AL Roundup: Pettitte stymies Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andy Pettitte threw eight sharp innings, Robinson Cano had four hits, and Nick Swisher and No. 9 hitter Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs for the New York Yankees in a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

Pettitte (3-0) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none. The two-time All-Star gave up his only run on Torii Hunter’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, after getting staked to a 6-0 lead. It was the left-hander’s 30th regular-season start against the Angels, the team he beat in the Yankees’ home opener with six scoreless innings on April 13.

Joel Pineiro (2-2) worked six innings and allowed six runs, two more than he gave up in 20 1-3 innings over his first three starts. The Yankees got 11 of their 14 hits against the right-hander

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was in the DH spot for the first time this season, while Nick Johnson got the day off because of some slight back stiffness. A-Rod went 1 for 5 and twice struck out looking.

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Ramiro Pena made his first start at third this season for New York and made his presence felt defensively by robbing former Yankee Juan Rivera of a hit in the second inning with a diving catch of his line drive in the hole. One inning later, Pena made a nice play to short-hop a throw from left fielder Brett Gardner and slap the tag on Mike Napoli as he tried to advance from first base on Brandon Wood’s single.

The Yankees got on the board first with an RBI double by Nick Swisher in the second inning and added three more in the fourth. Cervelli, who made his fourth start behind the plate in place of Jorge Posada with the Yankees playing a day game after a night game, hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and Derek Jeter followed with an RBI single.

The defending World Series champions tacked on two more in the fifth. Gardner led off the fifth with a triple, his third hit of the game, and scored on a single by Cano — who came around on a wild pitch, a passed ball and a single by Swisher to make is 6-0. Pettitte then struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.

Mark Teixeira drove in the Yankees’ final run with an RBI single in the seventh against Scot Shields. It was the right-hander’s first appearance since last Tuesday, when he walked three batters in the seventh inning and was charged with three runs. The Angels will continue to Shields in non-critital situations until he straightens himself out. His ERA in six outings this season is 14.55.

White Sox 5, Mariners 4

CHICAGO Alex Rios hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth after Paul Konerko homered, and the Chicago White Sox overcame a controversial call that led two runs in the in the top half of the inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4.

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth with one out, Konerko hit a solo home run off Mariners closer David Aardsma (0-1). With two outs, Carlos Quentin walked, then a day after Andruw Jones hit a game-ending home run, Rios hit a 1-1 pitch in the left-field bleachers to win the game.

In the top of the inning, Casey Kotchman hit a two-run ground-rule double to give the Mariners a two-run lead.

With two outs in the eighth inning, Jose Lopez single off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks after a walk to Ken Griffey Jr. Kotchman then lined a double down the right-field line and a fan picked up the ball and dropped it back on the field.

First base umpire Gary Cederstrom declared the play dead as Lopez scored from first, but the umpiring crew allowed Jack Wilson, who was pinch running for Griffey, to score from first to give Seattle a 4-2 lead.

Guillen argued with third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth to no avail and was ejected.

Indians 6, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Grudzielanek hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning and Fausto Carmona had another stellar outing for the Cleveland Indians in a 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Austin Kearns had three hits and three RBIs while Mike Redmond doubled and scored twice for Cleveland, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Oakland. It is only the Indians’ fourth win in their last 26 road games dating back to last season.

Carmona (3-0) scattered seven hits over 7 1-3 innings and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.96.

Matt LaPorta led off the eighth with a single off Oakland reliever Chad Gaudin (0-2). Redmond then sacrificed pinch-runner Grady Sizemore to second, and after Asdrubal Cabrera grounded out, Grudzielanek hit a line drive to center to drive in Sizemore and break a 1-1 tie.

Craig Breslow replaced Gaudin and gave up two more hits, including Kearns’ RBI single that made it 3-1. Cleveland then scored three times in the ninth to break the game open.

Rays 9, Blue Jays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jason Bartlett and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece during a seven-run eighth inning, John Jaso hit his first major league homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3.

B.J. Upton tied it at 3 on an RBI single in the eighth off Scott Downs (0-2). Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac drew a bases-loaded walk from Casey Janssen, who also hit Jaso with a pitch as the Rays took a 5-3 lead. Bartlett and Zobrist added two-run singles to make it 9-3.

Jaso, a late insertion into the lineup, gave the Rays a 2-1 lead in the fifth with a two-run shot against Ricky Romero. Jaso got the start after catcher Dioner Navarro was scratched due to soreness in his lower right leg.

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