AL roundup: Six double plays do in Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) " Grady Sizemore hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians turned double plays in six straight innings in an 8-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Sizemore connected in Cleveland's four-run fourth inning as the Indians built a 6-1 lead, but it was the six double play balls that saved the day for the Tribe.

Aaron Laffey (1-0) gave up a run in the first " the only run he allowed in seven innings " and was helped by double-play grounders in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Coco Crisp bounced into an inning-ending double play in the seventh after the Royals loaded the bases.

Kansas City rallied for four runs in the eighth, but that threat ended when Jensen Lewis got Miguel Olivo to bounce into a double play with the tying run on first base.

The six double plays tied a club record for the Indians and set a team mark for the Royals.

Kerry Wood allowed David DeJesus' two-run homer in the ninth before finishing for his second save.

Sidney Ponson (0-2) allowed six runs in 3 1-3 innings for Kansas City.

Yankees 5, Athletics 3

NEW YORK (AP) " Johnny Damon hit the only home run in the first night game at the new Yankee Stadium and Andy Pettitte pitched New York to the victory.

Brett Gardner came through with a sensational catch and a two-run single for New York.

Damon's sixth-inning shot off Andrew Bailey gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead, and they held on behind Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera before a crowd of 42,065.

It was the 57th time Rivera has saved a win for Pettitte (2-0), tying Oakland Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and starter Bob Welch for the highest total in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rivera worked around Kurt Suzuki's leadoff single in the ninth for his fourth save.

Dana Eveland (0-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings for Oakland.

Rangers 5, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO (AP) " Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each hit two-run homers and Texas roughed up Roy Halladay again.

The game was delayed for 10 minutes in the top of the sixth when plate umpire Kerwin Danley was hit on the head by a broken bat and had to leave the field on a stretcher.

Halladay (3-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in eight innings. In 20 career games against Texas, Halladay is 7-7 with a 5.36 ERA, his highest against any AL opponent.

Brandon McCarthy (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings for the Rangers. Frank Francisco got five outs for his second save.

A spokesman for the Blue Jays said Danley was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion but did not lose consciousness.

Angels 4, Tigers 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) " Torii Hunter tied the game with a solo homer and scored the go-ahead run on Gary Matthews Jr.'s two-out double in the eighth inning, helping the Angels get the win.

Hunter drew a leadoff walk in the eighth from Brandon Lyon (1-2) and advanced to second on Kendry Morales' flyout. An out later, Matthews, starting in right field for the injured Vladimir Guerrero, lined an 0-1 pitch off the center-field fence and clapped his hands emphatically as he reached second base.

Jose Arredondo (1-0) pitched a hitless eighth inning and Brian Fuentes got three outs for his third save.

Mariners 4, Rays 2

SEATTLE (AP) " Jarrod Washburn tossed seven strong innings to continue his surprising start, and catcher Rob Johnson had a two-run triple for Seattle.

Washburn (3-0) has won his first three decisions for the first time since he started his career 4-0 in 1998. He gave up two runs in the first, matching his season total for earned runs entering the game, then limited the Rays to just three hits the rest of his outing.

Washburn was 5-14 with a 4.69 ERA with the Mariners last season.

Johnson's triple was part of Seattle's three-run fourth against Andy Sonnanstine (0-2) as the Mariners spoiled Joe Maddon's 500th game as manager of the Rays.

Evan Longoria hit an RBI double and Pat Burrell singled in a run in the first for Tampa Bay.

Orioles 10, White Sox 3

BALTIMORE (AP) " Brad Bergesen allowed one earned run in his major league debut, Aubrey Huff homered twice and the Orioles ended a five-game losing streak.

Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, Bergesen gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander struck out five, walked two and hit a batter.

The 23-year-old Bergesen (1-0) outpitched veteran Jose Contreras (0-3), who yielded six runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Contreras, 37, has lost each of his three starts this season.

Nick Markakis went 4-for-4 with a walk for Baltimore, and Luke Scott went 3-for-4 with a walk. Huff finished with four RBIs.

Chicago's Carlos Quentin, who leads the majors with seven home runs, was 0-for-3 in his bid to homer in a fourth straight game.


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