AL roundup: Sabathia loses in another disappointing outing

NEW YORK (AP) " Matt Palmer outpitched CC Sabathia for his second major league victory, and the Los Angeles Angels broke open a tight game in the late innings to beat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Saturday.

Kendry Morales homered and drove in two runs, Torii Hunter chased Sabathia with a two-run double in a four-run seventh and the Angels ended New York's four-game winning streak.

Palmer (2-0) pitched three-hit ball for 6 1-3 innings before the bullpen closed it out. The right-hander, filling retired 14 straight batters between Hideki Matsui's RBI single in the first and Derek Jeter's leadoff double in the sixth.

It was another disappointing outing for Sabathia (1-3), the free-agent prize who signed a $161 million, seven-year contract in the offseason. The big lefty is winless in four starts since beating Kansas City on April 11.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run drive in the ninth for New York. It was the 31st home run at the new Yankee Stadium " at least one in each of the nine games. The record for the first nine games at a major league ballpark is 33 at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium in 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Red Sox 10, Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) " Mike Lowell homered for Boston, Kevin Youkilis and Nick Green each drove in three runs, and Tim Wakefield (3-1) allowed five runs in five-plus innings to improve to 20-5 lifetime against the Rays.

Wakefield is 10-3 at Tropicana Field, where the Red Sox won for just the second time in their last 13 games.

Lowell hit a solo homer in the seventh off Brian Shouse. Youkilis had a two-run double off the left-hander in the sixth, while Green did most of his damage against Rays starter Jeff Niemann (2-3).

Carlos Pena hit his major league-leading 11th home run for Tampa Bay, a solo shot off Wakefield, who allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five. The 20 wins against the Rays are his most against any team.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4, 11 innings

TORONTO (AP) " Aaron Hill hit an RBI single in the 11th inning for Toronto.

Rod Barajas led off the 11th with a base hit off Brian Bass (0-1). After Travis Snider popped his bunt attempt to the mound, Barajas took second on Marco Scutaro's sacrifice and scored on Hill's single to right-center.

Jason Frasor (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.

It was a wild final two innings for Hill, who homered in the 10th after his error in the top half helped the Orioles take a 4-3 lead.

Nick Markakis went 0-for-4 with a pair of walks for Baltimore, ending his hitting streak at 17 games. The Orioles have lost five straight.

Rangers 9, White Sox 6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) " Hank Blalock homered and drove in four runs, Brandon McCarthy pitched five strong innings for Texas against his former team in a game that was delayed four times by rain for a total of 2 hours, 27 minutes.

McCarthy (3-0) allowed one run and three hits and had three strikeouts and didn't allow a walk in his first regular-season appearance against the White Sox, his team for parts of the 2005-06 seasons. With a 9-1 lead, McCarthy pitched a perfect fifth to make it an official game, then sat through a 70-minute rain delay.

When play resumed, McCarthy was replaced by Luis Mendoza, who gave up A.J. Pierzynski's seventh career grand slam in the sixth.

Frank Francisco got three outs for his seventh save in seven chances.

Jose Contreras (0-4) took the loss.

Tigers 9, Indians 7

DETROIT (AP) " Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer in Detroit's three-run eighth inning, and Joel Zumaya (1-0) won with 1 2-3 shutout innings of relief.

Detroit blew a 5-0 lead and trailed 7-6 before its big inning against Rafael Betancourt (0-1), rallying to end an eight-game losing streak to Cleveland.

Pinch-hitter Josh Anderson led off the eighth with a single and Granderson followed with his eighth homer. Carlos Guillen tacked on a sacrifice fly.

Fernando Rodney finished for his fifth save.

Adam Everett hit his second career grand slam in the fourth for the Tigers.

Royals 10, Twins 7, 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Joakim Soria returned to his All-Star closing form for Kansas City, getting the last five outs.

Soria (1-0) made his first appearance in 10 games after resting a sore shoulder.

Minnesota's Craig Breslow (0-1) walked the bases loaded in the 11th, getting only one out and only seven of 21 pitches in the strike zone. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey came in " and walked John Buck to force in the go-ahead run. Another one scored when Alberto Callaspo hit a fielder's choice grounder, and Kansas City stretched the lead to three on David DeJesus' single.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2

SEATTLE (AP) " Gregorio Petit capped a three-hit night with a two-out single that scored Bobby Crosby from second in the ninth for Oakland.

Petit was making his season debit after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday to replace the injured Eric Chavez.

Andrew Bailey (3-0) was the winner, and Michael Wuertz pitched the ninth for his second save. David Aardsma (0-1) was the loser.


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