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Houston Astros manager Bo Porter, right, argues with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, left, after being thrown out of the game against Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter, right, argues with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, left, after being thrown out of the game against Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Baltimore — Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson got lost on the bases and was doubled up for the final out, and the Chicago White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Sunday.

Down 4-1, Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Addison Reed. After Ryan Flaherty grounded into a forceout at second base that scored a run, Dickerson ran for him.

Dickerson tried to steal second on a pitch to Brian Roberts, who hit a foul pop near first base. Dickerson didn’t know where the ball went, and the baserunning blunder made him an easy out at first.

Rookie Andre Rienzo (2-1) pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Adam Dunn homered. Reed wound up with his 37th save.

Rays 4, Mariners 1

Seattle — Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay rallied past Seattle to build its wild-card edge.

The Rays lead Baltimore and Cleveland, who both lost, by two games for the second AL wild-card spot.

Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth. Rodriguez broke a tie with an RBI single and another run came home when center fielder Abraham Almonte bobbled the ball.

Royals 5, Tigers 2

Kansas City, Mo. — Bruce Chen picked up Kansas City’s beleaguered starters with seven solid innings and the Royals defeated Detroit.

Chen (7-2), who moved into the rotation on July 12 after 19 relief appearances, limited the AL Central-leading Tigers to five hits and two runs over seven innings, earning the first victory for a starter on the Royals’ seven-game homestand.

Athletics 7, Astros 2

Oakland, Calif. — Bartolo Colon won for the first time in more than a month, Seth Smith homered during a seven-run third inning and Oakland beat Houston.

Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in two runs while Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and an RBI for the AL West-leading A’s.

Rangers 4, Angels 3

Anaheim, Calif. — Alex Rios homered in the first inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop double in the seventh, Elvis Andrus also had two RBIs, and Texas beat Los Angeles. The Rangers remained 1½ games behind AL West-leading Oakland.

Blue Jays 2, Twins 0

Minneapolis — Esmil Rogers pitched well into the eighth inning and Jose Reyes’ late double broke a scoreless tie that led Toronto past Minnesota for a three-game sweep.

Rogers (5-7) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four over 7 2-3 innings.

Reyes’ key double came against Jared Burton (2-9).