AL Roundup: Verlander wins No. 22, Red Sox, Yankees lose

Posted on Sep 11 2011 - 11:00am by Cliff Franks

CLEVELAND (AP) – Justin Verlander won his 10th consecutive start and earned his 22nd victory overall when Victor Martinez hit a late grand slam that sent Detroit over Cleveland 8-6 on Wednesday.

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Verlander (22-5) gave up two two-run homers to Shelley Duncan and trailed 4-2 before Detroit rallied against Justin Masterson (11-9) and the Indians’ bullpen.
The slam by Martinez highlighted a five-run seventh inning.
BOX SCORE: Tigers 8, Indians 6
Verlander leads the majors in wins and is 20-2 since May 1. He gave up four runs and three hits in six innings, striking out eight.
Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 42nd save, tying the team record sent by Todd Jones in 2000. Valverde has not blown a save this year.
Detroit dropped Cleveland 9 games back in the AL Central.
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 10
TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Toronto rallied to deny Tim Wakefield his 200th career win.
Toronto trailed 8-6 heading into the eighth against Daniel Bard (2-6). The Blue Jays tied it when Bard issued consecutive walks with the bases loaded to Eric Thames and Jose Bautista.
Matt Albers came on and gave up a three-run double to Encarnacion.
Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and matched his career-high with five RBIs.
Shawn Camp (4-3) pitched one inning for the win and Frank Francisco survived a two-run ninth to record his 13th save.
Jacoby Ellsbury homered and finished with four hits and David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez also went deep, but the Red Sox couldn’t give Wakefield his first win since July 24 against Seattle.

Wakefield allowed five runs, four earned, and three hits in five innings.
Angels 3, Mariners 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. —Maicer Izturis hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning to reward Los Angeles’ Jerome Williams for pitching eight innings of one-hit ball.
Peter Bourjos added a run-scoring single in the eighth as Los Angeles trimmed the Texas Rangers’ AL West lead to 2 games with its 10th win in 12 home games.
Williams (3-0) narrowly outdueled Seattle rookie left-hander Charlie Furbush (3-8), who held the Angels scoreless until the eighth.
Trayvon Robinson’s sixth-inning leadoff homer was the Mariners’ only hit off Williams, a journeyman right-hander who has made three strong starts for Los Angeles down the playoff stretch.
Jordan Walden pitched a hitless ninth for his 29th save.
Williams struck out five and walked one. Furbush yielded five hits and one walk, throwing 100 pitches in the longest start of his career.

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