A’s Boost Division Lead
Arlington, Texas — Bartolo Colon scattered seven hits over eight impressive innings for the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who stretched their division lead over Texas to 5½ games with a 1-0 victory over the Rangers and Yu Darvish on Saturday.
The A’s won for the seventh time in eight games, and clinched the key division series by beating Texas twice in less than 24 hours.
Colon (16-6) struck out seven and lowered what is already his career-best ERA to 2.73.
Darvish (12-9) struck out 10 over seven innings in his fourth 1-0 loss of the season. The right-hander from Japan has lost his last four starts, the last two by 1-0 scores, and is winless his last six.
Royals 1, Tigers 0
Detroit — Prince Fielder was thrown out at home plate to end the game, preserving Ervin Santana’s impressive outing and leading Kansas City over Detroit.
The play at the plate helped the Royals gain ground on the two teams ahead them in the race for the second AL wild card, the Yankees and Orioles, who both lost earlier. Kansas City moved to three games back of Tampa Bay. The Rays were playing at Minnesota.
Santana (9-9) won for the first time since Aug. 4, outpitching Doug Fister (12-9). He allowed five hits in 62∕3 innings, walking one and striking out five.
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3
Toronto — Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run, Jeremy Jefress won for the first time in more than two years and the Jays handed the slumping Orioles their fifth loss in seven games.
Rasmus erased Baltimore’s 3-2 lead with a drive off the facing of the second deck against Chris Tillman (16-6) in the seventh inning. For Rasmus, it was his 20th homer of the season and second in two days.
Jeffress (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning of relief to win for the first time since April 5, 2011, when he beat the Chicago White Sox while pitching for Kansas City.
Indians 8, White Sox 1
Chicago — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 81∕3 strong innings and Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall homered to lead Cleveland over Chicago and help the Indians keep pace in the Al wild-card race.
Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Lonnie Chisenhall added a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning that powered the Indians to their 11th straight win against Chicago and third in a row overall to improve to 80-68. Texas, at 81-66, holds one wild-card spot and Tampa Bay at 80-66 has the other.
Angels 6, Astros 2
Houston — Jered Weaver pitched six solid innings, Chris Iannetta homered and Los Angeles stopped Houston’s four-game winning streak.
Weaver (10-8) joined Nolan Ryan as the only Angels pitchers to reach double-digits in wins for eight straight seasons.
Marlins 3, Mets 0
Mets 3, Marlins 1
New York — Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two hits in seven innings for his first major league win in more than a year, and the New York Mets got back-to-back homers from Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda to beat Miami for a doubleheader split.
In the opener, Donovan Solano exacted some payback after he was hit by two pitches, launching a home run and making two terrific defensive plays that sent Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins to a 3-0 victory.
Matsuzaka (1-3) plunked Placido Polanco twice in the nightcap, but other than that the Japanese right-hander was in complete control.
Braves 2, Padres 1
Atlanta — Kris Medlen allowed four hits over 71∕3 scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start, leading Atlanta over San Diego t.
The Braves led 2-0 before Chase Headley hit a ninth-inning homer off closer Craig Kimbrel, who then pitched around a two-out walk to Ronny Cedeno for his career-best 47th save — the most in the majors.
Pirates 2, Cubs 1
Pittsburgh — Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and got home run help from Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata, leading Pittsburgh past Chicago.
The Pirates have won five of six.
Cole (8-7) gave up one run and five hits. The rookie struck out seven and walked three.
Byrd hit a solo home run off James Russell (1-6) in the seventh to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1.
Reds 7, Brewers 3
Milwaukee — Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo each hit two-run homers, and Cincinnati kept pace in the NL Central race.
Homer Bailey (11-10) allowed three runs over seven innings in winning his career-best sixth straight decision. Votto had three RBIs.
Mariners 4, Cardinals 1
St. Louis — Rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings and Mariners ended a five-game losing streak, beating St. Louis and dropping the Cardinals into a first-place tie in the NL Central.
St. Louis and Pittsburgh share the division lead once again. The Pirates topped the Cubs 2-1.
The Cardinals mustered only three hits, including Matt Carpenter’s league-leading 50th double in the eighth. He later scored on a wild pitch by Charlie Furbush.