Orioles down Blue Jays in 12 innings to retake AL East lead

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 01, 2016 07:05 PM
Orioles down Blue Jays in 12 innings to retake AL East lead
Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones, right, congratulates Mark Trumbo for hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
TORONTO (AP) — Baltimore's Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning to seal a 6-2 win for the Orioles at Toronto on Sunday, leapfrogging the Blue Jays back to the top of the American League East division.

The Orioles ended a season-worst run of five successive losses and retook the summit in the tightest division in the majors.

Elsewhere, San Francisco downed Washington in a meeting of National League division leaders, the Chicago Cubs beat Seattle on a squeeze bunt with two outs in the 12th inning, and Miami edged St. Louis in a meeting of wildcard rivals.

Baltimore took the lead in the top of the 12th when Pedro Alvarez walked and moved to second on a pitcher's balk. He scored on Jonathan Schoop's single and Jones followed with his 20th homer of the season.

The Orioles had lost their previous five games at Toronto.

San Francisco's Matt Cain threw five hitless innings for his 100th career victory as the Giants beat Washington 3-1.

Cain struck out five, leaving after 93 pitches.

The Giants remained two games clear in the NL West, ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Nationals' advantage at the top of the NL East was trimmed to four games.

The Cubs overcame a 6-3 deficit in the ninth inning and went on to beat Seattle 7-6 after 12.

Addison Russell hit an RBI single and Willson Contreras drove in another run when he hustled down the line to beat the throw to first on a potential double-play.

In the bottom of the 12th, Jason Heyward led off and hit a double, then advanced to third on Contreras' fly ball.

Chicago pitcher Jon Lester came up with two outs and laid down a bunt right in front of the plate. Heyward made it home with a headfirst slide, sparking a frenzied celebration at Wrigley Field.

Miami's Derek Dietrich drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, earning the Marlins a 5-4 win against St. Louis and a split of the four-game series.

Acquired from San Diego on Friday, Miami starter Andrew Cashner allowed one earned run in six innings.

Detroit's James McCann capped a six-run first inning with his first career grand slam as the Tigers routed Houston 11-0 to complete a three-game sweep.

Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs, while starter Mike Pelfrey pitched five scoreless innings. He has has given up one run or none in five of his past eight starts.

Texas' Mitch Moreland homered for the fifth time in his past five games to help the Rangers beat Kansas City 5-3 and complete a four-game sweep of the reigning World Series champions.

Lucas Harrell gave up four hits in six innings of his Rangers debut after being was acquired from Atlanta last Wednesday to bolster Texas' injury-riddled starting rotation.

Cleveland ace Corey Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings to steer the Indians past Oakland 8-0 and finish off a three-game sweep.

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, which stayed 4-1/2 games clear atop the AL Central.

The New York Mets ended a four-game losing skid by beating Colorado 6-4.

James Loney drew a walk on the tenth pitch of his at-bat in the seventh and Neil Walker followed with a go-ahead, three-run homer.

Walker also had an RBI triple, but New York sustained another costly injury when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera strained the patella tendon in his left knee — the same injury that sidelined him for a little more than two weeks during spring training.

Boston's Dustin Pedroia hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox past the Los Angeles Angels 5-3.

The Los Angeles Dodgers crushed Arizona 14-3, led by Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager's three-run homer and a two-run shot by Joc Pederson.

Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 4-2 in what could be the final appearance for the Brewers by catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who turned down a trade to Cleveland but is being pursued by other teams who want the All-Star.

Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees, led by rookie pitcher Blake Snell, who struck out nine over 5 1/3 innings.

Minnesota's Ervin Santana allowed just one earned run in six innings to guide the Twins past the Chicago White Sox 6-4.

Cincinnati's Homer Bailey returned from forearm and elbow surgeries and took the win, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Reds edged San Diego 3-2.

Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Braves downed Philadelphia 2-1.

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