Moises Sierra leads Blue Jays over Rays
September 2, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
TORONTO--Moises Sierra homered and threw out pinch-runner Elliot Johnson at home plate for the final out, preserving Brandon Morrow's first win since June 6 and leading the Blue Jays to a victory over the slumping Rays.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run as the Blue Jays handed the Rays their sixth loss in seven games.
Morrow (8-5) allowed one run and eight hits in 6-2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five and threw 102 pitches, 67 strikes.
Jeremy Hellickson (8-10) allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Orioles 6, Yankees 1 Orioles rookie Miguel Gonzalez struck out a career-high nine over seven shutout innings in a masterful pitching performance and Mark Reynolds homered twice as Baltimore tightened the AL East race Friday night with a 6-1 victory over the skidding New York Yankees.
J.J. Hardy added a solo shot for the surprising Orioles, who moved within two games of first-place New York by winning the opener of their big three-game series.
Reynolds made two spectacular plays at first base and Chris Davis had a sacrifice fly in Baltimore's three-run second inning against Hiroki Kuroda (12-10).
Pitching on 10 days' rest, Gonzalez (6-3) yielded only four harmless singles to win for the fourth time in five decisions.
Nick Swisher whiffed all four times up for the Yankees, who have dropped seven of 10 and nine of 14.
Angels 9, Mariners 1 Kendrys Morales drove in four runs and Torii Hunter had four hits, helping the Angels snap the Mariners' eight-game home winning streak.
Morales hit a three-run homer in the first off Seattle starter Kevin Millwood (4-12). His drove in Mike Trout with a single up the middle in the fourth inning.
Dan Haren (9-10) pitched seven innings and allowed just an unearned run on five hits.
Trout set the Angels' rookie record for runs scored with his 104th run in his 109th game on Albert Pujols' infield single in the second inning.
Athletics 20, Red Sox 2 Brandon Moss had career highs of four hits, four RBIs and four runs, Josh Reddick hit his first career grand slam, and the Athletics routed the Red Sox to match their best winning streak of the season at seven.