Moss hits a grand slam as Athletics beat Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and Scott Kazmir threw seven scoreless innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-1 Sunday in a game that featured another bench-clearing confrontation between the teams.
John Jaso also had four RBIs for the A’s, who took two out of three in the series and improved to a major league-best 22-12 on the road. Baltimore allowed a season-high 11 walks in its most lopsided loss of the year.
For the second time in three games, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was in the middle of a dugout-clearing scrum.
This time, Oakland left-hander Fernando Abad threw inside to Machado in the eighth. The bat flew out of Machado’s hands and went down the third base line. Both players exchanged words before the benches and bullpens emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected.
On Friday, Machado didn’t like the force of the tag by Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson and the two had to be separated.
Staked with an early lead, Kazmir (7-2) dominated the Orioles’ lineup. He allowed four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Jimenez (2-7), who signed a four-year, $50 million deal in the offseason, continued to struggle with his command. He allowed a season-high six runs on two hits with two strikeouts and five walks over just 2 1-3 innings.
At St. Petersburg, Florida, Felix Hernandez struck out a career-high 15 in seven innings before Endy Chavez keyed a five-run ninth with a tiebreaking RBI single, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
James Jones had a two-run triple for the Mariners, who have won seven of eight.
After Brad Miller hit a two-out triple and Willie Bloomquist walked against Grant Balfour (0-2), the left-handed hitting Chavez slapped a two-strike single to left for a 1-0 lead. Jones had his triple before Kyle Seager added a two-run double.
At San Francisco, Gregor Blanco doubled, singled and drove in three runs, and the surging San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 6-4 for its fifth consecutive win.
Curtis Granderson tagged Tim Lincecum with two homers, the biggest highlights of New York’s season-high sixth straight loss. Lincecum (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings.
Brandon Crawford, Michael Morse and Brandon Hicks each drove in a run for the Giants, who chased Zack Wheeler in the fourth. Wheeler (2-6) gave up four runs and six hits.
Four relievers held the Mets to one run in two innings before Sergio Romo recorded his 20th save in 22 chances. San Francisco has won 10 of 12 and owns baseball’s best record at 42-21.
At Phoenix, Chase Anderson pitched seven innings to become the third pitcher since 1998 to win his first five major league starts, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt each hit a two-run homer in Arizona’s six-run seventh inning. It was Peralta’s first major league homer.
Anderson (5-0) had a career-best eight strikeouts.
Elsewhere, the Boston Red Sox rallied in the ninth to down the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers 5-3, the Washington Nationals shut out the San Diego Padres 6-0 and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 2-1.
Also, the Houston Astros thrashed the Minnesota Twins 14-5 and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.
In Interleague play, the St Louis Cardinals blanked the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 for the second consecutive game.