Hendricks wins debut as Blue Jays beat Athletics
May 25, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TORONTO--Liam Hendriks won his season debut and Steve Tolleson hit a two-run home run as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in the American League on Friday for their ninth victory in 11 games.
Brandon Moss homered for the seventh time in 18 games for the Athletics, who lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak. Oakland's loss was just its third in the past 14 games overall.
Hendriks (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out three.
Aaron Loup pitched 1 1-3 innings, Steve Delabar got one out in the eighth and Brett Cecil got the final two, striking out Derek Norris to strand runners at first and second. Casey Janssen finished for his sixth save in six chances, stranding Coco Crisp at third as Jed Lowrie grounded out.
Tolleson hit Toronto's MLB-leading 68th home run when he connected off Scott Kazmir (5-2) in the second, his first of the year. The drive also scored Brett Lawrie, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Kazmir allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Tigers 7, Rangers 2 Anibal Sanchez gave Detroit a much-needed quality start as the Tigers ended their four-game losing streak with victory over Texas.
Austin Jackson and Andrew Romine homered for Detroit, and Ian Kinsler doubled three times against his former team. Sanchez (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.
Scott Baker (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits for the Rangers, who put Prince Fielder on the disabled list before the game with what is likely to be a season-ending neck problem.
Romine's solo homer in the sixth was the first of his career.
Angels 6, Royals 1 Mike Trout homered and threw out a runner at third base and Chris Iannetta also went deep as Los Angeles moved to a season-beat seven games over .500.
C.J. Wilson (6-3) allowed a run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out three and walking four. Wilson also hit two batters, including leadoff man Nori Aoki with his 105th and final pitch. Aoki had two singles and a double.
The Angels won for the 11th time in 14 games.
Danny Duffy (2-4) gave up five runs and nine hits over six innings in his fourth start since he began filling in for Bruce Chen, who has a sore back.
Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar, right, gives Cole Figuueroa a bath after his game-winning RBI double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, ...