White Sox top Rangers in clash of leaders
July 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
ARLINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO--Chicago's Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run single before leaving the game after an outfield collision, as the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 on Friday in a series opener between American League division leaders.
Chicago's Chris Sale (12-3) gave up four runs in the first inning before settling, giving up only one more as he pitched into the seventh, striking out six.
The White Sox got homers from Kevin Youkilis and Alexei Ramirez in their fourth straight victory.
Texas starter Yu Darvish (11-7) gave up six runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 3 In New York, Curtis Granderson capped the scoring with an eighth-inning grand slam as New York beat Boston in Ichiro Suzuki's Yankees home debut.
Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers. Martin's two-run shot off Aaron Cook (2-4) scored Suzuki who went 1-for-4 with a single.
New York starter Phil Hughes (10-8) gave up three solo homers but little else in seven innings to help the Yankees beat Boston for the sixth time in seven games this year — New York's best start to a season against their arch rival since 1994.
Athletics 14, Orioles 9 In Baltimore, Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning that lifted Oakland over Baltimore.
The Athletics led 5-0 in the second inning and 8-6 in the eighth, yet fell behind on each occasion before rallying in a seesawing contest that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours.
After Baltimore scored three runs in the eighth to go up 9-8, Oakland pounded Orioles closer Jim Johnson (1-1) in the ninth. It was the first time Baltimore had lost a game this season when leading after eight innings, having won the previous 41.
A's reliever Jerry Blevins (4-0) was given credit for the win by the official scorer because Oakland closer Ryan Cook was ineffective in the eighth.
Dodgers 5, Giants 3 Los Angeles newcomer Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday in a match of the top two teams in the National League West.
Two days after being acquired from Miami in a trade meant to boost the Dodgers' offense and playoff hopes, the slugging infielder went hitless in his first four at-bats against the Giants before the decisive homer off reliever Sergio Romo (3-2).
Ramirez's 15th home run extended a stellar start to his Los Angeles career. He had three hits in the first two games with his new club and is batting .364 since the trade, helping the Dodgers move within two games of the Giants.
Los Angeles' Shawn Tolleson (1-0) pitched one inning for his first win in the majors.