05/16/2012 12:13 EDT | Updated 07/15/2012 05:12 EDT

AL Capsules: Suspension looms for Lawrie after ninth-inning outburst turns ugly

TORONTO - Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie slammed his batting helmet to the ground and it ricocheted into plate umpire Bill Miller as the ninth inning turned nasty Tuesday in Toronto's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Lawrie was ejected for arguing after he struck out looking. Lawrie took several steps toward Miller, wound up with his right arm and threw down his helmet. It bounced up and struck Miller around the right hip — a suspension from Major League Baseball is all but certain.

Toronto manager John Farrell came out to restrain the 22-year-old Lawrie, who is in his first full season in the majors. After Lawrie returned to the dugout, Farrell was ejected for arguing the call.

Miller was then hit by a drink thrown by a fan as he headed off the field after the game. Police and stadium security were seen pointing into the crowd after an exchange between fans and umpires as the crew headed off the field through the visitors' dugout.

David Price (6-2) won for the fifth time in six starts, Sean Rodriguez homered and the Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit. Fernando Rodney got three outs for his 11th save in 11 chances.

Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays, who made a season-high four errors. Henderson Alvarez (3-3) got the loss.


BOSTON (AP) — Josh Beckett redeemed himself less than a week after being booed off the mound, striking out a season-high nine to help Boston extend its winning streak to five.

Beckett (3-4) scattered four hits over seven innings before being pulled as a steady rain started to fall late in the afternoon.

Beckett was celebrating his 32nd birthday and could not have atoned better for his previous start, when he was pulled after allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings. Boston fans already were seething that day over news Beckett had played golf the week before after being scratched from a start because of back stiffness.

David Ortiz hit his eighth homer as Boston completed a 5-1 homestand.

The Mariners fell to 1-4 on a 10-game road trip and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Blake Beavan (1-4) lasted only four innings.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and the Orioles beat CC Sabathia and the Yankees.

J.J. Hardy drove in two runs for Baltimore, which earned a split of the two-game series and improved to 1-4 at home against New York.

Chen (4-0) allowed two runs, struck out four and walked two in a masterful performance. Making his seventh major league start, the 26-year-old Taiwan native took a shutout into the seventh inning.

Pedro Strop worked the eighth and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 12th save in 12 tries.

Curtis Granderson hit his 13th homer for New York. Sabathia (5-1) gave up four runs, eight hits and a season-high four walks in six innings.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ervin Santana struck out nine during 7 2-3 innings of four-hit ball, Albert Pujols drove in two runs with infield singles, and the Angels bounced back from yet another shutout loss.

Mike Trout went 3 for 4 with a homer and three runs scored for the Angels, who finally produced enough offence to back a strong performance by Santana (2-6). The Dominican right-hander retired 16 in a row early, winning his second straight start after a rocky beginning to the season.

Bartolo Colon (3-4) allowed 12 hits while pitching into the seventh inning for the A's, who were off to an AL-best 8-4 start in May.

A day after Oakland sent Los Angeles to its major league-worst eighth shutout loss this season, the Angels snapped the A's four-game winning streak at Angel Stadium, handing Oakland its fifth scoreless defeat of the year.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered, Billy Butler and Brayan Pena each drove in a pair of runs and Kansas City kept Texas' potent offence in check for a second straight game.

The Royals took advantage of two throwing errors by Rangers starter Colby Lewis (3-3) to score five unearned runs in the first two innings.

Moustakas reached base for a 22nd consecutive game to help make a winner of Vin Mazzaro, who made his first start this season. Mazzaro (1-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Rangers star Josh Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single and added a sacrifice fly.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Lowe pitched his first shutout in nearly seven years, throwing a six-hitter and leading the Cleveland Indians over Minnesota.

Shin-Soo Choo, the Indians' new leadoff man, scored after a leadoff double in the third inning and then hit the first of three Cleveland home runs in the fifth against Jason Marquis (2-3). Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana also homered.

The 38-year-old Lowe (6-1) was at his sinker-balling best, walking four without a strikeout. He induced four double-play grounders in winning his fourth straight decision.

This was Lowe's fourth big league shutout, the previous one coming on Aug. 31, 2005, for the Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego.


CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Raburn and Austin Jackson homered during an eight-run rally in the sixth inning and Detroit defeated Chicago.

The Tigers hung on in the ninth despite closer Jose Valverde leaving with tightness in his lower back. Paul Konerko singled and A.J. Pierzynski doubled with two outs for his fifth hit.

Valverde went to a 3-1 count on Alex Rios and left. Octavio Dotel issued a fourth ball and Alexei Ramirez's two-run double made it 10-8. But Dotel got Dayan Viciedo to fly out to the right-field fence for his first save in two chances.

Chicago starter Jake Peavy sailed into the sixth with a 6-0 lead before Cabrera hit a two-run homer. Raburn hit a three-run drive off Peavy and Jackson connected against Will Ohman (0-2).

Collin Balester (2-0) got the win.