Donaldson’s single in 9th lifts A’s to victory


Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Donaldson hit a game-winning, bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Tuesday night as they decreased their magic number to clinch another AL West title to six.

Donaldson delivered his third career game-ending hit — all this season — in Oakland’s eighth walkoff victory this year. He received both a whipped cream pie from Josh Reddick followed by a dumping from the Gatorade bottle.

Grant Balfour (1-3) struck out the side in order in the ninth for the win.

Alberto Callaspo singled to start the bottom of the ninth against Michael Kohn (1-3) and Jemile Weeks entered as a pinch-runner. Weeks advanced on Stephen Vogt’s fly to left and pinch-hitter Jed Lowie was intentionally walked to bring up Coco Crisp.

Crisp walked on the 10th pitch he saw to load the bases. Daric Barton struck out with the Angels bringing in right fielder Kole Calhoun as a fifth infielder.

There had been 11 full-counts between the teams and none of those batters reached base until Crisp’s free pass.

The A’s lead the Rangers by 6 1-2 games. Texas won 7-1 at Tampa Bay to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Mike Trout hit another deep drive over the wall in center for his second home run in as many games, but that was all for the Angels.

Trout connected on a 1-0 pitch from Sonny Gray with two outs in the first to stake the Angels to another early lead. The Angels said Trout became the first player in AL history with 25 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks.

The A’s tied it in the bottom half on Brandon Moss’ ground-rule double.

Gray allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one in six strong innings — but he faced six three-ball counts and saw his pitch count climb in a hurry. He threw 98 pitches.

Oakland reliever Ryan Cook hit consecutive batters with pitches, Howie Kendrick and Trout, to load the bases in the seventh after J.B. Shuck’s two-out single. Jerry Blevins relieved and struck out Josh Hamilton.

Garrett Richards struck out six in seven-plus innings, but is still winless in seven career outings and three starts against the A’s. He gave way to Buddy Boshers after Donaldson beat out an infield single to start the eighth.

Boshers struck out Moss and Juan Gutierrez relieved to record the final two outs in the eighth.

The Angels lost for only the third time in their last 13 road games a day after a 12-1 win to snap the A’s five-game winning streak.

This victory clinched the season series for Oakland over the Angels for the third straight year.

RANGERS 7, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each and the Texas Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak.

The Rangers pulled even with the Rays at the top of the AL wild-card race.

The Rangers, who held the No. 1 wild-card spot or the AL West lead for most of the summer, won for only the fourth time in 17 games.

ORIOLES 3, RED SOX 2

BOSTON — Danny Valencia tripled to stop closer Koji Uehara’s streak of 37 consecutive outs and pinch-runner Alexi Casilla scored on Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift Baltimore over Boston.

The Orioles overcame a 2-0 deficit on Brian Roberts’ run-scoring groundout in the fifth and Chris Davis’ 51st homer of the season in the sixth that tied the score 2-2. Davis broke the club record set by Brady Anderson in 1996.

TIGERS 6, MARINERS 2

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single and Detroit held off Seattle despite a short-handed bullpen.

The AL Central-leading Tigers were ahead 3-2 when they escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth while playing without closer Joaquin Benoit and left-handed reliever Drew Smyly. They were both given the night off.

BLUE JAYS 2, YANKEES 0

TORONTO — R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered and Toronto handed slumping New York its fourth straight loss.

The Yankees came in 2½ games behind Texas in the AL wild card race and lost for the eighth time in 12 games. The Yankees have 11 games remaining.

INDIANS 5, ROYALS 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied against Kansas City’s stingy bullpen to remain a half-game behind Texas and Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race.

The Indians were shut out until the sixth by Yordano Ventura, who made an electric major league debut. They tied the game 3-all in the seventh off reliever Kelvin Herrera, and Cabrera’s double off Wade Davis (7-11) in the eighth scored Drew Stubbs and gave Cleveland the lead.

WHITE SOX 4, TWINS 3

CHICAGO — Dayan Viciedo had three hits and drove in two runs and Jose Quintana pitched six effective innings to lead Chicago over Minnesota.

Quintana (8-6) won for the first time since he last faced the Twins, on Aug. 16. He allowed one run while scattering eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

REDS 10, ASTROS 0

HOUSTON — Jay Bruce hit a grand slam and had five RBIs, Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and Cincinnati handed Houston its 100th loss.

Cincinnati is 4½ games ahead of Washington for second NL wild card.

The Astros are the first major league team to lose at least 100 games in three straight seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06.

Nats sweep Braves

WASHINGTON — Tanner Roark threw seven shutout innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 to sweep a day-night doubleheader, ensuring the Braves leave Washington without the NL East title.

Roark (7-0) allowed just two hits, struck out six and retired the final 13 batters he faced.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run, Ian Desmond an RBI double and Adam LaRoche an RBI single in the eighth inning. Steve Lomardozzi had a second-inning RBI single off Freddy Garcia (1-2).

PADRES 5, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH — Jedd Gyorko blasted a three-run homer among his three hits for San Diego.

Ronny Cedeno added three hits for San Diego, which beat the Pirates for the second straight game and dropped Pittsburgh one game behind St. Louis in the NL Central. The Cardinals beat the Rockies 11-4.

DODGERS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 3

PHOENIX — Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez homered and Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings as Los Angeles inched closer to clinching the NL West title.

One day after coming off the disabled list, Matt Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

The Dodgers, who once languished in last place 9½ games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on Wednesday night.

ous four games with a sore back, reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored three runs.

PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 4

PHILADELPHIA— Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs and Roy Halladay tossed six effective innings for Philadelphia.

GIANTS 8, METS 5

NEW YORK — San Francisco’s Angel Pagan homered, tripled and drove in three runs on a perfect night at the plate against his former team.

BREWERS 4, CUBS 3

MILWAUKEE — Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer dropped a suicide squeeze bunt with the bases loaded in the ninth to give Milwaukee the win.

Aramis Ramirez walked to open the inning off Justin Grimm (0-2), who came on to start the ninth.

 

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