By The Associated Press

TORONTO — Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera homered, Ervin Santana won his fourth straight start and the Angels beat slumping Toronto.

Guerrero broke a 3-all tie with a solo shot in the sixth inning and Rivera provided some insurance with a two-run drive in the eighth.

The AL West leaders avoided their first three-game losing streak since June 20-22. Los Angeles is the only team in the majors that hasn’t lost four straight all season.

Toronto has dropped eight of 10 and is nine games below .500, matching a season low.

Santana (7-6) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander has won six of his past seven decisions and is 5-0 in his last six road starts.

Blue Jays rookie Scott Richmond (6-7) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked three.
Indians 4, Mariners 3, 11 innings. UPDATES throughout.
Valbuena’s 11th-inning homer lifts Indians to win

CLEVELAND (AP) – Luis Valbuena homered with two out in the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Valbuena lined a 2-0 pitch from right-hander Randy Messenger (0-1) over the right-field wall for his seventh homer to cap Cleveland’s comeback. The Indians trailed 3-0 after one inning.

Messenger, who has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors, had his contract purchased from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day when the Mariners optioned out Chris Jakubauskas.

Rafael Perez (2-2) got one out to record the win, Cleveland’s fourth in 10 games.

Four Seattle pitchers held the Indians hitless over 6 2-3 innings until Valbuena connected.

Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 5 with a walk, ending his 12-game hitting streak and keeping him 12 hits short of 2,000 for his career. The nine-time All-Star popped out on a 3-0 pitch in his final at-bat in the 11th.

Suzuki needs 17 hits for his ninth consecutive 200-hit season, which would break the career record he shares with Hall of Famer Willie Keeler.

Cleveland chipped away at Seattle’s lead with single runs in the third, fourth and seventh, scoring the tying run without a hit.

Valbuena reached second leading off the seventh when left fielder Michael Saunders dropped his fly ball for an error. Kelly Shoppach then squared to bunt as Mariners starter Doug Fister threw a fastball high and inside, hitting the Indians’ catcher on the hand.

After both runners advanced on a check-swing groundout by Matt LaPorta, Mark Lowe relieved Fister and Andy Marte hit a sacrifice fly to center to tie it at 3.

Indians starter Aaron Laffey allowed three runs in the first, then settled down nicely. The left-hander gave up eight hits and three runs over seven innings.

Russell Branyan’s two-run homer, a long shot to right-center, capped Seattle’s big first inning. The first run scored when right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was charged with an error after his throw skipped past third baseman Jhonny Peralta. Branyan followed with his 30th homer, on a 3-2 pitch.

LaPorta scored when Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a double play in the third and Travis Hafner hit his 12th homer in the fourth to get Cleveland within one. It was the Indians’ first homer at Progressive Field since Aug. 2, a span of 11 games, two short of the team record for longest homer drought in home games set in 1991 at old Cleveland Stadium.

Fister gave up two earned runs over 6 1-3 innings in his third career start.

Eds: Rays 5, Rangers 4, 10 innings. UPDATES.
Pena homers twice and adds 10th RBI single

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Carlos Pena homered twice and drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the 10th inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch from Jason Grilli (1-2) to start the bottom of the 10th and went to second when Ben Zobrist walked. Pena then hit a liner to center to score Longoria.

Pena finished with four RBIs for the Rays, who remain three games behind AL wild-card leading Boston. The Rangers fell two games in back of the Red Sox, who beat the New York Yankees 14-1.

Pena has three of his 16 career multihomer games this season, and has eight homers over his last 14 games.

Grant Balfour (5-2) struck out two during a scoreless 10th for the win.

Marlon Byrd had pulled the Rangers even at 4 on a two-out, ninth-inning solo homer off Tampa Bay closer J.P. Howell.

Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth as the Rays took a 4-3 lead. His drive off the left-field wall scored Pena, who drew a two-out walk from C.J. Wilson.

Michael Young homered and had his third straight three-hit game. He has 18 three-hit games this season and 144 in his career, which is three behind teammate Ivan Rodriguez’s club record.

Pena hit a solo homer in the second and put the Rays up 3-2 on a two-run shot during the fourth.

Texas went ahead 2-1 in the third when Taylor Teagarden drove in a run with a double and Young had an RBI triple. Young tied it at 3 on a sixth-inning solo homer.

Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings. He has just one win in his last nine starts.

Rangers right-hander Tommy Hunter gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Young singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He has 19 career double-digit hitting streaks, which ties the Rangers mark held by Rodriguez.

Eds: White Sox 4, Orioles 1. UPDATES.
Quentin powers White Sox past Orioles

CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Quentin homered, John Danks pitched into the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Saturday night.

Danks (11-8) walked six but allowed just one run and three hits, helping Chicago bounce back after consecutive losses to lowly Kansas City and Baltimore. The left-hander got a standing ovation when he departed with one out in the seventh and runners on the corners.

Matt Thornton came in and struck out Brian Roberts before throwing a wild pitch that cut Chicago’s lead to 4-1. The reliever got some help when third baseman Gordon Beckham made a nice throw from the line to get Adam Jones at first for the final out.

Thornton and Octavio Dotel combined to work the eighth and Bobby Jenks finished for his 27th save in 31 opportunities.

David Hernandez (4-6) allowed three runs and three hits over four innings for Baltimore, which was denied in its attempt to win three straight for the first time since June 17-21. Roberts went 0 for 3 with two walks, ending an 11-game hitting streak.

Melvin Mora and Dotel exchanged words after Mora didn’t appreciate a high-and-tight pitch in the eighth. After the top half of the inning, Dotel appeared to be yelling at Mora from the dugout.
Eds: Phillies 4, Mets 1; UPDATES.
Utley’s 2-run shot lifts Phillies over Mets 4-1
IRA PODELL,AP Sports Writer


NEW YORK (AP) – Chase Utley hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of New York’s bullpen in a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Saturday night.

After Tim Redding held the Phillies to one hit through five shutout innings in a spot start, Philadelphia broke out against relievers Pat Misch and Sean Green.

Misch (0-1), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo, walked Shane Victorino leading off the sixth and then gave up a long homer to right to Utley – the All-Star second baseman’s 26th of the season.

Utley has six homers against the Mets this season, including four at spacious Citi Field.

Rookie left-hander J.A. Happ (10-2) settled down after allowing Omir Santos’ RBI single in the second inning that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Happ has won three straight decisions, allowing only one run in each of his last two outings. He scattered eight hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out one. He hasn’t given up more than two runs in five straight starts and seven of eight.

Ryan Madson struck out two in the eighth inning, and Brad Lidge got three outs for his 24th save in 32 chances. Lidge earned his 700th major league strikeout when he fanned Daniel Murphy leading off the ninth.

The NL East-leading Phillies bounced back from Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the Mets to win for the ninth time in 11 games.

The Mets celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1969 World Series championship team before the game, but the presence of former stars such as Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan weren’t enough to spark the current club. New York has dropped 13 of 20.
Eds: Astros 4, Diamondbacks 2; UPDATES.
Astros win 4th straight, beat Arizona 4-2

HOUSTON (AP) – Brian Moehler won for the first time in more than a month and the Houston Astros beat the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Saturday night to match a season high with their fourth consecutive victory.

The Diamondbacks have lost seven straight, their longest skid since dropping seven in a row in June 2006.

Carlos Lee had two hits and a go-ahead sacrifice fly to help Moehler (8-9) end his four-game losing streak. The right-hander went 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits for his first win since July 20 against St. Louis. He walked two and struck out three.

Tim Byrdak, Sammy Gervacio and Jeff Fulchino combined for 2 1-3 innings of shutout relief. LaTroy Hawkins earned his 11th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Geoff Blum and Miguel Tejada also had two hits apiece for Houston.

Max Scherzer (7-8) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings for Arizona. He struck out seven.

Augie Ojeda doubled twice for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona jumped on Moehler early with three straight hits to begin the game, including Gerardo Parra’s RBI single. Mark Reynolds’ groundout made it 2-0.

Houston tied it in the second when Lee singled and Blum doubled to right.

When Alex Romero bobbled Blum’s hit for an error, Lee scored and Blum went to third. One out later, Kaz Matsui doubled to drive in Blum for a 2-all tie.

Eds: Braves 4, Marlins 3. UPDATES.
Hanson wins again as Braves edge Marlins, 4-3
CHARLES ODUM,AP Sports Writer


ATLANTA (AP) – Rookie Tommy Hanson won his fourth straight start in August, combining with two relievers on a four-hitter, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Saturday night.

The Braves, powered by home runs by Yunel Escobar and Omar Infante, took a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Hanson (9-2) gave up four hits and three runs in seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven to improve to 4-0 in August. The right-hander has not allowed more than seven hits or three runs in any of the four starts this month.

Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, who pitched the ninth for his 19th save, combined for two perfect innings in relief of Hanson.

The 22-year-old Hanson faced the minimum 12 batters though four innings before giving up three runs in the fifth. Chris Volstad (9-10) gave up six hits and four runs in four innings.

The Braves won for the first time in five home games against the Marlins this season.

Infante, who has made a combined 24 starts at three infield positions, made his first start of the season in left field. He made a running catch of Chris Coghlan’s line drive to open the game.


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