A's blast Blue Jays out of the sky 16-0
AP Friday, July 27, 2012, 11:56 am TWN
TORONTO/NEW YORK -- In Toronto, the visiting Oakland Athletics inflicted Toronto's heaviest-ever shutout defeat 16-0 and won a season-high seventh straight game Wednesday.
Coco Crisp hit two home runs and Yoenis Cespedes had two RBI doubles for the A's, who are 16-2 in July.
Things got so out of hand that the Blue Jays used catcher Jeff Mathis to pitch the ninth inning, and he gave up two runs.
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (3-0) pitched six scoreless innings, striking out nine. He has a 2.25 ERA.
Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-7) lasted only 1-1/3 innings in the shortest start of his career. He lost his sixth decision in a row.
Rangers 5, Red Sox 3 Texas' Derek Holland struck out seven and pitched into the eighth inning, guiding the Rangers to a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in the American League on Wednesday.
Holland (7-5) allowed five hits in 7-2/3 innings, and came out of the game soon after a stretch when he retired 20 of 22 batters.
Texas took advantage of a couple of wild throws by Boston pitcher Josh Beckett to score the go-ahead run.
Elvis Andrus was hit on the left forearm by a pitch to reach base with one out in the seventh. He got to third on a single by Adrian Beltre and scored to break a 3-3 tie when Beckett (5-9) threw a wild pitch that bounced several feet wide of the plate.
Yankees 5, Mariners 2 In Seattle, Jayson Nix lined a three-run double in the eighth inning as New York rallied for a 5-2 victory over Seattle to complete a disappointing 2-5 West Coast trip on a positive note.
Nix's liner scored Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira. It was Nix's first hit in eight at-bats during the trip.
His hit came off Shawn Kelley, who had relieved Lucas Luetge (1-1) after he loaded the bases.
Seattle got just one hit after the first inning.
David Phelps (2-3) threw 1-1/3 innings of relief and struck out two to get the victory.
Nationals 5, Mets 2 Washington ace Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 batters in seven innings as the Nationals won 5-2 on Wednesday, completing a series sweep of the free-falling New York Mets.
Strasburg (11-4) gave up four hits in matching his career best for innings, done seven times.
Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa hit consecutive homers, while Espinosa also doubled and scored on one of the Mets' two errors in the Nationals' fifth straight win.
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