Slumping Rays edge Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wil Myers hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Myers drove in Evan Longoria, who also doubled off Rubby De La Rosa (0-1), to give the Rays a 4-3 lead.

Jake McGee (5-3) pitched a scoreless eighth before Fernando Rodney got three outs to earn his 34th save. The Rays lead the crowded race for the second AL wild card despite going 5-13 since Aug. 25.

David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for Boston, which has an 81/2;-game advantage over second-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

The Red Sox threatened in the ninth when Stephen Drew had an infield single and pinch-hitter Mike Carp walked with one out. Rodney worked out of the jam when pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks lined out to third and Dustin Pedroia popped out.

Ortiz hit an opposite-field solo homer to left and Drew had a run-scoring double as the Red Sox tied it at 3 in the sixth.

Ortiz has 43 career homers against Tampa Bay, the second-most by an opponent. Of those, 28 have come at Tropicana Field.

Longoria tripled and scored on Myers' single to put the Rays ahead 1-0 in the second. James Loney made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the third.

Saltalamacchia snapped an 0-for-21 stretch and pulled Boston to 2-1 on a fourth-inning homer.

Yankees 6, Orioles 5

At Baltimore, New York's Brendan Ryan scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Jim Johnson after the Yankees blew a four-run lead.

Mark Reynolds and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yankees, who remained one game behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. New York travels next to first-place Boston for a weekend series.

Athletics 8, Twins 2

At Minneapolis, A.J. Griffin allowed two hits in seven innings for Oakland.

Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 31/2;-game lead over idle Texas in the AL West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.

Oswaldo Arcia homered for Minnesota, which has lost six of eight.

Angels 4, Blue Jays 3

At Toronto, Garrett Richards pitched 62/3 innings for his third straight win and Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.

Indians 14, White Sox 3

At Chicago, Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBIs for Cleveland, which remained 11/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot.

National League

Dodgers 3, Giants 2, 10 innings

At Los Angeles, Adrian Gonzalez singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a victory over the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers reduced their magic number to five for clinching their first NL West title since 2009. They won for the seventh time in eight games against the rival Giants, a stretch that began with a three-game home sweep June 24-26.

The loss ended last-place San Francisco's streak of four consecutive winning seasons.

Brian Wilson (2-1) earned the win after pitching against his former teammates for the first time since spending seven seasons in San Francisco, where he was part of two World Series championship teams. He tossed one scoreless inning of relief.

Braves 6, Marlins 1

At Miami, Freddy Garcia earned his second NL victory since 2007, and first since joining the Atlanta Braves last month, by pitching six innings to help beat the Miami Marlins.

Pirates 3, Cubs 1

At Pittsburgh, Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months as Pittsburgh beat Chicago to move into a tie for the NL Central lead.

Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight and pull even with St. Louis at 85-61. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 3

At St. Louis, Tyler Thornburg threw six solid innings, Sean Halton homered and Milwaukee snapped St. Louis' five-game winning streak.

The Brewers beat the Cardinals for only the fourth time in 16 meetings this season.

Nationals 7, Mets 2

At New York, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered off Aaron Harang in his Mets debut, and Washington completed a four-game sweep.

Anthony Rendon also connected for Washington, which outhomered the Mets 13-0 in a series that helped the Nationals remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.

Phillies 10, Padres 5

At Philadelphia, Carlos Ruiz had three hits and three RBIs, and rookie Cesar Hernandez reached base four times, scored twice and drove in two runs as Philadelphia rode a six-run first inning to a win over San Diego.


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