May 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Tigers 6, Astros 5 (11 innings) James McCann homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning as the Detroit Tigers, who squandered a five-run lead, pulled out a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros. Houston trailed 5-0 but scored three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and got a game-tying home run from Preston Tucker, the Astros' Major-League leading 62nd of the season. The Tigers (25-17) pulled within two games of Kansas City, while Houston dropped to 27-15. ...
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Wandy Rodriguez's plan worked very well. Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 solid innings, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox and their listless offense 3-1 on Thursday night. ''Really nice pitching by Wandy tonight,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.
The Blue Jays haven't enjoyed many solid pitching performances this season. The right-hander snapped a two-start losing streak with a complete game, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run and Toronto beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4. ''Dickey was outstanding.'' Danny Valencia added a solo homer as the Blue Jays won for the second time in nine games.
Garrett Richards' last outing at Fenway Park cut his season short, along with his bid for the Cy Young Award. Fully recovered from injury and again looking like one of the AL's best arms, Richards will return to Boston trying to help the Los Angeles Angels knock off the Red Sox on Friday night. Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA) is pitching at Boston for the first time since tearing his left patellar tendon there Aug. 20, getting hurt covering first in the second inning of an 8-3 win.
Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and stolen bases.
May 20 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Cardinals 9, Mets 0 Right-hander Carlos Martinez threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the St Louis Cardinals scored six runs in the fourth inning of a rout of the New York Mets. The Cardinals (27-13) have outscored the Mets (23-18) 19-2 in winning the middle two games of the four-game series. Matt Adams and Jason Heyward hit home runs against Mets' pitcher Bartolo Colon (6-3) who was charged with nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. ...
It was a night of firsts for Texas Rangers pitchers. Phil Klein allowed one run in his first major league start, Shawn Tolleson succeeded in his first career save opportunity and the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. ''Gutsy performance by him to go out and face a ballclub that he's never really seen,' Texas manager Jeff Banister said.
Clay Buchholz has dropped his last five home starts and is winless in his last five overall against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers may find a resurgent Buchholz more difficult to hit than those facts would indicate, however, as they seek to capture this three-game series Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox. The Texan is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in his last five outings against the Rangers.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Phil Klein and given him his first major league start.
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