NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Matt Albers doubled leading off the 13th inning for his first hit since 2007 and scored the tiebreaking run, his first in the majors, to help Chicago rally past New York, helped by Todd Frazier’s major league-leading 17th homer.
Albers (2-4) relieved closer David Robertson to start the 12th and led off the 13th in his first at-bat since 2009. With the outfield playing shallow, he lined a 1-2 pitch from Logan Verrett (3-3) to left-center, and the ball rolled to the fence on two hops. Unaccustomed to baserunning, Albers didn’t slide at second and steadied himself against second baseman Neil Walker to avoid coming off the base.
A 33-year-old right-hander who has spent most of his career in the American League, Albers had been 2 for 34 (.059) at the plate in his major league career and had not even batted since 2009. He chugged to third on a wild pitch that went to the backstop and scored standing up on Jose Abreu’s sacrifice fly.
ATHLETICS 5, TWINS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Danny Valencia had three hits, including a pair of doubles; Billy Butler added two hits and an RBI and Oakland beat Minnesota to win its fifth straight game.
Jake Smolinski homered, Jed Lowrie singled twice and scored two runs and Sean Manaea (2-3) pitched six innings for his second career win.
Pat Dean (1-2) took the loss and allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings in his third career start.
BREWERS 3, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies had a career-high nine strikeouts over eight shutout innings and Milwaukee averted a three-game sweep with a win over St. Louis.
Davies (3-3) allowed three hits and retired 13 in a row to finish the longest outing of his young career before yielding to Jeremy Jeffress. The closer gave up a pinch-hit solo homer to Brandon Moss before retiring the final three batters for his 13th save.
The Brewers scratched out two runs in the first off Jaime Garcia (4-5) and added insurance with Martin Maldonado’s solo homer in the sixth.