Angels lose outright AL lead after Miami loss
AP Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
ANAHEIM, California -- Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer to lead the Marlins to a 7-1 win over Los Angeles on Monday, dropping the Angels back into a tie with Oakland for the American League lead.
Oakland moved back level with its West division rival by beating Houston.
Among other key games, retiring veteran Derek Jeter led the New York Yankees past AL Central leader Kansas City, Baltimore maintained its strong lead in the East by downing Tampa Bay and St. Louis strengthened its playoff ambitions and hurt those of Pittsburgh by beating the Pirates.
Miami's newly acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart (2-1) allowed one run over 7 2-3 innings, in his fourth start since arriving from Houston.
Angels' starter Wade LeBlanc (0-1) — replacing the injured Garrett Richards — gave up six runs in just 3 1-3 innings in what was his first start in the majors this season.
New York's Jeter drove in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, helping the Yankees beat Kansas City 6-1.
Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a run in the seventh inning with the 1,000th hit of his career, then added a two-run homer in the ninth.
Stephen Drew and Martin Prado also homered for New York, which has won five straight to move within two games of the last wild-card berth.
Yankees' starter Michael Pineda (3-2) gave up a solo homer in the third but no other runs in 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time since April.
New York did not make up any ground on divisional leader Baltimore, which maintained its six-game buffer by cruising past Tampa Bay 9-1.
Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning that decided the game.
Baltimore hit five homers in all, with Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce delivering back-to-back shots in the third.
The game represented a turnaround for both teams, with the Orioles coming off three games against the Chicago Cubs in which they had scored an aggregate of just four runs, while the Rays pitchers had a major league-best 2.28 ERA since the All-Star break.
St. Louis' Matt Holliday hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to cap a rally that led the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Jon Jay's pinch-hit single tied the game with two outs in the seventh and Holliday followed with a sharp single to left off Jared Hughes (6-4) to score Jay and Matt Carpenter.
The Cardinals stayed 1-1/2 games behind NL Central leader Milwaukee and in firm possession of a wild-card berth, while the Pirates dropped 4-1/2 games behind them.
Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings to steer the Phillies to a 3-2 win over Washington.
Burnett (7-14) won for the first time since the All-Star break, allowing one run and one walk. He entered the game with an unwelcome lead across the majors for walks (76).
Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered for the Phillies while Washington lost for only the second time in 14 games.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez homered as the Brewers routed San Diego 10-1 for their fifth-straight road win.
Oakland's Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings to guide the Athletics to an 8-2 win over Houston.
Boston's Yoenis Cespedes singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Red Sox survived a ninth-inning collapse to beat Toronto 4-3, snapping their losing streak at eight games.
Texas' Miles Mikolas pitched eight scoreless innings as the Rangers blanked Seattle 2-0 in the opener of a three-game series.
Colorado's Tyler Matzek ended a personal five-start losing skid by striking out seven in seven innings and helping the Rockies edge San Francisco 3-2.
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