Rangers take 9-6 victory over Yankees at 2.44 a.m.
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2016 04:06 PM
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Sam Dyson (47) delivers in an empty Yankee Stadium during the ninth inning of the Rangers 9-6 victory over the New York Yankees in a rain-delayed baseball game that began on Monday, June 27, 2016, and ended on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Texas wrapped up a 9-6 victory over the New York Yankees at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday in front of around 100 fans following a long rain delay, and maintained its 10-game lead in the American League West division.
A delay of 3-1/2 hours following the arrival of rain in the ninth inning meant only the most die-hard fans lingered on.
The Yankees' crosstown rivals, the Mets, also lost in the opener of a key series against Washington, while Oakland took the opener of a series against local rival San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers took a belated victory at Pittsburgh.
Yankee Stadium was so deserted after the rain delay that shouts from Texas players cheering in the dugout for Adrian Beltre's go-ahead, two-run single could easily be heard.
Texas trailed 6-5 when Kirby Yates replaced Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman after the delay with a runner on first and no outs. Yates hit three batters, and Beltre and Elvis Andrus each hit a two-run single.
Washington's Ben Revere had four hits and three steals as the Nationals beat the Mets 11-4 in the opener of a three-game series between the teams expected to fight out the NL East.
The Nationals moved four games ahead of the Mets, who dropped into third in the division behind Miami.
Washington stole six bases, matching their most since the franchise moved in 2005.
New York starter Noah Syndergaard took his first loss in more than seven weeks, ending a run of winning six consecutive decisions.
Oakland's Daniel Mengden pitched into the eighth inning for his first major league win, steering the Athletics to an 8-3 win against San Francisco in the opener of the Bay Bridge Series.
Mengden, who began the season 0-3, retired his first 13 batters before giving up a single in the fifth. He was pulled in the eighth after losing his shutout bid.
Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer in the second, and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis also drove in runs during a five-run inning. Semien added a run-scoring double in the sixth.
The Los Angeles Dodgers trimmed San Francisco lead in the NL West to seven games by winning 5-4 at Pittsburgh.
A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking, two-out infield single that capped a four-run fifth inning which allowed the Dodgers to salvage one win from the four-game series.
Kansas City's Danny Duffy matched a career best with eight sharp innings as the Royals beat local rival St. Louis 6-2.
Duffy served up a two-run homer in the first before settling into a nice rhythm. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
The defending World Series champions had lost their previous four meetings with the Cardinals.
Chicago's Kris Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game as the Cubs won 11-8 at Cincinnati.
Bryant's 16 total bases were a Cubs record, and his five hits marked a career high.
He homered twice off Dan Straily and once against Ross Ohlendorf.
Chicago ace Jake Arrieta struggled in his return to Cincinnati, where he threw a no-hitter in his previous visit, and gave up a season-worst five runs in five innings, but Bryant's efforts still gave him the win.
Arrieta's best work came at the plate as he hit only his fourth career home run.
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to power the Rockies to a 9-5 victory over Toronto, while former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki got a standing ovation in his first game back but struggled at the plate, going 0 for 4.
Tampa Bay ended an 11-game losing sequence by beating Boston 13-7, led by Nick Franklin, who homered and drove in a career-high five runs.
Cleveland stretched its winning streak to double figures by beating Atlanta 8-3, as starter Trevor Bauer pitched six controlled innings.
Houston's Carlos Correa snapped a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly, and Will Harris pitched out of a major jam moments later to preserve the Astros' 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez returned from three weeks out with a bicep strain and pitched five scoreless innings to steer the Phillies to an 8-0 victory over Arizona.