Red Sox prevail in testy game against Rays, 3-2
June 1, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
BOSTON--A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox — on their fourth manager of the night following a string of ejections — beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Friday in the latest testy game between the teams.
Jonny Gomes scored the winning run. Fittingly, he reached base when he was hit by a pitch, a common theme that led to one bench-clearing scrum and nearly as many ejections as runs on a wild night at Fenway Park.
Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-2) plunked Gomes with one out in the 10th and Pierzynski followed with a drive to the triangle in right-center.
The Red Sox rushed out of the dugout — for once not to possibly fight their AL East rivals — and celebrated their fifth straight win following a 10-game skid.
Andrew Miller (2-4) got the win after the Red Sox rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Tampa Bay ace David Price.
Astros 2, Orioles 1 Jonathan Villar broke an 0-for-26 slump with a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Houston extended its winning streak to seven games with a victory over Baltimore in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game.
It is the first time Houston, losers of 100-plus games the last three seasons, has won seven straight since 2010.
Brett Oberholtzer (2-6) allowed four hits and a run in seven innings. Chad Qualls got four outs for his fifth save.
The Astros had one hit before Matt Dominguez doubled to start the seventh. Alex Presley singled with one out but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Robbie Grossman followed with a double to tie it 1-all. Villar's ground-rule double chased Miguel Gonzalez (3-4).
The Astros wore the uniforms of the Houston Eagles and the Orioles donned the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues.
Houston rookie George Springer, who hit seven homers in his previous seven games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to snap an 11-game hitting streak.
Athletics 9, Angels 5 Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning, and Josh Donaldson had two home runs and four RBIs in Oakland's victory over Los Angeles.
Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have won three of five since a four-game losing streak. Moss left the game with right calf tightness.
Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout added a solo shot for the Angels, who lost for only the seventh time in 21 games. C.J. Cron also drove in a pair of runs.
Drew Pomeranz (5-2) pitched a season-high 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and four hits. Pomeranz had not allowed a run at home in 17 innings before the Angels struck in the fourth.
Garrett Richards (4-2) got only two outs. He gave up five runs on five hits in the first inning.
Twins 6, Yankees 1 Ricky Nolasco pitched six effective innings, Oswaldo Arcia homered and threw out a runner at home plate, and Minnesota flexed some muscle in beating New York.
Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe also connected against Vidal Nuno (1-2) for the light-hitting Twins, winners for the second time in eight games. Texas and Kansas City were the only American League teams to begin the day with fewer homers than the Twins' 39.
Kurt Suzuki and former Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez had RBI singles in the eighth, giving Minnesota its highest run total since scoring eight against Boston on May 13.
Nolasco (3-5) had not won since April 24, a span of six starts.