Rangers, Giants notch key wins to stretch division leads
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 12, 2016 05:22 PM
Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor is greeted by Jared Hoying, left, after hitting a solo home run off Seattle Mariners' Mike Montgomery during the 11th inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Seattle. Back right is Prince Fielder. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
The Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) — Texas and San Francisco both won in extra innings against their nearest division rivals on Saturday to stretch their leads at the top of the standings in the American League and National League's West divisions respectively.
A solo homer by Rougned Odor in the 11th inning gave Texas victory at Seattle while Joe Panik drove in the tying run and scored the winner in the bottom of the 10th inning as San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Elsewhere, Baltimore lost at Toronto and dropped back into a share of the lead in the AL East while Washington stretched the gap at the top of the NL East with a shutout win against Philadelphia.
Texas' Prince Fielder hit a two-out homer in the ninth inning to tie the game and Odor won it in the 11th as the Rangers took a 2-1 victory at Seattle.
Odor blasted a pitch from Mariners reliever Mike Montgomery into the right-field seats to give the Rangers their first lead of the game.
The Dodgers took the lead in the 10th inning via an Adrian Gonzalez homer but San Francisco rallied in the bottom of the frame with four consecutive hits off Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen.
Denard Span started the comeback with a one-out double. Panik singled in Span to tie the game and Brandon Belt followed with a single. Buster Posey then lined a pitch to left center field and Panik scored easily.
Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion hit two more homers and drove in five runs to power the Blue Jays to an 11-6 win against Baltimore.
Encarnacion snapped an 0-for-19 slump the previous night and proved he had rediscovered his touch.
Washington's Tanner Roark pitched seven sharp innings and made a rare contribution with his bat to help the surging Nationals defeat Philadelphia 8-0.
Roark struck out seven. He's 0 for 22 at the plate this year, but put down a two-strike bunt that keyed a four-run second inning.
St. Louis' Carlos Martinez pitched into the ninth inning for his third consecutive win, guiding the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
Martinez (7-5) gave up one run in 8 1/3 innings before being lifted when the Pirates put runners on first and second base with one out. Trevor Rosenthal got the final two outs.
Matt Holliday had a three-run homer among his three hits for St. Louis, which has won six of seven. The Pirates have lost four straight.
Milwaukee hits five homers in beating the New York Mets 7-4.
Ryan Braun hit two of the home runs, ending a 0-for-15 slump at the plate with a long shot in the third inning. Starting pitcher Wily Peralta had another of the homers, along with Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter.
Kansas City ended a run of eight straight losses with a 4-1 victory at the Chicago White Sox.
Cheslor Cuthbert hit a pair of solo home runs as the defending World Series champion Royals ended their longest skid in three years.
Danny Duffy pitched six scoreless innings, striking out ten.
Detroit's Ian Kinsler homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Tigers to a 6-1 victory at the New York Yankees.
Kinsler hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the Detroit fifth and a two-run double in the seventh.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings to belatedly get his first win at the new Yankee Stadium, having been 0-4 in his previous starts.
The Yankees had won their previous five.
The Los Angeles Angels arrested a five-game slide with a 4-3 win against Cleveland, with Yunel Escobar lining a game-ending hit in the ninth inning.
Chicago ace Jake Arrieta allowed only four hits in seven strong innings to make an impressive return to winning form as the Cubs defeated Atlanta 8-2.
Arizona's Michael Bourn homered to start a four-run sixth inning that lifted the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win against Miami.
Houston's Carlos Gomez and Luis Valbuena hit solo home runs to help the Astros win 4-3 at Tampa Bay.
Colorado's Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively into the seventh to steer the Rockies to a 5-3 win against San Diego.
Boston broke away late to rout Minnesota 15-4, as Xander Bogaerts tacked four more hits onto his majors-leading total.
Cincinatti's Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer as the Reds edged Oakland 2-1 and sent the A's to a seventh straight loss.