AL roundup: Greinke takes first loss of season

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) " Joe Saunders threw his first career shutout and the Los Angeles Angels handed Zack Greinke his first loss, beating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Saturday night.

Greinke (6-1) allowed one run in eight innings. He entered with victories in his first six starts and a 0.40 ERA, allowing just two earned runs, both in an April 29 start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Saunders (5-1) earned his second career complete game, giving up five hits. He closed out the victory by striking out Mark Teahen and Jose Guillen before retiring Billy Butler on a fly to center field.

It was the Angels' first shutout since Ervin Santana accomplished the feat on May 5, 2008.

Chone Figgins drove in Gary Matthews Jr. with a sacrifice fly in the third inning for the game's only run. Matthews led off with a double to right and advanced on Erick Aybar's sacrifice before Figgins' fly.

Rays 14, Red Sox 5

BOSTON (AP) " Evan Longoria homered and drove in five runs to raise his major league-leading total to 44 RBIs, leading Tampa Bay to the victory.

Pat Burrell, Carlos Pena, Ben Zobrist and Akinori Iwamura each drove in two runs for the Rays, who have won seven of 10.

Longoria's homer off Jon Lester (2-3) hit the top of the center-field wall and bounced over after Carl Crawford walked, making it 2-0 three batters into the game.

Rocco Baldelli and Julio Lugo hit solo homers for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 16 games in Fenway Park this season.

Scott Kazmir (4-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings for Tampa Bay, and Lance Cormier pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings for his first save.

Blue Jays 6, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) " Brian Tallet yielded two hits over seven innings, Lyle Overbay homered and the Blue Jays avoided their first three-game skid of the season.

Adam Lind had two run-scoring hits for the Blue Jays, whose offense shook a two-game slump with 15 hits in the AL East co-leaders' ninth victory in their last 11 meetings with the A's.

Jason Giambi homered twice for Oakland, which has lost six of nine. Sean Gallagher (1-1) got the loss after allowing 10 hits and four runs in the first five innings.

Tallet (2-1) struck out seven in his fifth outing as an injury replacement in Toronto's rotation. The 31-year-old reliever had made just six career starts before this season.

Orioles 12, Yankees 5

BALTIMORE (AP) " Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer off Phil Hughes during an eight-run second inning, and Baltimore beat New York.

Playing in his second game back from hip surgery, New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Nick Markakis added a solo homer in the third for Baltimore, Lou Montanez hit a two-run drive in the fourth and Adam Jones connected in the eighth.

Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher homered for the Yankees, who have lost six of seven.

Hughes (1-2) gave up eight runs, eight hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.

Orioles starter Adam Eaton (2-3) allowed four runs, four hits and five walks in five innings.

Twins 9, Mariners 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit back-to-back homers for the second straight night and Minnesota roughed up Felix Hernandez.

Mauer had two hits and three RBIs and Michael Cuddyer added a 427-foot, three-run homer off Sean White in the fifth inning. Joe Nathan picked up his fifth save.

Hernandez (4-2) gave up six runs " five earned " and six hits in four innings for the Mariners, who have lost six in a row.

Francisco Liriano (2-4) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings.

Tigers 4, Indians 0

CLEVELAND (AP) " Edwin Jackson and two Detroit Tigers relievers extended Cleveland's scoreless streak to 19 innings.

The Indians have not scored since the eighth inning of a 13-3 loss Thursday in Boston. Cleveland got only two hits Friday night off Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander in a 1-0 loss.

Jackson (2-2) struck out seven and allowed only five hits and one walk over seven innings. Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney each worked one inning to complete the seven-hit shutout.

Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona (1-4) gave up two runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings.

White Sox 3, Rangers 2

CHICAGO (AP) " Carlos Quentin doubled twice and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on Paul Konerko's sacrifice.

White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in seven opportunities.

Chicago starter John Danks had a career-high 10 strikeouts and allowed one run on four hits with one walk.

Kevin Millwood (3-3) allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings for Texas.

Omar Vizquel started in place of the injured Michael Young (back) at third base for Texas. It was the first time that Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, had started at a position other than shortstop.


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