YANKEES 10, A's 9, 14 innings
NEW YORK (AP) -- Raul Ibanez hit his second home run of the game during a startling rally in the 13th inning, then the New York Yankees won a thriller when first baseman Brandon Moss' two-out error in the 14th lifted them over the Oakland Athletics 10-9 Saturday.
The AL East leaders came back to hold their one-game edge over Baltimore. Down 9-5 in the 13th, the Yankees won for just the second time in team history after trailing by at least four runs in extra innings.
Oakland began the day with a 3 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles for the second AL wild-card spot. The A's still have an edge, but blew a huge opportunity and lost for the fifth time in six games.
Moments after pinch-runner Melky Mesa -- in his big league debut -- missed third base and had to retreat, the Yankees found another way to win. Moss let a bases-loaded grounder by Eduardo Nunez skip off his glove, allowing Ichiro Suzuki to score.
Tyson Ross (2-10) got the loss. Cory Wade (1-1) pitched the 14th for the win.
ORIOLES 9, RED SOX 6, 12 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) -- Jim Thome hit a go-ahead double in the 12th in his first game in nearly two months and Baltimore stretched its extra-inning win streak to 16 games by beating Boston 9-6 in 12 innings.
The Orioles won their sixth in a row overall and remained one back of the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
Baltimore's extra-inning streak is the best in the majors since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight in 1949. The Orioles are 16-2 in extras this year, losing only to the Yankees on April 10-11.
Thome had been on the disabled list from July 31 until Friday with a herniated disk in his neck. The veteran slugger gave Baltimore a 7-6 lead with his ground-rule double off Alfredo Aceves (2-10) that drove in Adam Jones, who led off the 12th with a double.
Tommy Hunter (6-8) pitched a perfect 11th and Jim Johnson extended his franchise record to 47 saves.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 0
DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Tigers get the 8-0 win.
Detroit began the day 1 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, who played later at the Los Angeles Angels.
Cabrera's solo shot in the fourth inning tied him with Texas star Josh Hamilton for the most homers in the AL. Cabrera has a relatively comfortable league lead with a .332 batting average and 131 RBIs. Hamilton is sidelined for this weekend's series at Seattle because of a sinus condition that has caused blurred vision.
Carl Yastrzemski won the last Triple Crown in 1967. He took the batting and RBIs title, and tied Harmon Killebrew for the AL homer lead.
Fister (10-9) gave up seven hits while striking out seven. He won for the third time in four starts.
Twins starter Samuel Deduno (6-5) was charged with seven runs, matching a career high, in just 2 1-3 innings.
ROYALS 5, INDIANS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Billy Butler hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to reach 100 RBIs for the first time and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.
Butler also doubled twice in his 53rd multihit game, raising his batting average to .312. He became the first Royals player to drive in at least 100 runs since Carlos Beltran had 100 RBIs in 2003.
Alcides Escobar doubled in Jarrod Dyson, then scored on Butler's base hit to give Kansas City a 2-0 lead in the first.
Rookie left-hander Will Smith (6-8), who was 1-4 in his previous five starts, allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings for the Royals.
RAYS 11, BLUE JAYS 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings also connected for the Rays, who moved within 3 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay has scored 43 runs during its winning streak.
The Blue Jays have lost 17 straight road series at Tampa Bay, which is two short of the AL record. The New York Yankees won 19 consecutive home series against the St. Louis Browns from 1946-51.
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the starting lineup two days after he served a three-game suspension for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish and went 0 for 4.
Mariners 1, Rangers 0
SEATTLE (AP) -- Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the second inning, former Texas prospect Blake Beavan threw seven shutout innings against his former club, and the Seattle Mariners kept the Rangers from extending their lead in the AL West with a 1-0 win on Saturday night.
Seattle took the first two games in the weekend series -- handing the Rangers consecutive defeats for the first time in more than a month -- and finally solved Matt Harrison's mastery of the Mariners.
Harrison (17-10) had won nine straight times against Seattle, the second-longest streak in Rangers' history against one team, but was not able to extend the roll despite holding the Mariners to just the homer by Saunders.
Angels 4, White Sox 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Dan Haren earned his first win at home in more than a month, Mark Trumbo capped a four-run first inning with a two-run single and the Los Angeles Angels beat the White Sox 4-2 on Saturday night, trimming Chicago's AL Central lead to a half-game over Detroit.
Haren (12-11) allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings, struck out four and walked one for his first win in Anaheim since beating Tampa Bay on July 27. He had been 0-3 with an 8.77 ERA in three home starts since then.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth to earn his 20th save in 23 chances after giving up a go-ahead home run in each of his previous two outings.
The Angels have won six of nine and are 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card.
Jose Quintana (6-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out three and walked five for the White Sox, who have scored just 10 runs in their last five games. Chicago struck out 12 times in a 6-2 loss in the series opener Friday.
REDS 6, DODGERS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds' Mr. Clinch got their championship party started on the second try.
Jay Bruce's 34th homer put the Reds ahead to stay, and they made good on their second chance to win the NL Central title by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0 on Saturday without Dusty Baker.
The 63-year-old manager spent another day in a Chicago hospital getting treated for an irregular heartbeat. The Reds brought him his fifth division title as a manager, including two during the last three years with Cincinnati.
Bruce's first-pitch, leadoff homer in the ninth off Houston's Tim Byrdak clinched the title for Cincinnati in 2010. On Saturday, he led off the fourth inning with a first-pitch homer off rookie Stephen Fife (0-2), and Cincinnati's main offseason pitching acquisition made it stand up.
Mat Latos (13-4) allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter in eight innings. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance since Sept. 10 -- a tired shoulder sidelined him -- and finished it off by getting Hanley Ramirez to hit into a double play off a 99 mph fastball.
BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer to back Mike Minor and the Braves roughed up Roy Halladay to move closer to clinching a postseason berth with an 8-2 win over Philadelphia.
The win coupled with Milwaukee's 10-4 loss to Washington reduced Atlanta's magic number for securing a playoff spot to three. The Braves were up 8 1/2 games through Sept. 5 last year, but went 9-18 down the stretch and were overtaken by St. Louis on the final day of the season.
The Phillies fell four games behind the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot with only 10 games remaining. The five-time defending NL East champions had won four in a row and 12 of 15.
Ryan Howard became the second-fastest player to reach 300 homers, but Halladay (10-8) lasted just 1 2-3 innings, allowing seven runs and five hits.
Minor (10-10) gave up two runs and two hits in six innings to win his fourth straight decision.
CARDINALS 5, CUBS 4, 10 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jon Jay's RBI double in the 10th inning lifted St. Louis to the 5-4 victory, bolstering the Cardinals' bid for another playoff appearance.
Carlos Beltran hit a tying solo homer in the ninth for the Cardinals, who improved their lead for the second NL wild-card spot to 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee.
The defending World Series champion Cardinals have 10 games left in the regular season. They bounced back from an agonizing 11-inning loss at Wrigley Field the previous day.
After Matt Carpenter and Brian Anderson drew two-out walks from Jaye Chapman (0-1), Jay doubled down the right-field line.
Mitchell Boggs (4-1) got the last out of the ninth. Jason Motte struck out the side in the 10th for his 39th save.
Beltran made it 4-all with his 30th homer, a one-out shot off Carlos Marmol that wrapped just inside the right-field foul pole.
NATIONALS 10, BREWERS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gio Gonzalez became the majors' first 20-game winner in 2012, and the first pitcher for a Washington baseball team with 200 strikeouts since Walter Johnson in 1916, taking a shutout into the sixth inning to help the Nationals close in on their first NL East title with a 10-4 win over Milwaukee.
Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer off former Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez in the fourth inning, and Washington stopped Milwaukee's six-game winning streak. The Brewers now trail St. Louis by 2 1/2 games for the second NL wild card.
Owners of baseball's best record, the Nationals already are assured of postseason play, and Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84 ERA) is a big reason.
Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (2-1) lasted only 2 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and five hits, along with four walks and a wild pitch.
METS 4, MARLINS 3
NEW YORK (AP) -- R.A. Dickey earned his 19th victory with a strong performance, Jason Bay and Scott Hairston homered and the Mets barely held on in the ninth inning for their second straight home win, 4-3.
Just hours after the Mets snapped a nine-game losing streak at Citi Field on Friday and scored more than three runs in their home ballpark for the first time since Aug. 12, New York broke out the bats again in front of a crowd of 30,332.
The Marlins rallied in the ninth, capped by John Buck's three-run homer off Jon Rauch. The home run was confirmed after the second video replay of the game when umpires ruled the shot struck the left-field foul pole.
Dickey (19-6) was charged with two runs and six hits in eight-plus innings. Rauch got his fourth save.
Mark Buehrle (13-13) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.
Astros 4, Pirates 1
HOUSTON (AP) -- Jason Castro hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Houston Astros beat fading Pittsburgh 4-1 Saturday night, handing the Pirates their fifth straight loss.
The Pirates fell 6 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the last NL wild-card spot. Pittsburgh has lost 17 of its last 21 and dropped to 74-77, moving closer to its 20th straight losing season.
Rookie Dallas Keuchel (3-7) pitched seven strong innings for the win.
Castro hit his third home run of the season, connecting for a tiebreaking shot off Kevin Correia (11-10).
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was ejected in the second inning for arguing a call at first base.
D-Backs 8, Rockies 7
DENVER (AP) -- Aaron Hill tripled and drove in four runs, Jason Kubel (KOO'-bul) had two hits and two RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7 on Saturday night.
Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Johnson also had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of six. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 31st save.
Wilin Rosario homered among his three hits and Jordan Pacheco also had three hits for the Rockies, who have lost eight straight.
Both starting pitchers struggled and neither got to the fifth inning. Arizona staked Patrick Corbin to the early lead but he allowed five runs and nine hits in just three innings.
Giants 8, Padres 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner pitched San Francisco to its second NL West title in three years and newcomer Marco Scutaro had three hits and three RBIs in the Giants' 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
The Giants captured their eighth divisional crown -- wrapping it up once again with a victory over the Padres in front of their home fans, just as they did on the season's final day in 2010 on the way to an improbable World Series championship.
Brandon Belt homered leading off the eighth to give the sellout crowd of 42,418 one more thing to stand and cheer about in a season full of such moments.
|Get the ingredients you need to cook with Rach all week long.|
|Full length exclusive concerts from hot artists.|
|Take a break!
Classic Pacman, Frogger, Asteroids and more.
Sell almost anything locally.