AL Wild Card Watch: Rays, Yankees, Orioles win as Rangers lose; Indians .5 games out

BY foxsports • September 19, 2013

RAYS 4, RANGERS 3, 12 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and Tampa Bay took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race by beating Texas 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Texas has a half-game lead over Cleveland, which lost at Kansas City, for the second wild card.


Jose Lobaton opened the 12th with a single off Joseph Ortiz (2-2) and pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Yunel Escobar's bunt. Fuld scored on Jennings' hit to right center.
Brandon Gomes (2-1) struck out Ian Kinsler with runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the 12th for the Rays, who have won two of the first three games of the four-game series.
Texas took a 3-2 lead in the 11th when Elvis Andrus scored from first base on Adrian Beltre's two-out single.
The Rays tied it on David DeJesus' RBI single in the bottom of the inning as Matt Joyce drew a two-out walk from Rangers closer Joe Nathan and pinch-runner Freddy Guzman stole second and scored on DeJesus' single. It was Nathan's third blown save in 42 chances this season.
Sean Rodriguez, who had just two hits in his previous 16 at-bats against Rangers' starter Derek Holland, tied it at 2-all in the sixth with a two-run homer off the left-hander.
ORIOLES 5, RED SOX 3, 12 innings
BOSTON (AP) -- Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Baltimore.
Matt Wieters had two RBI doubles for Baltimore, which closed to one game of Texas for the AL's second wild-card spot. The Rangers lost 4-3 in 12 innings to the wild card-leading Rays.
Despite the loss, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to one for clinching their first postseason berth since 2009 when Cleveland lost to Kansas City on Wednesday.
T.J. McFarland (2-1) worked the 11th for the win and Jim Johnson got the final three outs for his AL-leading 47th save.
The Orioles played their 114th errorless game, surpassing the 2008 Houston Astros for the majors' most since 1900.
J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts had consecutive one-out singles and both advanced on a wild pitch by Franklin Morales (2-2). After pinch-hitter Steve Pearce was intentionally walked, Manny Machado fouled out before Davis' grounded one up the middle into center field.
Boston had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th, but Stephen Drew grounded into a double play.
David Ortiz hit his 28th home run -- a two-run shot -- and Mike Naploi added a solo homer for the Red Sox.

YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) -- Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save as New York rallied from three runs down to snap a four-game skid.
Robinson Cano drove in the Yankees' first run in this three-game series with a one-out single in the eighth. Alfonso Soriano followed with an RBI double, helping New York avoid falling farther behind in the AL wild-card race.
New York entered 3 games behind Tampa Bay and Texas for the second wild card. The Yankees have 10 games remaining.
David Huff (3-1) pitched 3 2-3 innings of relief to earn the win.
Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with a walk as the Yankees improved to 8-2 this season following a shutout loss. New York, which lost 2-0 Tuesday, has gone 34-11 following shutout defeats since Joe Girardi took over as manager before the 2008 season.
Colby Rasmus homered for the fourth straight game and Ryan Goins hit his first career homer but the Blue Jays couldn't hold on to a 3-0 lead, losing for the sixth time in eight games. 


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