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AL Capsules: Encarnacion hits slam, Jays end 4-game skid with win over Mariners

04/28/2012 11:50 EDT | Updated 06/28/2012 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - Brandon Morrow pitched six innings, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays trounced the Seattle Mariners 7-0 Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Morrow (2-1) won his second straight start, allowing five hits with no walks and a season-high nine strikeouts.

Encarnacion went 2 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice fly, matching his career-high with five RBIs. Encarnacion hit his fourth career slam and has a team-leading six homers.

Kevin Millwood (0-2) allowed three runs, one earned, and seven hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out four as Seattle has its four-game win streak end.

TIGERS 7, YANKEES 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and Drew Smyly pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win to help Detroit snap a five-game losing streak by beating the Yankees.

Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer in the first off Freddy Garcia. Playing Delmon Young's usual position of left field, Dirks made a pair of nice defensive plays, too, running down balls that looked like extra-base hits off the bat.

Young was placed on the restricted list and will be evaluated under baseball's employee assistance program. He was arrested early Friday on a hate crime harassment charge following an encounter at his hotel in which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets and was intoxicated.

Smyly (1-0) gave up a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh. He allowed two hits and two walks in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts.

Garcia (0-2) was charged with six runs and gave up five hits in 1 2-3 innings.

RANGERS 7, RAYS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis allowed one run in six innings, Josh Hamilton had a two-run single and Texas Rangers snapped Tampa Bay's six-game winning streak.

Lewis (3-0) allowed three hits and three walks to improve to 4-0 in his career against the Rays. Tampa Bay's only scoring off Lewis came on Matt Joyce's second-inning homer.

Rays starter Jeff Niemann (1-3) gave up three runs and three walks in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander has not pitched past the sixth inning in his four starts this season.

Hamilton went 2 for 3 and now leads the AL with 24 RBIs. Adrian Beltre added a three-run home for Texas, which improved to 16-5 and equalled the best 21-game start in club history.

RED SOX 1, WHITE SOX 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester outdueled Jake Peavy, lifting Boston over Chicago for its sixth straight win following a miserable start to the season.

Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI single in the fourth as Lester (1-2) picked up his first win. He snapped a career-worst streak of losing five straight decisions and going eight starts without a win dating to Sept. 11. He gave up five hits and one walk, striking out seven.

The Red Sox evened their record at 10-10.

Peavy (3-1) threw a complete game for a second consecutive start for the first time in his career. He gave up four hits, struck out six and retired the last 12 batters he faced.

ANGELS 2, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dan Haren pitched eight strong innings and Albert Pujols' power drought continued as Los Angeles beat Cleveland.

Torii Hunter hit a solo homer for the Angels, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Pujols went 1 for 4 with his single during a first-inning rally giving the Angels a 1-0 lead off Jeanmar Gomez (1-1). Hunter's homer in the fourth made it 2-0.

Haren (1-1) made the lead stand up. The right-hander allowed four hits and struck out seven.

Jack Hannahan's two-out RBI single got Cleveland within 2-1 in the fourth.

Scott Downs worked a perfect ninth for his first save.

ORIOLES 10, ATHLETICS 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven strong innings, Chris Davis had four RBIs, and Adam Jones and Robert Andino each had three hits to lead Baltimore over Oakland.

Chen (2-0) allowed six hits and didn't give up a run until Jonny Gomes' one-out home run in the sixth. By then, he led 9-0. He struck out four and walked two.

The Orioles scored five runs in the second on a season-high six hits. They're 13-8 and haven't been more than five games above .500 since July 20, 2005.

Tyson Ross (1-1) was charged with nine runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings for Oakland, which fell back to .500 at 11-11.

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