Crisp comes up with winning hit as Athletics win 4-3 over Red Sox

21.06.2014 - 09:21

Crisp winner gives A's 4-3 win over Red Sox

by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 21 June 2014 03:21-04:00

(AP) — 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.

Mariners' reliever Charlie Furbush (1-4) had inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth, but a popup and a strikeout ended the inning to keep the scores level and enable Seattle to pinch it in the ninth.

New York's Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees over Baltimore 5-3 for their fourth straight win.

Beltran connected off Zach Britton (3-1) as the Yankees belatedly found a way to hit with runners in scoring position.

Brett Gardner led off the ninth with a single. After a strikeout and a fly out, Mark Teixeira walked. Brian McCann then singled home a run, setting up Beltran's first walkoff homer since 2008.

Detroit's J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and Victor Martinez added a two-run shot to power the Tigers to a 6-4 win over Cleveland.

Their long shots gave Detroit a seemingly comfortable 5-0 lead but Cleveland rallied in the eighth with a three-run homer from Asdrubal Cabrera and a solo shot from Carlos Santana.

The Indians had a runner on base in the ninth but Joe Nathan struck out Michael Bourn to end the game.

Atlanta leapfrogged Washington to the top of the National League East standings by scoring twice in the 13th inning to defeat the Nationals 6-4.

Evan Gattis, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 19 games, singled in the go-ahead run off Jerry Blevins (2-3). Andrelton Simmons followed with an RBI groundout.

The Braves moved back into first place by half a game. Atlanta was struggling before arriving in D.C., but they are 20-7 vs. Washington since the start of last season, including the first two of this four-game set.

Atlanta could have sealed the win in regulation innings, but Craig Kimbrel gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Anthony Rendon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Arizona's Josh Collmenter fought his way through five innings to guide the Diamondbacks to a 4-1 win over San Francisco, handing the Giants a sixth-straight defeat.

The Giants still lead the NL West, but a lead that was once 9 1-2 games has dwindled to less than four.

The last-placed Diamondbacks extended their misery behind a gritty effort by Collmenter (5-4) and Aaron Hill driving in two runs.

The Los Angeles Angels made it seven wins from eight games at home by downing Texas 7-3, with Garrett Richards pitching six strong innings.

Philadelphia won a fifth-straight game for the first time this season, with A.J. Burnett pitching his first complete game of the year to steer the Phillies to a 5-1 win over St. Louis.

San Diego's Everth Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to cap a three-run ninth inning that lifted the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Miami left fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out the potential tying run at the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings — including Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the game — to help the Marlins edge the New York Mets 3-2.

Minnesota's Brian Dozier hit an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Chicago's Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer to help the Cubs beat Pittsburgh 6-3.

Houston's Jarred Cosart pitched eight scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay again, directing the Astros to a 3-1 win over the Rays.


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