American League Game Capsules(Thursday, September 18)
Final Score: Texas 7, Oakland 2
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Telis drove in two runs as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 7-2 victory on Thursday. Jake Smolinski finished with four hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Leonys Martin, Elvis Andrus and Ryan Rua each brought in a run for the Rangers, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games. Nick Martinez (4-11) earned his first win in close to a month after giving up just two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Sam Fuld hit a two-run triple for Oakland, which is now a half-game behind the idle Kansas City Royals for the top AL wild card spot. Starter Sonny Gray (13-9) was knocked around, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and two walks over five innings.
Final Score: New York 3, Toronto 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Antoan Richardson scored the winning run on an error in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees grabbed a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to open a four-game series on Thursday. With Aaron Sanchez (2-2) on the mound, Chris Young singled to start the ninth and was replaced on the basepaths by Richardson, who promptly stole second. A sac bunt from Brett Gardner moved Richardson to third and he easily scored when Chase Headley hit a grounder to first that Adam Lind misplayed. Stephen Drew drove in a run and Derek Jeter, playing in his last homestand in front of the New York faithful, hit a solo home run for the Yankees, who have won their past two. Shane Greene pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six. David Robertson (3-5) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win.
Final Score: Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (13 innings)
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Aviles drove in the winning run in the 13th inning as the Cleveland Indians grabbed a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros to wrap up a four-game series. With the bases loaded and one out, Aviles smacked a liner to right that Jake Marisnick caught on the run, but his throw home was way offline and Jose Ramirez scored for a 2-1 lead. Cody Allen pitched a scoreless bottom of the 13th for his 22nd save of the season. Carlos Santana drove in the tying run in the ninth as Ramirez scored both runs for the Indians, who have won their past three games. Kyle Crockett (4-0) pitched a scoreless 12th inning for the win. Marisnick drove in the only run of the game for the Astros, who have lost five of seven. Samuel Deduno (2-6) absorbed the loss.
Final Score: Seattle 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 3-1, in the finale of a four-game series. Kevin Jepsen (0-2) recorded two quick outs to start the ninth. Kendrys Morales kept Seattle's at-bat going with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by James Jones. After Kyle Seager was intentionally walked, Morrison smacked a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right. The Mariners sent Fernando Rodney to the mound in the bottom half. Hank Conger hit a solo homer to make it 3-1. Rodney ended up stranding a runner on third to record his 46th save of the season. Seattle sits one game behind Oakland for the AL's second wild card spot. Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave his regulars the day off after clinching the AL West on Wednesday.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerrit Cole worked into the eighth inning and Starling Marte homered as Pittsburgh edged Boston, 3-2, in the finale of a three-game interleague set. Ike Davis and Chris Stewart also knocked in a run each for the Pirates, who swept the series and maintained a healthy lead over Milwaukee for the NL's second wild card spot. Cole (10-5) gave up six hits and two runs while striking out seven, Tony Watson completed the eighth and Mark Melancon turned in a scoreless ninth to notch his 30th save. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts drove in a run apiece for the Red Sox, who struggled after taking three of four on the road against playoff-hopeful Kansas City. Brandon Workman (1-10) lasted five full frames and was charged with seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- along with three walks.
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