Tampa Bay Rays rally for 3 in 9th, extinguish Indians 7-6
July 10, 2012, 12:41 am TWN
CLEVELAND -- All-Star Chris Perez blew his first save since opening day as the Tampa Bay Rays scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 Sunday.
Will Rhymes hit a solo homer with one out and Carlos Pena added a RBI triple after Elliot Johnson singled to tie it at 6 off Perez (0-2), who had converted 25 straight saves since giving up a lead April 5. Ben Zobrist then singled home Pena with the go-ahead run before Perez got two strikeouts to end the inning.
Fellow All-Star Fernando Rodney worked the bottom half for his 25th save in 26 chances. Joel Peralta (1-3) gave up a solo homer to Choo Shin-soo in the eighth.
Blue Jays 11, White Sox 9 At Chicago, Colby Rasmus hit one of four Blue Jays homers and had three RBIs to help Toronto end the White Sox's five-game winning streak.
The first-place White Sox go to the All-Star break with a 47-38 record and a three-game lead in the American League Central. Chicago manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the top of the ninth after charging to the plate to heatedly argue a ball and strike call with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.
Tigers 7, Royals 1 At Detroit, Delmon Young homered for the fourth consecutive game, Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot, and Jhonny Peralta homered and drove in three runs as the Tigers beat Kansas City to complete a sweep of the three-game weekend series.
The power display backed Max Scherzer (8-5), who allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out seven.
It was the Tigers' season-high fifth-straight win and put them two games over .500 — heading into the All Star break — for the first time since April 25 (10-8).
Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City.
Angels 6, Orioles 0 At Anaheim, California, Brad Mills pitched five innings of three-hit ball in a spot start for the injured Dan Haren after getting called up from the minors, as the Angels got home runs from Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in a victory over Baltimore.