MLB 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 League East.

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 strikes.

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 consecutive time.

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 innings.

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 series.

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 break.

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 the season.

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 streak.

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 wild-card spot.

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 appearances.

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 out nine.

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 Angeles.

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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