|AL Capsules- April 29, 2013|
|Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:17 AM|
By The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit his second home run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the 19th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels early Tuesday in the longest major league game of the season.
The teams were on the field for 6 hours, 32 minutes in a marathon game that ended at 1:41 a.m. on the West Coast. By time, it was the longest game ever played in Oakland — and the longest in Angels history.
Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes singled off the left-center wall against closer Ernesto Frieri to drive in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Los Angeles went ahead 8-7 in the 15th on Brett Anderson’s bases-loaded walk to J.B. Shuck, but the A’s tied it in the bottom half on Adam Rosales’ two-out single off Jerome Williams after a costly error by first baseman Albert Pujols.
Pujols homered twice earlier in the game and finished with four hits and three RBIs. Mark Trumbo also went deep for the Angels and added a two-run double.
The A’s finally pulled it out on Moss’ two-run shot off Barry Enright (0-1), making his first big league appearance this season.
Jerry Blevins (2-0) worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory.
It was the longest game in the majors since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-3 in 19 innings at St. Louis on Aug. 19 last year, according to STATS.
INDIANS 9, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the eighth inning, Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and Cleveland routed Kansas City to split their four-game series.
Raburn hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth. He finished with four hits and Jason Kipnis also went deep to pace a suddenly potent Indians offense.
Not that all the offense was needed.
Jimenez (1-2) allowed only two walks and an infield single by Billy Butler over his first seven innings. Otherwise, he kept the Royals off balance in a dazzling start that brought back memories of the pitcher who once threw a no-hitter for the Colorado Rockies.
Meanwhile, Wade Davis (2-2) made a second straight miserable start for the Royals. The right-hander allowed eight runs, 12 hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings.
ASTROS 9, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs to lead Houston.
In their first game at Yankee Stadium as an AL team, the Astros peppered Andy Pettitte (3-2) for 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs for the left-hander. Brandon Barnes and Corporan had two-run doubles and Barnes added an RBI single and a double. Barnes and Corporan each set career highs for hits and RBIs.
Houston bounced back from a four-game sweep in Boston with an enthusiastic win over the Yankees, who had just taken four straight from Toronto.
The Astros had 17 hits in improving the AL’s worst record to 8-18. Lucas Harrell (3-2) pitched 6 1-3 innings to get the victory.
Vernon Wells had an RBI single in the sixth for New York.
TIGERS 4, TWINS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Prince Fielder’s three-run homer in the sixth inning put Detroit ahead, and the Tigers held on for their fourth straight win.
Detroit trailed 3-1 when Andy Dirks reached on a bunt single and Miguel Cabrera walked. Fielder hit the first pitch to left-center for an opposite-field homer. That part of the fence is about 405 feet from home plate.
Max Scherzer (3-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out 10 without a walk. Drew Smyly finished the eighth and got the first two outs of the ninth before Joaquin Benoit earned his second save.
Mike Pelfrey (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Josh Willingham went deep for Minnesota.
MARINERS 6, ORIOLES 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Saunders homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list and Joe Saunders pitched his eighth career complete game to lead Seattle over Baltimore in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history.
Kyle Seager had a two-run triple and Jason Bay added three hits as the Mariners won their third straight game for their longest winning streak of the season. Their latest victory came in front of 9,818 fans at the 14-year-old ballpark.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer for Baltimore. Zach Britton (0-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits over six innings in his first start of the season after being called up from Triple-A Norfolk.
Joe Saunders (2-3) yielded his first earned run at Safeco Field this season in his third home start, but went the distance for the first time since April 27, 2012. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out two while improving to 8-0 at the Mariners’ home.