Rays, Indians, Rangers Win 9/27/13
There's no change in the American League wild-card race after Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Texas won Thursday night. The Rays still lead it by one game over the Indians, who are a game ahead of Rangers for the final wild-card berth.
Alex Cobb gave up just three hits over seven innings as the Rays picked up their seventh straight win, blanking the Yankees 4-0. Evan Longoria opened the scoring in the fourth inning with an RBI single and added a two-run single in the top of the eighth. Delmon Young smacked a solo homer and Troy Loney went 3-for-3 as the Rays reduced their magic number for a playoff berth to two.
The Indians carried a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth before escaping with a 6-5 triumph at Minnesota. Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) hit a two-run homer and Michael Brantley had two RBIs to help Cleveland earn its seventh consecutive win.
Chris Perez surrendered four runs in the ninth, including Josmil Pinto's two-run homer. Joe Smith replaced Perez and promptly put the winning run on first before striking out pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia to end it.
The Rangers won their fourth in a row by beating the Angels 6-5 on Jurickson Profar's (PROH'-fahrz) walkoff, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nihs mahr-TEEN') had two hits and two RBIs for the Rangers, who blew leads of 3-1 and 5-4 before keeping pace with the other wild-card hopefuls.
The Rangers managed to win despite committing a Texas-record four errors during the Angels' three-run second.
Also in the majors, Justin Heyward hit a leadoff homer to spark a five-run first in Atlanta's 7-1 win over Philadelphia. Heyward went 5-for-5 and Evan Gattis had three RBIs as the Braves pulled into a tie with St. Louis for the National League's best record at 94-65.
San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Angel Pagan's solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-kuhm) struck out Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) three times and allowed two runs and just three hits over seven innings in what may have been his final game as a Giant.
Miguel Gonzalez allowed no earned runs and just two hits in seven innings of Baltimore's 3-2 win against Toronto. Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) hit a solo homer and a sacrifice fly for the Orioles.
Jeremy Guthrie gave up a pair of solo homers but just two other hits over seven innings of Kansas City's 3-2 triumph over the Chicago White Sox. David Lough hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by catcher Bryan Anderson in the seventh inning.
San Diego pulled out a 3-2 win over Arizona on Alexi Amarista's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. Robbie Erlin worked seven innings and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter.
Scott Gennett supplied a two-run single while Milwaukee scored four times in the second inning to beat the New York Mets 4-2. The Mets finished the game without third baseman David Wright, who was beaned by a Johnny Hellweg pitch and left under his own power in the third inning.