Major League Roundup
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Major league roundup …
NEW YORK ó Ivan Nova pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Curtis Granderson drove in four runs and the New York Yankees moved within one win of a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Tuesday night.
Granderson hit a three-run double and reached base four times, boosting his MVP credentials as the Yankees slowed Tampa Bayís charge at rival Boston in the AL wild-card race. New York can secure its 16th postseason trip in 17 years with one victory in Wednesdayís day-night doubleheader against the Rays.
Orioles 7, Red Sox 5
BOSTON ó Robert Andinoís three-run double in the eighth inning gave the Orioles a win and ruined a chance for the Red Sox to extend their two-game lead in the AL wild-card race.
Indians 4, White Sox 3, 1st Game
White Sox 5, Indians 4, 2nd Game
CLEVELAND ó Alexei Ramirezís seventh-inning single broke the gameís final tie and led Chicago to a win over the Indians, giving the White Sox a split of the day-night doubleheader.
Angels 10, Blue Jays 6
TORONTO ó Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer, Vernon Wells added a solo shot and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on Tuesday night.
Trumbo went 2 for 5 with four RBIs and Erick Aybar stole home as the Angels kept their faint postseason hopes alive. Los Angeles started the night five games behind Texas in the AL West, and 41/2 games behind Boston in the wild card race.
Royals 10, Tigers 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Eric Hosmer went 5 for 5 with a three-run homer and Luis Mendoza got his first major league win in more than three years in the Royalsí win over the Tigers.
Nationals 3, Phillies 0
PHILADELPHIA ó Ross Detwiler outpitched Cliff Lee by tossing 7 1-3 impressive innings and Washington beat NL East champion Philadelphia 3-0 on Tuesday night to complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.
In the opener, Tommy Milone threw six scoreless innings and pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman delivered an RBI single in the 10th to lift the Nationals to a 4-3 victory.
Braves 4, Marlins 0
MIAMI ó Rookie Randall Delgado pitched five innings for his first major-league win and Atlanta put the brakes on their recent skid.
The Braves began the night leading St. Louis by 21/2 games in the NL wild-card race after blowing a ninth-inning lead to lose Monday. The margin was 101/2 games on Aug. 25.
Brewers 5, Cubs 1
CHICAGO ó Shaun Marcum threw eight strong innings and Milwaukee moved a step closer to the NL Central title.
Reds 6, Astros 4
CINCINNATI ó Homer Bailey shut Houston down again and came up with a career-high three hits and Devin Mesoraco homered to help Cincinnati snap a four-game losing streak.
Brandon Phillips also homered while Jay Bruce had three hits and Dave Sappelt and Juan Francisco each added two hits for the Reds.
Bailey (9-7), who went into the game 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three starts against the Astros this season, set a career-high in wins while allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings.
Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 34th save.
Houston starter Bud Norris (6-11) left the game two outs into the third inning with discomfort in his right shoulder. Norris allowed seven hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts while setting a career high in losses.
The Associated Press