Crisp winner gives A's 4-3 win over Red Sox
June 22, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
OAKLAND, California--Oakland's Coco Crisp drove in the winning run with two-out single in the eighth inning as the majors-leading Athletics edged Boston 4-3 on Friday.
The A's are 1-1/2 games clear in the bragging rights over baseball's best record, leading from Milwaukee, which matched stride by holding off Colorado in a 23-run slugfest.
Toronto staged the second-biggest comeback in franchise history by coming from eight runs behind to overrun Cincinnati, while Kansas City almost pulled off a similar revival against Seattle, only for the Mariners to win it with a ninth-inning homer.
Oakland was gifted base-runners with one out in the eighth when Boston reliever Andrew Miller (2-5) hit two batters with consecutive pitches. After a strikeout, Crisp lined a shot to right field, and Kyle Blanks easily scored.
The Athletics had managed only two hits off Boston starter Felix Doubront and had stranded eight runners before Crisp's game-winner.
Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run, his first in two weeks, to help the A's extend their winning streak to four games.
Milwaukee's Jean Segura homered twice and Ryan Braun had three hits in his 1,000th career game, helping Milwaukee win 13-10 at Colorado.
Khris Davis also homered and Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 16 games as the Brewers scored their most runs of the year and tied a season high with 19 hits.
After being held hitless in their previous game, the Rockies got their league-leading offense back on track with a 16-hit evening, but that still was not enough to beat the National League pacesetters.
Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion hit two three-run homers to power the Blue Jays' extraordinary 14-9 comeback win over Cincinnati.
The visitors hit four homers during the comeback, including the two by Encarnacion, who started the rally by connecting in the third inning and finished it with his majors-leading 23rd homer of the season during a five-run ninth inning.
The eight-run fightback by the Blue Jays was their second best behind a game against Boston in 1989 when they won in extra innings after having trailed by 10.
With the score tied 9-9 in the top of the ninth, Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman (0-2) came on to pitch and walked the leadoff hitter. Erik Kratz doubled to put Toronto ahead.
The Reds gave up a season-worst nine walks and 15 hits.
Seattle gave up an early five-run lead but steadied to win 7-5 at Kansas City, with Brad Miller homering to break a ninth-inning tie.
Miller's homer off Greg Holland (0-2) came on the fifth pitch of his at-bat. Logan Morrison drove in another run later in the ninth.