Thursday’s American League results
Red Sox 9, Yankees 8 — Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent Boston past host New York in a thriller. Down to their last strike against Rivera, the Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications. It felt like a playoff matchup, too, especially after New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There were plenty of pitching changes, pinch-hitters and pinch-runners, plus an outburst — Joba Chamberlain (2-1) was ejected by first base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the deciding hit.
Orioles 3, White Sox 1 — Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings and host Baltimore hit three solo homers to defeat skidding Chicago. Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts homered off Jose Quintana (7-6) to provide the Orioles with a much-needed win. The Orioles were coming off a 3-6 road trip that dropped them four games off the pace in the AL wild-card hunt. Gonzalez (9-7) gave up four hits — all singles — walked one and struck out six to earn his first win in seven starts since July 20. He was 0-4 in that span. Tommy Hunter allowed a single in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 42nd save. Dayan Viciedo had two hits for the White Sox, who have dropped seven straight as they stagger to the conclusion of a losing season. Chicago is an AL-worst 24-49 on the road and 32-48 in games decided by one or two runs. Jose Quintana (9-7) allowed seven hits in seven innings, but three of them were homers. Hardy’s drive made him the ninth player since 1901 to have three seasons with at least 25 home runs as a shortstop.
Royals 7, Mariners 6 — Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting host Kansas City over Seattle. Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since 2011. The Royals entered the game 5½ back in the wild-card standings. Ruffin retired the first five batters he faced, striking out three. Louis Coleman (3-0), the eighth Royals pitcher, retired the only batter he faced in the top of the 13th. Kansas City led 6-5 in the ninth inning before Raul Ibanez homered off Greg Holland into the Mariners’ bullpen with two outs to tie the score. It was Holland’s first blown save since May 6 to end his streak of 31 consecutive saves. The Royals play their next 12 games against the Tigers and Indians. Billy Butler went 5-for-5, matching his career high in hits for the Royals, while Emilo Bonifacio went 4-for-6 for his first four-hit game since July 4, 2009. The teams combined to use 44 players, including 14 pitchers.
Thursday’s National League results
Reds 6, Cardinals 2 — Todd Frazier hit two homers as Cincinnati overpowered visiting St. Louis, taking three of four in their final series of the season. Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo also hit solo homers off Lance Lynn (13-10), who lasted five innings and gave up three homers for only the second time in his career. Frazier also connected off Seth Maness for the third multihomer game of his career. By winning their final series together, the Reds tightened the NL Central race and ended the Cardinals’ dominance. Left-hander Tony Cingrani (7-3) returned from a sore back and did a little bit of everything. He pitched into the sixth inning, gave up two runs, bunted for a hit, stole a base and scored. Cingrani beat out a bunt for a single in the second inning. He stole second base off catcher Tony Cruz — the first steal by a Reds pitcher since Bronson Arroyo in 2008 — and came around on a wild pitch and Brandon Phillips’ infield single. David Freese homered for the Cardinals, who have lost six of eight. With first-place Pittsburgh idle, the Cardinals slipped to 1½ games behind the Pirates while the Reds moved to three games out.
— Associated Press