Gentry shines as unlikely star, Rangers down Yankees 10-6
AP August 18, 2012, 12:40 am TWN
NEW YORK, -- Texas' Craig Gentry, starting for the first time in two weeks, hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that lifted the Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday.
The Rangers avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders and won for the first time at Yankee Stadium in nine attempts.
The Yankees led 5-4 before the Rangers came back with three runs in the seventh. David Murphy hit a tying RBI double off Boone Logan (4-1) and, after an intentional walk that loaded the bases, Gentry lined a tiebreaking single up the middle.
Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers (1-0) won his first big league decision.
Rays 7, Angels 0 In Anaheim, David Price pitched seven scoreless innings to notch his AL-leading 16th victory and lead Tampa Bay over Los Angeles.
Price (16-4) struck out eight and allowed only two runners to third base. Price is 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his past 11 starts.
Tampa Bay got home runs from Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist.
Los Angeles has gone 32 consecutive innings without scoring against the Rays.
Angels starter Dan Haren (8-10) gave up five runs in 3-1/3 innings. He has allowed at least one home run in each of his past 10 starts; a career worst.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 3 In Baltimore, Clay Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn the win as Boston downed Baltimore.
After giving up six hits over the first two innings, Buchholz (11-3) kept the Orioles at bay, and the Red Sox rebounded from a 3-1 deficit. He allowed three runs in eight innings and struck out seven.
Dustin Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning as the Red Sox added three runs in that frame against Luis Ayala (4-4).
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 2 In Toronto, Alex Rios hit a three-run homer against his former team to help Chicago beat Toronto.
Rios' shot was added to by four solo homers as the White Sox matched a season high by going deep five times. The power surge helped the White Sox win their first series in Toronto since 2006.
Chicago starter Francisco Liriano (4-10) allowed three hits with six strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time with his new team since arriving from Minnesota.
Toronto's Aaron Laffey (3-4) allowed three runs in six innings.
Athletics 3, Royals 0 In Kansas City, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered as Oakland downed Kansas City.
Crisp was 2 for 27 this season against his former team before the home run. His drive hit high off a wall beyond the fence and rebounded back onto the field. It was first ruled a double, but after A's manager Bob Melvin disputed the call, umpires viewed replays and changed it to a home run.
Athletics starter Dan Straily (1-0) earned his first major league victory with 6 1-3 scoreless innings.
Royals starter Luke Hochevar (7-11) gave up three runs in seven-plus innings. He is 0-8 with a 6.52 ERA in nine career starts against Oakland.
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