Yankees pound Angels 7-1 | NevadaAppeal.com

Yankees pound Angels 7-1

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Andy Pettitte threw eight sharp innings, Robinson Cano had four hits, and Nick Swisher and No. 9 hitter Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs for the New York Yankees in a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

Pettitte (3-0) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none. The two-time All-Star gave up his only run on Torii Hunter’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Joel Pineiro (2-2) worked six innings and allowed six runs, two more than he gave up in 20 1-3 innings over his first three starts. The Yankees got 11 of their 14 hits against the right-hander.

Twins 9, Royals 7, 12 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Joe Mauer matched a career high with five hits and Denard Span singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, sending Minnesota to a victory over Kansas City.

Justin Morneau hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh for the Twins, who overcame an early 5-1 deficit. Mauer, last year’s AL MVP, finished 5 for 6 with two RBIs, including a sacrifice fly in the 12th that gave Minnesota an insurance run.

Jon Rauch (1-0) gave up Jose Guillen’s tying double in the 11th but stuck around for the win. He held on in the 12th with the help of a disputed call at second base.

Delmon Young led off the Minnesota 12th with a double against Robinson Tejeda (1-2).

White Sox 5, Mariners 4

CHICAGO (AP) – Alex Rios hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth after Paul Konerko homered, and the White Sox overcame a controversial call that led to two runs in the in the top half of the inning to beat Seattle.

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth with one out, Konerko hit a solo home run off Mariners closer David Aardsma (0-1). With two outs, Carlos Quentin walked, then a day after Andruw Jones hit a game-ending home run, Rios hit a 1-1 pitch in the left-field bleachers to win the game.

In the top of the inning, Casey Kotchman hit a two-run ground-rule double to give the Mariners a two-run lead. Kotcham’s drive to right was picked by a fan and first base umpire Gary Cederstrom declared the play dead after a run scored, but the umpiring crew overruled the call and allowed pinch-runner Jack Wilson to score from first. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected after questioning the call.

Indians 6, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Mark Grudzielanek hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning and Fausto Carmona had another stellar outing for Cleveland.

Austin Kearns had three hits and three RBIs while Mike Redmond doubled and scored twice for Cleveland, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Oakland.

Carmona (3-0) scattered seven hits over 7 1-3 innings and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.96.

Rays 9, Blue Jays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jason Bartlett and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece during a seven-run eighth inning, John Jaso hit his first major league homer and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

B.J. Upton tied it at 3 on an RBI single in the eighth off Scott Downs (0-2). Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac drew a bases-loaded walk from Casey Janssen, who also hit Jaso with a pitch as the Rays took a 5-3 lead. Bartlett and Zobrist added two-run singles to make it 9-3.

Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay homered for the Blue Jays, who had their six-game road winning streak snapped.

Dan Wheeler (1-0) struck out Alex Gonzalez with two on and two outs in the eighth.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 6

BOSTON (AP) – Marco Scutaro and Kevin Youkilis each hit a three-run homer as Boston scored six times in the seventh inning to rally from a two-run deficit and beat Baltimore.

The Orioles fell to 2-16, losing their fifth straight game and 10th in a row against the Red Sox despite a season-high 17 hits.

With a strong wind blowing out to left field, the teams combined for five homers over the Green Monster. Jason Varitek hit a solo shot for Boston, which has won four of five since opening 4-9.

John Lackey (2-1) gave up three runs and 10 hits in seven innings. The Orioles scored three in the ninth to cut a 7-3 deficit to one run, but after giving up three straight singles Jonathan Papelbon struck out Ty Wigginton and new call-up Rhyne Hughes to earn his fifth save.

Wigginton had four hits, including a homer.

Matt Albers (0-3) took the loss for the second straight night.

Tigers 8, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Johnny Damon drove in two runs and scored twice, helping Detroit rally from an early four-run deficit to beat Texas.

Scott Feldman (1-2) wasted a 4-0 lead by allowing eight runs, four earned, and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked four and threw a wild pitch on which Detroit scored two runs to go ahead to stay.

Damon extended his hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base in 14 straight (18 hits, 11 walks) since an 0-for-14 stretch.

Eddie Bonine (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of spot starter Brad Thomas, who gave up four runs in three innings. Thomas started in place of Dontrelle Willis, scratched because of an upset stomach.