Pujols hits 2 homers to help Angels beat Rays 6-2 in American League
May 20, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
ANAHEIM, California -- Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo home runs and Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the seventh inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 in the American League on Sunday.
Pujols drove a 0-2 pitch over the center-field fence in the first inning. The three-time National League Most Valuable Player increased the Angels' advantage to 6-2 in the seventh with his 12th homer this season and the 504th of his career, equaling Eddie Murray for 25th place.
David Price became the 319th pitcher Pujols has homered off during the regular season.
Detroit's Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and Torii Hunter added a solo shot as the Tigers won their 11th straight road 6-2 game to complete a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox.
It was the sixth consecutive win and 15th in 18 games for the Tigers, who have the majors' best record at 27-12.
Ian Kinsler got four hits, and Miguel Cabrera had three hits and two RBIs as Detroit dominated the first matchup between the teams since losing last season's AL championship series to the eventual World Series champion Red Sox.
It was the first time the Red Sox were swept at home by the Tigers since losing four games in June 1983.
In the interleague, Josh Harrison homered in the seventh inning to make up for a baserunning blunder and made a diving catch in left field that helped preserve the Pittsburgh's Pirates' first win in the Bronx since the 1960 World Series.
The Pirates beat the Yankees 5-3 in the second game of a doubleheader after losing 4-3 in the opener.
Mark Teixeira had a two-run single and Brett Gardner added an RBI double in the first game.
Starling Marte hit a two-run homer for the Pirates in the second game after striking out four times in the opener
In the NL, Ryan Doumit scored off a wild pitch as the Atlanta Braves got two runs in the ninth inning to rally past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5.
Freddie Freeman started a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-2).
At San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval homered for the first time in more than a month and Ryan Vogelsong won for just the second time in nine starts as the Giants Francisco beat the Florida Marlins 4-1 to salvage a split of the four-game series.
In other NL games, the Chicago Cubs downed the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2, the Colorado Rockies outlasted the San Diego Padres 8-6 over 10 innings, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 and the Washington Nationals were 6-3 winners over the New York Mets.
In AL games, the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6, the Oakland Athletics trounced the Cleveland Indians 13-3, the Seattle Mariners downed the Minnesota Twins 6-2, the Texas Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 and the Houston Astros were 6-2 winners over the Toronto Blue Jays.