Tampa Bay hands slumping Boston its ninth straight loss
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Andrew Miller threw a force attempt at second base into center field, allowing pinch-runner Cole Figueroa to score in the bottom of the 15th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays handed the Boston Red Sox their ninth consecutive loss with a 6-5 victory on Saturday.
Boston scored five runs in the first inning but still lost its ninth in a row for the first time since Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001.
James Loney opened the 15th with a single off Miller (1-4). Figueroa ran for Loney and went to second on Brandon Guyer's bunt single. He scored when Miller threw the ball into center field while attempting to get a double play on Desmond Jennings' grounder. Cesar Ramos (2-3) allowed an infield single and two walks in three scoreless innings for the win.
Yankees 4, White Sox 3,10 innings
At Chicago, Jacoby Ellsbury homered with two outs in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees snapped an eight-game road losing streak against the Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees scored three times in the ninth against Ronald Belisario and then grabbed their first lead of the day when Ellsbury hit a drive to right off Zach Putnam (2-1) for his second homer.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2
At Toronto, R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts, Brett Lawrie homered and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays (28-22), who won for the 10th time in 12 games, haven't been atop the division this late into the season since July 6, 2000, when they were 46-40.
Royals 7, Angels 4, 13 innings
At Anaheim, Calif., Eric Hosmer tied a season high with four hits, pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson scored the go-ahead run in the 13th inning on a throwing error by rookie reliever Mike Morin, and Kansas City won a 4-hour, 53-minute marathon.
Indians 9, Orioles 0
At Baltimore, Corey Kluber struck out nine in seven innings, and the Indians beat former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles for their fifth win in six games.
Carlos Santana homered and walked three times for the Indians, who took control with a five-run fifth and pulled away by scoring four in the seventh.
Astros 9, Mariners 4
At Seattle, George Springer hit a pair of two-run homers and Brett Oberholtzer scattered six hits over six innings for Houston.
Springer, the Astros' rookie right fielder who missed the first two games of the series with a sore hip flexor, homered in the first and in the Astros' five-run fifth. He added an RBI in the sixth for a career-high five in his 33rd big league game.
Rangers 12, Tigers 2
At Detroit, Nick Martinez pitched six sharp innings for his first major league win and fellow rookie Rougned Odor drove in five runs with a pair of triples to lead the Rangers to a rout of Detroit.
Martinez (1-1) allowed a run and eight hits, and Adrian Beltre and Donnie Murphy homered for Texas. The Rangers scored four runs in the fourth, plus three each in the sixth and seventh.
Giants 2, Twins 1
At San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong struck out seven in 62/3 scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval homered for the fourth time in six games and San Francisco won its sixth straight interleague game dating to last season.
Vogelsong (3-2) allowed three hits and one walks to give him a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts.
Josmil Pinto broke up the shutout bid with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning against Sergio Romo, but that was all the Twins could manage. Romo retired the next three batters to get his 16th save in 18 chances.
Rockies 3, Braves 1
At Atlanta, Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered, Juan Nicasio solved the Braves and the Colorado Rockies beat Atlanta.
The Rockies were without some of their big bats. Carlos Gonzalez missed his third straight start with a swollen finger and Nolan Arenado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger.
Pirates 3, Nationals 2
At Pittsburgh, Josh Harrison had a tiebreaking, two-out single in the seventh inning after Jose Tabata hit a sacrifice fly and Pittsburgh won its fourth straight game.
Gerrit Cole left after six innings trailing by a run while facing Stephen Strasburg in the first matchup in the NL of No. 1 overall draft picks in almost nine years.
Phillies 5, Dodgers 3
At Philadelphia, David Buchanan threw five effective innings in his major league debut and Chase Utley hit a two-run homer to power Philadelphia.
Filling in for injured ace Cliff Lee, Buchanan (1-0) gave the struggling Phillies a lift. The 25-year-old righty allowed two runs and five hits, striking out two.
Marlins 2, Brewers 1
At Miami, Jacob Turner pitched 61/3 scoreless innings to help Miami win for the third time in four games.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Baker drove in the runs for the Marlins, and Steve Cishek recorded the final four outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Cardinals 6, Reds 3
At Cincinnati, left-hander Jaime Garcia got his first victory in more than a year in his comeback from shoulder surgery, and Yadier Molina homered again in the city where he's always booed, leading St. Louis to victory.
Cubs 3, Padres 2
At San Diego, Chicago held on after left-hander Travis Wood came within five outs of pitching his first career shutout before allowing Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit, two-run home run in the eighth inning.
Wood (5-4) hit an RBI single and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs, who bounced back from an 11-1 loss Friday night.
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2
At New York, Josh Collmenter provided another solid start, Martin Prado hit a pair of RBI singles and Arizona ended a three-game skid.
A day after Aaron Hill had a home run washed out when the game at Citi Field was postponed because of rain, he cracked a key hit that counted. His second-inning double set up run-scoring singles by Prado and Cody Ross that put Arizona ahead to stay.