Sports Seager's three RBIs help Mariners stop A's 5-game win streak
Nelson Cruz oldest to hit 30 HRs, Rays beat Red Sox 12-7
BOSTON (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered twice and, at 41 years old, became the oldest player in major league history to hit 30 home runs in a season, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past the Boston Red Sox 12-7 Wednesday night. Mike Zunino also homered twice and Jordan Luplow connected for the team with the best record in the American League and the highest-scoring club in the majors. Rays rookie Wander Franco went 0 for 4 with a walk, extending his on-base streak to 37 games and passing Mickey Mantle (1951-52) for the longest by an AL player under 21 years old. The 20-year-old Franco now trails only Frank Robinson, who reached in 43 straight in 1956.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Seager had a two-run single in the decisive third inning among his three hits and three RBIs, Mitch Haniger added two doubles and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Monday night.
Tyler Anderson (2-1) struck out seven and walked one over seven impressive innings, allowing one run on four hits to win for the first time in six starts since Aug. 17 at Texas. Anderson is the first of three lefties Oakland is scheduled to face over the four-game series.
Ty France added an RBI single in the third off Sean Manaea (10-10), who matched his career high in losses. The A's got one back in the bottom half on a double by Khris Davis, but that was it until Starling Marte's run-scoring single in the eighth.
Renfroe's HR sends Boston Red Sox past Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
BOSTON (AP) — Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and threw out Joey Wendle trying for a triple from deep center field for the final out of the ninth as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Wednesday night. Renfore’s big bat and strong arm helped the Red Sox avoid a three-game sweep against the AL East-leading Rays. He drove a hanging slider from JT Chargois (5-1) over the Green Monster in left field just after Boston had fallen behind in what had been a scoreless tie through the first seven innings. Boston pulled within nine games of Tampa Bay for the division lead. Garrett Richards (7-7) got the win, and Hansel Robles picked up his 12th save.
Oakland trails Toronto by two games for the second AL wild card, while Seattle decreased its deficit to three games behind the Blue Jays.
Paul Sewald closed out the 2-hour, 47-minute game for his ninth save as the A's had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Seager singled home another run in the fifth and was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.
Manaea reached double-digit losses for the second time in his career, also in 2017 with 10. The lefty gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings — the first time in three games A’s starting pitchers allowed a run. They had been 6-1 over the previous 12 outings.
Both clubs finish the season by facing AL West opponents in their final 13 games.
“It doesn't get more in your face than that,” A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Varsho homers, has 4 RBIs to help Diamondbacks beat Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Daulton Varsho homered and drove in four runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Seattle 7-3 on Saturday night to snap a six-game losing streak and deal a blow to the Mariners' wild-card hopes. Varsho’s two-run homer finished off a four-run fourth inning against starter Chris Flexen (11-6). Varsho added a two-run double in the sixth off Justus Sheffield, finishing 3 for 4 while batting ninth. Arizona had lost 11 of 12 entering the game and snapped Seattle’s two-game winning streak. The Mariners had a chance to move into the second of two AL wild-card spots when the day started, but lost ground to Toronto and New York.
The game drew just 4,068 fans, fewest since the Coliseum returned to full capacity attendance June 29.
Mariners reliever Sean Doolittle returned to Oakland for the first time since the A's traded him to Washington in mid-July 2017. He was claimed off waivers by Seattle from Cincinnati on Aug. 26.
“It's very surreal,” Doolittle said. “It’s awesome.”
A highlight for him remains winning the AL West on the final day of the 2012 season by beating second-place Texas.
What first caught his eye as he walked to the field Monday was the banners and signs in the bleachers of left and right field, and Doolittle reflected on the supportive East Bay fans.
“The connection that I felt like I had with the fans here was always one of my favorite parts about being an Oakland A,” said Doolittle, who pitched here from 2012-17. “I hope I get to see some familiar faces during this series around the ballpark because it is a special fan base. They are incredibly passionate fans. They took great care of me while I was here.”
Defending champion Dodgers beat D-backs, clinch playoff spot
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a postseason berth, getting home runs by Max Muncy, Trea Turner and Will Smith to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in a row. Their eighth straight victory at home, combined with losses by Cincinnati and San Diego, secured the Dodgers’ ninth consecutive playoff appearance in pursuit of a second straight World Series championship. LA’s home record of 51-23 leads the majors. Tony Gonsolin (3-1) scattered two hits over five scoreless innings, struck out six and walked two. Luke Weaver (3-5) needed 72 pitches to get through three innings.
Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt, who underwent facial surgery for three cheekbone fractures after being hit by a line drive Aug. 17 in Chicago, did some running and threw a bullpen of about 30 pitches. If he is fine Tuesday in a recovery day, Melvin is “optimistic” of Bassitt pitching next in a game for the A's — with his role as a starter or reliever still to be determined based on what the team thinks he can handle for a workload initially. ... DH/1B Mitch Moreland (left wrist tendinitis) rejoined the team after he was away seeking further opinions on his injury.
The A's claimed RHP Michael Feliz off waivers from the Red Sox.
LHP Marco Gonzalezs (8-5, 4.05 ERA) takes the mound for the Mariners looking to win his eighth straight decision dating to a July 3 loss to Texas. RHP Paul Blackburn (1-2, 4.94), who beat the Royals last Thursday for his first victory since June 29, 2018, pitches for Oakland.
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Dodgers slam 4 HRs in 8th for 11-9 comeback win over Padres .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers still have a heartbeat in the NL West race, and it was throbbing late in the game. Corey Seager hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, when Los Angeles went deep four times to rally past the San Diego Padres 11-9 on Wednesday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called it “a crazy explosion.” The defending World Series champions trailed 9-6 before Max Muncy and AJ Pollock began the onslaught by going Corey Seager hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, when Los Angeles went deep four times to rally past the San Diego Padres 11-9 on Wednesday night.