Hicks hits maiden homer to give A's win
APOAKLAND/ATLANTA -- Oakland's Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his first major league home run to lift the Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers in the American League on Wednesday.
July 20, 2012, 12:25 am TWN
Hicks connected off Michael Kirkman (0-1) for Oakland's major league-leading ninth walkoff win. He became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a game-ending homer with his first career shot and the second this year — Derek Norris did it June 25 against San Francisco.
Ryan Cook (3-2) worked the ninth inning for the win for the A's, who split the series with the AL West-leading Rangers.
Dodgers 5, Phillies 3, 12 innings At Los Angeles, Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to give Los Angeles victory over Philadelphia.
Rookie Phillies pitcher Jake Diekman (2-0) walked a batter with one out and Kemp drove a pitch into the pavilion seats beyond right-center for his sixth career walkoff homer, capping the 4-hour, 25-minute marathon.
Jamey Wright (4-2), the sixth Dodgers pitcher, worked one inning for the victory as the Dodgers ended a four-game losing streak.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0, 6 1/2 innings At New York, Hiroki Kuroda allowed just four hits in pitching New York past Toronto in a rain-shortened game.
Kuroda (9-7) allowed a single hit in each of four innings.
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in a four-run first inning for the Yankees, who have won eight straight at home against the Blue Jays.
The game was called off after a 58-minute rain delay before the Yankees could come to bat in the seventh. The game was delayed 51 minutes at the start.
Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-6) suffered his career-worst fifth straight loss, giving up six runs in six innings.
Tigers 7, Angels 2 At Detroit, Doug Fister gave up just two hits over eight innings, steering Detroit past Los Angeles.
Fister (4-6) allowed one run and struck out a season-high 10 for his third straight win.
Prince Fielder capped a four-run Tigers second inning with a two-run single.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson (9-6) gave up a season-worst seven runs with five walks over six innings, extending his winless streak to three starts.
Giants 9, Braves 4 San Francisco's Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco hit three-run homers in the 11th inning as the Giants recovered from blowing the lead in the 10th and beat the Atlanta Braves 9-4 on Wednesday.
Atlanta's Anthony Varvaro (1-1) hit one batter to open the 11th then walked another. Chad Durbin replaced Varvaro on the mound and got a strikeout. Crawford came up to bat and fouled a ball off his right knee, collapsing to the ground in pain. Crawford then pulled the next pitch from Durbin into the seats in right.
Chipper Jones' second throwing error of the game allowed a runner. With two outs, Durbin issued an intentional walk before giving up Blanco's homer to make it 9-3.
The Giants had been one out from the win in the 10th when Atlanta's Brian McCann hit a tying two-run homer off Santiago Casilla (3-4). Casilla blew the save but took the win.
Nationals 4, Mets 3 At Washington, Jordan Zimmermann pitched six shutout innings as Washington edged New York, opening a 4-1/2-game lead atop the National League East division.
Zimmermann (7-6) won his fourth straight, walking none.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer for the Nationals who allowed two home runs in the ninth to put the result in jeopardy before Tyler Clippard struck out the final batter.
New York's Chris Young (2-4) took the loss.
Other games on Wednesday:
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3
Indians 10, Rays 6
Orioles 2, Twins 1
Royals 8, Mariners 7
Pirates 9, Rockies 6
Cubs 5, Marlins 1, 7 Innings
Padres 8, Astros 4
Red Sox 10, White Sox 1
Diamondbacks 7, Reds 1