OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Holland gave up four hits in eight stellar innings, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each hit a home run and Ron Washington became the winningest manager in Rangers history as Texas beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Sunday.
Adrian Beltre had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of seven to move within 2 1-2 games of the AL West-leading Athletics.
Nate Freiman had two hits for the A’s, who have lost four of five.
Holland (9-6) walked two and matched his season high with 10 strikeouts to end a personal two-game losing streak.
A.J. Griffith (10-8) lasted 6 2-3 innings, allowing four runs — three earned — on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Griffin has allowed a majors-leading 28 home runs in 2013 and became the first Oakland pitcher to give up two or more in four straight starts since Mark Redman in 2007.
Washington, who coached for Oakland for several years, passed Bobby Valentine with his 582nd win.
TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 12 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Torii Hunter hit an RBI single in the 12th inning as Detroit extended Chicago’s losing streak to 10 games.
Miguel Cabrera, who has been dealing with hip and abdominal problems, led off the 12th with a pinch-hit single. Matt Tuiasosopo ran for him and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Jackson. Hunter, who came on as replacement, lined a single to left-center off Dylan Axelrod (3-8).
Bruce Rondon (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for his first career win.
The Tigers, who have won 12 of 13, take a three-game lead in the AL Central into a four-game series at second-place Cleveland.
MARINERS 3, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Seldom-used Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Wei-Yin Chen, and Seattle beat Baltimore behind left-hander Joe Saunders.
Batting ninth in the lineup, the 41-year-old Blanco sent an 0-2 pitch into the left-field seats to erase a 2-1 deficit. The backup catcher was playing in his 32nd game of the season, the 17th with Seattle after being signed as a free agent.
Saunders (10-10) worked out of trouble in almost every inning but improved to 7-0 lifetime against Baltimore after allowing two runs, eight hits and two walks in six innings.
Chen (6-4) gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings in his first loss since May 1.
BLUE JAYS 6, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with two-out singles in the ninth as Toronto beat Los Angeles to avoid a four-game sweep.
Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer and Mike Trout also went deep against Mark Buehrle, helping the Angels build a 5-2 lead for C.J. Wilson. But the Blue Jays rallied with two in the eighth, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia used five pitchers to get out of the inning.
Frieri (0-4) ended the eighth by catching Colby Rasmus’ popup in front of the mound, but gave up a single by Brett Lawrie and plunked No. 9 hitter J.P Arencibia to open the ninth.
Brett Cecil (5-1) earned the victory and Casey Janssen got his 19th save in 21 chances.
TWINS 3, ASTROS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia homered, and four relievers combined for four scoreless innings to lead Minnesota to a three-game sweep of Houston.
Arcia led off the seventh with a home run that broke a 2-all tie. He connected against Brad Peacock (1-4), who was promoted from Triple-A to make the start and struck out 10.
Caleb Thielbar (2-1) got two outs for the win and Glen Perkins earned his 27th save.
The Twins hadn’t swept a series, or won three games in a row, since June 18-20 against the Chicago White Sox. The Astros have lost four straight overall.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey went five innings but remains winless since July 6.
RED SOX 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0
BOSTON (AP) — Felix Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift Boston over Arizona.
It was Boston’s seventh win in nine games, completing a 5-2 homestand. The AL East leaders play 16 of the next 19 away from Fenway Park, beginning Monday night in Houston.
Doubront (8-5) allowed five singles, struck out five, didn’t walk a batter and allowed just one runner to reach second base in holding an opponent to three runs or fewer for the 15th straight start. It’s the most by a Red Sox left-hander since at least 1920.
Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy (2-5) gave up two runs on five hits in 4 1-3 innings.
RAYS 4, GIANTS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wil Myers homered and four relievers allowed one hit over 4 1-3 scoreless innings to help Tampa Bay beat San Francisco.
Alex Torres (4-0) started the bullpen parade by replacing Roberto Hernandez with two outs in the fifth and struck out two over 1 1-3 innings. Jake McGee worked a perfect seventh and Joel Peralta left Hunter Pence stranded at second after a two-out double in the eighth before Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on Sam Fuld’s hit against Jose Mijares (0-3) to help the Rays win for the 25th in 31 games.