Cards, Bucs Win 9/16/13
The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates continue to share first place in the NL Central.
Yadier (YAH'-dee-her) Molina went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored as the Cards ripped Seattle 12-2. Five different Cardinals had two RBIs to support Shelby Miller, who's 14-9 after allowing one earned run and three hits in five innings.
Pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Pirates' 3-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs. Francisco Liriano had to settle for his first no-decision of the season, taking a no-hitter into the seventh before Junior Lake hit a leadoff single and scored on Welington Castillo's home run.
Cincinnati has fallen 3.5 games behind the division co-leaders by blowing a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss to Milwaukee. Sean Halton hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth after Jean Segura's two-run triple keyed the Brewers' eighth-inning rally. Jay Bruce almost hit a three-run homer in the ninth, but Carlos Gomez extended over the center field fence to make the two-out grab.
It's now a 6.5-game lead for Oakland over Texas in the AL West. Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered as the A's downed the Rangers 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep. Tommy Milone pitched the Athletics to their 13th victory in 16 games, working five innings as an emergency starter after Jarrod Parker was scratched due to illness.
Tampa Bay lost for the 14th time in 21 games as Josmil Pinto and Ryan Doumit (DOh'-miht) homered in a four-run eighth that lifted Minnesota past the Rays 6-4. The Rays had won 11 straight from the Twins and were leading 3-0 in the seventh before staying tied with Texas for the two AL wild-card berths.
Cleveland is within a half-game of the wild-card co-leaders. Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Nick Swisher added a pair of solo shots as the Indians thumped the White Sox 7-1 in Chicago. Zach McAllister took a shutout into the seventh and limited Chicago to a run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Boston's magic number to win the AL East is four after the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees, 9-2. Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) hit a two-run homer Dustin Pedroia doubled home a pair and David Ortiz had two RBIs. Clay Buchholz gave up no earned runs and only two hits in six innings to help the Red Sox keep the Yankees three games behind the wild card co-leaders.
Atlanta's magic number to clinch the NL East remains four after Burch Smith struck out 10 in seven innings of San Diego's 4-0 shutout of the Braves. Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered to help Smith pick up his first major league win.
The Dodgers also own a magic number of four for wrapping up the NL West. Hunter Pence homered twice before Brett Pill socked a tiebreaking, solo shot in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 4-3 triumph at Los Angeles. The Dodgers runs came on a three-run double by Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth.
Alex Avila's second homer of the day was a tiebreaking, solo shot that gave Detroit a 3-2 win over Kansas City, which keeps the Indians five games behind the AL West-leading Tigers. Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings, but he was denied his 20th victory when Royals tied it off Drew Smyly in the eighth.
Jordan Zimmermann became the NL's first 18-game winner by allowing seven hits in seven innings of Washington's 11-2 laugher against Philadelphia. Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) drove in five runs with four hits, Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 26 games and the Nationals won for the eighth time in nine games to get within 4.5 games of Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card berth.
Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run in 5 1 /3 innings before leaving with a strained right groin in Baltimore's 3-1 triumph at Toronto, which puts the Orioles 2.5 games off the wild-card pace. Danny Valencia hit a two-run double and Chris Davis collected his 131st RBI with a bases-loaded walk.
Paul Goldschmidt was the star in Arizona's 8-2 win over Colorado, going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and five RBIs. Matt Davidson hit a solo homer for the Diamondbacks.
The New York Mets beat Florida 1-0 on Travis D'Arnuad's (dahr-NOHZ') RBI single in the bottom of the 12th.
Jerome Williams scattered four hits in seven innings as the Angels beat Houston 2-1.