Orioles lay claim to 5-game AL East lead
AP Thursday, August 7, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TORONTO -- Baltimore extended its lead in the American League East division to five games over nearest rival Toronto by winning 9-3 at the Blue Jays on Tuesday, with Chris Davis hitting a homer and Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop adding back-to-back shots.
The Orioles' lead is the biggest of any team in the majors' six divisions, although they sit third in the overall AL rankings behind West division pair Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels.
Oakland opened a two-game lead by shutting out Tampa Bay as the Angels lost to the cross-town Dodgers on a ninth-inning play at the plate.
In the day's key National League encounter, Milwaukee edged San Francisco by one run with the game decided by a reversed call on a replay review on the final out.
Baltimore's Davis, Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy all had two RBIs as the Orioles notched an unusual three-game winning streak, all in difference cities. The O's beat Seattle at home on Sunday and won at Washington on Monday before traveling to Toronto on Tuesday.
Bud Norris (9-7) pitched 5 1-3 innings to win and send the Blue Jays to a fourth-successive defeat.
The Dodgers squared the Freeway Series against the Angels at a game apiece by winning 5-4.
Juan Uribe scored on David Freese's errant throw to home plate in the ninth inning, leaving catcher Chris Iannetta unable to apply the tag. Freese was charged with his second throwing error of the game.
Uribe earlier hit a three-run homer for the NL-leading Dodgers, who moved 2-1/2 games clear of San Francisco in the NL West.
Oakland's Jason Hammel belatedly picked up his first win for the Athletics in a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Hammel (1-4) pitched 5-2/3 scoreless innings; quite a contrast to his 9.53 ERA since the A's acquired him from the Chicago Cubs a month previous.
Coco Crisp singled home a run in the fifth, and Nate Freiman hit an RBI double during a two-run sixth for the A's.
Milwaukee downed San Francisco 4-3, with the game ended by a contentious call.
With two outs in the ninth, Joe Panik hit a bouncer to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who was shielded on the play by baserunner Hunter Pence to get the ball to first. Panik was ruled safe at first but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke challenged the call and it was overturned on review to be the game-ending out.
Earlier Gerardo Parra hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh for his first hit since being acquired from Arizona.
Detroit's Alex Avila homered off Matt Daley (0-1) in the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 win at the New York Yankees.
Avila's win put the polish on a good day for the Tigers, with David Price striking out 10 in his Detroit debut. The former Tampa Bay ace pitched 8-2/3 innings, leaving with the game tied 3-3. He leads the majors in strikeouts (199) and innings (179 1-3).
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