The Associated Press
Apr. 19, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases.
Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to make it 11-1.
Jered Weaver (1-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.
The Angels have won 10 straight against the Tigers, the longest active streak in the majors by one team over another.
Kendrick and Ian Stewart both had three hits for the Angels, with Stewart falling a homer shy of the cycle. Mike Trout doubled twice.
RAYS 11, YANKEES 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Loney drove in four runs and Tampa Bay overcame a four-run deficit to beat New York, stopping a four-game skid.
Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney's two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning gave the Rays a 6-5 lead.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.
Yankees reliever Cesar Cabral was ejected by plate umpire Joe West after hitting his third batter, Logan Forsythe, in the eighth after Myers' hit. The left-hander earlier plunked Evan Longoria and Loney.
Longoria had three hits and reached base in all five plate appearances. Jake McGee (1-0) got the win.
Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double as the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the second. New York had won five straight.
ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 4
BOSTON (AP) — Jonathan Schoop went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs as Baltimore roughed up Boston starter John Lackey.
Every Orioles starter had at least one hit except for Chris Davis. Baltimore got 10 of those hits off Lackey (2-2), who allowed six earned runs over 5 1-3 innings. It was the second straight start in which Lackey gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the sixth inning.
The first four-hit game of Schoop's career extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-1) labored through five innings. Darren O'Day got four outs for his first save of the season.
RANGERS 12, WHITE SOX 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and Texas routed Chicago.
Martin homered and was one of four Rangers batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.
Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston.
Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2). Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.
Chirinos and Jim Adduci set career highs with three hits apiece. Alex Rios also had three hits and scored each time he reached base.
Prince Fielder, who came in hitting .164, reached base all five times he batted, including a run-scoring double. He also singled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.
Chicago's Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. His soft single to right in the fifth extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and Kansas City romped to a victory over Minnesota.
Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won four straight after getting swept in Minnesota last weekend.
Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins. He was coming off a 7-1 win over Kansas City in which he went eight innings.
Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.24 while going at least seven innings in each of his four outings this season.
BLUE JAYS 3, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single, and Toronto held on to beat Cleveland.
The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the seventh before Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI single off reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1). Encarnacion delivered against Cody Allen.
Steve Delabar (1-0), one of three Toronto relievers to combine for eight walks in the eighth inning of a loss at Minnesota on Thursday, got the win in relief of starter Drew Hutchison.
Sergio Santos worked a very shaky ninth for his fifth save, one night after his three wild pitches in the eighth-inning debacle allowed the Twins to score three runs. Santos loaded the bases before retiring Michael Brantley on a hard grounder to first for the final out.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Indians, who have dropped six of eight.
ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and Oakland scored seven times in the first inning against Houston to back Sonny Gray.
Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp each added a two-run shot for the Athletics, who have won nine of 11. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer in the second inning to follow up his two-run single in the first against Jarred Cosart (1-2).
Cespedes' single came one batter before Callaspo connected for his second home run of the season. John Jaso drew Cosart's fourth walk of the first inning before Reddick hit his first homer with his own towering drive to right field.
That chased Cosart, who retired only one batter before being replaced by Paul Clemens.
Gray (3-0) allowed three runs in six innings, the first time this season he has given up more than one earned run.