Red Sox Prevail in 15
Oakland Athletics' Alberto Callaspo, left, reacts after being called out on strikes as Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, right, throws the ball back to pitcher Casey Janssen during the ninth inning of their baseball game Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Callaspo was making his debut with the A's, after being traded from the Los Angeles Angels. Toronto won the game 5-2. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Boston — Stephen Drew singled in the winning run in the 15th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners and back into first place in the AL East on Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout by David Ortiz. Mike Napoli was walked intentionally and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Jonny Gomes then walked, loading the bases, and Drew hit a liner just inside the right-field line as Pedroia scored the decisive run.
Boston moved a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay in the division. The Rays lost 7-0 Wednesday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Drake Britton (1-0) pitched two innings for his first major league win. Lucas Luetge (0-2) took the loss.
D-backs 7, Rays 0
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Wade Miley pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Eric Chavez drove in three runs, leading Arizona over Tampa Bay.
Paul Goldschmidt hit his 24th homer, scored three runs and reached base four times. Cody Ross had three straight hits and drove in two runs as Arizona broke a three-game losing streak.
Miley (8-8) won for the fourth time in five starts. He struck out eight in 61∕3 innings and walked five.
Astros 11, Orioles 0
Baltimore — Rookie left-hander Brett Oberholtzer allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first major league win, Jason Castro hit a grand slam and Houston beat Baltimore.
Matt Dominguez homered and had a career-high four hits for the Astros, who built a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning and coasted to their most lopsided victory of the season.
Rangers 2, Angels 1
Arlington, Texas — Adrian Beltre led off the bottom of the ninth for Texas with a home run to beat the Los Angeles, completing a three-game series sweep in which the Rangers won each on game-ending homers.
There was no doubt about another dramatic victory for the Rangers when Michael Kohn (1-1) left a 2-2 pitch over the middle of the plate and Beltre hit it deep into the left-field seats for his 23rd homer.
Blue Jays 5, A’s 2 (10)
Oakland, Calif. — Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning, and Toronto beat Oakland for a series win.
Bautista lined a double to right against Jesse Chavez (2-3). Rookie catcher Stephen Vogt’s second costly passed ball of the game allowed Jose Reyes to advance after a leadoff infield single, and Reyes scored on Bautista’s hit.
Indians 6, White Sox 5 (10)
Cleveland — Carlos Santana’s leadoff home run in the 10th inning gave the Indians their seventh straight win.
Santana hit a 3-2 pitch from Dylan Axelrod (3-7) into the right field seats for Cleveland’s ninth walkoff win of the season.
Braves 9, Rockies 0
Atlanta — Mike Minor allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in Atlanta’s seven-run third, and the Braves beat Colorado for their sixth straight win.
Freddie Freeman drove in two runs with four hits as the Braves continued their offensive surge with 15 hits.
Marlins 3, Mets 2
Miami — Jake Marisnick hit his first major league home run, Henderson Alvarez pitched into the eighth inning, and Miami beat New York.
Giancarlo Stanton and Placido Polanco also drove in a run each for the Marlins, who dropped the first two games of the four-game series with the Mets.
Giants 5, Phillies 2
Philadelphia — Chad Gaudin threw seven sharp innings, Brett Pill and Brandon Crawford hit homers, and San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak.
Neither team made a move as the non-waiver trade deadline passed, a surprise considering both clubs are going nowhere.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 4
Pittsburgh — Russell Martin drove home Neal Walker with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh rallied to beat St. Louis.
Martin’s sharp grounder off Trevor Rosenthal (1-2) rolled into left field, giving Walker enough time to score from second. The Pirates’ fourth straight win over the Cardinals gave Pittsburgh a 2½-game lead in the NL Central.
Reds 4, Padres 1
San Diego — Homer Bailey came within two outs of a five-hit shutout to end his four-start losing streak and Cincinnati beat San Diego to snap a five-game skid.
Brandon Phillips homered and Joey Votto hit a two-run double for tshe Reds, who avoided a three-game sweep and ended San Diego’s four-game winning streak.
Tigers 11, Nationals 1
Detroit — Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning and Detroit scored five more runs in the fourth inning of a rout of Washington.
The AL Central-leading Tigers took the two-game series. They have won five straight and nine of 10 to move 16 games over .500 for the first time this season.