A's win to again tie up AL West lead
APOAKLAND, California -- Oakland's Jarrod Parker pitched his way into the club record books and helped the Athletics to an 11-4 win over Texas on Wednesday that once again tied the two teams together atop the American League West division.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
With 23 regular-season games to go, there is nothing to separate the two teams as the surging A's refuse to give way in the season-long fight.
In other key AL games, Boston's David Ortiz brought up a personal milestone as the Red Sox piled on an extraordinary 20 runs to rout Central leader Detroit, Cleveland beat Baltimore in a clash of two teams whose playoff hopes are going in opposite directions, and Tampa Bay helped its postseason chances by beating the Los Angeles Angels.
In the National League, St. Louis won a 16-inning epic against Cincinnati to open a gap in the tight Central race, with leader Pittsburgh losing to Milwaukee, while runaway East and West leaders Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers both suffered defeats.
Oakland's Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter's Oakland mark set in 1973.
Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp each hit two-run homers and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland.
Boston's David Ortiz hit two of Boston's club-record-equaling eight homers and also doubled to bring up his 2,000th career hit as the Red Sox romped to a 20-4 win over Detroit.
Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam, Ortiz had an RBI double to reach the milestone and Daniel Nava added a two-run homer when Boston pulled away with an eight-run sixth inning.
Ortiz homered again in the five-run seventh — the 427th of his career to move past Billy Williams and into 47th on baseball's all-time home run list.
AL East-leading Boston has won nine of 11, taking two out of three from the Central-leading Tigers to hold onto the best record in the league.
Cleveland edged within 6-1/2 games of Detroit by beating Baltimore 6-4, leaving the Orioles a fading 9-1/2 games off Boston and four games off the second wild-card berth, half a game behind the Indians.
The Indians were helped in their cause by a good-luck chicken which was taken onto the field for batting practice.
Aside from the propitious poultry, Cleveland was helped by a pair of RBIs from both Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn.
Tampa Bay rookie Wil Myers hit two homers to power the Rays to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels, keeping pace in the AL wild-card race.
Myers had never faced Jered Weaver (9-8), but he homered on the first pitch he saw from the Angels' longtime ace in the second inning. He homered again in the seventh on Weaver's first pitch after a mound visit, driving a two-run shot beyond left field.