ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bartolo Colon scattered seven hits over eight impressive innings for the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who stretched their division lead over Texas to 5½ games with a 1-0 victory over the Rangers and Yu Darvish on Saturday.
The A’s won for the seventh time in eight games, and clinched the key division series by beating Texas twice in less than 24 hours.
Colon (16-6) struck out seven and lowered what is already his career-best ERA to 2.73.
Darvish (12-9) struck out 10 over seven innings in his fourth 1-0 loss of the season. The right-hander from Japan has lost his last four starts, the last two by 1-0 scores, and is winless his last six.
Even though Darvish struck out the side in the first, Josh Donaldson drew a one-out walk and scored on a two-out double by Brandon Moss into the right field corner.
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 1
BOSTON (AP) — Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings, and the AL East-leading Red Sox dealt the Yankees’ wild-card hopes another blow.
Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino each had two hits as the surging Red Sox won for the 16th time in 19 games and beat the Yankees for the fifth time in six meetings in just over a week.
Lester (14-8) allowed one run and three hits, striking out five and walking two for his fourth win in six starts.
The Red Sox built a 5-1 lead against CC Sabathia (13-13) after five innings.
Sabathia went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, walking four and striking out five.
BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 3
TORONTO (AP) — Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run, Jeremy Jefress won for the first time in more than two years and the Jays handed the slumping Orioles their fifth loss in seven games.
Rasmus erased Baltimore’s 3-2 lead with a drive off the facing of the second deck against Chris Tillman (16-6) in the seventh inning. For Rasmus, it was his 20th homer of the season and second in two days.
Jeffress (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning of relief to win for the first time since April 5, 2011, when he beat the Chicago White Sox while pitching for Kansas City.
Tillman allowed four runs and six hits in eight innings to lose for the first time since Aug. 19.