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Error gifts Dodgers 7-6 victory over Rays

August 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A throwing error by Tampa Bay reliever Fernando Rodney allowed Los Angeles to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Dodgers an improbable 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay on Friday.

The defeat meant the Rays failed to capitalize on a chance to move back within half a game of the American League East following Boston’s loss to Kansas City, with the Royals scoring six runs in the sixth inning to overrun the Red Sox.

The New York Yankees ended Detroit’s 12-game winning streak, with Alex Rodriguez meant with choruses of booing even in his own ballpark as he made his first appearance at Yankee Stadium this season.

Colorado batted around its order in both the first and second innings to quickly set up a victory over Pittsburgh, while Oakland’s Josh Reddick homered in three consecutive at-bats to power the Athletics past Toronto.

The Chicago Cubs recorded their first shutout at St. Louis for 16 years, while Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo bounced back from his previous rough outing to steer the Reds past San Diego.

The Dodgers scored the winner when Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded into a fielder’s choice to first base and Adrian Gonzalez scored on Rodney’s throwing error.

Earlier, Gonzalez’s RBI double had tied the game 6-6 after Mark Ellis’ RBI triple and Nick Punto’s RBI double sparked the Dodgers’ rally and third-straight win.

Rodney (4-3) took the loss, allowing four runs while getting just one out.

Kansas City’s Justin Maxwell homered and singled twice in a six-run sixth inning which lifted the Royals to a 9-6 win over Boston.

Maxwell, whom the Royals acquired a week ago from the Houston Astros, homered leading off the second.

With Kansas City trailing 6-3 in the sixth, he led off the inning with a single. The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in the inning, forcing the Red Sox into two pitching changes.

The Royals have won 15 of their past 17 games to move seven games above .500, matching their best record of the season.

New York’s Alex Rodriguez was the focus of attention in his season home debut as he plays under appeal against a 211-game doping suspension, and ended on the winning side as the Yankees edged Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera temporarily saved the Tigers by hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera that made it 3-3. The reigning Triple Crown winner connected while still hobbling after apparently fouling a ball off himself earlier in the at-bat.

Brett Gardner grounded an RBI single — just past the diving Cabrera at third base — with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th to end New York’s four-game losing streak.

Colorado’s Wilin Rosario doubled and homered to drive in four runs as the Rockies cruised past Pittsburgh 10-1 to snap a five-game losing skid.

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (12-5) bore the brunt of the Rockies’ outburst in his first appearance at hitter-friendly Coors Field, allowing a career-worst 10 runs in 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

With the game out of reach, Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was called on to pitch and got two outs to close out the eighth inning.

Oakland’s Josh Reddick emphatically broke out of his hitting slump with his three straight homers, while Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes also cleared the fences as the A’s beat Toronto 14-6.

Reddick was hitless in his previous 20 at-bats before connecting off Esmil Rogers with a solo blast in the second inning. He hit another solo homer in the fifth, off reliever Neil Wagner, then smacked a three-run drive off Juan Perez in the sixth.All three homers came with two outs.

Oakland came in batting .219 in 22 games since July 10, but set a season high in runs and pounded out 17 hits.

Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single and that proved more than enough as the Cubs downed St. Louis 3-0.

Chicago starter Chris Rusin (2-1) twice worked out of bases-loaded jams in his six innings and took the win.

The Cardinals remained four games behind National League Central leader Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs with a single and a triple as the Reds beat San Diego 7-2.

The Reds have won three straight since getting embarrassed by St. Louis at home last weekend, conceding 28 runs in two games.

Arroyo (10-9) took one of those heavy losses against the Cardinals but this time allowed just four hits in seven innings.

Baltimore’s Chris Davis hit a two-out, two-run double in the 10th inning to lift the Orioles to a 5-2 win against San Francisco.

Atlanta’s Justin Upton, Chris Johnson and Brian McCann homered as the Braves beat Miami 5-0 to notch their 14th straight victory — one off the club record since relocating to Atlanta in 1966.

Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver chalked up another win in Cleveland and Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer as the Angels beat the Indians 5-2, inflicting their fifth-straight loss.

Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt homered with one out in the ninth inning to carry the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win over the New York Mets.

Washington’s Dan Haren won his third straight winning start while Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman homered to help the Nationals beat Philadelphia 9-2 and end a run of four consecutive defeats.

Texas’ Leonys Martin hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth inning which rallied the Rangers to a 9-5 win over Houston and a fifth-straight win.

Milwaukee’s Yuniesky Betancourt highlighted Milwaukee’s five-run fifth inning with his second grand slam of the season as the Brewers beat Seattle 10-5.

Minnesota took both games of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox, winning 7-5 in the opener and edging the night game 3-2 in 10 innings.


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