ARLINGTON, Texas – Derek Holland may have trouble sleeping tonight. Holland gave up eight runs on 51 pitches. His start lasted 1 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Yoshinori Tateyama who did not fare much better giving up eight runs, six of those runs earned in 2/3 of an inning. Enter reliever Mark Lowe who gave up one run in 1 2/3 inning, and the Seattle Mariners led the Texas Rangers 17-0 after four innings.
The Rangers used seven pitchers and 19 of the 21 runs were earned. Texas battled back to score 7 runs total in the sixth and seventh innings and tacked on 1 more in the bottom of the ninth.
Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley all homered for the Mariners. Justin Smoak had two home runs with six RBI. Montero drove in four runs, Smoak drove in three as did actually. Every starting Seattle Mariners player had at least one hit as they accumulated 20 hits. The Mariners won the game 21- 8
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Chicago White Sox came to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday riding a five-game winning streak. After beating and sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays today 4-3 the winning streak is now at eight games. The game had its share of controversy.
White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner with two outs in the fourth when he threw a pitch behind Ben Zobrist at knee level. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was also ejected.
The incident was likely spurred on by what Rays manager Joe Maddon called an awkward slide by White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski involving Zobrist in Tuesday night’s game. Both sides later denied any intent. Luke Scott and Carlos Pena homered for the Rays, who have lost nine of their past 13 games at home.
The White Sox pounded out 11 hits on the afternoon and the Rays could only manage four. “We’re not really playing a high level of baseball right now,” Maddon said. “Too many mistakes on the field.” White Sox closer Addison Reed earned his sixth save.
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins starter Nelson Liriano earned a shot at we redemption and delivered. Liriano’s return to the rotation was a rousing success, with six shutout innings by the left-hander Wednesday to lead the Twins to a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics, their eighth straight loss.
Liriano struck out nine, three hits and allowed only two walks. Josh Willingham was the hero for the Twins again with an RBI single and a two-run homer. The Twins finished May 12-16 doubling their win output over April.
CLEVELAND – Bruce Chen struggled at times but was good enough to last five innings in the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians five before. The Royals won four of its last six games, all on the road and finished may with a 15-13 record.
Before the game the Indians announced the designated hitter Travis Hafner went undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks. The Indians had taken the lead3-0 in the second inning only to have the Royals scored six unanswered runs for the victory.
TORONTO – The Baltimore Orioles have been among the league leaders in team home runs all year entering today’s action trailing only the Texas Rangers by one home run. The Toronto Blue Jays gave Orioles starter Jason Hammel a taste of Blue Jays power, as the Jays ripped four solo home runs to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1. Edwin Encarnacion, Rajai Davis, Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie all hit solo home runs to back the pitching of Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (6-3).
Morrow pitched into the seventh giving up one earned run and striking out eight. He walked only two. The Orioles have now lost five games in a row but remained tied with the Tampa Bay Rays heading into a showdown series at Tropicana Field starting Friday.
BOSTON – the Boston Red Sox have won 14 of their last 19 games. They remain in last place in the American League East and are but two games over 500. The Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers again 6-4 and were powered by David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks, who each hit two-run homers, and Kevin Youkilis added a solo shot.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The New York Yankees avoided a sweep against the Los Angeles Angels with a 6-5 victory Wednesday night. Ivan Nova gave up eight hits as he worked into the seventh inning for the Yankees. He allowed five earned runs, but the Yankee bullpen was able to hold the Angels off and Rafael Soriano earned his somewhat shaky sixth save. The Yankees had built a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning where the Angels scored four runs to tie the game. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano each other for the Yankees and Mark Trumbo hit his 10th home run for the Angels. Nick Swiaher hit sacrifice fly to left scoring Raul Ibanez and that turned out to be the difference in the game.