Braves, Red Sox and A's Win Key Games 8/28/13
- In an interleague game featuring two playoff contenders, the Indians held Atlanta to three hits but the home-standing Braves beat Cleveland 2-0. Elliot Johnson's two-run triple in the second was all the scoring the game would see. Rookie Alex Wood got the win while rookie Danny Salazar the loss. The Braves, who have won two straight, are a baseball-best 79-52, while the Indians fell to 71-60.
- Two teams in the American League in the thick of things in the East met Tuesday night in Boston, and the Red Sox destroyed the Orioles 13-2. Shane Victorino led the way with two home runs and a career-high seven runs batted in. Felix Doubront pitched 6 2/3 innings of four-hit ball for AL East-leading Boston.
- The Rays are now 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the East as they were beaten by the Angels, 6-5. Erick Aybar drove in four runs for the winners who rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Rays. Aybar hit a two-run double off closer Fernando Rodney to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth.
-Another two teams battling for American League playoff berths met in Detroit and in a rain-shortened game the Athletics beat the Tigers, 6-3. Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out when the tarp was pulled on the field due to the weather. It was called after an 80-minute delay.
- A key National League Central matchup was played in St. Louis and the Cardinals beat the Reds, 6-1. The Cards have won six of their last seven, including the first two games of this three-game set. St. Louis has now won eight of its last 10 against the third-place Reds, who are now 4.5 games back. The Pirates are in second place, 1.5 games back.
- The Pirates have dropped three straight. Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including his 350th career home run, and drove in four runs as the Brewers edged Pittsburgh 7-6. The 16-year veteran third baseman helped stake the Brewers to a 5-0 in the fifth inning, but the Pirates rallied to tie it in the sixth. Milwaukee pulled out the win when rookie pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
- Despite losing Robinson Cano (kan-OH') to an injury in the first inning, the Yankees beat-up on the Blue Jays 7-1. Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and Alex Rodriguez smacked the 651st of his career in the win. Andy Pettitte earned the victory by pitching seven shutout innings. Cano sustained a bruised left hand after being struck by a pitch. Rodriguez, who has four home runs this season, is nine away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list. Reaching the milestone would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.
- The Cubs edged the Dodgers in Los Angeles 3-2. The Dodgers made a game of it by scoring their final run in the eighth. The loser was Clayton Kershaw, who dropped to 13-8.
- The Rangers scored in the top of the 10th and hung on for a 4-3 win over the Mariners in Seattle. The winning run was scored on a balk by Danny Farquhar.
-Aaron Hill lined a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Adam Eaton and give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the San Diego Padres. With Hill at-bat and runners on second and third, the Padres employed a five-man infield. Hill lined a shot over the head of left fielder Yonder Alonzo for his eighth career game-ending hit.
- Jordan Danks hit a clutch two-run single in Chicago's three-run eighth inning and the White Sox beat the Astros 4-3. Danks finished with a career-high three hits as the White Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games.
- James Shields was sharp for 7 1-3 innings, Alex Gordon had three RBIs, and the Royals scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat the Twins 6-1. The first seven Royals hitters reached base in a five-run eighth that broke open a scoreless game and handed reliever Jared Burton his third loss to Kansas City this season.
- Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back homers in the first inning in a 5-3 win for the Giants over the Rockies. The back to back homers marked the first time this season the Giants accomplished the feat. Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his 32nd save in 36 chances.
-Jonathon Niese had a big night, pitching a three-hitter and lining a game-breaking three-run double, as the Mets ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Phillies 5-0. Niese struck out five and walked one in his second career shutout in 112 major league starts. He retired 17 straight batters at one point and scored the first run by running through third base coach Tim Teufel's (TUFF'-ehls) late stop sign.
- Ross Ohlendorf pitched into the sixth inning and Ian Desmond had three hits as the Nationals beat the visiting Marlins 2-1. Washington kicked off a six-game homestand with its sixth victory in its last seven games.