Saturday’s American League results
Athletics 1, Rangers 0 — Bartolo Colon scattered seven hits over eight impressive innings for the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who stretched their division lead over host Texas to 5½ games. The A’s won for the seventh time in eight games, and clinched the key division series by beating Texas twice in less than 24 hours. Colon (16-6) struck out seven and lowered what is already his career-best ERA to 2.73. Texas ace Yu Darvish (12-9) struck out 10 over seven innings.
Red Sox 5, Yankees 1 — Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox dealt the visiting New York Yankees’ wild-card hopes another blow. Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino each had two hits as the surging Red Sox won for the 16th time in 19 games and beat the Yankees for the fifth time in six meetings in just over a week.
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3 — Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run, Jeremy Jefress won for the first time in more than two years and the host Toronto Blue Jays handed the slumping Baltimore Orioles their fifth loss in seven games. Rasmus erased Baltimore’s 3-2 lead with a drive off the facing of the second deck in the seventh inning.
Royals 1, Tigers 0 — Prince Fielder was thrown out at home plate to end the game, preserving Ervin Santana’s impressive outing for the host Kansas City Royals. Santana (9-9) allowed five hits in 6⅔ innings. Eric Hosmer drove in the only run with a triple in the first.
Angels 6, Astros 2 — Chris Iannetta had a solo home run and a run-scoring single to pace the visiting Los Angeles Angels.
Saturday’s National League results
Pirates 2, Cubs 1 — Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and got home run help from Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata in leading the host Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole (8-7) gave up one run and five hits. The rookie struck out seven and walked three. Byrd hit a solo home run off James Russell (1-6) in the seventh to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1.
Reds, 7, Brewers 3 — Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo each hit two-run homers to lead the host Cincinnati Reds. Homer Bailey (11-10) allowed three runs over seven innings and Votto had three RBI.
Marlins 3, Mets 0 — Donovan Solano launched a homer and made two terrific defensive plays to lift Henderson Alvarez and the visiting Miami Marlins in the opener of a doubleheader. Logan Morrison had two RBI.
Mets 3, Marlins 1 — Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two hits in seven innings for his first major-league win in more than a year and the host New York Mets got back-to-back homers from Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda.
Braves 2, Padres 1 — Kris Medlen allowed four hits over 7⅓ scoreless innings to win his fourth consecutive start and lead the host Atlanta Braves. The Braves led 2-0 before Chase Headley hit a ninth-inning homer off closer Craig Kimbrel, who then pitched around a two-out walk to Ronny Cedeno for his career-best 47th save.
Phillies 5, Nationals 4 — Carlos Ruiz drove in three runs to lift the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.
Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 2 — Aaron Hlll and Gerardo Parra both drove in three runs to pace the host Arizona Diamondbacks. Hill had three hits.
Saturday’s interleague result
Mariners 4, Cardinals 1 — Rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings and the visiting Seattle Mariners ended a five-game losing streak. Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that ended St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha’s scoreless streak at 23⅔ innings.
— Associated Press