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POSTED August 28, 2013 12:07 a.m.

Rangers beat Mariners on 10th-inning balk

SEATTLE (AP) — Ian Kinsler scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquar’s balk in the 10th inning, handing Texas the victory.

Kinsler started the winning rally with one-out single against Farquar (0-2) for his fourth hit. Kinsler advanced on Adrian Beltre’s single, and then swiped third. After A.J. Pierzynski fouled out, home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor called a balk on Farquar with Alex Rios at the plate, allowing Kinsler to come home.

Tanner Scheppers (6-2) wiggled out of a jam in the ninth to get the win and Joe Nathan finished for his 38th save in 40 chances as the AL West-leading Rangers won for the sixth time in eight games.

A day after coming off the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez homered for the first time since June 22 for Seattle, which has lost five straight.

RED SOX 13, ORIOLES 2

BOSTON (AP) — Shane Victorino homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 13-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Felix Doubront pitched 6 2-3 innings of four-hit ball for AL East-leading Boston.

Victorino also had a two-run double in the seventh, and Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Red Sox.

J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia each had two of Baltimore’s four hits. Wei-Yin Chen (7-7) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs and eight hits. He struck out five, walked three and hit a batter.

Doubront (10-6) had only one bad inning, allowing the first four batters in Baltimore’s two-run third to reach. But he retired 14 of the next 16 before leaving to a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd of 36,226.

ANGELS 6, RAYS 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Erick Aybar drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit to get the win.

Aybar hit a two-run double off closer Fernando Rodney (5-4) to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth.

Peter Bourjos stole second and went to third when center fielder Desmond Jennings misplayed J.B. Shuck’s fly ball for a two-base error. Aybar then followed with the key hit.

Aybar also had a two-run single during a three-run seventh that made it 5-4.

Jose Molina had three hits and three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which has lost three in a row. The Rays, leading the AL wild-card race, are 2½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.

After Ernesto Frieri (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth, Dane De La Rosa got the final three outs for his second save.

YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 1

TORONTO (AP) — Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven shutout innings, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays after losing Robinson Cano in the first inning.

Alex Rodriguez and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Yankees, who won for the 13th time in 15 meetings with Toronto this season.

Rodriguez hit a two-out solo shot in the seventh for his 651st career home run and second in two games. Soriano’s homers, both of which were hit on the first pitch, were the 399th and 400th of his career.

Cano sustained a bruised left hand after being struck by a pitch from left-hander J.A. Happ (3-4). X-rays were negative, and the Yankees said Cano is day to day.

Eduardo Nunez, who replaced Cano, appeared to injure his right leg while covering second base in the eighth. He was checked by trainer Steve Donohue and initially stayed in the game, but was replaced three batters after hitting a leadoff single in the ninth.

Pettitte (10-9) improved to 7-1 in his past eight starts against Toronto.

ROYALS 6, TWINS 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Shields was sharp for 7 1-3 innings, Alex Gordon had three RBIs and Kansas City scored five runs in the eighth inning.

Shields — the key part in the deal that sent top prospect Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in the offseason — struck out seven and notched his American-League best 22nd quality start.

Shields (9-8) only allowed one hit through seven innings before running into trouble and leaving in the eighth inning.

Kevin Correia struck out a season-high seven over seven shutout innings, but ended up with a no-decision. Brian Dozier had the Twins’ RBI.

Seven consecutive Royals hitters reached base in the five-run eighth that broke open a scoreless game and handed Jared Burton (2-8) his third loss to Kansas City this season.

WHITE SOX 4, ASTROS 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Danks hit a clutch two-run single in Chicago’s three-run eighth inning, leading the White Sox to the victory.

Danks finished with a career-high three hits as the White Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games, bouncing back from a difficult loss in the series opener. Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Avisail Garcia had two hits apiece.

Matt Dominguez had three hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who had won three of four. Dominguez and Chris Carter hit consecutive two-out homers off closer Addison Reed to give Houston a 10-8 victory on Monday night.

Reed worked the ninth for his 36th save in 41 tries. Robbie Grossman had a two-out double for his third hit, but Reed got L.J. Hoes to bounce out to shortstop to end the game.

Donnie Veal (2-3) got one out for the win.

Danks’ two-run single came against Erik Bedard (3-10).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CUBS 3, DODGERS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travis Wood outpitched Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of All-Star lefties, and Dioner Navarro and Starlin Castro had run-scoring singles to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night, snapping an eight-game skid against first-place Los Angeles.

After losing 6-2 against Zack Greinke in the series opener, the Cubs caught Kershaw on a decidedly off-night for the ace who came in with a major league-leading 1.72 ERA. Kershaw’s streak of 18 scoreless innings, dating to Aug. 17, ended in the third when the Cubs took a 1-0 lead.

Wood (8-10) allowed one unearned run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two for his first victory since July 28 at San Francisco.

Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 27th save in 32 chances.

METS 5, PHILLIES 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and had a three-run double, helping the Mets end a five-game losing streak.

Niese struck out five and walked one in his second career shutout in 112 major league starts. The Mets won several hours after trading veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.

Niese (6-6) handled matters at the plate and on the mound. He retired 17 straight batters and scored the first run by running through third base coach Tim Teufel’s late stop sign.

Niese improved to 3-0 in four starts since coming off the disabled list because of a partially torn rotator cuff.

The Phillies had won five of their last six under interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Kyle Kendrick (10-11) went six innings and allowed five runs, only one earned.

CARDINALS 6, REDS 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly tossed six strong innings, and Matt Holliday drove in a run for a seventh straight game, lifting St. Louis over Cincinnati.

St. Louis has won six of seven, including the first two games of this three-game set. The first-place Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 against the third-place Reds and lead them by 4½ games in the NL Central.

The Cards also moved 1½ games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh.

Shin-Soo Choo homered for Cincinnati, which lost for the fourth time in five games. The Cardinals retired the last 13 Cincinnati batters, dropping the Reds to 4-10 against St. Louis this season.

Kelly (6-3), who allowed one run and eight hits, improved to 6-0 in nine starts since rejoining the starting rotation on July 6.

Holliday, who went 2 for 3, keyed a two-run outburst in the first against Mat Latos (13-5), who gave up four runs and nine hits over six-plus innings.

BREWERS 7, PIRATES 6

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including his 350th career home run, and drove in four runs as Milwaukee edged Pittsburgh.

The 16-year veteran third baseman helped stake the Brewers to a 5-0 in the fifth inning, but the Pirates rallied to tie it in the sixth. Milwaukee pulled out the win when rookie pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

With the game tied 6-6, Rafael Betancourt hit a one-out double off Bryan Morris (5-7) and took third on Scooter Gennett’s single. Gindl then lifted a fly to right that scored Betancourt and gave the Brewers their third victory in four games.

Pittsburgh, which trails St. Louis in the NL Central race, lost its third in a row.

Pedro Alvarez went 4-for-4 with a walk, and hit his NL-leading 32nd home run for the Pirates.

Rob Wooten (3-0) allowed Alvarez’s homer but pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win.

DIAMONDBACKS 10, PADRES 9, 10 INNINGS

PHOENIX (AP) — Aaron Hill lined a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning to give Arizona the victory.

With Hill at-bat and runners on second and third, the Padres employed a five-man infield. Hill lined a shot over the head of left fielder Yonder Alonzo for his eighth career game-ending hit.

Adam Eaton opened the 10th with a single to center, and Paul Goldschmidt singled to left before Hill won it against Dale Thayer (2-4).

The Diamondbacks played their 20th extra-inning game this season, second only to the 21 they had in 1999. Arizona is 15-5 in this season’s long contests.

San Diego dropped to 7-6 in extra innings.

Heath Bell (5-2) pitched a perfect 10th inning for the win.

NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ross Ohlendorf pitched into the sixth inning, Ian Desmond had three hits, and Washington beat Miami.

Ohlendorf (3-0) pitched five innings of two-hit ball before Christian Yelich led off the sixth with his second homer, ending the starter’s outing. It was Ohlendorf’s second start since he was sidelined by right shoulder inflammation.

Tanner Roark, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard each pitched a hitless inning before Rafael Soriano finished the four-hitter for his 34th save.

Washington kicked off a six-game homestand with its sixth victory in seven games.

Yelich had two hits for Miami, which has lost six of seven. Nathan Eovaldi (2-5) allowed two runs — both in the first — and eight hits in six innings.

INTERLEAGUE

BRAVES 2, INDIANS 0

ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Alex Wood pitched five-plus strong innings, Elliot Johnson had a two-run triple, and Atlanta held off Cleveland.

The Braves have won two straight, improving the majors’ best record to 79-52. They have won 14 of 17 at Turner Field and own baseball’s home mark at 45-18.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 42nd save, most in the majors, in 45 chances.

Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Brian McCann walked with one out and advanced to third on Joey Terdoslavich’s single to right field. Both runners scored when Johnson tripled over Stubbs near the wall in right.

Wood (3-2) allowed five hits, a career-high four walks and struck out five in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his past six starts.

Cleveland had won two straight and five of six, but lost despite holding Atlanta to just three hits. Rookie Danny Salazar (1-2) gave up three hits, two runs and two walks in four innings. The right-hander struck out

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