Orioles walk off on Wieters’s two-run single in 10th
Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, front, is grabbed by Chris Dickerson, center and Henry Urrutia, rght, after hitting a two run walk off single against the Chicago White Sox in the 10th inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 4-2.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to lift Baltimore to its third consecutive win.
Pinch-hitter Henry Urrutia started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against closer Addison Reed (5-3). Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson then went all the way to third on Nick Markakis’ base hit.
Reed bounced back with a strikeout of Nate McLouth, but Markakis stole second and both runners scored when Wieters lined a single into right field.
It was the ninth consecutive loss for the White Sox, who grabbed a 3-2 lead on Conor Gillaspie’s pinch-hit homer against Tommy Hunter (4-3) in the top half of the inning.
Danny Valencia had three hits and Brian Roberts homered for the Orioles, who were 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position before Wieters’ hit.
ATHLETICS 2, ASTROS 1
Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to lead surging Oakland to another victory.
Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A’s won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.
Straily (9-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in his third consecutive victory. The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings during his winning streak.
Dan Otero allowed a run in the eighth, but Sean Doolittle got four outs for his first save in four chances, completing the five-hitter.
Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (4-2) pitched six stellar innings, allowing one run and seven hits.
Blue Jays 11, Twins 2
Adam Lind hit a pair of three-run homers and J.A. Happ snapped a three-game losing streak, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins.
Lind’s first home run highlighted a five-run first inning a night after Toronto posted five runs in the third frame in a victory over Minnesota. Lind went deep again in the eighth for his second multi-homer game this season and 10th of his career.
Happ (4-5), who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA in his last three outings, allowed an unearned run on five hits while striking out four. The left-hander, who suffered a fractured skull and sprained knee on May 7 when he was hit in the head by line drive, hadn’t pitched past the fifth inning in back-to-back starts.
Royals 4, Tigers 3
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers.
Perez drove a two-out pitch over the left-field wall to put the Royals ahead 4-2.
Verlander (12-11) is 0-3 with three no-decisions in six starts since an Aug. 6 victory at Cleveland.
Reds 4, Dodgers 3
Billy Hamilton stole second in the 10th inning to set up Todd Frazier’s game-winning single, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3.
Ryan Ludwick opened the Cincinnati 10th with a leadoff walk against Brian Wilson (1-1). Reds Manager Dusty Baker then went to the dynamic Hamilton, and the speedy prospect took second as catcher A.J. Ellis dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove.
Frazier followed with a line-drive single into right field to give Cincinnati five wins in its last six games. J.J. Hoover got three outs for the victory.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer for NL West-leading Los Angeles.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 0
Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals.
The victory moved the Cardinals into first place, a half-game ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central with their third win in four games. Pittsburgh has lost four of six including the first two of the three-game set. The Pirates remain stuck on 81 wins, one shy of assuring them a winning record for the first time since they went 96-66 in 1992.
Phillies 6, Braves 5
Freddy Galvis hit a game-ending homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a win over the Atlanta Braves.
Atlanta had trailed 5-3 going into the ninth, but Andrelton Simmons hit a two-out two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon (5-1), who blew his seventh save in 32 opportunities.
BREWERS 5, CUBS 3
Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple and Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory in the Brewers’ win over the Cubs.
Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors.
Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning then Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
Jake Arrieta (2-2) took the loss.
Nationals 9, Marlins 2
Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, powering the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins.
Zimmerman hit a two-run shot in the first and a leadoff drive on Nathan Eovaldi’s first pitch of the third.
Tanner Roark (5-0) pitched six scoreless innings as the Nationals won for the third time in four games to remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.
INDIANS 9, METS 4
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the streaking Indians, and Nick Swisher had a solo shot.
Cleveland has won four in a row for the first time since it captured eight straight from July 24-Aug. 1. Swisher finished with two hits and two RBIs as the Indians stayed in the hunt for the AL’s second wild-card slot.
Corey Kluber (8-5), the first of seven Cleveland pitchers, allowed two runs in five-plus innings. Kluber, pitching for the first time since Aug. 5 after being sidelined by a sprained right middle finger, was pulled after walking the leadoff hitter in the sixth.
Jonathon Niese (6-7) lost for the first time in six starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 11. The left-hander allowed six runs in six innings.
Cleveland began the day just two games back of Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot in the AL. The Indians and Orioles are tied with 76-65 records.