Double In The 6th Lifts Rockies Over Marlins – MLB Roundup For Aug. 26th
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have reclaimed sole possession of first place in the American League East by taking the rubber match in their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jake Peavy tossed a three-hitter and the Red Sox belted three homers in an 8-1 pounding of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Bosox already were leading 3-1 before Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH’-kee-ah) hit a two-run homer in the sixth, one inning before Shane Victorino added a solo shot. Mike Napoli capped Boston’s scoring with a two-run blast in the ninth.
The outcome gives the Red Sox a one-game division lead over Tampa Bay and keeps the Dodgers’ cushion in the NL West at 9 ½ games over Arizona.
The Rays were unable to complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees. Curtis Granderson lifted a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 3-2. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’) homered and drove in a pair of the Yankees, who are 3 ½ games behind the A’s for the last AL wild-card berth.
The Detroit Tigers got more offensive support from their MVP candidate to keep their six-game lead over Cleveland in the American League Central.
Miguel Cabrera belted his 42nd homer and drove in two runs as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets, 11-3. Cabrera leads the majors with a .360 batting average, 128 RBIs, and 169 hits, and he’s second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis in home runs and runs scored.
Andy Dirks homered and drove in three runs for the AL-Central leading Tigers, who sealed the victory with a seven-run ninth.
Drew Stubbs slammed a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Indians past Minnesota 3-1. Cleveland managed to win its second straight and pull within 1 ½ games of Oakland for the final AL wild-card berth despite committing four errors and stranding a dozen runners.
Texas continues to hold a 2 ½-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West.
The Danks brothers played a major role in the Chicago White Sox’s 5-2 triumph over the Rangers. John Danks allowed two runs over six innings for his second straight win since a 2-10 start. Jordan Danks snapped a 2-2 deadlock with a solo blast in the fourth before Josh Phegley went deep, one day after supplying a walkoff single.
J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) and Nate McLouth (mih-KOWTH’) homered as Baltimore crushed the A’s 10-3 to climb within two games of the A’s in the battle for the second AL wild-card slot. Chris Davis had two hits and collected his 118th RBI for the Orioles.
It was a tough afternoon for the three teams contending for the National League Central title. The Pirates, Cardinals and Reds all lost while combining to score just three runs, leaving Pittsburgh and St. Louis in a first-place tie. Cincinnati remains 2 ½ games back.
The Pirates were 4-0 losers in San Francisco as Ryan Vogelsong allowed just two hits over eight innings for his first victory since May 20. Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs as the Giants won their second straight to split the series with the Bucs.
The Redbirds failed to complete a four-game sweep of Atlanta as Mike Minor allowed one run and six hits over seven innings of the Braves’ 5-2 triumph at St. Louis. Andrelton (AN’-drul-tahn) Simmons hit a solo homer, and Jordan Schafer and Elliott Johnson each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored atop the Atlanta batting order.
The Braves now lead the NL East by 13 games over Washington.
The Reds managed just one hit off Marco Estrada over seven innings of Milwaukee’s 3-1 win at Cincinnati. Estrada struck out a season-high nine and didn’t allow a hit following Shin-Soo Choo’s leadoff single in the first.
Caleb Gindl homered for the second straight game as the Brewers took the rubber match of the three-game set.
Elsewhere in the majors, Roy Halladay allowed two runs over six innings in his first start since May 5 to help Philadelphia knock off Arizona 9-5. Cody Asche (ASH’-ee) hit a two-run double and John Mayberry Jr. homered to back Halladay, who looked good after returning from midseason right shoulder surgery.
Kevin Chapman’s run-scoring grounder capped a two-run, ninth that gave Toronto a 2-1 win over Houston. Moises Sierra tied the game with a bases-loaded walk. Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) earned the win after giving up a run on seven hits in eight innings.
Salvador Perez drove in the tiebreaking run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning to lift Kansas City to a 6-4 win over Washington. The Royals coughed up a 4-1 lead before ending a seven-game losing skid.
Nolan Arenado’s RBI double in the sixth inning gave Colorado a 4-3 win over Miami. Jorge De La Rosa improved to 14-6 by winning his fourth straight decision.
Jered Weaver gave up just three hits in eight innings of the Angels’ 7-1 verdict over the Mariners. Kole Calhoun belted a two-run double and Chris Nelson laced a two-run triple as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.
Nick Hundley singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 15th as San Diego outlasted the Chicago Cubs 3-2. The Cubs led 2-0 in the 13th until Ronny Cedeno hit an RBI triple and scored on Kevin Gregg’s wild pitch.