AL Capsules

Updated: July 31, 2013, 11:17 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Rookie left-hander Brett Oberholtzer allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first major league win, Jason Castro hit a grand slam and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-0 Wednesday night.

Matt Dominguez homered and had a career-high four hits for the Astros, who built a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning and coasted to their most lopsided victory of the season.

Oberholtzer (1-0) started after Erik Bedard was scratched with a sore shoulder. Making his fourth appearance and first start in the big leagues, Oberholtzer struck out six, walked none and did not let a runner get past first base.

Miguel Gonzalez (8-5) yielded a career-high nine runs, four earned, in 3 2-3 innings.

Hours before the first pitch, the Astros traded pitcher Bud Norris to the Orioles for outfielder L.J. Hoes and a minor league prospect. Hoes switched from the Baltimore starting lineup to batting second for Houston and went 0 for 5.

TIGERS 11, NATIONALS 1

DETROIT -- Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning and the Detroit Tigers scored five more runs in the fourth inning while routing Washington.

The AL Central-leading Tigers swept the two-game series. They have won five straight, the latest victory coming while star Miguel Cabrera was out of the lineup, a day after aggravating an injury.

Justin Verlander (11-8) shook off a shaky start by giving up one run, four hits and five walks while striking out six in six innings.

Gio Gonzalez (7-4) gave up 10 runs -- one short of his career high -- and 11 hits -- the most of his career -- over 3 1-3 innings.

BLUE JAYS 5, ATHLETICS 2, 10 INNINGS

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland.

Bautista doubled off Jesse Chavez (2-3). Rookie catcher Stephen Vogt's second costly passed ball of the game allowed Jose Reyes to advance after a leadoff infield single, and Reyes scored on Bautista's hit.

Casey Janssen (4-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, while Brett Cecil finished for his first major league save in two opportunities.

RANGERS 2, ANGELS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre led off the bottom of the ninth for Texas with a home run to beat the Los Angeles Angels, completing a three-game series sweep in which the Rangers won each on game-ending homers.

Beltre hit his 23rd homer, connecting off Michael Kohn (1-1).

Nelson Cruz also homered for Texas, his 25th putting the Rangers up 1-0 in the second before Josh Hamilton's tying homer in the seventh for the Angels.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan (3-1) struck out two and walked one in the top of the ninth to win for the second night in a row.

INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 5, 10 INNINGS

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Santana's leadoff home run in the 10th inning sent the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox for their seventh straight win.

Santana hit a 3-2 pitch from Dylan Axelrod (3-7) into the right field seats for Cleveland's ninth walkoff win of the season.

Chris Perez (4-1) hit Adam Dunn with a pitch with two outs in the 10th, but struck out Paul Konerko to end the inning as Chicago lost its sixth straight game.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wade Miley pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Eric Chavez drove in three runs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over Tampa Bay.

Paul Goldschmidt hit his 24th homer, scored three runs and reached base four times. Cody Ross had three straight hits and drove in two runs as Arizona broke a three-game losing streak.

Miley (8-8) won for the fourth time in five starts. He struck out eight in 6 1-3 innings and walked five.

Jeremy Hellickson (10-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.


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