Mariners Beat Tigers, Win Series; Other MLB Scores
Monday Aug 18, 2014 12:00am
Mariners blast Tigers 8-1
(DETROIT) - Lloyd McClendon was upset after he was thrown out by umpire Tony Randazzo for the second straight game. At least this time it came in a victory for his Seattle Mariners. Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and Seattle beat Detroit 8-1 Sunday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot. McClendon was ejected in the seventh inning of the series finale when Randazzo said the manager made a hand gesture after the third base umpire turned down a check-swing appeal on a 3-2 pitch to Alex Avila. McClendon also was ejected by Randazzo during Detroit's 4-2 win on Saturday night for arguing balls and strikes, even though McClendon said it wasn't him complaining. Young (12-6) allowed four hits and walked one while improving to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit. Tigers rookie Robbie Ray (1-3) struggled while replacing injured right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Ray allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings. Victor Martinez drove in Detroit's only run with an eighth-inning double.
Grand slam gives White Sox win over Toronto
(CHICAGO) – Conor Gillaspie leads the Chicago White Sox with a .311 batting average, and on Sunday the third baseman led them to a win with a rare burst of power. Gillaspie hit his first grand slam and Jordan Danks added a two-run shot to cap a six-run first inning, and the White Sox held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5. Gillaspie connected for just his fifth homer and Danks hit his second off Toronto's Drew Hutchinson (8-11), who lost for the fifth time in seven decisions. Chicago right-hander Scott Carroll (5-7) went 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks. Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, his 27th this season and first since returning from the disabled list on Friday. The Blue Jays have lost five of six and 11 of 15 to fall 7 1/2 games behind Baltimore in the AL East and four behind Seattle in the AL wild card race.
OTHER SUNDAY A.L. SCORES
Baltimore 4 – Cleveland 1
Houston 8 – Boston 1
NY Yankees 4- Tampa Bay 2
Kansas City 12 – Minnesota 6
Texas 3 – LA Angels 2
SUNDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Atlanta 4 – Oakland 3
Cubs double up Mets in 2-1 win
(NEW YORK) – Starlin Castro gave Mets fans a firsthand tease of the two-way talent that has so many of them eager to see him in a New York uniform. The All Star shortstop hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory at Citi Field. Castro also started a slick double play to snuff out a rally, showing off the full set of skills that could make him an attractive trade target this winter. Chicago has several touted shortstops rising through its system, while the Mets are searching for a solution at that position. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits in seven smooth innings. Featuring a sharp curve, he struck out nine and left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena's run-scoring single in the fourth. Curtis Granderson tied it with a two-out RBI single off winner Pedro Strop (2-4) in the eighth, snapping skids of 0 for 17 and 1 for 29. A diving catch by rookie center fielder Arismendy Alcantara moments earlier prevented more potential damage. Hector Rondon got three quick outs for his 17th save, finishing a four-hitter that ended Chicago's three-game losing streak.
OTHER SUNDAY N.L. SCORES
Miami 10 – Arizona 3
St. Louis 7 – San Diego 6
San Francisco 5 – Philadelphia 2
Milwaukee 7 – LA Dodgers 2
Colorado 10 – Cincinnati 9 (game one)
Washington 6 – Pittsburgh 5
Colorado 10 – Cincinnati 5 (game two)
Tigers call up reliever Jim Johnson
(DETROIT) - The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of former All-Star pitcher Jim Johnson and optioned reliever Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo after their 4-2 win over Seattle on Saturday night. The 31 year old Johnson made four appearances for Toledo, since signing with Detroit, and allowed two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Johnson earned 101 saves for Baltimore in the previous two seasons, but then struggled after joining Oakland. He posted a 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances for the A's and managed only two saves before being released on Aug. 1. He signed with Detroit five days later. Mercedes was called up on Friday and made his major league debut Saturday, pitching two perfect innings.