Sunday's American League Capsules

Aug 16, 2009 - 11:18 PM BALTIMORE(AP) -- Torii Hunter celebrated his return from the disabled list by driving in the go-ahead run in a nine-run 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels outlasted the Baltimore Orioles 17-8 on Sunday.

Chone Figgins had four hits for the Angels, including the 1,000th of his career, an RBI single in the sixth inning. Los Angeles' leadoff hitter scored three runs and drove in three.

After missing 32 games with a groin injury, Hunter had two hits and two RBIs in his first action since July 7. He lined into a double play with the bases loaded in the 11th but redeemed himself with a bases-loaded bouncer up the middle in the 13th off Brian Bass (5-3).

Rangers 4, Red Sox 3=

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler homered and drove in two runs, Dustin Nippert pitched six solid innings and the Rangers passed Boston in the AL wild-card race.

The Rangers took two of three in the weekend series to move a half-game ahead of Boston.

Kinsler, back in the lineup one day after he was hit by a pitch that ricocheted off his head, went deep for the second straight day and had an RBI single in the third that gave Texas a 3-1 lead.

Taylor Teagarden also connected to help the Rangers win for the seventh time in 10 games.

Nippert (4-1) gave up two runs and six hits to beat the Red Sox for the second time in a month.

Royals 3, Tigers 2, 10 innings=

DETROIT (AP) - Josh Anderson scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on third baseman Ryan Raburn's third error of the game, lifting the Royals to a victory over the Tigers.

With one out in the 10th, Anderson reached on a dribbler down the third-base line and David DeJesus followed with a grounder through Raburn's legs. Both runners moved up on Willie Bloomquist's comebacker to Fernando Rodney (2-3).

Billy Butler then hit a grounder down the line. Raburn fielded it, but made a wild throw to first for his second error of the inning, allowing Anderson to scamper home.

Joakim Soria (3-0) threw two scoreless innings to get the win.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 2=

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Gregg Zaun had a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning, leading the Rays past the Blue Jays.

It was Zaun's fifth career grand slam and first since Sept. 6 while with Toronto against the Rays.

Ben Zobrist had a one-out single off Brandon League (1-5) and went to third on Carlos Pena's double. After Willy Aybar was intentionally walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Gabe Gross struck out during a 10-pitch at-bat, Zaun sent a 3-2 pitch into the right field seats.

League hit the next batter, B.J. Upton, on the first pitch, which prompted plate umpire Jim Joyce to warn both benches. After talking with Joyce, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston replaced League with Casey Janssen.

Indians 7, Twins 4=

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kelly Shoppach and Luis Valbuena hit back-to-back homers and Grady Sizemore added a two-run shot in a six-run third inning as the Indians beat the Twins.

Shoppach homered on the first pitch of the third from Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn (8-8). Valbuena followed two pitches later, and after Blackburn hit Andy Marte with a pitch, Sizemore connected for his 17th of the season.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta added RBI hits in the inning to make a winner of Aaron Laffey (7-3).

Sizemore finished with a pair of hits, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Athletics 3, White Sox 2=

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mark Ellis lined a homer just over the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning and the Athletics avoided a three-game sweep with a win over the White Sox.

Ellis hit his third career game-winning homer and first since June 8 last year against the Angels off Bobby Jenks (2-4), who had previously posted five straight scoreless outings.

Scott Hairston hit a tying double with two outs in the eighth off former A's closer Octavio Dotel and All-Star Andrew Bailey (5-3) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Mariners 10, Yankees 3=

SEATTLE (AP) - Jose Lopez had three hits and three RBIs and the Mariners beat the Yankees, ending New York's five-game winning streak and handing Joba Chamberlain his first loss in two months.

Doug Fister, making his second career start, held one of baseball's best lineups to three runs in seven innings for his first major league win. Seattle is six games behind AL wild card-leading Texas after its biggest win over the Yankees in eight years.

New York lost for the second time in 14 games but remained 7 1/2 ahead of Boston in the AL East. The Yankees' season-long, 10-game trip continues Monday at Oakland.






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