the Rangers' 15-3 rout of the Seattle Mariners Saturday in the middle part of a three-game set at Rangers Ballpark. Leonys Martin, Jurickson Profar and David Murphy each knocked in two runs, while Mitch Moreland added an RBI and three runs scored for the Rangers, who avenged Friday's 3-1 loss in the series opener to extend their lead atop the AL West to 1 1/2 games over Oakland. Texas starter Martin Perez (6-3) gave up a run in each of the first three frames, but managed to keep the Mariners off the board from there. The 22- year-old left-hander scattered eight hits over seven solid frames to earn his third straight victory. Kyle Seager stroked a solo homer and finished with two RBI for the Mariners, who lost for the third time in their last four games. Felix Hernandez (12-6) was tagged for five runs on five hits and as many walks over five frames to absorb the loss.

Final Score: Cleveland 7, Oakland 1

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Asdrubal Cabrera, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis each registered two RBI, as the Cleveland Indians edged the Oakland Athletics, 7-1, Saturday in the second chapter of a three-game series at Coliseum. Swisher smacked a solo homer in the first, while Cabrera, who entered the contest mired in an 0-for-20 slump, added a run-scoring single later in the frame before clubbing an RBI double in the sixth. Michael Bourn chipped in with his fifth homer of the season in the seventh and Kipnis clubbed a two-run single in the ninth to help the Indians win for the third time in their last four games. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7) struck out eight and carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but walked five and was lifted after giving up just one hit -- an RBI single from Josh Donaldson with two outs in the sixth. Donaldson accounted for two of Oakland's three hits and knocked in the team's only run, as the A's lost for the third time in five games to fall 1 1/2 games back of Texas atop the AL West. Dan Straily (6-7) surrendered three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Houston 5 (10 innings)

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton's game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the LA Angels of Anaheim to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros in the middle test of a three-game set. Erick Aybar popped out to Jonathan Villar at shortstop before Hamilton smacked an 0-2 pitch from Josh Fields (1-3) over the wall in right-center for the walk-off win. Ernesto Frieri (1-4) struck out four over two scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Final Score: Baltimore 8, Colorado 4

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Manny Machado and Brian Roberts each hit two- run doubles during a seven-run third inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-4, in the middle portion of a three-game series. Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis added an RBI apiece for the Orioles, who snapped a four-game skid. Baltimore starter Bud Norris (9-10) allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings. Dexter Fowler had two RBI and a run scored for the Rockies, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. Charlie Blackmon drove in a run and scored once. Chad Bettis (0-2) got the start for Colorado and gave up eight runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings.

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