Athletics defeat Rangers to boost lead in AL West
ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win Sunday.
Oakland took a commanding 6½-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West’s top two teams. The A’s have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.
Texas lost its sixth in a row, all at home and never leading in any of them, and is 2-11 in September after beginning the month with a two-game lead. Coupled with a sweep by Pittsburgh, this was the Rangers’ first winless homestand of at least six games since moving to Texas in 1972.
Donaldson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his 23rd homer for a 2-0 lead. Young hit a two-out solo homer in the third, Reddick hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1: In Toronto, Miguel Gonzalez pitched 5.1 innings before leaving with a strained right groin, and Danny Valencia hit a two-run double for the Orioles.
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, who hit his 50th home run of the season Friday, went 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He also drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Orioles went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but the hit was a big one: Valencia’s two-out double in the third.
Valencia has six RBIs in four games, one more run than he drove in during all of August.
Adam Lind hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays.
Tigers 3, Royals 2: In Detroit, Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning for the Tigers.
Detroit’s Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings but was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered with a homer to right-center.
Avila’s first homer was a two-run drive in the second.
Twins 6, Rays 4: In Minneapolis, Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to the Twins’ Ryan Doumit in the eighth and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto.
Tampa Bay wasted a 3-0 lead and led 4-2 in the eighth, but Peralta (2-8) blew a save for the third time in four chances.
After Doumit’s 13th home run of the season, Trevor Plouffe singled and Josh Willingham walked. Pinto then hit his second career homer.
Angels 2, Astros 1: In Houston, Jerome Williams won his third straight start for the Angels.
Josh Hamilton had an RBI triple in the first off Paul Clemens (4-5), a drive of the glove of center fielder Brandon Barnes as he went up Tal’s Hill. Mike Trout had reached with his AL-leading 100th walk.
Andrew Romine hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth after singles by Erick Aybar and Hank Conger.
Indians 7, White Sox 1: In Chicago, Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate for the 13th time, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the Indians.
Zach McAllister (8-9) allowed one run and six hits in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts and a walk.