TORONTO (AP) — Pinch-runner Kevin Pillar scored the winning run on a throwing error by pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight game and completed a sweep of Tampa Bay, beating the Rays 3-2 in the American League on Wednesday.
Dioner Navarro singled to begin the ninth and was replaced by Pillar. Oviedo fielded Anthony Gose’s bunt along the first base line and threw wildly to first, with the ball rolling into foul territory down the right field line. Pillar was then waved home by third base coach Luis Rivera and slid home safely under the tag of catcher Ali Solis.
Aaron Loup (2-1) worked one inning for the win as Toronto won for the 14th time in 16 games.
Oviedo (1-1) faced just two batters.
RED SOX 4, BRAVES 0
BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey pitched neatly into the seventh inning as the Red Sox beat the Braves, their third straight victory after their longest losing streak in 20 years.
Jackie Bradley Jr., A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes each had had two hits and an RBI as the Red Sox extended their mastery over the Braves after beating them in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday nights. Boston is 18-6 since 2005 against Atlanta.
Lackey (6-3) combined with three relievers for Boston’s first shutout of the season. He gave up eight hits, struck out nine and walked none in 6 1-3 innings.
Boston’s winning string has come after a 10-game skid.
RANGERS 1, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Saunders made an impressive return to the Texas rotation and Luis Sardinas drove in the only run of the game to lift the Rangers to a victory over the Twins.
Saunders gave up five hits and struck out six in five innings after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day.
Sardinas had a two-out single off struggling Twins reliever Jared Burton (1-2) in the seventh inning to help propel the Rangers to their seventh win in the past 10 games.
Kyle Gibson gave up six hits and struck out four in six scoreless innings, but the Twins left nine runners on base and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Joe Mauer went 0 for 4.
WHITE SOX 3, INDIANS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Moises Sierra drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the Indians to complete a three-game sweep.
Chicago’s Hector Noesi and Cleveland’s T.J. House each came through with dominant starts. The Indians’ Jason Giambi hit his 440th homer, but the White Sox came away with their seventh win in 10 games.
The Indians had just scored a run in the top of the ninth off Ronald Belisario (3-3) when the White Sox answered in the bottom half against Bryan Shaw (1-1).
Third baseman Mike Aviles bounced the throw to first on Tyler Flowers’ leadoff grounder. Pinch-runner Leury Garcia stole second and moved up on a fly by Marcus Semien before Sierra won it with a single to right on a 3-2 pitch, getting mobbed at first base by teammates.
ASTROS 9, ROYALS 3
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Chris Carter hit two home runs and George Springer set a rookie club record for homers in a month as the Astros beat the Royals for their fifth straight win.
The Astros, with the worst record in the AL, won three times in Kansas City for their first sweep of the season.
Houston’s winning streak is its longest since a six-game string that ended last June 3.
The Royals have lost four in a row.
ATHLETICS 3, TIGERS 1
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth inning and Scott Kazmir pitched his first complete game in nearly eight years as the Athletics rallied past the Tigers.
Anibal Sanchez was in command, allowing only two hits as he took a shutout bid into the ninth inning before Oakland rallied to hand the Tigers their eighth loss in 10 games.
Coco Crisp got it started with one out when he hit an opposite-field double just inside the third-base line that ended Sanchez’s night after 111 pitches.
John Jaso greeted Nathan with a single off third baseman Nick Castellanos’ glove before Donaldson hit a towering drive into the left-field seats for his second career walk-off homer.
Nathan (2-1) blew his fourth save in 16 chances.
MARINERS 3, ANGELS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez took a shutout bid into the ninth inning, coming within one out of his first complete game since August 2012 as the Mariners beat the Angels.
Mike Zunino homered and drove in all of Seattle’s runs.
Hernandez (7-1) became the seventh pitcher in Mariners history with seven victories before June 1. He won his fourth consecutive start with his most dominant performance of the season.
Zunino gave Hernandez the lead with a two-out, two-run single in the second inning. He led off the eighth with a home run against C.J. Wilson (6-4).