A’s Add to Rays’ Fade
Tampa Bay Rays' Wil Myers, left, tries to avoid the tag of Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Myers, called out on the play, was attempting to score on a single by Desmond Jennings. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro is hit by a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Oakland, Calif. — Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt homered, A.J. Griffin struck out seven in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of fellow playoff contender Tampa Bay with a 5-1 victory Sunday.
After Crisp led off the bottom of the first with a home run, James Loney tied it with his own longball in the top of the second. Griffin (12-9) settled in after that to win his second straight outing following a four-start winless stretch.
Griffin allowed one run on five hits and walked one.
Twins 4, Rangers 2
Arlington, Texas — Kevin Correia pitched seven strong innings and the Twins clinched their first series victory at Texas in four years, beating the AL West-leading Rangers.
Correia (9-10) allowed one run and scattered five hits. The right-hander struck out two and got 14 outs on the ground, including a pair of double plays.
Orioles 7, Yankees 3
New York — J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones hit three-run homers in the seventh inning as the Orioles suddenly broke loose, jolting the Yankees to avert a sweep in a matchup of wild-card contenders.
Shut out on three singles Saturday, the Orioles were blanked by Andy Pettitte for six innings before their seven-run rally against the 41-year-old lefty and a faltering bullpen.
Indians 4, Tigers 0
Detroit — Mike Aviles hit a grand slam in the ninth inning that lifted Cleveland to a win over the Tigers.
The AL Central leaders had won seven straight against second-place Cleveland.
Royals 5, Blue Jays 0
Toronto — James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, Eric Hosmer drove in two runs and the Royals beat the Blue Jays to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Royals won for the sixth time in eight games. They are 5½ games behind Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race.
Astros 2, Mariners 0
Houston — Rookie Brett Oberholtzer pitched a four-hitter and Jason Castro hit an RBI double in the eighth inning, lifting the Astros to a win over Seattle.
The 24-year-old Oberholtzer (4-1) struck out five and walked one. He did not allow an extra-base hit in his sixth career start and ninth appearance to lower his ERA to 2.79.
Cardinals 7, Pirates 2
Pittsburgh — Matt Holliday and David Freese drove in two runs apiece, and St. Louis beat Pittsburgh to move back into a tie for the NL Central lead.
Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Shane Robinson added two hits each for St. Louis, which jumped on Pittsburgh rookie Kris Johnson (0-2) early to snap a three-game skid.
Cubs 7, Phillies 1
Chicago — Jake Arrieta allowed three hits and a run while pitching into the seventh inning and catcher Welington Castillo drove in two runs to lead Chicago over Philadelphia.
Arrieta (2-1) retired eight of the first nine batters he faced. Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, Arrieta has been inconsistent in his four starts since joining the rotation Aug. 16. But this time he worked around three walks with only two Phillies advancing beyond second base in his 61∕3 innings.
Rockies 7, Reds 4
Denver — Todd Helton doubled for his 2,500th career hit, Michael Cuddyer homered among his four hits and Colorado overcame the loss of starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to beat Cincinnati.
Giants 8, Diamondbacks 2
Phoenix — Yusmeiro Petit struck out a career-high 10, Hector Sanchez drove in three runs and San Francisco beat Arizona to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.
Dodgers 2, Padres 1
Los Angeles — Zack Greinke allowed one run over seven innings, Yasiel Puig homered in the sixth and Los Angeles beat San Diego to complete a three-game sweep.
Marlins 7, Braves 0
Atlanta — Nathan Eovaldi combined with Steve Cishek on an eight-hit shutout, Jeff Mathis homered and drove in three runs, and Miami beat Atlanta to end its six-game losing streak.
Angels 5, Brewers 3
Milwaukee — J.B. Shuck hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally Los Angeles past Milwaukee for a three-game sweep of their interleague series.
Mike Trout tripled and doubled among his three hits to help the Angels finish an 8-1 road trip. They have won eight in a row against the Brewers in Milwaukee, dating to 1997.
C.J. Wilson (14-6) gave up three runs and three hits over six innings, improving to 10-1 in his last 15 starts. Wilson has gone 10 consecutive starts without a loss, tying his career high set in 2011 with Texas.