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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).