St. Petersburg, FL -- Luke Scott hit a tying home run off Justin Verlander in the eighth inning and Yunel Escobar gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers with an RBI single in the 10th. Austin Jackson cracked a solo homer and Jhonny Peralta added a two-run single for Detroit, which has lost four of its last five games. With Tampa Bay trailing, 3-2, Scott stepped in with one out in the eighth and lined Verlander's 112th pitch into the right-field seats to even things. Verlander finished the frame but did not factor in the decision. He was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and four walks. Today's rubber match pits Detroit's Rick Porcello opposite Jeremy Hellickson. Catch all the action on 1450 WHTC. Coverage begins at 1:15 p.m.
Seattle, WA -- Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning and the Cubs made it stand in a 5-3 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field. Soriano drove in three runs and Starlin Castro added a home run for Chicago. Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings and left with a 3-2 lead, but closer Kevin Gregg allowed the Mariners to tie it in the bottom of the ninth. Carlos Villanueva got the win and Blake Parker recorded his first save of the season for the Cubs.
Chicago, IL -- Nick Swisher singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to send the Indians to a 4-3 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Joe Martinez earned the win in relief while Chris Perez recorded his seventh save of the year and his first since a stint on the disabled list. Dayan Viciedo went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Chicago, which has dropped eight out of 11 overall. Jesse Crain suffered the loss in relief for the Sox. The White Sox have lost the first three games of this weekend series. They’ll host Cleveland again today.
Grand Rapids, MI -- In front of a season-high crowd of 9,559 at Fifth Third Ballpark on Saturday night, the West Michigan Whitecaps lost the opener of a three-game series, 3-1, to the Bowling Green Hot Rods. West Michigan (5-5, 38-42) scuffled defensively once again, dropping their third straight game after opening the second half with a 5-2 record. Bowling Green (6-4, 44-34) quieted the Whitecaps’ offense throughout the night and won for the third time in their last four games. The Whitecaps continue their homestand at Fifth Third Ballpark this afternoon with the second game of a three-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Story by: Diane E Coston