American League roundup
Athletics 4, Rays 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, a dazzling performance for the Athletics in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop for the final out. It was the majors’ first perfect game since Mark Buehrle did it for the White Sox against the Rays on July 23, and the second no-hitter this season after Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez pulled it off in Atlanta on April 17.
Braden pitched the A’s first perfect game since Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter’s gem on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins. Only 6,298 were there to witness it. Sunday’s crowd at the Coliseum wasn’t much better: 12,228.
Braden (4-2) wasn’t fazed by anything, throwing two-strike changeups and getting quick outs against a Rays team that lost on the road for just the third time this year. He struck out six in the 109-pitch performance, throwing 77 strikes in his 53rd career start.
Before Sunday, the crafty lefty had made more of a name for himself for his enraged reaction to Alex Rodriguez walking across the mound back on April 22, when he beat Yankees.
Red Sox 9, Yankees 3
BOSTON (AP) – Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings and Jeremy Hermida homered and drove in three runs as the Red Sox beat the Yankees.
After losing 10-3 and 14-3, the Red Sox finally put their hitting and pitching together and broke the Yankees six-game winning streak.
Lester (3-2) entered the game having allowed just one earned run over his previous 20 2-3 innings and won his third consecutive start. A.J. Burnett (4-1) worked 4 1-3 innings and gave up nine runs, matching his career-high, also set at Fenway Park last Aug. 22.
Alex Rodriguez tied Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for seventh place with 586 career homers when he hit a solo shot off Lester in the fourth.
Indians 7, Tigers 4
CLEVELAND (AP) – Andy Marte drove in three runs, Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and two RBIs and the Indians snapped a five-game skid while ending a 10-game losing streak to Detroit.
Magglio Ordonez had two hits and two RBIs for Detroit, which couldn’t overcome another rough outing by Max Scherzer. Austin Jackson had two hits and scored twice.
Grudzielanek hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Max Scherzer (1-3) in the fifth and singled in another run in the seventh to make it 6-4. Marte added a sacrifice fly for the final run.
Chris Perez, the Indians’ fifth pitcher, worked the ninth for his fifth save.
Mitch Talbot (4-2) allowed four runs over five innings for his fourth win in five starts.
Blue Jays 9, White Sox 7
CHICAGO (AP) – Fred Lewis hit a three-run homer off Bobby Jenks and the Blue Jays rallied to beat the White Sox, getting homers from Vernon Wells and Adam Lind along the way.
Jenks (1-1) failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Travis Snider doubled and John Buck singled before Lewis drove a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats to give the Blue Jays an 8-7 lead. It was Lewis’ second homer of the season.
Jason Frasor (2-1) allowed Carlos Quentin’s RBI double in the eighth but got the win when Toronto rallied. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Twins 6, Orioles 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Nick Blackburn threw seven strong innings, Denard Span had his third three-hit game of the month and the Twins earned a split of the four-game series.
Brendan Harris and Alexi Casilla twice started three-run innings for Minnesota.
Brian Matusz (2-3), who had four straight quality starts, allowed six earned runs on nine hits in 3 2-3 innings for Baltimore. He has lost three straight.
Joe Mauer was 1 for 3 as Minnesota’s designated hitter, his first start after missing eight games because of a deeply bruised left heel he sustained while running out a grounder April 30.
Blackburn (3-1), who pitched a complete game Tuesday, allowed just four hits.
Rangers 6, Royals 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – David Murphy had three hits and drove in two runs, Max Ramirez contributed the go-ahead RBI in the fifth and the Rangers completed a four-game sweep .
Doug Mathis (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Neftali Feliz got three outs for his third save in the series and ninth overall.
Mike Aviles homered and had three hits for Kansas City, which completed a 3-8 trip. Relief pitcher Brad Thompson (0-2) took the loss.
Mariners 8, Angels 1
SEATTLE (AP) – Josh Wilson and Michael Saunders hit back-to-back home runs in Seattle’s four-run fourth inning on the same day hitting coach Alan Cockrell was fired.
Mariners starter Jason Vargas (3-2) continued with his strong performances of late, pitching 7 1-3 innings, scattering four hits and one unearned run.
Wilson and Saunders both came through with two outs, the first multi-homer game this season for Seattle. Wilson hit a three-run shot just inside the left-field foul pole off Ervin Santana (1-3), while Saunders clubbed his first major league homer to right-center.