Game Highlights: Red Sox take over first in AL East
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[September 08, 2016]
The Sports Xchange
SAN DIEGO -- David Price allowed two
runs over seven innings, and Travis Shaw and Dustin Pedroia combined
for five RBIs Wednesday night as the Boston Red Sox defeated the
Padres 7-2 at Petco Park to move into first place in the American
The win, coupled with Toronto's loss to the Yankees in New York,
gave the Red Sox a one-game lead over the Blue Jays heading into
their three-game series in Toronto starting Friday night.
Price (15-8) allowed six hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in
a highly-efficient outing. He threw 98 pitches with 76 going for
Shaw drove in Boston's first three runs, including a two-run homer
off Padres starter and loser Jarred Cosart (0-3). Pedroia capped a
three-run Boston third with a two-run double.
Mets 6, Reds 3
CINCINNATI -- Jose Reyes, Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores hit
home runs to help New York defeat Cincinnati for the 14th
The Mets (74-66) moved into a tie with St. Louis for the second wild
card in the National League, one-half game behind San Francisco.
New York starter Noah Syndergaard (13-8) was wild but effective,
walking four and giving up six hits. New York's defense and a few
baserunning blunders by the Reds helped him toss five scoreless
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1
LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig homered and rookie Brock Stewart captured
his first major league win as Los Angeles defeated Arizona for its
fifth straight victory.
The first-place Dodgers (79-60) increased their advantage to five
games over San Francisco in the National League West. The
Diamondbacks (58-81) lost their third straight.
Stewart (1-2) allowed a run on five hits in five innings. He walked
two and struck out one on 79 pitches (55 strikes) before a parade of
relievers -- seven overall -- followed him to the hill. Kenley
Jansen earned his 43rd save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Rockies 6, Giants 5
DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Cristhian Adames drove a two-run double off
the right-field wall with one out in the ninth inning to give
Colorado a victory over San Francisco in the rubber game of their
Nolan Arenado made it a one-run game when he led off the ninth with
his 37th home of the season, driving closer Santiago Casilla's 1-2
slider into the stands in left-center field.
The walk-off win enabled the Rockies to finish their homestand 5-4
and drop the Giants to a major league-worst 17-31 since the All-Star
Indians 6, Astros 5
CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits
each and Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer to lead Cleveland over
Houston at Progressive Field.
Carlos Carrasco pitched into the eighth inning to get the win. Cody
Allen worked the ninth to pick up his 25th save of the season.
The loss snapped Houston's three-game winning streak.
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 0
NEW YORK -- Bryan Mitchell made a successful return to the mound
when he pitched effectively into the sixth inning and New York
inched closer in the wild card race with a victory over Toronto.
The Yankees won their fourth straight game, for the 10th time in 14
games and are 2 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the
second wild card spot.
The Yankees went up on Starlin Castro's 20th home run and Brian
McCann's RBI single with two outs in the third off Marcus Stroman.
Rays 7, Orioles 6
ST. PETERSURG, Fla. -- Corey Dickerson had an RBI double in the
bottom of the seventh inning to lift Tampa over Baltimore.
Tampa Bay's Nos. 6-9 hitters -- Mikie Mahtook, Nick Franklin,
Dickerson and Luke Maile -- combined for eight hits, four RBIs and
five runs scored as the Rays (60-79) avoided a three-game sweep.
The Rays got home runs from center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and
Franklin as they avoided a three-game sweep.
Brad Boxberger (3-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the
win. Alex Colome struck out two in the ninth for his 31st save of
Pirates 4, Cardinals 3
PITTSBURGH -- Jung Ho Kang homered in the eighth inning to give
Pittsburgh a victory over St. Louis, ending an eight-game losing
The Pirates avoided a sweep by the Cardinals, who had won three in a
row and remain 4 1/2 games ahead in the chase for a National League
Right-hander Trevor Williams, a September call-up making his major
league debut, pitched three innings of relief for the win. He
allowed one unearned run and struck out three.
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White Sox 7, Tigers 4
CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as
Chicago rallied to beat Detroit.
Jose Abreu and Tyler Saladino added three hits apiece as the White
Sox claimed the series victory. Chicago (67-72) has won four of its
past six games.
Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the
Tigers. Detroit (75-64) dropped back-to-back games for the first
time this month.
White Sox right-hander Chris Beck (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless
relief innings to earn the win.
Mariners 8, Rangers 3
SEATTLE -- Adam Lind hit two home runs, including his fourth career
grand slam, as Seattle pounded Texas.
The Rangers (83-57), who got a three-run homer from Carlos Beltran,
saw their lead for best record in the American League slip to two
games over Cleveland. Texas scored fewer than six runs for the first
time in eight games while third baseman Adrian Beltre did not score
for the first time in 12 contests.
Mariners leadoff hitter Seth Smith went 3-for-3, scored three times
and hit his 13th home run of the season.
Nationals 5, Braves 4 (11 innings)
WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos hit an RBI single with the bases loaded
and no outs in the 11th inning as Washington defeated Atlanta in a
game that ended before a few hundred fans around 12:40 a.m. EDT.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left the game in the third
inning with an apparent injury, hours after he came off the disabled
list after recovering from a right elbow soreness.
Washington's Daniel Murphy had a two-run single in the seventh off
reliever Ian Krol. That gave Murphy 100 RBIs this year, and he
finished the night with three hits to retake the National League
batting lead over Colorado's DJ LeMahieu .345-.342.
Brewers 2, Cubs 1
MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Villar hit two home runs to lead Milwaukee
over Chicago at Miller Park.
Villar, who also homered a day earlier, went deep from both sides of
the plate and went 5-for-9 in the final two games of the series.
Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs and also homered for the
third time in the last two games.
Twins 6, Royals 5
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota scored two runs in the seventh inning to
steal a victory over Kansas City in the finale of a three-game
series at Target Field.
The Twins staged their winning rally off Royals reliever Joakim
Soria. Soria allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds
of an inning, taking a loss for the third time in his past five
Robbie Grossman homered and had three hits to pace the Twins'
offense. Buxton had two hits and scored two runs.
Morales homered and finished with three hits for Kansas City. Drew
Butera hit his third home run.
Marlins 6, Phillies 0
MIAMI -- Andrew Cashner, acquired in a big deadline trade, finally
won his first game for his new team, leading Miami over Philadelphia
at Marlins Park.
The Marlins snapped a five-game losing streak but are still just
2-10 in their past 12 games. The Phillies failed in their try for
their first sweep over the Marlins since 2005.
Cashner, who was acquired July 28 from the San Diego Padres, pitched
5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks. He struck
Athletics 4, Angels 1
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Jharel Cotton allowed one run over 6
1/3 innings in his major-league debut, leading Oakland past Los
Cotton (1-0) gave up two hits, struck out three, walked two and
threw 102 pitches before leaving to a standing ovation.
The A's acquired Cotton and two other pitchers from the Los Angeles
Dodgers on Aug. 1 in exchange for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.
Before being called up Wednesday from Triple-A Nashville, Cotton
went 3-1 with 2.82 ERA in six starts and came within one out of a
perfect game on Aug. 9 against Round Rock.
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