Sep. 15, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Detroit Tigers reopened a 1 1/2-game American League Central lead by beating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Kinsler's homer off Bryan Shaw (5-5), his first since Aug. 30, followed Rajai Davis' infield single and put the Tigers ahead 4-3.
Phil Coke (5-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for Detroit, which won for the sixth time in seven games and has its largest division lead since before play on Aug. 10.
Joe Nathan gave up his Carlos Santana's RBI double in the ninth before getting his 32nd save.
ORIOLES 3, YANKEES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Steve Pearce doubled in a ninth-inning run and scored the game-winner on a double by Kelly Johnson as the Orioles beat the Yankees to inch closer to the AL East title.
Any number of Orioles wins and Toronto losses totaling three will give Baltimore its first division title since 1997.
The winning rally came after Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking homer off Darren O'Day (5-1) in the top of the ninth.
Nelson Cruz opened the bottom half with double off David Roberson (2-5). Pinch-runner Quintin Berry scored on Pearce's liner into the left-field corner, and one out later, Johnson — a former Yankee — delivered the game-winner into the gap in right-center.
Baltimore celebrated its seventh win in eight games by crowding around Johnson at second base.
RED SOX 8, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Daniel Nava hit a grand slam and Xander Bogaerts added a three-run drive as Boston overcame a 4-0, third-inning deficit. Kansas City, which lost three of four to the last-place Red Sox, maintained a one-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card.
Jason Vargas (11-9) allowed five runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings, while Joe Kelly gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in a four-run second off Joe Kelly (2-2) that included Omar Infante's run-scoring grounder.
ASTROS 6, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (11-9) didn't allow a hit until Mike Trout's one-out single in the seventh as Houston ended the Angels' 10-game winning streak, one short of the team record set in 1964.
Keuchel (11-9) wound up giving up one run and three hits in seven innings.
Hector Santiago (5-8) allowed three runs, five hits and five walks in two-plus innings and lost for the first time in 13 starts and three relief appearances since June 15.
The Angels' AL West lead was cut to 10 games over second-place Oakland.
ATHLETICS 4, MARINERS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs, and Jon Lester (15-10) combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter to improve to 5-3 with the A's.
Oakland won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 22-23 and opened a 1 1/2-game lead over Kansas City for the first AL wild card.
Chris Young (12-8) pitched six innings for the first time since Aug. 17, but allowed two homers in a start at Safeco Field for the first time this season.
RANGERS 10, BRAVES 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis (10-13) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings and Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs as Texas completed a three-game sweep — the Rangers' first sweep since April 21-23 in a three-game set at Oakland.
Atlanta completed a 2-7 trip and dropped four games behind Pittsburgh for the NL's second wild card with 13 games left. Mike Minor (6-11) lost his third consecutive September start, allowing five runs and eight hits while throwing 107 pitches in 4 2-3 innings.
RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 5
TORONTO (AP) — Yunel Escobar riled up the crowd with an exaggerated display after a home run in the eighth and Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th.
A frequent target of boos in Toronto after being suspended by the Blue Jays for writing an anti-gay slur on his eye-black in 2012, Escobar homered off the facing of the fourth deck against Todd Redmond. Escobar drew more jeers by facing the crowd and making an elaborate safe sign as he crossed home plate.
Toronto pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. connected for a tying, solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Jake McGee (5-2). Brandon Morrow (1-3) walked Wil Myers leading off the 10th.
TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Staked to an early 4-0 lead, rookie Trevor May (3-4) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings as Minnesota overcame Jose Abreu's 35th homer to end a four-game losing streak.
Trevor Plouffe and Jordan Schafer homered for the Twins.
Hector Noesi (8-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.